Growing Up From Flower Girl to Bride


When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  1 Corinthians 13:11 Many of us became Christians for childish reasons. We just wanted to go to heaven. That is okay. Jesus tells us … [Click to read more …]

What Really Counts


“So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15, NIV I once had a 1963 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport convertible that I enjoyed restoring. It was a rare automobile that represented a meaningful tie to … [Click to read more …]

Go Ahead And Try

Behind Home Plate

Does the past ever haunt you? Do you ever wish you could go back and do something differently? Every baseball season I am haunted by something that I did, or actually didn’t do when I was 12. Many springs ago, I was a little league baseball player. It was my first year of organized baseball, … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: A Love Response


Keeping on Track Just as any good motor vehicle will ultimately break down as a result of a lack of regular maintenance, so many good and worthwhile church ministries have fallen by the wayside because of a lack of regular intentional maintenance. To keep your ministry healthy and on track, consider the following maintenance check … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Free to Be a Slave

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The Bible makes it clear that we were once slaves to sin, but through Christ we have been released (Rom. 6:6), set free (Gal. 5:1), delivered (1 Thess. 1:10), adopted (Rom. 8:15), and born again (1 Pet. 1:23). The effective worker for God is the one who has given the past to Him and has accepted His power … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Legalism Trap

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There’s an English expression that says: “There is no such thing as a free lunch”–the idea that if you receive something free, it really isn’t free because somewhere, somehow, sometime, you will have to pay or repay. The theory that nothing is ever really free has subtly infiltrated Christian thinking to the extent that many … [Click to read more …]

10: A Love Response – Teaching Plan

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Key Thought : Christ’s loving service to us should awaken a loving response as the basis for our witness as reflected in our loving ministry to others.   [Teaching plan for A Love Response  June 4, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read I John 4:18,19. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Motivated to Serve

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What would you think of someone who constantly and loudly declared that they were motivated and yet attempted nothing? What about someone who claimed to be dedicated yet never revealed to what, or to whom, they were dedicated? As we have seen, love is a most powerful motivator; but to only declare our love, even … [Click to read more …]