"Pastorette Sermonette" is taken from our weekly Sunday bulletin. Use these words of wisdom and sometimes funny stories to encourage you throughout your week.
|Posted on March 7, 2011 at 2:56 PM||comments (23)|
"For the Kingdom of God is ... living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." Romans 14:17 (NLT)
With each passing year I grow ever more convinced that the life of faith is a life characterized by peace and joy. Sure it's a life of goodness as well, that's practically a no-brainer. Ask anyone what religion or Christianity specifically is about, and you're likely to hear, "Being good." But being good is not the sum total of it. In fact, simply being good—doing wh...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 7, 2011 at 2:54 PM||comments (0)|
" ... his sheep follow him because they know his voice."
Imagine if Jesus walked into your church this week. Would you recognize Him? When I was younger, I would have said "yes," believing He would wear a flowing white robe and look just like the painting on my Sunday school wall. Now, I'm pretty sure He'd blend in.
But what would He wear? Some might say Jesus would show up in a coat and tie. Others would insist He'd wear a polo shirt and khakis. I t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 7, 2010 at 12:32 PM||comments (1)|
"And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like the pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Matthew 6:7-8 (NIV)
Have you ever wondered what causes people to feel spiritually frustrated? Well, The two top reasons seem to be Bible study and prayer. Have you ever sat in church sweating because everyone else knew instantly how to get to every pass...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 1, 2010 at 8:29 AM||comments (0)|
Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Return to me,' declares the LORD Almighty, 'and I will return to you,' says the LORD Almighty." Zechariah 1:3 (NIV)
At first glance, this verse might seem like God is stand-offish and distant. Why do we have to make the first move? But actually, this verse depicts His great love for us. Like the prodigal's father, He waits patiently for our return. He doesn't find us, shake us and demand us t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 18, 2010 at 8:58 AM||comments (0)|
Have you ever coveted others' faith? Do you watch the spiritual "giants" and wonder why they were given a greater faith than you? It doesn’t seem fair. Even worse were the people with great faith who never seemed to have any type of adversity. Do you know the kind of people I'm describing?
If you ever get to know a person with obvious great faith, whether in your church, your community, or in a ministry, it can be one of the best things you can do to increase your own fait...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM||comments (0)|
A lot of people want to know what the will of God is for their life. Usually it's a question we ask while agonizing over a certain decision we're facing - Should I go to this college, or that one? Should I accept or decline this offer? Should I move or stay put?
There aren't any verses in the Bible that answer these questions. Scripture is clear about God's will when facing a temptation to sin, but not so much in the "neutral" dec...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 20, 2010 at 2:18 PM||comments (5)|
Have you ever had an ah-ha moment? Recently I did as I was reading Acts 9. At first, the familiar story seemed dull. You know how it is when you've read or heard the same story over and over. Then a new revelation merged from the content. In my minds-eye I began to see the word "rejection," although it was not in written form. Perhaps I saw what I was feeling that day—rejected.
In this passage, Saul, a murderer, had just been transformed into Paul, a disciple of Chri...Read Full Post »