One of the hardest sayings of Jesus has to do with a camel, a needle, and money. It causes us to consider closely the materialistic way we live. God wants us to enjoy material blessings, to give Him charge of all that we have, to invest and be generous. Preached at Fellowship Church, Grapevine Texas. www.creativepastors.com. Used by permission of Fellowship Church.
Speaker: Ed Young Jr.
Scripture: Mark 10:18-22
It's hard to remember a time when people were more angry. A civilized person ought to be, first of all, civil. Yet, today there is no discourse, no respect for another's opinion, no reasoning together for the common good. I am concerned, especially for the church. One may argue, "Our society is decaying. We should be mad." Yes, but we can be angry yet still not sin (see...
Author: Francis Frangipane
Topic: Church and Culture
The story of Ananias and Sapphira teaches the gravity of allowing Satan to gain a foothold in God's church through lying and deception. The passage connects pretense, divided self, lack of integrity and satanic power. If God did not intervene and confront the lies, greed and deceit, it would be the death of the church from the start. We lose our integrity slowly, over small...
Speaker: Peter Scazzero
Scripture: Acts 5:1-11
Topic: Consequences of Sin
I know a few will regard the following remarks as coming from "the deep end." Others will take what I'm presenting and exaggerate it beyond its legitimate boundaries. But I want to focus on one reason why some leaders have serious moral failures. I want to offer an insight into how all of us, as Christians, can protect ourselves from a similar failure. The idea that a leader...
Author: Francis Frangipane
Topic: Person of Satan, Spiritual Warfare
We live in a time when most people in our culture don’t think. Instead, they “feel” and they believe that what they feel is truth. Most of what we see on television (both news and entertainment) and read in magazines, blogs and books is crafted to generate an emotional response, and in feeling it, to accept the feeling as truth. Critical thinking – objectively identifying what...
Author: R. Loren Sandford
For years I’ve been haunted by one of John Newton’s letters, which was later titled “Blemishes in Christian Character.” Newton was an 18th century Anglican minister who had once been a slave trader. After a dramatic conversion, he went into the ministry and became one of the wisest and most insightful pastors of his time. His hundreds of pastoral letters are masterful and many...
Author: Tim Keller
There's enough circulating in the media today to discourage Christians about the future of marriage and family. In a recent Atlantic article, "All the Single Ladies ," Kate Bolick suggests we stop thinking of "traditional marriage" as society's highest ideal. Divorce is no longer the "new" normal, it's just normal. In the 1980s and 90s, the term "turn-key kids" was...
Author: John Starke
Jesus teaches that we live under great stress when we worship the rival god, Money. We must learn to walk in faith in the present and run to Jesus when we hurt. Life Events Stress Scale click here.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34, Luke 12:22-24, Psalm 23
King David's sons prove that the blessings of wealth, sex, and influence can corrupt. We can also be seduced by misusing the blessings in our lives.
Paul penned Second Corinthians to Christians in a humanistic, hedonistic culture. How do you live a godly life in the midst of such a toxic environment? Paul gives us many clues.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians