Articles Tagged 'Passion'

How Can I Grow to Be More Like Jesus?

How Can I Grow to Be More Like Jesus?

I want to grow spiritually — to be more like Jesus — but can I really do that?

Phil Ware answers a question he is often asked by those who are new followers of Jesus or people whose spiritual lives have stagnated: "How can I grow spiritually?"

Through the Eyes of Jesus

Through the Eyes of Jesus

How differently might we respond to his call if we truly realized that we are far more precious to him than any son or daughter could be to a loving mommy or daddy?

Phil Ware begins a series of 13 messages on Vision by talking about his own son and daughter and how he had dreams for them as children.

More than the Outskirts of His Ways

More than the Outskirts of His Ways

If there is a God and he's out there, why doesn't he just get it over with and show himself to us? Why this need for faith?

Phil Ware and James Nored share in word and video an idea about how we can truly understand God's greatness, glory, and grace even though we cannot understand everything about him.

Indescribable

Indescribable

Wow! What a precious addition to our Christmas with these boys. We hope to do something like this every year.

Phil Ware shares a quick thank you for all who have donated and then focuses on establishing a new tradition of teaching his grandchildren to share what they have with others.

Finish!

Finish!

As long as there is life, we have a mission and purpose to complete.

Phil Ware reminds us that we are called to accomplish the mission God has called us to do so that when our days on earth are over we can say we have finished the work he has given us to do.

Bat Turn at the Jordan

Bat Turn at the Jordan

before we can be ready to be fully used by the Lord in the work of the kingdom of God, we must have our bat turn moment.

Phil Ware and James Nored look at what the ministry of John the Baptizer meant for people in his day and call on us to share in this move toward the kingdom of God today.

When Right Words Are Very Wrong

When Right Words Are Very Wrong

Right answers can never substitute for right living.

Phil reminds us that having right answers means very little if we don't treat people like Jesus did.

Pray and Help!

Pray and Help!

Practical information on how to help after Harvey and the devastation left behind.

Phil Ware reminds us that compassion isn't compassion until it is turned into action just as faith without compassionate works is dead.

Our Journey with God

Our Journey with God

How do I know God is really with me on my journey to find a home with him?

Phil Ware and James Nored remind us that we can journey with God like Abraham, knowing that he goes with us until he brings us fully home.

I Will Pursue Unity

I Will Pursue Unity

For the sake of making 'every effort to pursue the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace' (Ephesians 4:3).

Rubel Shelly gives us a practical, yet very challenging, set of practices to help us pursue unity with other believers without compromising our own faith and commitment to Scripture.

More Mess than Ministry?

More Mess than Ministry?

When we choose our way, when we think we must be true to what we feel rather than what Jesus said, we find ourselves opposing the work of Christ.

Phil Ware reminds us that authentic ministry involves listening for the will of God in time in God's presence, genuine compassionate and personal care for those who are broken, and obedience to Jesus as our Lord.

Puppies for Sale and Hearts Open to Help

Puppies for Sale and Hearts Open to Help

Moving from empathy to compassionate engagement!

Brian McCutchen reminds us that empathy leads us to act in ways that compassionate and caring.

Keep Singing the Song

Keep Singing the Song

As followers of Jesus, isn't it time the world heard what we are for when it comes to sexuality?

Phillip Morrison brings Sara Barton's writings into the moments of our headlines of today with a story from long ago that reminds us that God's word still has the ultimate love song.

Compassion for the Fatherless

Compassion for the Fatherless

Hear the words of one who has lived it: What does an orphan desire most?

This powerful message is from an orphan who was abandoned and abused by family and rescued by a sponsor.

The Lord is Near: Longing

The Lord is Near: Longing

We are not alone in longing to know that the presence of the Lord is with us!

Phil Ware begins a series called the Lord is near and reminds us that the Lord is close and we have a right to long to know his presence is real and is near.

Two Little Girls

Two Little Girls

To Jesus, she's more than just another forgotten little girl!

Phil Ware reminds us of the power of compassion, especially when that compassion is channeled to help children escape poverty in Jesus' name through Compassion International.

 How to Pray and Hope When the World Falls Apart

How to Pray and Hope When the World Falls Apart

When life crashes in on top of you, how do you dig out of your grief and loss?

A special article about a man name Pranjees, the children he lost and the prayer he had answered.

Tug-of-War over Grace

Tug-of-War over Grace

Is grace a gift or does it come with conditions?

Phil Ware reminds us that people make up their own definitions of what grace means all the time, but Jesus defines grace, exemplifies it, and pours it out upon us and he should be our example and definition of grace.

Let's Experience What the Lord Has Told Us About!

Let's Experience What the Lord Has Told Us About!

Does it ever feel like that we've reduced Christianity down to something less than Jesus wants us to experience?

Phil Ware challenges our settled notions about church in the box and wants us to realize that Jesus has so much more in store for us if we will make the moves necessary to experience Jesus and his story for ourselves.

Time to Stop the Whine

Time to Stop the Whine

We can expect God to show up if we will invite future generations to experience his power and presence with us!

Phil Ware shares a redemptive way of looking toward the future and committing to live so generations have faith.

The Grace of Dropping Stones

The Grace of Dropping Stones

Would I be willing to drop my stone first?

Tom Norvell reminds us of a well known truth we so often forget and even more infrequently apply.

Go and Do Likewise

Go and Do Likewise

What do you do, actually do, to help your neighbor?

Yet this parable, or teaching story, is focused on one man who personally, intimately and immediately did something. Thus, the lesson is that as followers of Jesus, we need to go and do likewise as we travel over our own roads of life and help those in ne

Proof

Proof

We rejoice in the grace so lavishly given us in Jesus by obeying the Lord.

Phil Ware concludes his six-part series on the man with leprosy that Jesus heals (Mark 1:35-45) and how we can learn to impact the lives of others as Jesus did.

The Silence of Saturday

The Silence of Saturday

God is at work even when nothing appears to be happening!

Max Lucado reminds us during this special week of a day that is so often neglected: Saturday, the Sabbath, when everything appears to be silent and that Satan has triumphed, yet lying still in the grave, Jesus' body belies the truth of God.

What Do We Do to Jesus?

What Do We Do to Jesus?

We do so it so casually, so carelessly, and in doing it, we forget!

Max Lucado reminds us during this special week to remember to put the lessons of Jesus' passion to work in our own daily lives.