I am excited to be able to teach the PUP (Precept upon Precept) Bible study, Marriage without Regrets. We met 2 weeks ago and began filling out the first lesson. After a 2 week pause for our Missions Conference, we will meet tonight to discuss lesson 1. We have a great class of people who want to learn how to serve God with their marriages. God has blessed us so far and we pray for his blessings to continue as we diligently study His Word and seek to apply what He teaches us. Continue reading
In the last post, we examined the righteousness of God that opens up the kingdom of heaven to a person. We discovered lots of interesting truths about ourselves, the righteousness of God, and the kingdom of heaven. You can read the article here as a way of review. The kingdom belongs to you when you have the righteousness of God. I would now like to take a look at the character, or lifestyle of a person who belongs to the kingdom of God because he lives by the righteousness of God. Continue reading
I have begun teaching the “Sermon on the Mount” to my staff. Last week we covered the overview, who the author of the sermon is, what the social, political, and religious context of the message is, as well as the main idea of the sermon. In chapter 1 of the Gospel of Matthew, we find the miraculous birth of the long awaiting, and foretold Messiah. Matthew explains how Jesus is the long awaited Messiah from the lineage of king David. In chapter 2, we see that the politics of the day were not pro life. People were scared, hurting, and living under a tyrannical government. Continue reading
I had the honor and privilege of meeting Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, the Iran born, American pastor who has been in prison in Iran for almost two years. He was captured and taken to prison because of his faith in Jesus Christ and the fact that he was sharing the hope he found in Christ with others. I had heard a little about his case from the ACLJ’s Jay Sekulow but I was not very familiar with the details. Naghmeh came to Hoffmantown church in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week to speak at our annual Missions Conference. I was blessed to hear her share her story two different times during the conference. Before the second meeting time, I spoke with her privately and asked if I could do an interview with her. She conceded and immediately after speaking, she joined me in my office and shared with me. I would like to share what I learned here with you via this article. Continue reading
I have been attending our church’s annual missions conference over the past couple of days and have been truly blessed to hear some awesome messages from God’s Word, as well as some awesome testimonies from the field. Tonight, I was blessed to hear a message from Dr. Larry Waters, a man of God who spent 27 years on the mission field in the Philippines. His message tonight was from the Gospel of Luke, principles of missions from the example of the Good Samaritan. I would like to share the insights that I gained and pray that they will bless you as much as they blessed me. Continue reading
One of the biggest fears that we have in this life is being left alone to fend for ourselves. God ordained the family as a place of protection for children, a place of community so that we would not be alone. One of the worst things that can happen to a family, other than divorce, is when the leader of the family, the man, dies and a wife and children are left to fend for themselves. In our modern society, this scenario is not as devastating as it was throughout most of human history, especially during Bible times. At a time when there seemed to be no hope, God intervened and made a promise to orphans and widows. This idea is both in the Old and New Testaments. Continue reading
As I have previously written, during the month of March, we are focusing on godly families. We began the month looking at Moses and his family. God teaches us some awesome truths about families based on Moses and his family. Next week, we are going to focus on the importance of the family in society. Our main passage with be Deuteronomy 4. Since I have already written on this passage, I will just link to it. The week after next, we will focus on Ruth and Naomi. There will be a lesson on Elisha and the widow’s family and then we will reach the lesson on Jesus and His family. I would like to write about what I want to teach, even though it is a little down the road, the end of the month will be here before we realize it.
I was out and about today, running some errands for my dear wife and children. As I pulled in the parking lot of a local store, I saw the sign and immediately thought of those delicious samoas that were waiting for me. I reached for my money and then I remembered, the Girl Scouts support Planned Parenthood. I stopped in my tracks, put the money back in my pocket, and entered the store to look for a tasty alternative.
I had the opportunity to study Matthew 23 this weekend and I would like to share some of the insights that I gained with you via this article. I have heard some people claim that it is not biblical to call someone other than Jesus your teacher or leader. I was not sure where that idea came from but I had heard people give chapter and verse where Jesus had “taught” that. Our Senior pastor, Erik Christensen, decided to base our leadership gathering on the following passage: Continue reading
During the month of March, Big City Clubhouse is focusing on families. We want to encourage all of the children that God knows their situation, that He created the family to be a positive influence in society, and that He can intervene in any familial situation and use it for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. During the month of February, we focused on knowing God and how that impacts our daily lives, especially the way that we treat others. Here are some of the lessons that we covered. Continue reading