Minister Articles (Page 5)

Fellowship

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NASB) I remember a conversation I had a while back…

Fanaticism

“Fanatic—a person filled with excessive and often misguided enthusiasm for something.” (Concise Oxford Dictionary) Fanatics killed Jesus and Stephen. Though once a fanatic, when Paul became a Christian he too was hounded by the fanatics he was once like. Fanaticism seems to control the day in our current culture. I found the following article enlightening…

Debt

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 6:23 NIV) “I owed a debt I could not pay.” “Jesus paid a debt he did not owe.” “Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay.” Jesus tells the story of a…

Fellowship Is Building A Relationship

Acts 2:44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. (NASB) Family reunions can be a little awkward. In Mexico I lived in the city and the rest of my cousins lived in small towns. Every time we visited, there were new cousins and boyfriends and girlfriends. I could never figure out who…

Moving Forward in the Kingdom

I know many of your were shocked by the  announcement this past Sunday. Stepping down from a full time ministry role in the church was a hard decision to make with many factors. We have accomplished so much together and I know there are many mixed feelings for all of us about this change and…

Proof

Proof— facts, evidence, argument; a demonstration or act of proving.   Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you– unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Cor. 13:5 NIV)   Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the…

Fellowship: Give and Take

Genesis 2: 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (NASB)   Fellowship is one of those words that when I think of it, I think of food, friends, laugher and a church building. While I was reading a book…

Thoughts on Youth

Do you remember when you were young? I mean younger. The last thing on my mind was being an example for anyone else. I was worried about having fun and how I looked. I wasn’t looking for people to look like me. I was concerned about looking like someone else. In the Greek culture, you…

Direction

This past weekend, we took our Adult and Teen Small Group Leaders to Camp Tuscoba for a weekend retreat. It was geared to train and equip our leaders to understand the process of developing lessons and providing connecting points for the students. During the frigid afternoon temperatures, we had something special lined up…a paddleboat race.…

Predictions

I’m writing this on Monday because a snow and ice event has been forecast for our area tomorrow. The forecasters seem rather certain, but we shall see. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they are not. A week ago I was watching the Kansas City Chiefs take a 21-3 halftime lead over the Tennessee Titans.…