We recently interviewed Daniel Lebsack, the associate pastor of Recovery Ministries at Stonebriar Community Church. If pornography has a death grip on your marriage, we want to help you give your valentine the gift you both need: change.
Do you take time to reflect on the wonder of heaven? Do you think about eternity with God and the complete and total banishment of death and sin? Do thoughts of heaven influence your earthly days?
Christmas represents the most magnificent message that’s ever been told, which so far exceeds the details we have memorized. Unfortunately, most people don’t pause to think about the significance of the message.
Jesus assures His disciples He’s Immanuel in Matthew 28:20, “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Not only is He with us, He lives in us (Galatians 2:20).
We go through periods where we ignore or resent the church; then we go to the extreme of virtually worshipping the church. We want to come to terms with the role of the church, its importance in our lives, some major reasons for its effectiveness, and why Christ established it in the first place.
Christ is the Prince of Peace because it is in Him, by Him, and through Him we’re restored to peace with God. The enmity we had because of our sin is removed by Christ’s death and the Holy Spirit is given to us to produce His fruit of peace in our lives and relationships.
Family relationships are bound to strain at times and in many cases fracture, leading to feelings of failure and guilt, but there is a way to repair and rebuild damaged relationships—whether or not we’ve chosen them.
“Lord” is used as a title of respect toward people and God. It is also used to describe God in the Old Testament and by Jesus’ disciples as their Master. After the resurrection it was used to refer to Jesus as God with power and authority over all.
Part of what makes stories so effective as teaching tools is their ability to stick with us. But what gives the best stories staying power?