Is God For You…Not Against You? [Guest Post]

I recently noticed some Christian songs that were encouraging listeners with the refrain “God is not against you,” and “God is for you.” I know that some famous preachers also seem to make this their regular mantra when they appear before their congregations. Whenever I hear such encouragement, however, I wonder how someone can make such a blanket statement to all people who might be listening.

Is God For Us - Andrew Gabriel

I think of stories like the Exodus where God was clearly for the Israelites as God led them out of bondage, whereas God was against their Egyptian captors (Psalm 81:5).

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God is Calling You…You Little Weirdo

Understanding our place in the Kingdom

Ever wonder if God can actually use someone like you? Do you think you’re too weird, or not cool enough for God to use you for something great? I don’t think you’re alone, but I do think you’re weird — and that’s a good thing. God uses weird people in the Kingdom all the time, and He is more than willing to use you too.

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7 Things Every Pastor Loves To Hear

Showing authentic appreciation for your pastor

Pastor appreciation can sometimes be superficial. We often think we have to “do something special” in order for the pastor to understand they are appreciated. As a pastor myself, I won’t turn down baked goods or a restaurant gift card, but I’ve come to learn that honest appreciation is experienced through ministry participation and honest servant-hood.

7 Things Every Pastor Loves To Hear

Here are 7 things I love to hear from my parishioners (and I’m sure every other pastor can agree):

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What the Church Should Be About

Church, Community, and Commission

We — are — the — Church. It’s pretty simple, but challenging to actually live out. We know ‘believers’ make up the Church and we know the ‘building’ is just a building. In practice, however, there seems to be a disconnect between what we know and how we act. We say ‘the Church’ loves God, and in the same breath agree that we ‘go to church each Sunday.’ How can the people (the Church) go to themselves? We use the same word to refer to different things. Are we missing something? Does this impact the way we view the Church?

What the Church Should Be About

At the end of the day, there are three basic things we need to remember:

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Rainbows, Grace & Promises

What do you see when you see a rainbow?

When I see a rainbow, I’m amazed each time. How could something so beautiful come from reflecting light through rain drops? Basic science collides with breath-taking wonder. In recent years, the rainbow has been connected with the LGBTQ community. It is certainly the symbol of gay pride and celebration. The rainbow, however, has deep roots and we can’t forget where it all started.

Rainbows, Grace and Promises

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