Articles Tagged 'Paul'

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.

Give Me Jesus: After

Give Me Jesus: After

Christmas isn't over; it has only just begun if we recognize that it is our job, together, to be Jesus to the world!

Phil Ware finishes his series on "Give Me Jesus" focusing on our role as his people to be his presence to the world.

The Lord is Near: Assurance

The Lord is Near: Assurance

No matter what life, Satan, or circumstances suggest, we will never be forsaken by our God!

Phil Ware shares his message focused on Paul's promises that the Lord will always be near us, focusing on Jesus' promises to his early disciples and to us!

Hurts of the Heart

Hurts of the Heart

Is your storehouse of anger doing you any good? Are you happier? Better? More fun to be with?

Max Lucado helps us deal with the hurts of the heart that lead to bitterness, anger, and depression, as we are provoked and frustrated into sullen and negative states of spirit and emotion and mind.

A New Name

A New Name

Jesus has the power to change everything about us if we will let him!

Max Lucado reminds us of the importance of Jesus' power to change us and make us new and give us a new name -- he points to the apostle Paul, who was once Saul, the persecutor.

When Life Takes You Off Guard

When Life Takes You Off Guard

We need to remember that hardship and family dysfunction and unfairness are not new for God's people and are the backdrop of their courageous lives of faith.

Rubel Shelly reminds us that the heroes of scripture had to endure many of the same kinds of challenges we do, that is what makes their witness so powerful.

A Call from God

A Call from God

Has God called you?

God's calls today may be different in the way He sends them, but I believe there is still: illumination of understanding, hearing God's voice through scripture and thoughts, a physical reaction of doing what he says do or stop doing things you know are ev

Too Familiar to Feel the Bite?

Too Familiar to Feel the Bite?

Sometimes we miss the truth because we are too familiar with what we think we know!

Phil Ware continues his series on the way God values women and expresses this in Scripture and also against the grain of culture.

The Declining Church

The Declining Church

What can we learn from Acts about the traits of a declining church?

Tim Woodroof continues his six part series on life and growth and stages of churches, especially churches in decline.

Defining Faithfulness

Defining Faithfulness

Is fighting for the status quo and defending the way we've always done it really faithfulness?

Tim Woodroof continues his series on "Change in the Life of the Church" and focuses this week on faithfulness and how we define it and how Jesus and Paul define it -- staying on the journey and responding to changes faithfully rather than trying to do thi

The Plateaued Church

The Plateaued Church

What happens when culture passes us by?

Tim Woodroof continues his series on the ways we need to freshen our approach to church if we are going to connect with people in today's world and how we react to our own church issues.

Do You Believe in Miracles? Yes!

Do You Believe in Miracles? Yes!

Do you really believe?

Phillip Morrison challenges us to face the resurrection and believe or disbelieve, and he promotes believing because you can trust the testimony of those who have their throats cut.

The Light of Grace

The Light of Grace

A simple reminder of grace from one in a difficult place.

Phil Ware shares the sweet prayer request from one of the translators in a predominantly Muslim nation wracked with violence and bloodshed: "Please pray for the terrorists that they know Jesus Christ like Saul who became Paul :)"

The Prize

The Prize

Why keep getting up?

Terese Bell Kindred shares a story of a friend she admires and compares her to a prize fighter because she keeps getting up and going on after bad things and cancer.

Nothing Significant?

Nothing Significant?

So why do we discount what the Lord does through us?

Phil Ware reminds us that nothing we do in the Lord's name is insignificant, unimportant, or forgotten by God who loves us and remembers and rewards us for what we do.

Untold Stories: Onesiphorus — The Refreshing Gift of Friendship

Untold Stories: Onesiphorus — The Refreshing Gift of Friendship

What can I do that really matters to the Kingdom of God?

Phil Ware begins a short series on Untold Stories from the Bible and shares the story of Onesiphorus refreshing Paul while he was in prison.

The Wrong Direction

The Wrong Direction

Which way would you run?

Phil Ware continues his series on The Story and focuses on both the events at the Boston Marathon and West Texas and also on Paul's confident hope in the face of his death in a Roman prison.

You Want to Use Me?

You Want to Use Me?

I know who I am, so how can God use?

Phil Ware continues his use of The Story material and focuses on God calling Moses.

What Kind of Church?

What Kind of Church?

There are two kinds of faithful leaders, groups, and churches. Which are you?

Phil Ware shares with us two kinds of early leaders and churches and groups, Paul and Barnabas become examples of those kinds of churches; each is faithful, takes risks, and faces opposition from the evil one.

What's the Goal Here?

What's the Goal Here?

Why are we on this trip?

Phil Ware reminds us of our purpose of being on the journey and living for Jesus call and mission and vision in our lives.

The Highest Compliment

The Highest Compliment

Why would he do such a thing?

Phil Ware describes several passages of Scripture that use the image of a mother bird or a woman in labor to express their love for new Christians, and then says this is the highest compliment a mom can receive.

Better Broken: Forgiveness and Power

Better Broken: Forgiveness and Power

I can actually get better?

Phil Ware continues his series on Better Broken reminding us that God can make us better after we have been broken and use us to do his work in the Kingdom because of two things: forgiveness we receive in Jesus through baptism and the power of the Holy Sp

Fan the Flame!

Fan the Flame!

Why do we present our children such a passionless discipleship?

Phil Ware challenges us to a life of passionate discipleship and challenge our children to follow with boldness, using the life of Paul.

Why Leaders Don't Make Excuses

Why Leaders Don't Make Excuses

What, it's my fault?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that the heart of leadership is not making excuses and helping others get the credit when things go right.

Welcome One Another

Welcome One Another

How could I feel at home so far away from home?

Phil Ware looks at Romans 15:7 and shares an experience from Thailand about feeling accepted and connected to people very different from himself.