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
We often get so caught up thinking about where we'd rather be and what we'd rather be doing, that we forget all the places God has already been with us. But there is a way we we can experience God's presence wherever we are, wherever we go. Jacob's story reminds us that the biggest obstacle to a fulfilling life is us! Preached at Elevation Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Steven Furtick
Scripture: Genesis 28:10-22, Genesis 32:10-10, Genesis 35:1-7, Psalm 103:2-5, Romans 12:1-1
When my wife and I purchased our first home, I determined our lawn would be at least comparable to that lovely lush landscape of the guy two doors down. Our street took a lot of pride in curbside appeal. I joined them in the weekly ritual of weeding, seeding, planting, mowing, watering, raking, trimming and brimming with pride. I spent a lot of time rooting shrubs and...
Author: Thabiti Anyabwile
Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. This old saying shows up a lot on t-shirts, coffee cups, and wall plaques. It’s supposed to make us smile, but it annoys me. Shame on Momma for being so self-centered and narcissistic that she manipulates people with her emotional moods. Momma is a bully. A mature mother would have this attitude: Even though I may not be happy, I want...
Author: Don McMinn
When Jesus was crucified, the curtain in the temple dividing the Holy of Holies from everything else, was ripped from top to bottom. God said, "That which divided us is gone. You don't have to live in a system trying to reach God on your own anymore." What will you do when you realize the unreachable God has reached you and has healed your sinful soul completely? Preached at...
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-9, Leviticus 20:26-26
"Authenticity" is a buzzword frequently used by emerging church leaders. However,"being real" as a ministry couple just isn't that easy. Roger and Julie Barrier discuss the unrealistic expectations that cause pastors to step on the pedestal, and how to live lives of integrity.
Topic: Pastoral Ministry
Dear Roger, I have been reading about King David, called the "man after God's own heart." I know he asked God for forgiveness, but what about everyone else he hurt? Did he ever apologize to them? Sincerely, Katlyn Dear Katlyn, King David apologized to God for his adultery with Bathsheba in Psalm 51:4: "Against You , and You alone I have sinned. I have done what...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
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
Success has been accorded an endless array of definitions. Some are crafted to make failure seem more like success so that we can limp through life and fail without remorse or guilt. Other definitions are quite lofty, written to give us opportunity achieve in a manner that has little to do with the achievement and everything to do with restoring blunted self-esteems. Sometimes...
Author: Craig Lounsbrough
Andy Stanley dove into a pool of piping hot water last week, with remarks pitted small churches against big churches. His comments came within the context of his explaining why he believes churches should be big: “We want churches to be large enough so that there are enough middle schoolers and high schoolers, that we don’t have one youth group with middle school and...
Author: Trevin Wax