Imagine receiving a book on exercise from a friend. A month later your friend asks you if you've read the book. "Yes," you reply, "I wake up every morning and read huge portions of it. I've memorized much of it, and even get together with a group of folks every week to discuss it over pancakes and waffles." ..
A Faith That Works, Part 7: Doers and Hearers
by John Ortberg
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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
by Dr. Joseph Stowell
When we try to appear as if we have it all together, we are practicing hypocrisy. We need to walk through the rooms in our heart's home and honestly look for places where we need to invite Jesus in. We may need to invite Jesus into our study room, where our thoughts and ideas reside. We may need ..
From Hypocrisy To Honesty
by Dieter Zander
Each of us in the walk of life is at one time or another categorized into a sub-class of society. For some, the designation feels very good, very powerful; for others, it may feel like—and be—total rejection, total separation from other segments of society. James 2:1 tells us that 'believers in our ..
Fuel: Study of James, Part 3: No Class
by Gene Appel
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"And Jesus says, 'There's a better way!' The better way is to judge others in the exact same manner we wish ourselves to be judged... slowly, thoroughly, and mercifully. "The better way is to judge others with that full awareness of our dark side that we tend to be more critical of others than we are ..
Greatest Sermon in History, Part 21: Judge Not
by Bill Hybels
"When you're making up your mind about a teacher, Scripture would say, try to get a feel for how that teacher feels and acts towards needy people and lost people -- people of different races, backgrounds, color, political persuasion. Try to get a feel if the teacher treats people with force and severity ..
Greatest Sermon in History, Part 25: Watch Out for Wolves
Those who call themselves Christians but lead mediocre, spiritually shallow and uncommitted lives can be termed as "highly ineffective Christians." Some characteristics of highly ineffective Christians include using the process of editing Scripture to fit their lifestyles, going through life without ..
Habits of Highly Ineffective Christians
by Lee Strobel
The plank in our eye can be used to build a wall between us and those with whom we have a discomfort because of differences in religion, nationality, race, economics, politics, sexual preferences---or we can use that plank to build a bridge of relationship. Gene Appel uses his personal experiences and ..
Inside Out, Part 4: Building Bridges
Is it possible that we can seek to embrace a sincere faith such as the apostle Paul saw in young Timothy? Or, as this message asks, might we be presenting a false image of our inner self because we're "wearing" a mask—a mask of performer, pleaser, perfector, or pretender. We are challenged to honestly ..
Made For More: Part 1, Drop the Mask
by Steve Carter
Religion Run Amok, Part 1: How Good Groups Go Bad