What is the purpose or mission of our church? Simply put, it is to lead people into a growing relationship with Christ. As a member of the church, or the body of Christ, this has implications for your purpose in life as well! For you are on a mission from God and for God!
One of my goals each day is to be a better listener. It is a great demonstration of loving others. Here are some quotes compiled by John Hopler to help us value the art of listening.
Solitude, like prayer and Bible study, is a spiritual discipline that allows us to ask the God of the universe to search our hearts and examine our lives, thoughts, actions and speech. God knows us better than we know ourselves! Nothing catches our heavenly Father off guard.
The basic cause of conflicts among us is selfishness. The cause of selfishness is pride. There can be no unity or joy in the life of the Christian who puts himself above others. Yet there is great joy and unity when we defer to the interests of others.
The first story we read in the gospels about Jesus as an adult is His baptism. The last thing Jesus said to His disciples before ascending into heaven was the Great Commission, stating that they should go throughout the world making disciples and baptizing them. Baptism is obviously a very important activity in the New Testament. Several members of Watermark Church are going to be baptized this Sunday. Let me know if you are interested in being baptized this Sunday! Here are a few biblical insights regarding being baptized.
To follow Christ means choosing to put Christ first in every area of your life. After all, He loved us to the point of dying on the cross. Now our response to Him is to give Him our love and devotion. One important way to put Christ first in your life is to put Christ first in your finances.
The apostle Paul informed the churches in Macedonia of a financial need that arose in the church in Jerusalem. As we continue our Sunday morning series of messages on Stewardship, there are six observations about the Macedonian Church which we can learn from in the passage above.
An amazing truth in life is this - we reap what we sow! What a remarkable principle to help you determine your “return on life.” Instead of holding on to all God’s blessings, Jesus invites us to invest all God has blessed us with in our lives for the sake of the Kingdom, to get the most return on the one life we have.
This week, I would like to forward to you a message from Robbie McAlister, a friend of mine and a pastor and missionary who is in Greece, ministering at a refugee camp there. In this letter sent originally to my friend John Hopler, you will be touched by Robbie’s heart—his compassion for people and His love for Jesus Christ and His kingdom.
One aspect of being a disciple is being a good steward of all God has entrusted me with. These include my time, my personality, my strengths and abilities, my finances and the things I own. Stewardship can be defined as the management of my God-given resources for His glory and the good of others.
As we wrap up our series on prayer, I have added a blog by Tom Short to this week’s newsletter on Praying Without Ceasing. Enjoy!
We all believe that God answers prayer. We know He answers our prayers! Yet why is it that sometimes God does not answer our prayers in the timing or manner in which we ask? Do we lack faith? Is He angry with us? Am I asking something out of God’s will?
To make your life really count for the good of God’s Kingdom, and to bear fruit in your life that lasts for eternity, you must build your life on a rock-solid foundation that never shifts or falters – and that foundation is God’s Word. To build your life on the shifting sands of worldly wisdom, fame, riches or pleasures is simply a foolish choice to make.
Sometimes, we want to get even with someone who's done us wrong. We call this vengeance, which is such a common and natural human reaction. But to take our own vengeance is of the flesh (fallen nature) and we are to leave it to God (Romans 12:19). You and I should not be returning evil for evil done toward us, or as my mom taught me, "Two wrongs don't make a right."
When is the next time you will draw near to God in prayer? These eight blessings are awaiting you!
Here are some quotes from the Christian Quote website, compiled by fellow pastor John Hopler, that will hopefully stir your heart. These quotes relate to the importance (and the simplicity) of doing the Lord's will.
Praying for others (intercessory prayer) has powerful results! Why? Because we are taking our requests for others to the One Who loves us greatly and who has the power to answer any request we have.
This week, a member of our church told me that they went home after hearing this Sunday’s morning message on prayer and “prayed for an hour to the Lord.” But how do you spend an hour in prayer? Here are a few suggestions for what to include in an extended time of prayer.
The basis for answered prayer is to put your trust in the ONE who answers prayer. You will trust Him more as you know Him better! What are two key truths you must know and believe about God to be able to pray with power, and see mountains moved in your life? One, you must believe that God is willing to answer your requests. Two, you must believe that God is able to answer your requests.
The son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham said that it is important to remember all those who gave their lives for America, and pray for the country as a whole. "We should also pray for our national leaders. Regardless of whether we agree with our country's policies, we have a biblical mandate to do this," Graham wrote.