Articles Tagged 'Point'

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Sometimes, God Takes His Time!

Life feels like it is in slow motion when are waiting for the bad seasons to end and God's new fresh life awakens to redeem and refresh our weary souls.

Max Lucado encourages us to endure and not lose hope because sometimes God takes time to make his perfect will happen and redeem our messes.

ToGather: Time to Reclaim the Joy! (April 4, 2021)

Jesus is our source of joy because he lives and he's coming back to take us home with him.

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in a virtual, DIY, worship through words and music using YouTube videos to glorify God as we remember Jesus' triumph over sin, death, and hell through his resurrection from the dead.

ToGather: The Spirit Helps Us Pray (March 28, 2021)

Prayer can be an incredible blessing for us as God's children. However, prayer can also feel frustrating and bewildering to many who are trying to follow Jesus.

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in a virtual, DIY, worship through words and music using YouTube videos to glorify God as we remember that prayer is about relationship and Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit to help us know our hearts are heard.

Broken: But NOT Forever!

Why did this brokenness, this pain, this shattering, come upon us if it is not God's intention for us?

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that sin, both rebellion and missing God's goal of goodness for us, has reaped destruction on all we touch, but that this is not what God intended for us, there is redemption coming!

Where Are You?

Why are our relationships with God such a mess, with each other full of conflict, and with our world so destructive?

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that sin, both rebellion and missing God's goal of goodness for us, has reaped destruction on all we touch.

Jesus Smiled

Our God is the God of surprising opportunities, fresh hope, and new life.

Phil Ware reminds us of John Mark's failure when he deserted the mission field and the mission team and describes how God used this mess and the grace, mercy, and love of godly men to bring great good out of potential disaster.

Making It Count!

It is simply not true that your best is always good enough; there are countless people every day who could witness to that.

Patrick Odum reminds us that sometimes our best isn't good enough, it doesn't count, unless our focus is on the Lord Jesus and his work, then his resurrection ensures our work is not in vain!

Dear Husband, You're Worth It!

What happened last weekend felt hopeless and dark. But this weekend says it wasn’t.

Jordan Harrell captures the reality of the good times and challenging times in a marriage and what God is up to in all of it if we will keep on loving each other.

On Getting What We Deserve

Fans sitting around him (some who had tried to make the catch themselves) berated him, threw beer and food at him, and threatened him.

Patrick Odum shares an insightful take on the target of Cubs' fans wrath for the past years for interfering with a foul ball trying to be caught by Moises Alou.

The Struggle to Find Faith

I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!

James Nored and Phil Ware look at C.S. Lewis and his struggle to find faith and our own challenges in believing.

'yada, yada, yada'

How do you cope with a world gone crazy and violent and depressing in the time you are supposed to give thanks?

Ann Voskamp reminds us of the yada in Thanksgiving and redefines it to fit the truth of God.

A Charcoal Fire & the Smell of Redemption

Why make someone relive his or her sin, why not just ignore it?

Phil Ware continues his Saved at Sea series focusing on Peter's denials, his promises, his arrogance, his failure, and his restoration.

Don't Settle for a Small Destiny

What do we let define us, call or catastrophe?

Max Lucado from his book "You'll Get Through This" encourages us to not let our disappointments define us but instead let God's destiny for us define us.

Art by Faith

How can someone who is blind still paint beautifully?

Tammy Ruggles is a legally blind artist, photographer, and writer who paints by faith and not by sight and uses her gifts to bless and inspire.

Beyond My Broken Prayers

Is there a way through times of ineffective prayer?

Phil Ware continues his series on Nehemiah and focuses on prayers, especially when prayers seem to go unanswered and we feel alone, frustrated, disappointed, discouraged, and ignored by God.

Losing Your Footing?

What do you do when you lose your grip?

Rubel Shelly reminds of where to go in our troubling times.

Suffocating Pessimism

How are we going to go forward while looking backward with nostalgia?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that while we don't want to be blindly optimistic, there is value in not being a pessimist and always thinking things are worse.

Sometimes There Are No Answers

What do you do when you can't figure out the answer?

Tom Norvell reminds us that there are a lot of questions in life that we cannot get answers to; but more than answers, we need God's presence.

All Undone

Can the Lord help put me back together so I can keeping serving those I server for Him?

Michele Howe shares with us a poignant story of a woman caregiver and the loss of a client, or patient, and friend, and how it wipes her out and discourages her until she finds a way to bless this friend and her family and goes to the Father in prayer.

When Your Hero Falls

What do you do when your hero makes a big mistake?

Just as Isaiah had to overcome Uzziah's failure, we have to deal with the failures of others. We need to learn to turn to God at times like that.

Rules for Building a Snowman?

So there are actually rules for this?

Rubel Shelly reminds us of the keys to following Jesus by pulling our leg about a bunch of rules for building a snowman.

The Communication Illusion

So has communication really taken place?

Rubel Shelly reminds us of the importance and fragile danger of communication in organizations, businesses, families, and churches because communication doesn't happen until someone hears and understands, not just when someone says something.

Discovering the Character of Your Church: Personal vs. shared Values

Why can't we just do it the way I see it?

Phil Ware continues the series on values and leadership, especially conflict in the leadership because they cannot discern operational, personal, strategic, theoretical, shared, and other types of values.

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.

We Do Not Lose Heart

Come on! Can we really say this honestly?

Tom Norvell uses Paul's words to the Corinthians to help us know that we can keep on the journey of faith and not lose heart.