- Why do you think Jesus decided to leave the world for a time and then return, rather than staying on earth after His resurrection and preaching the gospel throughout the whole world, Himself?
- Do you eagerly long for Christ’s return?
- Do you ever think about the day you stand before Jesus and He will judge your works?
- Have you ever decided not to tackle a long-term project because you believe Christ’s return is near?
- Is Hell a literal fire?
- Is Heaven just a really long church service?
Angie and I had an incredible week in Washington DC, as we met with other pastors and their wives from all over the nation. I am filled with excitement to be back in the pulpit this Sunday to continue our series The End is Near. You do not want to miss this exciting series.
Pastor’s Forum on the End Times: Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m., The Crossing
I never prepay for gas, but this time I did. Ironically, I was wrong at guessing how much gas could fit into my tank. When my tank was full and I still had $4 left of gasoline to use, I mumbled under my breath, “Ok Lord, what am I going to do with $4 of free gas?” As I turned, I saw an unsightly 30 year old man carrying a small gas can approaching me.
Fasting can appear to be a daunting task, but when combined with prayer and devotion to God, the rewards are endless. Fasting reveals our need of and reliance on God, while also strengthening our faith and trust in who He is. A fast can be difficult, but so often these difficulties are revealed during the process in the form of questions that one may never consider until the fast has begun. My hope is to help alleviate some of those questions and concerns, but also to equip you for the task.
The single most significant element you can add to your life is seeking to understand the Bible. This starts with actually reading it for yourself daily. As you read it, you are confronted with questions: who wrote this, why did they write it, who did they write it to, what was happening in the lives of the people they were writing to, what did it mean to the first readers and how can I apply these truths to my life? As you discover the answers to these questions, God uses His living and active Word to change you. Your mind begins to change, you start thinking about everything around you from God’s perspective and then your heart changes as you begin to value what God values. And once your mind and heart are changing, then those who know you will notice that your life actually begins to look very different than before. This is the effect that seeking to understand the Bible can have on you this year!
Spending time alone with God each day is essential for continued growth and development. When we stop practicing this discipline we become distant from our Father and His Spirit ceases to bear fruit in our lives. Jesus modeled for all His disciples a life of dependency on God. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he [Jesus] got up, went out, and made his way to a deserted place; and there he was praying.” Mark 1:35 CSB. Here are 10 ways you can spend time alone with God in His Word every day.