Your prayers to a false god

So, to help us understand how important it is to rightly understand our good God, we’re going to look at a false god.  We’re going to ask, “How does that god’s character affect the lives and prayers of his people?”  And what we’re going to see is that it makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE. We’re goingContinue reading “Your prayers to a false god”

2 Writers/Speakers Who Are Influencing Me

OK, I felt compelled to write this entry for two reasons. First, to point you to a few wonderful folks that have had a lot of influence on me of late, whether authors, bloggers, speakers, etc. Second, I almost feel like I need to do this as a sort of disclaimer! Some of these folksContinue reading “2 Writers/Speakers Who Are Influencing Me”

Responding to our Kind, Tender King

So, we’ve seen that God’s reign is one of self-sharing, self-giving, sacrifice for His people.  Isn’t that great!  He’s not a cosmic overlord simply looking for slaves.  Isn’t He so good!?  To review, check out the previous posts in this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Let me take all this justContinue reading “Responding to our Kind, Tender King”

God’s Reign as Self-Sacrifice?

I decided to insert one extra post in this series.  Just in case you’re not convinced that self-sacrifice is the mark of God’s character, and therefore his dominion and rule, I want to look at one more scene.  Actually, it’s one scene in two passages.  First, let’s look at Revelation 5.1-5 5 Then I saw inContinue reading “God’s Reign as Self-Sacrifice?”

Absalom as anti-Christ

Remember, two posts back we saw that because God’s VERY NATURE is self-giving, self-sharing, self-sacrificing, that is also how He rules…it captures the nature of His dominion.  We saw last post that David demonstrates this in his self-sacrificing behavior in the David and Goliath story (of course, he does a bad job of this inContinue reading “Absalom as anti-Christ”

King David – A Jesus-like Savior

David is appointed King, that is chosen by God, and then anointed King. This happens in 1 Samuel, chapter 16. It’ll be several years before he actually is enthroned as king. He’s chosen and anointed, but only after trusting the Lord and saving God’s people, will he be enthroned. And that’s the story we wantContinue reading “King David – A Jesus-like Savior”

What is Jesus’ Kingdom like?

The Kingdom of God has been a topic of interest since I become a believer.  In seminary, my studies in Biblical Theology afforded me the chance to really dig in on some aspects of it.  I remember reading George Ladd for the first time and realizing that the word “kingdom” in both Hebrew and GreekContinue reading “What is Jesus’ Kingdom like?”

Stat of the Month – Christians in Saudi Arabia

This month’s stat that should change your life comes from researched compiled by Patrick Johnstone (creator of Operation World) and Duane Miller.  Here it is: There are, right now, more than 60,000 Saudi (Arabs living in Saudi Arabia) men and women who are active followers of Jesus. What do you think about that?  We areContinue reading “Stat of the Month – Christians in Saudi Arabia”

Local Church – Global Impact 5: Mission Tightly Defined

This is a continuation of the last post about Biblical Convictions about mission.  What I’m trying to do in that post and this is to lay a foundation from which to build our mission engagement as a church.  And this is where the foundation must come from – the Word of God. So, what I’mContinue reading “Local Church – Global Impact 5: Mission Tightly Defined”