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The Lamb Is Worthy!

Revelation 5:12

In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

82015 RaySeveral times in sermons and Bible studies of late I have mentioned Christians – at times – take Jesus for granted.  It seems to be human nature that if things are going well – at work – in our marriages – at church – in life – we tend to take someone or something for granted.  It isn’t much different in our faith journey.  Most Christians spend more time on their knees when crisis is at their doorstep than when life is good.  That just seems to be the pattern for many.

Attendance in most churches the Sunday after 9-11 – for example – was an indication.  I was serving as pastor at a church at the time with an average attendance of about 300 give or take a few on any given Sunday.  But the Sunday after 9-11 there were well over 400 in attendance.  Crisis brings us to Jesus.  Attendance figures during World War II saw this same truth – according to some reports.  The Sunday after the Sunday after 9-11 – when life was still in an upheaval – but out of crisis mode – attendance was back to normal.  It is the same thing with Easter – attendance almost doubles for one week and then we are back to normal – and at times – even less than normal because folks who do not attend every week all came on Easter. Continue reading

September 15, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Bride of Christ

Revelation 19:7

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

IMG_0301As a pastor I have performed my share of weddings – not as many as some pastors – because I normally require that the couple be part of the church I am serving or have a family relationship. I also require counseling – four to six sessions – and that normally has folks from outside the church running for a pastor without that requirement.

When I counsel couples – young or older – whatever the living arrangements might be – I encourage them both to take steps to prepare for their wedding day. Preparation usually includes planning the wedding together – each taking a part and responsibility. Preparation usually includes talking about things like finances – families – their future – their careers – their family plans. Preparation also talks about being sexually pure (even if they haven’t up to that point) from the start of our counseling until the wedding night. I include many things in their prep time – as they prepare for the wedding. Continue reading

May 5, 2015 Posted by | Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Questions, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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