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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21 Reasons Why God Might Allow ‘Problems’ In Our Lives

We cannot escape problems in this life. They could be painful, stressful, or simply inconvenient. It doesn’t really matter what the problems are — that’s all relative to each person. The question we often ponder, however, is: who causes those problems, and why? Many, without fear, blame God. Others, simply shift the blame to Satan. After all, God can’t be behind our painful problems…can he? I suggest God is not the author of our problems, but He doesn’t let them go to waste either. We don’t see the big picture while we’re experiencing a problem, but there’s something bigger happening.

21 Reasons Why God Might Allow 'Problems' In Our Lives

Here are 21 ways God allowed and used ‘problems’ in the lives of people in Scripture:

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9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Fruit of the Spirit

Learning to live by the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit are certainly well-known, but I’m not sure if they are truly sought after.  Part of that issue is probably found in the fact that we misunderstand what the Fruit of the Spirit are.  The Fruit aren’t just ‘good ideas,’ they are the product of someone who pursues life in the Spirit.  They’re called ‘fruit’ because, through the Spirit, these attributes grow and mature in our lives as we let go of our selfish ambitions and human desires and allow the Spirit to guide us.

9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Fruit of the Spirit

As Paul wrote, life in the Spirit includes:

“Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22).

These attributes are so important, we need to make sure we understand what’s actually happening when we pursue them. To help, let me give you nine things you probably didn’t know about the Fruit of the Spirit:

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Writing: Making Learning Stick

Continued Learning, Part 3

In school, writing was necessary.  After graduation, writing became an option.  At least good writing did.  Everyone takes notes from time to time, but do we allow writing to help us in our learning?  It always amazes me how much I remember, after I actually write it down on paper.  When we write, we make our learning stick.

This is a 3 part series about how we can continue to learn beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Writing Making Learning Stick

To make this a little easier to digest, especially for those who don’t like to write, I offer four things we can all work towards:

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Listening: Finding Art within the Noise

Continued Learning, Part 2

I’m a great listener!  …just make sure no one lets my wife read this!  All joking aside, I don’t think I’m alone in my inability to listen at times.  Most of us want to share our thoughts and ideas.  Why? Because we thought them, and they seem to make sense.  What I’ve learned, however, is that my best thoughts are formed after I spend a lot of time listening.

This is a 3 part series about how we can continue to learn beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Listening Finding Art within the Noise

I’m offering four ways we can continue to learn by listening. Maybe we’ll be able to find some ‘art’ in all the noise.

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