In a recent message I ended by sharing three quick points:

  1. You are what you think.
  2. You will think about what you are exposed to.
  3. Therefore, expose yourself to what is pure and positive.

              As I reflect on those points I am struck by how much those truths should drive us to the Word of God. That is the source that ought to be shaping us from the inside out. However,...

One pastor recently told the story of a woman who came up to him after the church service with a basic question. “Pastor, after you announce what book of the Bible you are going to read from, what are those numbers you say?” She did not realize that the Pastor was giving a number reference that corresponded to a chapter and verse. When I heard that, I saw that it illustrates how our society has drifted away from basic biblical literacy and familiarity. The church that does not realize that...

In worship, the believer reflects back to God His worth. Worship is a response to God, and that response is an essential aspect of being a follower of Christ. There is something fundamental about acknowledging greatness together with others; it seems to be a built-in part of what it means to be human. We will share with one another great news of positive events in our lives, a great song that lifts our spirits, and we will acknowledge the presence of a great person who has achieved much....

Most of us want to live meaningful lives and make a difference in a positive way in our world. But we are constantly bombarded with the message of self-centeredness in our society. We hear the words, “You deserve more,” “pursue pleasure,” and “It’s all about you.”

Given this constant drumbeat of self-regard, it is tempting to be afraid to invest time and energy in service to God and others. We fear that we will miss out and that our lives will be miserable. We think, “What if I end...

The question of why it is important to attend church each week has been asked in various forms by people ever since there were worship services to attend. Human beings from all ages and of all ages simply do not like to be told that they need to be disciplined enough to conform their lives around a life style pattern. In our flesh, we all want to “go with the flow” and be free to choose what each day will hold according to our desires.

However, there are good reasons for...