Sometimes there are compelling realities to life that move us to action. The resurrection should move us to take a risk with no reserves, no retreat and no regrets.
Scripture: John 20
The slick, successful American church may have missed Him altogether. What if Jesus was asked to pastor your congregation. Would anybody come? And would they stay? A scruffy homeless dude pops through the door of the church house with his motley entourage. The trendy thirty-somethings sitting near the aisle gagged at the stench of their sandals reeking of foot odor. ...
Author: Julie Barrier
Topic: Jesus Christ
God has given me the gift of recruiting volunteers. It’s not a splashy gift like prophecy, healing or miracles. Recruitment is not a spiritual gift but requires the use of many of them. I’ve enlisted thousands of volunteers for multitudinous ministries: missions, music, students, discipleship, evangelism and prayer teams. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way. 1. ...
Author: Julie Barrier
Heroes gives us glimpses of biblical characters who were ordinary people, but chose to obey God in faith. The results were amazing! Lives were changed, even the course of history was affected by these heroes of faith.
Scripture: Genesis, Genesis, Genesis, Genesis, Genesis
We don't have to live fearful lives. Fear corrodes our confidence in God. Christ assures His disciples over and over again to move from fear to faith, and so should we.
Scripture: Matthew 6:25, Matthew 9:2, Matthew 10:28-31, Matthew 14:27, Matthew 17:8
When will we dare to trust that Jesus is who he says He is, and will do what He said he will do? Self-dependence and fear can become daunting apart from the power of the Holy Spirit. Trust becomes daring and world-changing when it is placed in a Spirit-filled person. Preached at Casas Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Seth Kreimeyer-Kelly
Topic: Fear and Anxiety, Peace
Strength and courage come from the choices we make more than the feelings we have. Joshua received God's blessing because He obeyed in he face of insurmountable odds.
Speaker: Chris Brown
Scripture: Joshua 1
Topic: Fear and Anxiety
Peter learns to trust Jesus in a new way when Jesus calls him out of the boat to walk on water. Kingdom living requires faith. Faith leads to risk. Risk means facing our fears. Every time we trust God with a difficult part of our lives, we learn how trustworthy God is... and our faith grows a little more.
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Matthew 14:22-29
Dear Roger, I have Asperger's Syndrome (a type of autism). Do I retain this characteristic or will Jesus Christ remove that condition from me? I actually like being able to do complex math and I'm not wild about being around other humans so being an Aspie doesn't bother me. Sincerely, Craig Dear Craig, I believe that my dad had a touch of Asperger's Syndrome. It is...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
In my reading this past month, I discovered that Immanuel Kant made a case for a Christian sexual ethic but without using any appeal to the Bible or theology. In "Duties Toward the Body in Respect of Sexual Impulse" (Kant, Lectures in Ethics ) he argued that sex outside of marriage dishonors human dignity. He reasoned that when you ask for sex without giving your whole self...
Author: Tim Keller