Tag Archives: Holy Spirit

Nominal Christians

Even though I can claim that I have always believed in Jesus Christ as my savior, I have to admit I was a “Nominal” Christian for many years. What’s a nominal Christian? Basically someone who at some point claimed Christ as their savior but really is living a non-religious secular life. Nominals are usually people […]

Why Are You Here?

Have you ever been in one of those melancholy or depressed moods and wondered why God made you? Jesus gave us the easy answer when he said the greatest commandment is to love God and love our neighbor like ourselves. In other words we are here to be in relationship with our creator and with […]

Whispers of the Holy Spirit

Our adult Sunday school just finished a series by Bill Hybels who is the senior pastor at Willow Creek Church in Barrington, IL. Bill is best known for his annual Global Leadership Summits, but he recently wrote a book called The Power of Whispers in which he delves into the whispers of the Holy Spirit. Bill […]

True Forgiveness

My wife likes to encourage me. After I write a blog she sends me a note telling me that she thought it was good…and tells me where the typos are!  A couple blogs ago she sent me her regular note, which I appreciate very much, and suggested a new topic. “I’d like to see you […]

The Unhappiest Time of Year

The holiday season is in full gear and for most people the holidays are a time of family, feasts, and fun. But for a small group of people the holidays aren’t so joyous. For a variety of reasons the holiday season can be quite depressing, reminding people of traumas, loneliness, and loss.  I want to […]

Trust

If you’re like me just saying the word reminds you of all the times people broke your trust and you start to raise your shields to defend yourself from whatever comes after that word! I want to talk about trust today, but I want to do it with our defense mechanisms turned off so we […]

God’s Timing

I turned 49 years old last week and I have to say that I’m not crazy about getting older. But there has been one advantage that I greatly appreciate – as I age I have a better understanding of and greater appreciation for God’s timing. Intellectually we know that God’s timing is perfect, but emotionally […]

The Job Dilemma

I’ve had my first Blog request! This from a friend of mine today: Do you take requests? Blog topic: The Book of Job. I was listening to NPR today and they were talking about people’s search for meaning across time and circumstance in this old testament book. It got me to thinking what YOU would […]

The Three Flavors of Temptation

We’ve been doing a Chip Ingram study on Romans chapter 12 in our adult Sunday school. I think Romans 12 is perhaps my favorite chapter in scripture; it describes how we are supposed to act as true Christians. Chip hit on something this week that I want to dig into because I think it is […]

Three Dollars of God Please

I came across this poem recently – I think I saw it in a book by Charles Swindoll but could not find it there for the life of me so looked it up on the Net – and wanted to share it with you this morning as the basis of what we should talk about. […]