049: Prepare For The Second Coming

Devotional On Romans 13:11-14

Prepare For The Second Coming

I knew something was wrong the minute I walked around the corner of the church building and looked into the empty parking lot. I was very rarely the first person to arrive on a Sunday morning as an intern. While walking through the empty church, turning lights on as I went, I began to mildly freak out for about 30 minutes considering the possibility that I had missed the rapture. The feeling of being left behind stuck with me for the remainder of the day. I was so entirely relieved when my boss, the senior pastor, walked in. Giving me a puzzled look he asked, “Did you forget to change your clock?”  There’s nothing like an experience like that to get you thinking about Jesus’ Second Coming. I didn’t miss out on the Second Coming that day, I don’t want to miss out on the actual day, and I don’t want you to, either, so lets prepare for the Second Coming.

Rom 47: What Mature Faith Looks Like

"Christianity 101" ... Romans 15:1-13

what mature faith looks like

I can’t tell you how many mature people I have met who are lacking maturity. Truthfully, I’m one of those mature people lacking some maturity. In Romans 15:1-13, Paul offers a profile of a mature Christian, helping us to recognize maturity in others and inspiring us to find maturity in ourselves.  In this episode we talk about what mature faith really looks like.

Rom 46: Caring Into Community

"Christianity 101" ... Romans 14:1-23

Caring Into Community

In this episode we look at Romans 14, the goto chapter for anyone who wants to reconcile the line between acceptance and judgement. We explore unity, condemning, diversity, arguments, what is truly essential, and how great churches are caring into community.

047: Help Leaders Help You

Devotional On Romans 13:1-7

Help Leaders Help You

I love using the line, “Help me help you.”  (I think it’s from a movie, but I don’t know which one.)  As a leader, I want to be effective and I don’t want to waste my time, so anything anyone would like to share with me to help me be more effective with them is totally awesome.  Even if you’ve never heard that sentence before, my guess is that many leaders are really wanting to shout it out really loudly.  There are things that you can do to help leaders to  be more effective with you.

Rom 46: What Love Looks Like

"Christianity 101" ... Romans 13:8-14

What Love Looks Like

In this episode we summarize everything that God requires of us (namely what He wants us to do for Him and for others) as we discover what love looks like in Romans 13:8-14. With just one word, the complicated thoughts that stem from Bible discussions can become simplified and quickly actionable.

046: Why Love Should Make You Aggressive

Devotional On Romans 12:9-21

Love aggressively

In the most basic and accurate statement I can think of, the summary of the Christian life is this: love God and then love others.  Easy-peasy, right?  As accurate as that statement may be, it’s terribly poor at communicating what that might look like. It certainly doesn’t communicate the calling to love aggressively.

Rom 45: Submitting To The Government

"Christianity 101" ... Romans 13:1-7

Submitting To The Government

There’s always a lot of talk about politics filling my FaceBook news feed and creeping its way into my conversations. I’ve noticed something missing in almost all of the political talk that comes my way – no one talks about the need of submitting to the government. In this episode we look at Romans 13:1-7 where Paul clearly communicates when submission is a requirement, when it’s not, and what to expect when we feel we shouldn’t submit.

045: Become Better In A Better Church

Devotional On Romans 12:3-8

Three Ways You Become Better In A Better Church

The service was just about to begin while I was standing in the foyer noticing someone new walking through the door.  I extended my hand and he shook it. He had the easy to recognize church-smile on his face, wearing church-casual attire. I wasn’t surprised to hear that he was visiting from another assembly he had grown tired of, and now he was shopping around to check out his other options. I discovered years ago that some people feel that they become better when they start attending a better church. I’ve also discovered that they’re absolutely right! Today’s text shows us what a better church looks like, and how you would benefit if you were in one.