Having an accurate view of what God is like is at the very core of addressing every issue we face in our lives, in our churches and in our world today. Let’s band together, not in a pompous posse who believe they have the best answer, but as a humble band of brothers and sisters who know what is the right question. Then let’s search the Scriptures and share the riches with one another.
The local church has a direct and important part to play in building up the body of Christ through missionary and discipleship ministries throughout the world. In addition, the influence of the local church under the headship of Christ extends beyond any given time period. Every member of the body of Christ today is directly related to the work of faithful members of previous generations, as well as to those who succeed us.
Whether we are encountering God for the first time, or whether we have walked with Him for many years, the truth is the same. Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross I cling. Repentance is not a work I am responsible to do. It is a response to God. It is a turn from every other plan and distraction and lover.
Every church is known for something. Church A is this big. Thousands attend, gathering in a multi-sport arena. Church B is that small. It meets in an old bank building, floor to ceiling windows in its walls. First Baptist has a great youth group. Second Presbyterian has a brand new building. Third Lutheran offers wonderful programs for both men and women. Another church has 12 elders. Another has 13 deacons. There are churches that…
We here at CMC thought you would find this of interest. Near the close of 2015 Blake White listed his ten top reads for 2015. Blake is an avid reader of theological works and solid theologian in his own right. His opinion is highly regarded here at CMC.
What a wonderful medium of communication and learning books are! But there is the frustration of keeping up. And there is the frustration of selection – knowing which books to buy next. Books at a Glance was created to help with just these frustrations. Our staff keeps up with all the newest and best in Christian publishing in order to keep our members informed and up to date.
For the seventh year, I served as “Camp Pastor” at the SGBA Youth Camp, outside Lapeer, Michigan. It was a terrific week, as we focused upon learning and practicing spiritual disciplines. Please pray for these youth, especially that they continue to apply what they learned at camp. After the youth camp, Kathy and I attended the orientation for nine different families. While the sessions were extremely informative, the highlight was…
In this article we will consider one of the seven sayings of the Savior on the cross. Of the seven, one is a statement, another is a word of pardon, two are exclamations, and two are prayers to his Father in heaven. But the one written in our text for tonight is an awesome question, an inquiry into the holy wisdom of God: “‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ (Which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)’”
Wake up from slumber and cast down those desire and works of the flesh and do good. Pray! Pray for God’s strength, Pray for and with those who love the Lord Jesus. Get those who love Jesus into your life and into your home. Encourage one another daily as long as it is called today that you may not be drawn away by the deceitfulness of sin.
It is not that God didn’t have the power to reboot. He spoke everything into existence by the power of his word, so he could just as easily wipe and begin again. He did wipe the planet with the flood, and yet saved sinners through that to continue the same race that had pushed the boundaries of sin in the first place. It is not that God wasn’t concerned about sin. He hates sin and its devastating effects on his creation.
The truth of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit is understood by many believers as a reality in their lives based on some of the foregoing Scripture passages, and yet many of those who know that truth do not realize the teaching of the indwelling presence of God, the Father, and God, the Son, as well. The difficulty arises from two considerations. First, because…