The Great Exchange: Understanding the Story of Jesus and Barabbas

At Easter, we celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ! His story is the greatest story ever told, it is the reason why we exist, and it is our everlasting hope. Leading up to this Easter season, I felt the Lord move me to start re-studying the account of Jesus’ crucifixion. […]

Defragmentation and Time Management

In the world of computers there exists a term called “defragment”. Defragment is the process of consolidating fragmented data in order to create more space on your computer or hard drive. The basic idea is to delete gaps that exist between files, which once consolidated opens up additional room. Our daily planner is a lot […]

Human Connection: Additional Thoughts 10

Today I’m wrapping up The Human Connection Part 3. Together we will discover that God wants to bring out into the open that which has been concealed and to touch us on a heart level. It is on that level that he desires for us to walk out lives that are fulfilled and meet the […]

Human Connection: Additional Thoughts 9

We’ve learned why Jesus used parables and how our hearts can possess different kinds of soil according to where we are at in our faith. Today I’m going to share why we, at times, find ourselves offended by the very truth God uses in our lives. In Mark 4:16-17 pressure arose because of the Word. […]

Human Connection: Additional Thoughts 8

Let’s take a look today at God’s word and what Jesus taught through parables and why he used them in the first place in order to help us become more connected to Him. Mark 4 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got […]

Human Connection: Additional Thoughts 7

Today we are going to learn how to raise the ceilings of our hearts – how to walk in God’s best for us. The man who lives by righteousness, which is by faith… In our old language, in our charismatic language we basically say, “The Holy Spirit left me for a short time. I backslid. […]

Human Connection: Additional Thoughts 6

So far in this series we have learned the importance of staying connected to God in order to live in the fullness of Christ. We learn how to do this through his Word and by relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We also learn to glean God’s truths from the world around us. […]

Human Connection: Additional Thoughts 5

So, we know now that behavior modification doesn’t create heart change. We have to understand that when we connect to God we realize – it’s about what He has done on our behalf – not we have done. Let me share an analogy with you. I had this kid on my shoulders in the pool […]

Human Connection: Additional Thoughts 4

I kept yesterday’s section of The Human Connection Series Part 3 short to focus on the life giving points found in today’s portion of this sermon. The Christian mass in this country sees Christianity as a rules and regulations for moral Christian living. They’re broken because they don’t have the permission to talk about it […]

Human Connection: Additional Thoughts 3

As I said earlier, God is a heart God. He speaks a heart language. To better understand this it’s important to stay connected. Jesus says he’s the vine and we’re the branches. Whoever stays connected with him has life. This is the kingdom of God that gives life. A person whose pathway is bent is […]