On Mother's Day, we celebrate the life and love that comes from all the moms in our lives. Restaurants are packed, flowers abound, and mothers are honored and cherished, as they should be. However, Father's Day is usually a different story. Advertisements focus on how dad's need to fix things around the house and the expectations are to be a good example and not make the next big blunder. Pastor King shares from his personal experience of being a father to three children, and gives advice on how to encourage and foster the next generation.
Do you want just the bare minimum in your spiritual life so that you can just make it into heaven? Or are you looking for something more? Kevin Calkins challenges us to look beyond our own self-centered goals and see the Christian walk as an opportunity to bring God's Kingdom down here to earth right now in our current circumstances and everyday livelihoods. (Kevin is a staff member for the InterVarsity Christian fellowship at Rutgers University).
Many times we wish that God would just reveal to us the most important things that will happen in our lives concerning our education, our professions, our families and our possessions, because, let's face it, those topics are always on the forefront of our minds. However, Pastor Ken explains that while many Christians ask God for CLARITY in their lives, what we really should be asking for is TRUST, as we learn what it really means to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Pastors and leaders would agree that God's word is important and powerful. If that is the case, then knowing it is the key to any Christian's growth, and what better way to know it than by memorizing it. But memorization can be a struggle, even for the most mature of Christians, so what are some suggestions for memorizing Bible passages more accurately and efficiently?
Both King David (Psalm 27) and the Apostle Paul (Philippians 3) wanted just one thing in their lives: Despite power, riches, and fame, or struggles, suffering, and conflict, they only wanted to see and know the LORD God. For 2017, Pastor Ken challenges us to put God first and seek Him as our priority.
Haggai chapter 1 - The Jewish people in the Old Tesatment return to their homeland after exile to find God's Temple in ruins. However, while they were commanded to rebuild the Temple, they spent more of their time, energy, and money on fixing up their own homes. for the new year we focus on getting a good start, but not with being centered on our own needs, but on what God wants and his work first and foremost.