Posts by Jeff Jones (Page 4)

Physical Fitness as Worship

Our culture is obsessed with our physical bodies.  Weight loss programs, diet pills, Plexus, essential oils, fitness studios, and an ever increasing list of foods that we should never eat create a drone of sounds that surround us daily as we struggle with our physical bodies.  Our response is to work feverishly to look a certain way or to feel guilty that we do not measure up to our culture’s view of health and beauty.  In response, some Christians make…

Before You Post on Social Media…

I rarely find facebook to be conducive for loving Christian dialogue on controversial subjects. For those who choose to post (and in this matter I believe Christians should live and let live) here are a few things to consider: 1. Have I been drinking? If so, it is best not to post. 2. Is it true and have I verified that it is so? If not, it is best not to post.  I have deleted many “friends” who insisted on…

Living with Grace and Truth: A Biblical Approach to Homosexuality

The following is the basic text of a sermon that was preached at Grace Community Church in 2014: Living with Grace and Truth: Homosexuality and the United Methodist Church Michael Sam’s being drafted into the NFL and the Pulaski County judge’s declaration that the Arkansas law prohibiting same sex marriage as unconstitutional, have certainly put the issue of homosexuality in the news in the past week.  The trend in our culture today is undoubtedly toward a greater acceptance of homosexuality.…

GIVE

Have you had a few moments to pause during this busy season to consider the gifts you are giving to Christ?  Think about how strange it would be to have this great birthday celebration for Christ and to have gifts for everyone but him!  Wouldn’t that be absurd?  Why not take some time this week to fill out the attached card that allows you to give Jesus the gifts He truly loves.  After you fill the card out, wrap it…

A Thoughtful Response to Trump

Donald Trump is a rock star on today’s political scene and his recent comments suggesting a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. has had broad appeal with many.  I find his words chilling because I believe that within them are the seeds of persecution that will come to haunt the Christian church in the years to come.  Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has spoken what I believe are some wise…

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.  You don’t have a prayer problem–you have a heart problem.  When Jesus spoke to the church at Ephesus in the book of Revelation, he said…

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 relationship with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to…

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 church and for individual Christians.  We live in a very isolating culture where we are familiar with many people but friends with few.  God’s church…

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 the time everyone woke up, perhaps you could benefit from some advance planning.  What would make Sunday mornings run smooth for you?  Laying out clothes…

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 church.  It is amazing how awkward it can feel to encourage generosity and the support of Kingdom minded ministries when it is so easy to…