Living a Kingdom Culture
To live in a kingdom culture, we need to know what values and practices define the Kingdom of God. It would help us to define the characteristics of the kingdom of God if we could find those places in the Bible where the Kingdom of God is being practiced perfectly – where we can say … Continue reading Living a Kingdom Culture
The Calling of Matthew
Mark shares from his series on the Life of Jesus. Listen here. Read Matthew 9:9-13 Within this little story is hidden the central difference between Christianity and all other religions. This is the first time that Jesus begins to differ from his Jewish faith. In this story he begins to set forth the fundamental message … Continue reading The Calling of Matthew
What is Our Identity?
God's supernatural power flows through our connection and closeness with Him. This sermon was recorded in Guadalajara, Mexico where we saw many lives touched by God's love and power. Man started out as children of God in the Garden of Eden [the garden of pleasure]. Through stepping away from God as Lord and Father man … Continue reading What is Our Identity?
How to Wait Well
https://youtu.be/GmzpcELgCRI Is there a biblical pattern to promises and their fulfillment in the life of a Christian? Abraham is given a promise of fathering a great nation. More than 50 years pass before he has a child. He is 100 before the promise is fulfilled. As a young man Joseph has a dream from God … Continue reading How to Wait Well
Getting Real Part 2
Continuing from last post Graph #1 represents our normal human life experience. Above the line are experiences which are pleasant, fulfilling and satisfying. What we like to call “blessings”. There are several high points we love to think about. Thinking about them brings a sense of happiness and self-acceptance. Below the line are experiences that … Continue reading Getting Real Part 2
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Facing my Brokenness
Romans 12:3 “…Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” Most of the time this verse is offered as a warning against the sin of pride, and so it should be, but it has … Continue reading Facing my Brokenness
What is “hearing God’s voice” anyway?”
One of the biggest problems we religious folk have is our jargon. Sometimes I wonder if we have any idea what we are talking about. Has it ever occurred to you that our speech might be incomprehensible to our average non-religious neighbor or co-worker? Probably not. I say “probably not” because much of the time … Continue reading What is “hearing God’s voice” anyway?”
Satan is most effective in drawing us away from God when we are either being extremely blessed or experiencing real suffering. Each condition is vulnerable to a particular lie. Satan is the “father of lies”. Lying is not just in His nature, it is how he goes about separating us from our Father. Today we … Continue reading Surviving Suffering