Articles Tagged 'Religious'

Not a Patch, but a Whole New World

Not a Patch, but a Whole New World

Pursue Jesus. Completely pursue him. You will notice that while you are not religious, you are being drawn to a holy character and gracious compassion that religion longs to impart, but cannot!

Phil Ware continues looking at the gospel of Mark and reminds us that Jesus isn't a patch on religion or a new joy to infuse old and stale religion; he is an altogether all new thing.

Viewing People as Jesus Did!

Viewing People as Jesus Did!

Too often as human beings, we tend to view people in ways that demean their value to God and reveal the diminished value we place upon them.

Phil Ware reminds us of the four ways we often view people that are very crass and treats them as less than human, then he compares that to how Jesus views people.

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.

Lifestyle: Connecting Others with Jesus

Lifestyle: Connecting Others with Jesus

How we view people impacts our lifestyle

Phil Ware finishes his series on "The Andrew Effect" about connecting people with Jesus by reminding us how Jesus viewed people.

His Hands Will Touch You, Too!

His Hands Will Touch You, Too!

When you see this man, who do you see?

Max Lucado writes about the man born blind in John 9 and reminds us that even though no one else notices us as a person, Jesus does.

Rules for Building a Snowman?

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.

Meeting God Outside the Box!

Meeting God Outside the Box!

Where can we go and meet God?

Phil Ware continues his series on Out of the Box and Luke 8 and Luke 9 and the limiting expectations we have for encountering and meeting God.

Bribery, Cursing, and Lying

Bribery, Cursing, and Lying

What do you see around Jesus?

Brian McCutchen reminds us that the Cross is a nasty, hurtful, despicable place where Jesus died.

Our Failure to See God

Our Failure to See God

How could this happen?

Rubel Shelly looks at how easily the religious of Jesus' day dismissed what he did and reminds us that it is still happening today.

The Hardest Lesson Lost

The Hardest Lesson Lost

Are we the older brothers?

Phil Ware continues his series on the prodigal son called The Journey Home focusing this week on the older brother and the hardest lesson to lose: that it is better in the Father's house!

SpiritFire - Two Choices

SpiritFire - Two Choices

Which do you choose?

Phil Ware kicks off a series called SpiritFire on the Holy Spirit and emphasizes we have to either walk by the flesh or by the Spirit.

Have We Missed the Point?

Have We Missed the Point?

Is there a real difference? What would you say?

Ron Rose talks about the difference between living with faith and being religious and asks if there is a difference between being a Christian and being religious.

Strange Neighbors

Strange Neighbors

Why would God place us in close proximity to these people?

Phil Ware talks about weird neighbors and who God has sent us to hear so we can lead them to Christ.

Post 9-11, Prayer, & Politics

Post 9-11, Prayer, & Politics

Are you ready for the bumpy ride?

Phil Ware reflects on 9-11 and reminds us to pray, while directing us to read and think through our faith.

Getting Close to God

Getting Close to God

Are you righteous enough to get close to God?

Bill Denton reminds us that the Pharisees' problem wasn't their love for Scripture, but their willingness to condemn others and justify themselves.

The Jesus Vibe: The Shear

The Jesus Vibe: The Shear

Why would anyone want to live in a place with such strong currents?

We are called to live in the strong currents where Jesus' Kingdom meets the world and those trapped by darkness, but we need to know there is both danger and richness.

What Do You Think?

What Do You Think?

Sometimes, don't you think you ought to find the answer for yourself?

While spiritual leaders have wisdom and knowledge, they are not always right and we should seek to answer many of our own questions ourselves using the Bible as our guide.

Seeking God

Seeking God

What god are you seeking?

Idolatry in India leads to a false notion that their gods are drinking milk, but the true and living God knows us and cares about us.

Sausage Over Souls

Sausage Over Souls

Why in the world would anyone choose sausage over a life being changed?

The healing of the madman and the reaction of the crowd remind us once again that people are often prejudiced against anything that costs them something even if it benefits other people.

Christmas Clause

Christmas Clause

Would people really want to take Christ our the nativity?

A preacher gets in trouble talking about Christmas on Sunday, but warns that the world will take Christ out of Christmas.

Thanks for the Flame of Freedom

Thanks for the Flame of Freedom

Will we let them search for themselves?

We need to give our children and grandchildren the opportunity to believe for themselves.

Doing Things Religiously

Doing Things Religiously

How are you doing on your spiritual exercises?

Worship is more than what happens every seventh day, it is all of our lives.