As a child I remember running up to my mother on multiple occasions and shouting the phrase "hey mom, watch this!" Before I did anything that I deemed "impressive" I would always try to get the attention of my mother or father so that I could make sure that they were prepared to bask in the glow of my soon to be "impressive" action. I was not content with just doing the action, I wanted to be recognized for it as well. We see this same kind of mentality in Matthew 6. In Matth
“Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals." (1 Cor. 15.33) Every time I read this verse I think of the phrase “one bad apple, spoils the bunch”. I’m sure you all have heard of this phrase, but have you ever thought about what that means? The phrase comes from the fact that when apples are placed in a closed container such a paper bag the ethylene (the stuff that makes apples ripen) that is produced by them is heavily concentrated because it has nowhere else to go bu
Today is Mother’s Day and as a result we thought it would be nice to pray for the women in our lives who mean so much to us. “Father, thank you for the women in our lives. Thank you for our sisters, daughters, mothers, and grandmothers. Thank you for the women who teach us how to walk in your ways, and thank you for the women that encourage and strengthen this church. Thank you God for their vision, love, and care. We pray that we’ll show these women appreciation not just tod
For most of us, talking to someone about their soul is a scary prospect. There are a number of reasons, and they all differ from person to person. Maybe you’re scared because: You’re afraid of being rejected You’re a naturally shy person You don’t feel that you know enough These are only a few of the reasons but one thing I noticed with all of these is that they all boil down into core problem…courage. In regards to this I’d like to take a look at two contrasting sides of cou
“But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,"his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” (Jer. 20:9).
These words were spoken by the prophet Jeremiah. If we look at the verse preceding we see that Jeremiah write "the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long." (Jer. 20:8).
Throughout history we can read about people being persecuted for their belief in Chri