Preparing Yourself for Water Baptism

“Those who accepted his message were baptized.” (Acts 2:41)    “Repent and be baptized.” (Acts 2:38)   “Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your  faith in the power of God.” (Col. 2:12)   Perhaps the most significant and vital decision we make is to follow Jesus Christ into the waters of baptism.  This is […]

Intimate Discipleship

There is much good about the emphasis that the Church puts on discipleship.  We pray, fast, and study the Bible better than any other generation.  We have as our pastors and teachers men and women who have been equipped in seminaries and educated in counseling and church growth. And we are doing missions better than […]

On Being Loved More Gently [Disability]

Some struggle with mental or physical illness.  Some people don’t understand me and they walk away.  This really hurts, and so I isolate ourselves even more.  We might feel not only forsaken, but cursed. We may see ourselves as accomplished losers. But these things shouldn’t separate us from our Father’s love.  I think He loves “his special […]

Worship is All that Really Matters

“Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. They can’t fast while the groom is with them.”  Mark 2:19 This whole idea of celebrating is often at odds with religious sensibilities.  “Too much liberty and too much freedom, and not enough control.  People won’t know how to behave, and it’ll […]