Articles Tagged 'The Spirit'

Far Beyond the Monotony of Low Expectations

Far Beyond the Monotony of Low Expectations

Advent is rooted in the work of God in history through real people to do the miraculous in the most human of things, the birth of a child.

Phil Ware reminds us to celebrate Advent and not simply settle for Christmas.

Our Intersection with Joy

Our Intersection with Joy

God's long story of grace intersected the mess of our world and the rest of this story is our good news of great joy. And it is the news that our world today so desperately needs to know!

James Nored on video and Phil Ware with words remind us that the circumstances of the moment can be swallowed up in the greater joy of God's long story of grace that came to us in Jesus of Nazareth.

Prepare Him Room

Prepare Him Room

'Prepare Him room': Inviting Jesus to reign in our hearts is how the strange beginning of the Gospel of Mark fits into the Advent season.

Phil Ware shares how Mark's gospel, which doesn't even mention the birth of Jesus, fits into the Advent season.

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.

Little Miracles

Little Miracles

How a bunch of poor, but precious homeless people minister to their minister in Brazil.

Dennis Downing writes about Church on the Streets and a special morning worship service when the minister receives the ministry of the people he came to serve.

How Full Is Your Gift Sack?

How Full Is Your Gift Sack?

Most of us only hoped to get enough of these seasons’ “givings” in our sacks not to be embarrassed, humiliated and marked as a less than desirable.

Phil Ware asks us to remember all the people who joined Jesus at his birth and challenges us to believe that these are exactly the kind of people Jesus came to redeem -- people just like us!

Jesus Came to Be One of Us!

Jesus Came to Be One of Us!

We desperately need to push past the glitz of the season and remember the gritty grace of the manger and the glory of God incarnate in a helpless baby who came to be one of us!

James and Phil continue their series on The Story of Redemption by focusing on the birth of Jesus and what it means for us.

On Tiptoes with Angels

On Tiptoes with Angels

Christmas, like the coming of Jesus, is about waiting!

Phil Ware begins a five-part series on Jesus at Christmas. This week is focused on waiting for Jesus to come.

Lead with Gentleness

Lead with Gentleness

In a society where parents are overwhelmed, overbooked, overworked, and overstressed, I can be a voice of gentleness!

Tom Norvell reminds us that gentleness is essential in today's divided world because we know that Jesus is near.

A Time for Giving Thanks!

A Time for Giving Thanks!

On this day when many pause with their families to give thanks to God, let’s remember what the LORD God has done to bless us!

Phil Ware reminds us to give thanks for all of our blessings!

A Day of Thanksgiving!

A Day of Thanksgiving!

In hard times or times of blessing, we are never without thankfulness

How is it that all the Thanksgiving Day’s of my past had come and I had forgotten to actually give thanks? Then I realized just how long of a list I was going to have!

Your Part Is to Trust

Your Part Is to Trust

Don’t believe the voice in your head that says that it’s up to you to do it or to overcome it.

Max Lucado reminds us that we can believe in Jesus and that Jesus can handle whatever we bring Him.

At the End of My Rope

At the End of My Rope

We are here to remind each other that we are not forgotten in our struggles of life, fear, and death. We are here to be the heart, hands, and voice of Jesus to the broken.

Phil Ware reminds us that we can all reach the end of our rope and not know what to do and this is when Jesus can step in and change everything.

The Image of God

The Image of God

What a beautiful example of the movement from invisibility to humanity! It is so easy to allow the world to slip by as I attend to my very important tasks.

Jackie Halstead reminds us to view people as Jesus did; unique and valuable because each is made in the image of God.

Scales on Our Eyes?

Scales on Our Eyes?

We're like the apostle Paul right before he was baptized: we can't see!

Phil Ware concludes his 14 part series on how God values women and their importance in the life of His people.

Three Questions that Made Me Healthier

Three Questions that Made Me Healthier

What I didn’t realize was that my wellness is not just about the food I put inside my body!

Jordan Harrell shares some challenges from several years ago after her baby was born and how three questions she needed to answer helped make her healthier in every way.

A Story That Must Be Told!

A Story That Must Be Told!

Regardless of our reasons in the past, let’s make sure we honor the Lord’s wishes in this circumstance and others like it.

Phil Ware continues his series of messages of how Jesus values women, focusing this week on the loving and extravagant gift of the unnamed woman who broke her alabaster jar and anointed Jesus with expensive perfume.

Living Simply?

Living Simply?

The call to live simply and with contentment is not easy. I am not there, but I’m trying.

Tom Norvell encourages us not to grow weary in our battle to live simply so we can find true contentment.

The Most Excellent Way

The Most Excellent Way

Beyond sexual equality to the Jesus way of mutuality and sacrificial love.

Phil Ware continues his series on how God values women and how precious they are to Him, His people, and the future of humankind, this week focusing on sexual intimacy and value.

Wearing Jesus

Wearing Jesus

Are you letting this Garment set your style?

Max Lucado reminds us that when we are baptized, we are clothed with Christ, so what people see in us they attribute to Jesus!

Treasures Old and New

Treasures Old and New

This trek of discovery was our great joy in a year of deep sorrow. In the process, each of us discovered treasures old and new.

Phil Ware continues his series on how the Bible and how God values women and their role in ministry.

God Is Not Surprised!

God Is Not Surprised!

No matter where I go or what happens, God is not surprised, and He will not abandon His own!

Tom Norvell reminds us of the truth of David's famous Psalm 139 about God's presence in every twist, turn, and chapter of our lives.

Treasure in the Details

Treasure in the Details

Paul could not have made the importance of Phoebe's previous work in Cenchrae and her future work with the church in Rome more clear.

Phil Ware continues his series of reflections on the importance of women in the Bible, the ministry of Jesus, and the early church.

His Words, Your Community

His Words, Your Community

It always brought tears to her eyes when she thought of the first part of Genesis.

Tom Norvel reminisces about the days our personal copy of the Bible and our visits to church were something precious and asks us to think through how important they are to us today.

The Macedonian Connection

The Macedonian Connection

As we examine the value of women to the work of God in the early church, we must examine the roles women actually performed at the request or with the blessing of the apostolic leaders.

Phil Ware continues his series of reflections on the value given to women and their work in the Bible, with this week focusing on Paul's work in Macedonia.