When you think about Mary and Martha, we should acknowledge both of these women for their great faith. They were both committed to the cause of Christ; they were both loved by Jesus, and they were both true believers.
It seems for the last two decades, and this could be longer, that church growth has been all the rage. As I look at the various ways and methods people use to grow the church, I am beginning to wonder if we have got this whole thing wrong. Have we fallen victim to a worldly mindset with how we measure the success of a church?
Since we are all going to face grief in this life, the question is when grief comes, where do you go for comfort? Thankfully God knew you would experience grief in this life, and he has provided numerous Scriptures for grief which are able to comfort you as you walk through the challenges of this life.
As we look at church today, is there a place for signs and wonders? Should we still be looking for them?
There is no curse in giving birth to children. While the pain in childbirth is a reminder of the sinful decision made by Adam and Eve, it is not a curse (even though some women may want to curse in the middle of giving birth). We see from the Scriptures that even through the pain in childbirth, it is soon replaced by great joy when that child enters the world.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’” (Matthew 28:18).
When you think about Jesus, especially after the resurrection, we recognize that he has been given authority. This verse is one that I have quoted many times and I have heard lots of people quote both in and outside of the pulpit. While it is great to recognize the authority Jesus has, what does that really mean for you and me? Does it matter that Christ has all authority and more importantly what are we supposed to be doing with it?
When you look a little closer, Jesus connects some activities to his authority. I want to share with you four things every believer, which means you, should be doing with the authority found in Christ.
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Imagine the difference the church would make if we stopped thinking so highly about ourselves and started putting the interests of others ahead of our own. This may not be popular, but this is what Christ did and this is what we are called to do.
Faith has to do with confidence. But it doesn’t stop there. Faith in its truest from is when you have confidence in God to the point that it causes you to act, which reinforces our initial point about faith.
For a married couple in a sexually monogamous relationship, there is nothing wrong with using birth control. I have yet to find a Scripture that can justify making the statement that using birth control is a sin. I will leave room for people to have different opinions about this topic, but if we are talking in a marital context, the question comes down to one of preference, not of right or wrong.
When the Bible talks about the end of the world, I think it's important to define what that statement really means. A better way to think about the end of the world is to think about the end of the world as we know it.