The Discovery Channel once hosted a series called “Dirty Jobs.” Mike Rowe, the host, mucked-out, dug under, flushed, slogged, and slid through some of the most filthy and foul places on the planet. But whether he had been hanging from rafters or slipping through sewers, Rowe consistently showed his viewers how even the most grungy, grimy, gross job still has its own dirty...
Author: Leonard Sweet
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
RESOLVING HYPOCRISY: Most of us are unaware of how hypocrisy controls our lives. Here is a list of symptoms that will identify areas you need to address in your integrity in relationships toward others, toward God and in your morality. Neil Anderson, president of Freedom in Christ Ministries, has provided this powerful, helpful tool. LIST each way, either in the...
Author: Neil Anderson
Dear Roger, Can a church look good on the outside, and yet really lose their love for Christ? How can you tell? I never want that church to be mine, or that person to be me! I know that Jesus was impressed the ministries of the bustling church at Ephesus, but He knew they had lost their first love. Sincerely, Dave Dear Dave, Here are some thoughts from Scripture,...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
While the United States remains shaped by Christianity, the faith’s influence—particularly as a force in American politics and culture—is slowly waning. An increasing number of religiously unaffiliated, a steady drop in church attendance, the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, and the growing tension over religious freedoms all point to a larger secularizing...
Author: David Kinnaman
In this series from Acts, the church struggles from within when Ananias and Sapphira bring gifts and lie about their generosity. They also experience persecution from the Sanhedrin and some racial tension. Used by permission of the Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas.
Speaker: Matt Chandler
Scripture: Acts 4:32-34, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Acts 5:5, Acts 5:10, Acts 4:34
Topic: Marks of a Healthy Church
The unbelieving world gives a number of excuses for not attending church: irrelevance, hypocrisy, legalism, negativity, worldliness. This series examines our role in becoming more effective in reaching the world for Christ.
Bad religion is decried by Jesus in Matthew 29 when He condemns the Pharisees on their hypocrisy. But we can easily commit the same sins. Here are seven ways you can become hypocritical: Make up your own rules and act like they are Biblical. Keep people from God while convincing them they are growing closer to Him. Revere religious objects. Value practices more than people....
Speaker: Tim Chaddick
Scripture: Matthew 29:1-32
Modern Christians can be edified when the psalmist expounds on God's law in Psalm 119 and says that the law is wise, able to keep a man pure, and a fortress. If you want wisdom, purity, and stability, go to God's law. It's all there. But we get confused when the psalmist calls the law "sweet like honey" (Psalm 119:103). Elsewhere the psalmist says that if he did not delight...
Author: John Starke
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
The Triumph of Relationship over Poverty. What is the Open Table? It’s a great program to equip Christians to restore people in poverty to our communities through relationship and by investing our own vocational and life experiences and personal networks. MISSION Train congregations and their members, through the Open Table Model, to partner their vocational and life...
Author: Jon Katov
What does the Bible say about gun control? More specifically, are the guidelines for the use of defensive weapons the same in the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament? Gun control has become a hot topic again because of recent tragedies. Politically, both sides of the American political spectrum are making their cases for and against tighter gun...
Author: Tom Terry
Topic: Church and Culture