If God, Joseph and Mary went to such great lengths to bring salvation to us, so should we take the trouble to share the gospel with those around us.
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-23
Dear Roger, I am so pleased to find this site as I am a former Casas member. We are in another state now, and attend a PCA Presbyterian church (reformed). My trouble with Presbyterians is they practice what I call a "wet dedication." Baptize infants by sprinkling as a symbol of the parents' promise to raise the child in a Godly home. I never heard of the early reasons for...
Type: Ask Roger
Topic: Salvation, Church , Family
Christmas time is maybe the most "full" time of the whole year. It's a time filled with so much activity, so many relational connection points, so much commercialized influence...it can fill our lives to the point that at the end of the season, we might be at the end of our rope. This year - let's conspire to something more. Something deeper.
Scripture: Matthew 1:16-17, Luke 1:46-47, Luke 2:29-32, Malachi 4:2
Jesus said, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. The Great Physician has a good prescription. Gain His perspective. Even in sorrow, take heart and wear a cheerful countenance. Look at Christ and reflect His light. Giving to others will also feed your soul and cheer you up. Preached at Elevation Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Steven Furtick
Scripture: John 16:33-33, Acts 27:21-22, John 15:11-11, Numbers 6:24-26
Pastors, worship leaders, creative teams and volunteers should collaborate to produce fresh, worshipful seasonal services. Emotional and spiritual needs of the congregation should be addressed. Planning, resource allocation and recruiting are important.
Sin hurts ourselves and others, but through confession, we can have a new start. Let's talk about how we can find freedom, forgiveness and restoration with God and others. Let's begin with the process of approaching God and restoring intimacy with Him. The need to confess our sins seems obvious. We have all sinned, and to say that we have not, is foolishness: “If we...
Author: Don McMinn
THE NINE POINTS OF CHRIST'S STAR From the Biblical account in Matthew, unpacking it verse by verse, we can compile a list of nine qualities that must be present before any celestial phenomena could be considered to be the Biblical Star of Bethlehem. If any qualification is missing, then we will assume we haven't found our Star. Let’s start with the nine points of Christ’s...
Author: Rick Larson
Russell Moore shares his insights about tension during the holiday season. Here are his wise suggestions: "We tend to idealize holidays, but human depravity doesn’t go into hibernation between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. One thing that will hit most Christians, sooner or later, are tensions within extended families at holiday time. Some of you will be visiting family members...
Author: Russell Moore
Scripture: Proverbs 29:23-23, Hebrews 12:14-14, Matthew 13:29-30, 1 Timothy 3:7-7
We, the church, are the bridge God created to impart grace to the world. We must appropriate the grace God has given us. We don't go to church, we are the church. How do we know that we are doing church right? We grow in knowledge, love and service. Preached at North Coast Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Chris Brown
Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-16, Psalm 119:10, 1 Corinthians 12:14-26, Micah 6:8
A man’s life is a series of transitions. As he moves from one stage to the next, he often passes through a liminal state – no longer his old self but not yet aware of his new identity. Some philosophers call this transitional state “crazy time.” Adolescence, bachelorhood and midlife crisis are often crazy times for men. Crazy time sneaks up on men, and often causes them to...
Author: David Murrow