Category Archives: Humility

What kind of person are you?

Is grace amazing or interesting? The wonder and availability of God’s grace will not move some people. Continue reading

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The God you didn’t expect

I still remember how intrigued I was to see God portrayed by Morgan Freeman as a janitor at the end of the 2003 movie, Bruce Almighty. Something resonated with me. Continue reading

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A common trait of God’s servants

Write a one paragraph summary of what you learn about a common trait of God’s servants from the examples listed. Continue reading

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What would you do?

How would you respond to someone who was cursing you and throwing rocks at you? Continue reading

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Unless you change and become like little children

Becoming childlike is not a reference to being “innocent as a child” or having the “simple faith of a child”. Jesus is exposing… Continue reading

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A great Word of advice

This will protect us from the dangerous and deceptive sin of… Continue reading

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Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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A dress code for Christians?

Is there a mandatory dress code for Christians? Yes. It’s a fivefold outfit.

Will it compromise the plausibility and authenticity of our witness if we dress inappropriately? Continue reading

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When critics attack

I have the privilege each month of investing in other pastors. The stories they tell me remind me of many things I’ve experienced and learned over 30 years of ministry.

A common theme I hear is how often critics attack pastors and their Churches. I often encourage pastors to warn people about the consequences of standing against God’s work and servants.

Here are some sober words to Church members who are behaving as antagonists: Continue reading

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Preoccupied with the perception of others

Let’s be honest about how easily we become preoccupied with how others regard us. It’s tempting to build self-perception on how others perceive us. This is the underlying concern relating to preoccupation with status or greatness. Continue reading

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