To 'Be Faithful'
“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” — Revelation 2:10 What exactly does “be faithful” mean? The Greek word for “faithful” is pistos — a person who shows themselves faithful in the transaction of business or execution of commands; can be relied on. When I think of that definition, I immediately think of God. Every day, God is good and faithful to us. Every day, we have God’s unfailing love. He can be trusted. So, how can I be faithful and remain fa
Questions Asked of Jesus: John 8:5
“Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” — Scribes and Pharisees, John 8:5 There are very few events in our life that capture our complete, undivided attention. On an individual, personal level, the birth of a child, a funeral or a wedding are moments when we stop everything we’re doing and pay close attention. In general, a sporting event like the Super Bowl or a tragic event like 9/11 are moments when everyone wants to know what
'Lest We Drift Away'
We can drift into a life of ruin and sin, but it is impossible for us to drift into the life that God wants us to live. We’re not going to accidentally end up in heaven. Those who are truly on God’s side aren’t drifters, but swimmers — living lives that are purposeful. The drifting process can begin subtly because it requires no effort and it’s not easily detectable. We never drift upstream, and as a result, the speed downstream increases and we become a hazard to others. And
Marks of a Strong Church
From the world’s point of view, a strong church is measured by the size of its building, number of members, location, technology and what kind of programs they offer. Basically, “What can the church do for me?” In the New Testament, there were many good, strong congregations. But there were some that were not what they should have been (Revelation 2-3). Congregations come in all shapes and sizes; each one is different. However, there are several components that strong churche