Here is a question we received on our site, Covenant Eyes : Dear Luke, “I have asked several pastors/mentors/friends about masturbation and whether it is sinful or not. I do not watch pornography, however, sometimes when I begin thinking about my fiancé sexually, I masturbate. These fantasies are not ‘out of the ordinary’ in the sense that it is not like the pornography I...
Author: Luke Gilkerson
The “ready” position is the stance that an athlete takes to be prepared to take on any challenge. If you're ready, you are not afraid. Don't be afraid of tyrants, financial ruin, life or death. Fear God and you don't have to fear anything else.
Scripture: Luke 12:49-56
Have you seen control and manipulation divide your church? Have you suffered through the fall of a spiritual leader into sexual sin? The life of Queen Jezebel gives us a window of how Satan operates in our churches to destroy God's people. To understand the spirit of control and manipulation as epitomized by Jezebel, we must understand the genesis of her personality in...
Author: Francis Frangipane
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine… That’s a line from the chorus of a hit song by the band R.E.M. And I think, surprisingly, there’s a great deal of truth in it. I was pulled aside after a Sunday morning service not long ago by an attender who wanted to know when I was going to be warning the congregation about the impending crash of the world...
Author: Brandon Cox
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
Raising money. Challenging, but doable. According to social policy expert Dr. John McKnight, “you don’t know what you need until you know what you have.” Needs are easy to spot partly because we always find what we are looking for. Our questions shape the answers we find. Flip your fund-raising script from a need-based to an asset-based approach. Instead of asking...
Author: David King
Topic: Money and Giving
When you are dealing with someone, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Differentiate between the Holy Spirit's revelation and your manipulation. Don't ignore red flags. Don't internalize, verbalize. And finally, don't give up meeting together in the Body of Christ. Community is where growth occurs. Preached at National Community Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Mark Batterson
Scripture: Hebrews 10:24
Who is this God to whom your prayers ascend? Belief in what God can do will give you strength and more confidence in your prayer life. When unbelief takes control, it is because you have forgotten who God is. Here are four characteristics of God: 1) His omnipotence – He is all-powerful, 2) His omniscience – He is all-knowing, 3) His omnipresence – He is all-present, and...
Author: National Prayer Team
Why does God put us on the shelf? Let's look at Moses, Paul and Jesus and find out why... Just got home. Opened the frig. An odiferous gallon of sour milk reminds me that I should have pitched it days ago. Milk has a short shelf life. The rotten cow juice makes my Cheerios taste like poo. Avocados are the food of the gods, in my estimation. Especially if you pair them...
Author: Julie Barrier
Since it is virtually impossible to identify and erase all of the misleading information in our mental computers, the only way to change our thinking habits is to input new information. Unless we change what we know, we will continue to believe, decide, and act in a manner that is contrary to our best interests" (The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, by Jim Rohn). This...
Author: Chet Weld
God's blessings in our lives can easily be turned into smug, self-satisfied arrogance if we grab the glory for ourselves rather than thanking Him. Climbing the ladder of success led to a well-deserved serving of humble pie for me. My fifth-grade year was absotively, posolutely the best year of my life. Everything went downhill from there. Those were the days: pre-glasses,...
Author: Julie Barrier