If Jesus had not risen…, part 1

If Jesus had not risen…, part 1

Today, we celebrate.  We remember.  We sing.  We rejoice! But take a moment to consider “what if.”  What if Christ had not risen again? Paul follows this trail of logic in I Corinthians 15:14. And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and...

Why He Waits

Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.  John 11:14 Why didn’t he come sooner? Martha asked it. Mary asked it. Those watching asked it. Jesus didn’t go right away when He heard the news that Lazarus was sick.  He waited.   By the time He...

A Case for Truth-focused Ministry

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:15 In my short time in church work, I’ve observed some of my tendencies.  It’s easy to focus my attention on secondary things instead of  the...

Getting to the Priorities

Priorities matter.  Some things in life are more important than others.  These areas have to be planned for and intentionally guarded lest they be totally neglected. In a recent conversation with my friend and fellow staff member Brian Norris, I brought up to him the...

How to Use an mp3 Player to Grow Spiritually

Over a year ago I was in the market for an mp3 player.  On the day after Thanksgiving, I purchased a simple mp3 player, but it didn’t come for a couple of weeks.  I called the company I bought it from, and they had oversold.  I cancelled my order, and kept my...