Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
In the history section of the Old Testament there is buried a literary gem called the book of Ruth. Long touted as a writing masterpiece, the book of Ruth includes all the makings of a great and timeless love story. You can read through it at lunch, but it can take a lifetime to grasp the depths of its lessons.Continue
Added by Dave Shepardson on September 28, 2011 at 12:47pm — No Comments
On Tuesday night at 1:30am my next door neighbor was robbed at gunpoint. They stole some of her jewelry and her cell phone and of course scared the daylights out of her. This is obviously quite disturbing. We live in a very nice, quiet and (usually) safe neighborhood. But this happened next door! Literally 25 feet from where I was sleeping. You can’t ignore it now that it has happened. So the big question is, what do we do now?
First, I am thanking God that my neighbor was not…Continue
Added by Brian Fletcher on September 27, 2011 at 12:11pm — No Comments
September 23, 2011
“Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
have the wisdom to show restraint.”…
Added by Federico Aguelo on September 26, 2011 at 6:39am — No Comments
I’m a rule follower. I know it’s kind of silly but I like rules. Rules help me know when I am staying within the bounds of what I’m supposed to do. I somehow find comfort in knowing that I am being responsible if I follow the rules. (Jay walking is dangerous. I saw a kid yesterday barely escape getting run over by a car because he was jay walking.) But sometimes when I think I’m being responsible, I’m actually being prideful. I take pride in following the rules. This is a problem when…Continue
“The hearing ear and the seeing eye – ADONAI made them both.”
Many doctors would agree that the most…Continue
Added by Federico Aguelo on September 19, 2011 at 6:43am — No Comments
Last week, a prayer request was submitted to me. The caller explained her daughter has chemical dependency addictions and psychiatric problems. Therefore, she repeatedly advised her to ascertain some medical care.
In the meantime the court , gave custody of her only child to her husband.…Continue
Added by diane williams on September 18, 2011 at 2:18pm — No Comments
Lee and her husband are members of our church. But when her husband fell victim to Alzheimer's, they moved five hours away to a senior adult community that specialized in treating patients with the disease. On vacation with friends, two of us visited the couple this week.
It was good to see Lee.
It was good to see they were settled in a beautiful place.
It was good to know that Lee had help with her husband.
It was also…Continue
Often, our spiritual enemy capitalizes on people being disgruntled in the church. They may be upset about any number of things, but almost always, when someone begins causing conflict in the church, they are definitely disgruntled about something, although they seldom admit what they are truly upset about. Instead, they turn their anger on the church, and specifically on…Continue
Added by Dave Shepardson on September 15, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments
The gospel of grace is central to all of life. Everything we do, say and think about will be impacted by the gospel. The gospel is simply the good news that God sent his son Jesus to save us from our sins. We were created to live in relationship with God but we chose to turn our backs on God and live life the way we wanted to live. This rebellion broke our relationship with God and left us to face the wages and consequences of our own sin, which is death. But God, who is rich in mercy and…Continue
Added by Brian Fletcher on September 15, 2011 at 8:21am — No Comments
Is it better to live here on earth or is it better to be in heaven with Jesus? To live here on earth means that we
experience pain, suffering, difficulty and sorrow. We have to live in a wretched world full of
sin and misery. Disease, sickness,depression, hatred and selfishness characterize our daily lives. But in heaven none of this exists. There is no sorrow, pain or sin. Heaven is a holy place. So is there really a question as to which is
Added by Brian Fletcher on September 13, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments
Have you noticed how many things have gone retro… clothes,
cars, furniture, appliances. Vinyl
records are making a comeback. I wish I
had kept my leisure suits because I am sure they will return soon! Maybe even
my bell bottom pants I wore in college. Some
are nostalgic and want to return to the good ole days when church attendance
was up and life seemed much simpler. This
retro thinking reminds me of how we sometimes view discipleship.
We go to all…Continue
Added by Mike James on September 13, 2011 at 7:19am — No Comments
Obey or Observe? What’s the difference? Us Christians sure like telling others to obey. After all, we are commanded to in the Great Commission, aren’t we?
The New American Standard Bible renders the Great Commission in this way:
Added by Miguel Labrador on September 9, 2011 at 8:29am — No Comments
God is constantly gracious. He never stops thinking about you, he is constantly with us all the time, everywhere. I love the Zephaniah 3:17 passage;
"The Lord your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."
I want to encourage you to examine your life for "evidence of grace". Because God's grace is always flooding our hearts then we should be able to see…
Added by Brian Fletcher on September 8, 2011 at 9:34am — No Comments
Sometimes, a mom can do nothing but shake her head at what God is doing in the lives of her children. I'm shaking my head today as my daughter and son-in-law are in flight to Athens, Greece, to minister to refuges there for the next week.
You would understand my head shaking if you knew my daughter. She's an amazing young woman with a heart for ministry and missions. In fact, she'll be graduating in December with a Masters in Missiology from New Orleans Baptist Theological…Continue
For years I have been hearing about the importance of "mentoring" in the congregation. I have even been to workshops on this topic - but I could never really get a handle on it. Then one of my Elders informed me of how much she learns by our one on one times. Once a week she would come by for prayer and we would spend 20 minutes to an hour in conversation about prayer, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, leadership -…Continue