So after a long weekend of cookouts, camping, picnics, fireworks, parades and road trips, today may feel more Monday than usual. We got you covered. Continue reading
Those of us who have made church a part of life for many years may not even be aware of the “church culture” we surround ourselves with. It’s not necessarily a bad thing but we need to understand what is taking place and how it can effect our ministry and witness. Let’s begin by defining some terms:
culture: a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc. (Miriam Webster Online)
subculture: a group that has beliefs and behaviors that are different from the main groups within a culture or society (Miriam Webster Online) Continue reading
I wrote last Friday that in the changing world we live in ideas about love and hate are being distorted. While I don’t preach about hell in an attempt to scare people saved, never talking about it at all is not the way to show love. If I knew my neighbor were in danger and did nothing, that would be the opposite of love. The Gospel message is that while many people are bound for hell that is not God’s desire; his Son died under condemnation so that no other person need be condemned. Telling others that God desires for relationship and fellowship to be restored is what we as Christians are called to, but ignoring that death, judgement and hell are the consequences of sin is not an option. Continue reading
Just wanted to say thank you to bribruceproductions for becoming our 200th follower earlier this evening. Bri Bruce is into writing, editing, photography and graphic design; she had a new book of poetry published earlier this year.
My book will go the printer possibly one day next week. Thank you to all my readers and followers, including the 135 FB page fans and the 38 fans of God is Near on Facebook. And to all you lurkers out there who never comment or subscribe – I’ve seen the metrics, know you’re out there, appreciate you as well.
The Happy Monday folder is bursting at the seams so we’re going to share 6 or 8 quotes, scriptures and images and save the rest for another time. If they keep stacking up all week we may need to clean house. And away we go…
So it will be Denver vs. Seattle in Superbowl XLVIII. Maybe that’s all the good news you need to start this Monday morning. For everyone else, on with the show. Continue reading