The Gospel vs Religion

“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.” (Matthew 6:16 NLT) In our July 10th worship, Dr. Bryan Loritts shared aContinue reading “The Gospel vs Religion”

Knowledge Without Love

“But it wasn’t long before reports got back to the Thessalonian hard-line Jews that Paul was at it again, preaching the Word of God, this time in Berea. They lost no time responding, and created a mob scene there too.” (Acts 17:13 The Message) Perhaps you’ve heard the expression: “A little knowledge is a dangerousContinue reading “Knowledge Without Love”

What Is Loving Others Supposed to Look Like?

“If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?” (Matthew 5:46a NLT) Whether we realize it or not, a lot of our values, in terms of what we believe, including how we treat others who are different from ourselves, is “caught” more than taught. What does that mean? It meansContinue reading “What Is Loving Others Supposed to Look Like?”

What Am I Missing? (Part 2)

“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1:4-5 NLT) Everyone is looking for something! Everyone has a desire deep within for more. We may not always understand what that “more” is, butContinue reading “What Am I Missing? (Part 2)”

When Prayer Becomes Pleasure

“As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, O God.” (Psalm 42:1 NLT) My wife and I have two dogs – a Pug and a mixed-breed we rescued. We love them, but they’re a lot of work. They both love attention and affection, but our Pug’s greatest delight is .Continue reading “When Prayer Becomes Pleasure”