There are three areas that our Faithful Gardener has a tendency to visit when pruning us for greater fruit production: possessions, processes, and people.
There are plenty of good people that give to charitable organizations, organize fund-raising events, contribute to humanitarian efforts and sacrifice their time to help others that are in need. But they are still in need of the gospel.
Over a period of time, those in the local church have begun to believe the hype that “We’re not that bad”. The problem is that if we are not that bad, then the good news of the gospel cannot be that good.
Unfortunately, far too often we are more content with the idea that Christ is merely our Savior and not our Leader, this is not a biblical concept.
There are going to be times in your life that God calls you to go to a desert place. The desert place may look different for various people.
There seems to be a different approach to handling antagonistic attitudes in today’s church culture than in the time of the apostles. To many church-goers, the solution to viewpoints that contradict their own is to sign a petition or rely on government officials to make the right call. For others, they are turning to activism and protests to make the difference for their viewpoint. But there is only one problem, none of it seems to be working.
When we hear the Word of God, how do we respond? If we reject it, then our hearts are being driven by pride or fear. Listen below to hear how we fight against these two tendencies.
Hand a child a standard pew Bible then hand them Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Cat in the Hat, or an American Girl Book. What happens next? Probably the same thing that happens to you when you are faced with the choice of ESPN, Pinterest, or the Bible. They, just like you, choose what…