In Matthew chapter 16, Jesus gives first reference to a concept with which many of us are acquainted. He said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”
The children all seem to be trying to enjoy these last few days of freedom and you see them walking and biking round town. At Love INC we are finishing up the last few weeks of the activities we do to help equip the teachers and students for school.
Life is difficult. Intentionally so, I believe. Of all the promises we have in Christ, there is one that is rarely mentioned, seldom committed to memory and never preached on: In this life you will have problems.
Almost everyone has heard Psalm 23 one or more times in their life. You may even have it memorized, but have you ever realized what it tells us about God and his love?
Have you ever read something in the holy scriptures that just shook you to your very core, scared the “bewillikers” out of you, and forced you to examine your country, your faith, your schools, your politics, and yes, even your very being? For me, when I read these words from Amos, one of the Minor Prophets, writing prior to the Assyrian invasion of the Northern Kingdom of Israel in approximately 760-750 B.C., they shook me to my core.
We adults tend to give kids less credit for wisdom than we should, and we tend to discard their homespun wisdom and colorful vocabulary as being “cute.” We can learn a lot from children, though, and doing so would help us increase our faith and be better sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.
By definition the sage is considered a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom. Wisdom is accumulated knowledge or erudition of enlightenment. The sage is thought to have wisdom that comes with age and experience or the wisdom-keeper in some societies.
A giving spirit can be found in many small-town residents, but the people of Moffat County recognized one of Craig’s most selfless as the Best Community Volunteer. Robin Schiffbauer took the title this year as the area’s most active do-gooder, having a hand in many facets of Craig that strive to improve the lives of others.
Fathers are a God idea. God’s design for authority on the earth is for protection, provision and promotion. God has placed a leadership authority upon fatherhood.
Everyone probably has their own idea of the ideal church: organs and hymns; drums, guitars, songs from K-LOVE; not too much preaching; pews, not chairs; stained glass windows; storefront building… the list would be very long and detailed.
I would think it is safe to say that most of us reading this article today has or is struggling with self worth. It is something that maybe we try to hide, excuse or even act like it’s not a big deal. The reason it is a big deal is because it affects the way we make decisions, how we communicate with people and how we give and receive love.
As I was pondering the readings for this upcoming Sunday I was surprised at what kept coming into mind. Believe it or not, the African-American spiritual song from the horrible slavery days kept looming in my mind’s eye. I’m sure that you will remember it when I start with “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, nobody knows my sorrow,” and speaks to the trouble and sorrows that we endure on earth.
This morning, as part of our Seminary class study of the Old Testament, we were discussing Jonah. You remember the story, right? Jonah is called by God as a prophet and commands him to go to Nineveh to preach. Ordinarily this might not be a problem, but Nineveh was one of the seats of the Assyrian Empire.
Private school shares faith with community
For students of Calvary Baptist School, the curriculum includes subjects like math and English, but both in and out of the classroom, sharing their faith with the world is part of the learning experience.
Sadly in this cultural moment the word “Christian” has become largely meaningless.