Articles Tagged 'Welcome' (Page 2)

Be a Neighbor this Week!

Who will you show God's love today?

Rick Brown writes of Johnny Brown in Bermuda who greets and welcomes and shares greetings with people six hours each day.

More than Mr. Rogers

Jesus calls us beyond the narrow caricatures of grace.

Phil Ware continues his series called UNPREDICTABLE about Jesus and his love and grace and call to follow him in holiness and reminds us that grace calls us from sin and death and to a life of holiness.

Master the Art of Welcoming

How open are our arms?

Rick Brown challenges us to be welcoming to those who are outsiders and those we do not know.

My Father

Why is it so important that God be called Father?

Phil Ware continues his series on the Prodigal Son called the Journey Home about the God we all need to be our Father.

Wasted Time!

Haven't we all wasted enough time piddling around when there is a party going on?

Phil Ware continues his series on the prodigal son called The Journey Home, and he focuses on the older brother and God's desire to throw him a party.

Last Lights on the Tree

With the Christmas lights reflection, what do you remember?

Phil Ware looks at the reflection of the Christmas tree lights in his quiet and darkened house and reflects on the grace God has brought into his life this past year.

Touched by an Angel

Have you received or given this touch?

Ron Rose talks about the angels and holy moments in our lives and calls us to recognize them and be them for those who need a touch of God's grace.

Praying for the Dawn

Where do you see the light?

Rubel Shelly talks about when we can see the dawn and tells a rabbinic story about when we see the light in someone else's eyes and welcome them, even if they are a stranger.

Why Are They Not Coming?

Religious but not in church: you bet, that's a lot of folks!

Larry Davies talks about why a lot of folks have trouble with going to church and reminds us that we are part of the problem when we don't go back to the basics.

Compliment Guys

Now aren't you nice!?

Patrick Odum shares about the compliment guys and how they bless people and how we can, too.

Better than the Super Bowl

Why would you cheer against your own team?

Rubel Shelly describes a better football game than the Super Bowl with the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and this was between two high school teams, Grapevine Faith Christian and Gainesville State.

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.

Specialty of the House

Why can't this also be our specialty?

Rubel Shelly talks about Starbucks and their emphasis on customer service and how we need to emulate their desire to greet help others.

I'm Just a Businessman

How would it feel to say know to Jesus?

Larry Davies puts us in the place of the inn keeper who had no room in his inn for Joseph and Mary.

Less Than Advertised

What are we really promising people in our churches?

Phil Ware shares an experience where a small town was way over hyped and didn't live up to its advertising and compares it to what happens in our churches and encourages us to build God's community.

Everything Is Yours!

How much difference should it make in our lives to know it all is ours?

Tom Norvell remembers the words of the father to the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal son that everything the father has is his, it belongs to him.

Of Natural Causes

How long would you have to be gone before someone noticed?

Larry died and no one missed him and was not discovered until 18 months after his death.

New Wood

What will you do about a New Year?

We can continue to grow and mature and flourish if we choose to do so, even until we are quite old.

Dead Tires and Road Trash

What will you find at the side of the road this time of year?

Road trash and tire debris challenges Phil to remember exactly who it was that Jesus reached and ask why we don't reach them today?

Unremembered Friends

What if we actually treated everyone we meet as if they were friends?

What if we greeted everyone as if they were a long lost friend who we were glad to see?

Why Care about Folks We Don't Know?

Why pay attention and look for folks we don't know?

We should care about all people, regardless of their background.

Please Don't Ignore Me!

Do you ever feel overlooked?

Please don't ignore others or ignore God because we all know how it hurts to be ignored.

When Love Takes You In

When's the last time you welcomed someone in?

We have been brought into the circle of God's grace and we must graciously bring others in as well.

Humiliated!

How can we ever overcome humiliation?

If we don't bring back sinners whose sin has humiliated themselves, and if we we don't reach out to those who have been humiliated by others, then how can we claim we wear the name of Jesus?

Department or Attitude?

Did you hear the one about the fellow who walked into First Suburban Church wearing an expensive suit and a baseball cap?

If you value human contact and personal service, then take note of and appreciate it when you receive it.