Life is far too fickle, far too slippery, and far too treacherous to be considered 100 percent good. However, God is good. And even though you will never know how things will work out in the midst of crisis, know that God is ultimately in control. God is actively busy as your protector, providing ..
46-10: Trusting in the Midst of Crisis
by Dr. Joseph Stowell
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The sinful woman at Simon the Pharisee's party in Luke 7 loved Jesus with a radical love, which goes beyond ordinary love. This is because by forgiveness, Jesus rescued the woman from the mire of sin. Can we match that type of love? Or are we like Simon, who had the Son of Man in his midst and did not ..
At Jesus' Feet, Part 1
Jesus will know when we are at His feet. When we realize that we are debtors to Him, we will strive to do things so He will know we love Him. This doesn't mean we attempt some ritualistic tasks we feel we must do, but do things out of sheer love for Him. Obeying Jesus in all of our circumstances is ..
At Jesus' Feet, Part 2
Somehow I think something's gotten out of joint real bad, big time in the body of Christ because it seems to me that our madness and our consternation is so unlike, so unlike Christ, who, although he always held to the truth, as John said, the remarkable thing about him is that he did it with grace ..
Compassion in a Discompassionate World, Part 1
"God cares for the lost. They're precious to Him. Hopelessly and helplessly in tremendous eternal spiritual danger, all of them of value and worth to God, so Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost and to exercise compassion on that which was lost. When we repent of our prejudice and commit ..
Compassion in a Discompassionate World, Part 2
It is not a sin to have doubts. However, doubt is a temptation. It tempts us not to believe in God. Doubt disrupts our experience with God. Sometimes we choose to throw question marks at God because it lets us off the hook from allegiance and total loyalty to Him. If doubt is managed wrongly, it ..
Whether it's a paid staff position or a volunteer role, the success of a second chair leader is absolutely essential to the growth and vitality of the church. In their book, Leading from the Second Chair, Mike Bonem and Roger Patterson discuss in great detail three paradoxes that second chair leaders ..
Leading From the Second Chair
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After 9-1-1 happened, our world became extremely religious, and religion is now widely accepted. However, our culture can be described as having a "wide-open embrace of religion and wide-open permission for spirituality that has many gods." "That Jesus who came along and unashamedly claimed to be the ..
Living for Jesus in a Non-Jesus World
When we live for "cash and comfort," we begin to eclipse our commitment to Christ. When that happens, we are in danger of standing among those who have actually betrayed Him. Sometimes, our desire for cash and comfort is blatant, but more often than not, our love for material things and the easy life ..
Living For More And Getting Less
Over time, Christians can allow their faith to wane. Sometimes it's a misguided disappointment in Christ, but most of the time it's allowing the cares of the world to crowd Him out. We get distracted. The scenario in John 21 highlights how we can get off track. Peter decides to go back to his first ..
Slip Sliding Away
The person of Jesus contradicts a lot of this world's thoughts and ideas. That in itself is a good reason to know Him. Jesus was there for people. He cared about them and loved them, He did not use them for His own advancement. Jesus could have used power too position himself higher, but He didn't. ..
The Jesus I Love to Know