Thursday, March 27, 2014
If our soul is immortal why isn't that confirmed on one of convocations of the church?
The immortality of the soul is confirmed by the Word of God.
The church answers to The Word of God.
Where will your soul spend eternity?
Mark 1:14-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Turn from sin to The Savior Jesus Christ and have eternal life with Him.
John 3:16 (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Here are passages from the Old and New Testaments that confirm that the soul is eternal.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Can a Christian like deadpan comedy?
Comedy in ministry is a sensitive matter.
I have heard jokes so funny that it wiped out sermon concentration.
I have also heard humor that invited friendliness and “broke the ice” in a service.
I have also heard and seen mean edged humor, especially in youth groups, that hurt unity and trust.
Jesus seems to have liked it.
When Jesus called James and John “Sons of Thunder” he was talking about their lively arguing not their great preaching or saying that one of their parents were Thunder.
Markk 3:17 New American Standard Bible
and James, the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (to them He gave the name Boanerges,which means, "Sons of Thunder ");
Like anything else we show or share in ministry it should be edifying to our King.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
WHY CHURCHES NEED TO BE LIKE KENTUCKY BASKETBALL FANS >
This Sunday I went to the SEC Championship Basketball Tournament in the Georgia Dome. Kentucky had a disappointing regular season by their standards. They lost by one point to the number #1 ranked Florida Gators in the conference championship final. I have seen a lot of games and SEC tournaments. Why did I want to drive down to Atlanta after church? To see some stars. To see the fans.
Kentucky basketball fans are the stars. The Big Blue Nation sent the rich executives in jets, farmers, inner city saggy pants kids, grandma’s in wigs talking about guarding the baseline. All kind of folks were in the group of about 18,000 Kentucky fans made the 380 mile tough mountain drive. They were super supportive, knowledgeable about their team and your team. They stood out with their spirit.
Churches can learn from Kentucky basketball fans in these 10 ways.
#1. They represent their team and show their colors – in Good times and in disappointing times.
#2. They let you know which side they are on – in a positive way.
#3. They are convinced there team, their coach their players are the best – despite some downturns.
#4. They are convinced they will win any game.
#5. When they lose they are convinced the Big Blue Nation will win again next time.
#6. When they show disappointment they seem to know what they are talking about
They know why they are upset and still support the team and coach.
#7. They respect and revere their past.
#8. They think nothing is better than their past.
#9. They still somehow think their future will be better than their past.
#10. They support the coach. The old ones were the greatest ever and yet this one now is better.
Yes they somehow believe this. I like optimists.
About 18,000 Wildcats were in Atlanta 360 miles for home for the SEC tourney.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Any thoughts on age integrated church movement?
Why yes I have thoughts.
The church has always been age integrated since the beginning. Recent phenomena of specialized churches seems to counter the "family of God" biblical description of the church.
If you have a special age meeting you have a club or Bible study and not a church – no matter what the size.
1 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. 6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. 9 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. 11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.