So many of us suffer with false guilt; we take moral responsibility for actions, events, and situations that were not our fault. False guilt has no value; it is always detrimental. Where does false guilt come from? False accusations can come from other people (it was your fault that our parents got a divorce), from our own self-talk (if I hadn’t insisted on going out to...
Author: David Ferguson
Dear Roger, Was Jesus a socialist? Sincerely, Wayne Dear Wayne, First of all, Jesus Christ is Jesus Christ. His beliefs transcend any economic or governmental system. His kingdom was not of this world. What a great question, especially with the current governmental trend to take over control of the economy at the expense of the private ownership of goods and the...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
God is a "today" God. God is a "now" God. Don't get caught up in what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. Enjoy God today. God is with you. God is for you, and God loves you. God never, ever wastes His love. He will always be enough for you. LifeChurch.tv provides free ministry resources to churches through http://open.church/ . Visit Open to download...
Speaker: Judah Smith
Scripture: Matthew 4:23-25, Romans 12:9-18, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Topic: Love of God, Love
Peter grows from a roughshod fisherman to a gentle and caring shepherd of God's people. When we serve as God's shepherds, we must be broken, humble and love unconditionally. Those who shepherd receive the pastor's crown when they reach heaven.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:6-7, 1 Peter 2:1-2, 1 Peter 3:8, 1 Peter 3:15-20, 1 Peter 4:8
Topic: Pastoral Ministry
Mark 9 allows us an eyewitness account of a mountain top experience Jesus has with some of his early followers. It’s known as the ‘transfiguration’ – which is a fancy name to communicate that Jesus reveals more of who He really is to them. There are some lessons here for us. Life is only lived in one direction – forward. God moments are just that, moments. Enjoy them, but keep...
Speaker: Jack Schull
Scripture: Mark 9:1-7, Exodus 14:12-18, Deuteronomy 18:15-19, Malachi 4:5-6
It will come as no surprise to most that the U.S. population has been consistently loosening its ties with church over the past few decades. In the early 1990s, only 30% of adults were unchurched, and that number steadily increased over the next decade, rising to 33% in 2003. The decade in our immediate hindsight shows an even larger increase—today, 45% of adults are...
Author: David Kinnaman
There’s been much hand-wringing over ISIS’s success in recruiting young men from the West to join their holy war. Contrary to the stereotype of the poor, disadvantaged youth acting out his rage by joining a jihad, many of ISIS’s male recruits hail from middle class homes in prosperous communities. Why would these men exchange safe, comfortable lives to fight for a bloody...
Author: David Murrow
How important is your reputation to you? Have you suffered rejection and slander for following Jesus? How many of us Christians would follow Jesus during His time? His reputation was marred, to say the least. Frank Viola writes: “Imagine . . . a man who claims to be the Messiah, living during your time. This man is impressive, but He’s been accused of the following: ...
Author: Frank Viola
I’ve been following the Lord for a little over 30 years now. And as I’ve watched the passing parade, some of the most zealous, devout, committed Christians that I knew in their 20s and 30s are now atheists in their 40s. They filed Chapter 7 on their Christian life. Each of them shared one of three things in common: They chose to become offended by God when He didn’t...
Author: Frank Viola
Topic: Church Growth
Fingernails on the chalkboard. Leaky bathroom faucets at 4:00 a.m. Chirping smoke alarms that can’t be found. Screaming toddlers in the cereal aisle at the grocery store. Annoying? Off-putting? The little (and sometimes big) irritations of daily living can steal our joy and sabotage our relationships. Chain reactions occur. Dad comes home furious because his work supervisor...
Author: Julie Barrier