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Pray

Before you read today’s thoughts from me on the gifts we are giving to Christ this Christmas, watch this classic moment from worship: WATCH THIS. Think about the time you spend daily in conversation with God.  If in thinking about the topic of prayer you say to yourself, “Ugh, I guess I should pray more.”  STOP.…

Serve

Here is the third of the five gifts we are offering to Christ this Christmas:  Serve.  One of the original ways of talking about Christians was to talk about people of “the way.”  Christianity wasn’t simply a set of beliefs, but a way of living in which we imitated the example of Christ. “In your…

Connect

Let’s get connected.  Here is our 2nd Christmas gift for Christ this season.  How is God calling you to be more connected to others in the body of Christ for support, care, accountability, and study?  If you find this a challenge, don’t think you are alone.  This is one of the great struggles for the…

Worship

Are you thinking about how you can honor God with your worship?  This is a great gift that will surely make God smile, so here are a few more thoughts from me as you have a conversation with God. Preparation.  If you show up to church on Sunday morning after arguing with your family from…

Money, money, money…

The old song is true: money is a powerful thing.  Jesus recognized this and talked often about the power of money.  From Genesis to Revelation, the bible discusses the power of money and its potential for good or evil.  In this context, it is funny how reticent we are to talk about money in the…

Calvinism vs. Arminianism

Many of our Baptist friends come from a Calvinist background.  Have you ever had someone ask you if you believe in once saved always saved?  Methodists come from an Arminian background.  Here are a few great resources explaining some of what that means. Foundations of Wesleyan Arminian Theology by Mildred Bangs Wynkoop.  This book is not for…

The Trinity

What is the Trinity?  Does it matter that God has identified himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Here are two short articles and one short video to give you a basic understanding of the Trinity and its importance to the Christian faith. Yours in Christ, Jeff This post is a chapter from Dr. Timothy…

Illegal Immigration

Illegal immigration is a hot topic in our culture.  What would it mean to think about this issue from a Christian perspective and to apply biblical principles to a complex social, political, legal issue?  Here is a great example that is worth the read.  You or I may not agree with every conclusion of the…

Pastoral Counseling

Some thoughts from me on what I would tell myself if I could give some wisdom to myself upon my ordination in 1999: Many people will come to you for counsel and advice.  Remember these few simple rules: 1.  You are a pastor, not a counselor.  The one class you took in seminary does not…