September 4, 2011 • Christian Walk
While we like to remember the crowds that followed Jesus like he was a rocks star let's not forget about those in the crowd that sought his demise. Yeah it's easy to want to put on the crown of glory when that day comes but are you willing to wear a crown of thorns right now. It's desirable to want the robes of splendor which will be worn in heaven but not the scarlet robe of contempt and mockery.
August 28, 2011 • Christian Walk
Paul is sharing with his audience which includes us that he has a lot to hang his hat on. There are a lot of things by which he could claim some sort of entitlement. Paul was very aware of who he was. Paul is saying, I have all these things but when it comes to salvation, they mean absolutely nothing.
August 21, 2011 • Christian Walk
A brother or sister gets saved and that becomes the height of their spiritual journey. They don't seek any more than that. Then we get people who get saved grow a little and plateau at a level not much beyond getting saved. Every day God leaves us here on this earth, that is an opportunity for us to grow up or mature spiritually. But what we have are too many Christians caught between the club and Christ.
August 14, 2011 • Christian Walk
I've noticed so I'm sure that you have that some school students are happy just to graduate. There is and was no real desire in them to excel but just get by. Unfortunately, we see the same thing within Christianity; Christians who have no real desire to excel and do the bare minimum to cling to the title of Christian. Christians who don't want to put in the homework; can't pass most of life's test but in the end want the full benefits of the Kingdom. That mindset shows a lack of maturity in that Christian.
August 9, 2011 • Christian Walk
How many of us understand that on a daily basis there is a battle going on? With every moment there is a battle for our minds. The result of this battle are the thoughts that fuel our actions. In order to have a battle there must be at least two opposing forces and when it comes to our thoughts those two opposing forces are Godly forces and then there's everything else. We are in a tag team match against the enemies of God.
July 17, 2011 • Christian Walk
There may be some things in your life that in your estimation are nothing short of awful. Your issue may be financial, physical, mental, or psychological in nature; from your perspective, things right now look bad and as you see it, the future seems just as if not more bleak than your present. But even in the midst of all that was going on Jeremiah still identifies how he was able to find joy in the midst of sorrow.
July 17, 2011 • Christian Walk
Maybe not you, but there are people within the circle of Christian-dom that have a misconception of this thing called joy. We throw it around casually even when we quote Scripture. What good-hearted Christian won't use, "weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning" when trying to comfort someone going through a trial. Many of us will talk about our struggles but somewhere along the line remind those to whom we are talking that we still have joy. But I know I've come to understand that joy is not something that happens just because you claim it.
July 17, 2011 • Christian Character
James 1:2 (AMP) Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. The pursuit of happiness has some Christians jacked up. We pursue happiness as if it is the center point of our faith. "If I'm happy then I feel saved." "If I'm happy then God must be blessing me." "If I'm happy everything must be going according to God's plan." It is when we as Christians live our lives chasing happiness that we miss it most. Christians chase after things: money, position, honor, fame and everything else trying to find happiness. But happiness does not come from a chase. Happiness is a direct result of living a Christ-like life.
June 26, 2011 • Christian Walk
Just a couple of brothers from various disciplines hanging out taking part in a recreational activity; now what's wrong with that? Think about who is on this fishing trip. Thomas according to non-biblical sources was a carpenter and a brick mason who in this text is trying his hand at fishing. Non-biblical sources portray Nathanael as a rabbi. The sons of Zebedee, James and John, were fishermen and since we are not told who the other two disciples were, we won't even speculate as to their profession.
June 19, 2011 • Christian Walk
Before we can begin to address Fatherhood we must address manhood. I am convinced that the only way God can make a Godly Father is through a Godly man. Manhood is not something that just happens, men are carved through training. The training that a man needs comes from the pages of the bible. So on this Father's Day I direct your attention to three simple but powerfully names listed in 1 Chronicles 1:1; Adam, Seth, and Enosh as we attempt to preach from the subject, "A Tale of Three Fathers".