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A Christian Citizen

A Christian Citizen

We are living in unusual times. The presidential primary is drawing the attention of the world on our democracy. What does it mean to be a Christian citizen? We are living in this world as pilgrims just traveling through. The bible declares that our real citizenship is in heaven. The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” We are citizens of heaven as believers and passing through this world. Continue reading →

FREEDOM IN FORGIVENESS

FREEDOM IN FORGIVENESS

Almost one year ago we were all rocked with the news that there had been another mass shooting. This time it was during a church’s Wednesday night Bible study, which seemed so unbelievable because we all were wondering if there was anywhere that was safe anymore. And what was always news coming to us from faraway places was now happening pretty close to home: Charleston. Continue reading →

Summer Intentionality

Summer Intentionality

Summer is here! For some (students), it comes with a sigh of relief…classes are over, time to relax a little bit for 10 weeks before going back to the grind. For others (parents), it comes with a little bit of stress…kids are home, have to figure out what to do with them for 10 weeks to keep them out of trouble! For me, it is a little of both – Summer is our busiest time here in the Student Ministry…RoadRules, Israel, Washington, DC , and family vacation– it will all be a blur come August. Continue reading →

Gospel-Centered Dating Part 2

Gospel-Centered Dating Part 2

In our first post regarding Gospel-Centered Dating, we covered the intent and purpose of dating from a biblical perspective—a Christian philosophy for dating, if you will. This time I want us to begin exploring how we see this philosophy realized in our lives in more practical, everyday kinds of ways, and make our way toward wrapping up our discussion next time. Continue reading →

Summer FUN or Summer Training?

Summer FUN or Summer Training?

Summer is for F-U-N! As the month of June rolls around, the summer school break is officially upon us and so is the ultimate question, “What will we do this summer?” For many school-aged children summer is when the youth sports season ramps up! Travel ball and leagues, clinics and camps are in full swing. It’s the time to specialize without the interruption of school work. Or is it? Continue reading →

Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church

Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

 

I look around at various local churches in our denomination and I notice that the majority of them are still either predominately Caucasian or African-American. However, I also see many other local churches becoming more multi-ethnic or attempting, which makes more sense in our globalized world. Continue reading →

The Secret to Greatness

The Secret to Greatness

I love spending time with kids. An afternoon with a 5 year-old is exciting and inspiring because they truly want to be the best thing they can be. They are some of the greatest superheroes, ballerinas, and dinosaurs in the world! If you were to ask around, I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who would say, Continue reading →

Someday

Someday

Ah, yes, that wonderful phrase “Someday, I’ll…” It’s usually followed by a laundry list of what we want, should or ought to do! Like “Someday I will travel to {insert some exotic destination} or read that book, clean the garage, lose weight or get in shape!” Someday is that time between 30 seconds from now and never!

You’ve probably said this type of phrase even if it was in the form of a New Year’s resolution. But summer is coming so maybe you’ve said it in regards to your physical fitness as you anticipate shorts and swimsuit season. Continue reading →

Appreciating Teachers

Appreciating Teachers

May is a recognized time for appreciating teachers. Teaching is one of the most demanding and least appreciated professions around. We give them responsibility for training and molding our children and then tie their hands and limit their resources. So while the first week of May is generally recognized as National Teacher Appreciation Week, it is never a bad time to show appreciation and respect for this very important group of people who impact the lives of our children so significantly. Continue reading →

The World Has Arrived

The World Has Arrived

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34 ESV)

I was walking down the hall of a sister Baptist church in South Carolina on the way out of the door recently with a Japanese pastor friend of mine who has a Japanese ministry there when my eye caught a poster that outlined Greer First Baptist’s giving for the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, and state missions. Continue reading →