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The Bible calls the church to be an agent of influence and change to the culture around it.  Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) that we are to be the “salt of the earth and the light of the world.”  Our love for God and love for neighbor is to …

1 John 1:1-4, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father …

Attending your church’s weekly worship service can at times seem daunting.  We are tempted to enjoy a day off after a busy week and weekend.  We assume it isn’t a big deal if we don’t attend.  We reason that most people won’t notice, or it won’t affect us, or anyone else for that matter.  However, …

Guest post by Brian Pate, Reaching & Teaching International It’s Christmastime here in Brazil yet again. Which means it’s time for 90-degree heat, swimming on Christmas Eve, and Santa in Bermuda shorts.  The mall in our city even has an attraction each December that provides Brazilians with a “white Christmas” experience. We don heavy coats, …

Mark 10:46-48Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus, was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to …

One of the sobering realities of this pandemic is that we are seeing a growing lack of interest in church attendance and participation.  Though most churches have pivoted to offer other forms of church participation like live streaming or drive-up church, the reality is most people have stopped connecting to their church altogether.  I’ve read …

As I write this week’s blog, I pause in consideration of our having just celebrated Thanksgiving. 2020 has been an extremely difficult year filled with uncertainty about COVID-19. Many people have experienced financial hardship due to changes in hours of operation, business capacities or even business closures. Some have experienced difficulties in their health, while …

I read this article written by Karen Swallow Prior. “Write about being a woman,” she said. So I will. It means something, this being a woman. It is something bodily, yet beyond biology. There is something of earth in it, and something heavenly, too. It is something that can be understood, yet is not easily …

If we take a look at what the Bible describes as a perfect disciple of Jesus, it would paint a picture of someone like this…  A perfect follower of Jesus would never be afraid.  He would live in a state of continual joy and contentment that would be unaffected by the chaos and turmoil that …