Philippians 1:15-20: Christ Exalted By Any Means

These verses reveal two main themes to Paul's life and ministry. While he was in prison he could have been worrying himself about his own condition. Instead, his concern was for the proclamation and exaltation of Christ by any means necessary. That Christ Is Proclaimed "What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense … Continue reading Philippians 1:15-20: Christ Exalted By Any Means

The “Great Falling Out”

"When the church is ostracized and suffering, we’re following in the footsteps of Jesus. We’re joining our King in exile." - Elliot Clark I've been a part of those church visitation programs before. You know what I mean. THOSE visitation programs. On a given weeknight the church (the few that the pastor successfully convinced to … Continue reading The “Great Falling Out”

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

There are some weeks, when you are preparing for your lessons and messages in ministry, that the Holy Spirit springs open the floodgates in your heart and mind. You sense the Spirit. You can do nothing but think about what the Holy Spirit is teaching you and showing you, and all you want to do … Continue reading Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

All 7.5 Billion Of Us

7.5 billion people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau that is the current estimated world population. Do you feel small yet? Some people spend crazy amounts of time and effort to create social media videos that "go viral" (meaning they hit 5 million views). We think of these people as famous when, in reality, they … Continue reading All 7.5 Billion Of Us

The Tears That Wet the Soil: A Short Poem From Luke 19:41-44

The tears that wet the soil Beneath the Master's feet Hushed the roaring praises of the crowd. And calmed the pious anger Of the prideful Pharisees Even they refused to make a sound. They'd cried, "the king has come!" "The promised one of old!" "Hosanna, He has come to bring us peace!" Such joyous praise … Continue reading The Tears That Wet the Soil: A Short Poem From Luke 19:41-44