The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 5)

Jesus said, “I will build My Church—and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18). There are several powerful dimensions of His Church. One of those dynamics is: His Church partners with Him! The starting place of ministry partnership with Jesus is being filled with the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist taughtContinue reading “The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 5)”

The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 4)

Jesus said, “I will build My Church—and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18). There are several powerful dimensions of His Church. One of those dynamics is: His Church partners with Him! One of the clearest definitions of His Church is found in Ephesians 1:23. There the “church” is declared toContinue reading “The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 4)”

The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 3)

Jesus said, “I will build My Church—and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18). There are several powerful dimensions of His Church. One of those dynamics is: His Church is a community of world-changers! The word Jesus used for “church” is the word, “ekklesia.” (We derive our English word “ecclesiastical” fromContinue reading “The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 3)”

The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 2)

Jesus said, “I will build My Church—and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18). There are several powerful dimensions of His Church. One of those dynamics is: His Church is a family! Jesus commended His disciple, Peter, for receiving the revelation that Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus said that Peter receivedContinue reading “The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 2)”

The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 1)

Jesus said, “I will build My Church—and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18). There are several powerful dimensions of His Church. One of those dynamics is: His Church is a family! Jesus commended His disciple, Peter, for receiving the revelation that Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus said that Peter receivedContinue reading “The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 1)”

Living Between the Now and the Not Yet!

Weariness lowers the standard of expectancy.  Weary people often adopt a theology based on their disappointment with God.  Weary ones say with a shrug, “Oh well, I guess that’s all I can expect in this life.  I’ll simply endure the earth and experience heaven later.”  But perseverance says, “By the grace of God, I amContinue reading “Living Between the Now and the Not Yet!”

Faith and Perseverance

Hebrews 6:12 says, “You will be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance” (HCSB).  We need faith.  And we need perseverance.  We need faith to believe the promises God has made, and we need perseverance to trust until we receive the promises God has made.  Perseverance is our posture between theContinue reading “Faith and Perseverance”

The Power to Overcome Weariness

Connecting with the Lord at the heart level changes everything.  Two of Jesus’ disciples experienced this.  Unknowingly walking with Him after He had risen from the dead, they later commented, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as He talked with us on the way?” (Luke 12:42).  When His heart touches ours we are never theContinue reading “The Power to Overcome Weariness”

Freedom From “Victimhood”

Rather than becoming victims of our circumstances, we can take responsibility for our lives. We’ve been made “response-able,” given the ability to respond. So many of the Psalms reflect this response to His faithfulness. Though each song is unique, many of them follow this basic format:             Part one- INTIMACY. When we tell God whatContinue reading “Freedom From “Victimhood””