style over substance

     [For the record, I wrote this a few years back for the church website. Going back through it—and after some minor edits, of course—I thought it appropriate for the current state of things -Ricky]      Form over function. Style over substance. These are phrases commonly used to frame what may fairly be…

How can God judge us?

Billions of people were gathered before the Throne of God. Some nearer the front grew belligerent and talked heatedly. “How can God judge us?!” they asked. God is in heaven where all is beauty and light. “Yes, what does He know about suffering?!” snapped a cynical woman, rolling back her sleeve to reveal a tattooed…

The Kingdom of God is eternal

     The kingdom of God was manifested perfectly in the person and work of the man Jesus Christ. “For in him, all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,” Paul wrote in Colossians 1:19. As Jesus lived on earth, every thought, action, and word was a kingdom thought, a kingdom action, and a…

Pray for our Elders

We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.      Sometimes events occur in life that are completely unexpected. Out of the blue we experience both good and bad (and…

God Hears US

And this is the confidence we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.      In a world of competing voices that…

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