Have you heard the testimony of Augustine? …A man raised by a success-driven father and a Jesus-driven mother in the heart of northern Africa? There is not much about Augustine’s life that seems “normal” to us north Americans, and yet his experience is so completely relatable.
The Othello Church of the Nazarene loves others, leads people to Christ, and disciples people in Jesus’ name. It has been a good year. Today we share much of that with you.
Jesus lived on this earth with a burning love. I am praying right now that our love flame up this coming year.
What is mission-critical in your life? What things do you need to accomplish this day, this week, or this year, to fulfill the calling God has on your life?
If you aren’t sure, that’s okay. It’s worth asking yourself regularly. Truthfully, you can’t fulfill God’s call on your day if you don’t know God’s call on your life. And if that’s you today, have no fear. That is why we exist as a church!
One way of showing love is by giving gifts. God gives and gives to his people. He even gives loving gifts to people living in rebellion against him! So as people loving God, we give back to him.
Summer is almost here! School break is in sights! Vacation plans are coming together! The sprinklers and boats are coming out of storage! And I’m hot every day. (Not complaining, just adjusting.)
“Evangelism for Quiet People” was a fascinating and helpful time we had this weekend [April 20-21]. Jason Willoughby did a wonderful job helping us to see many ways we can share Jesus with others. Here are a few thoughts:
When I came to Othello two years ago, Emily and Clint Sams were the first Nazarenes I met. Emily embodies all that our church is striving for with her tireless service, financial competence, and warm spirit amongst our people!
This year has been full of contention, and disention. “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?" (Psalm 2:1) We’ve been looking at justice during the autumn season. We’re seeing signs of progress and also some regression in our nation. God calls us forward, to work for justice. But often we wonder if all our work is even making progress.
At the eye doctor, we go through a barrage of tests with multiple doctors and attendants using many different devices. The goal is to help us see clearly by finding the perfect design to shape a piece of glass or two to help focus light onto our very-functional optic nerves. Once the prescription is right, vision is clear.
Prayer is vital for every follower of Jesus! One of God’s people shared with me a good formula for prayer.
How often do we say? “I was wrong. Please forgive me.” How can we have a clear conscience before God and one another?
In 1 John 1:9 we read, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Luke tells a favorite story of two disciples of Jesus walking on the road to Emmaus on the day of Jesus’ resurrection. They were discussing with amazement the events of the day. What does it mean when Jesus’ body is gone? Or that the women disciples were visited by angels? Why would the Messiah have to suffer? What did it all mean?
Our world today is full of turmoil and angst because of sin and selfishness. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) What a blessed shared testimony we have! So the family of God—His church—becomes His Body in the world to share that love with others.
I heard a funny story a few years ago about a man who packed everything he needed for a week-long trek into the wilderness—everything except food.
I have been sharing with you about the essential things that drew together churches of the Nazarene more than a century ago, to consider whether these things are essential for us as a church. The first is holiness: God’s awesome goodness is offered to humanity through the transformative work of Christ Jesus in our lives! The second was compassion: Nazarenes have always cared about those in need, knowing that as we provide help in Jesus’ name, we are also giving witness to the love of God for real life change.
We’re talking about three key words to define the rise of Nazarene people and churches. Last time I mentioned holiness, the transformative work of God’s grace for our Christlikeness here on earth. The second word might surprise you. It is “compassion.”
I get asked this question a lot. When I do, I think of three key words to answer it.
The first word is Transformation.
There is a part of the Bible that I don’t really get. Now, some of people talk about contradictions in the Bible, or places where the Bible disagrees with other accounts of history. Some others talk about how the theology doesn’t make sense.
After Jesus died on the cross to reconcile all of humanity to God, a curious thing happens in front of the empty tomb. In John 20:11-18 Mary did not recognize Jesus when she first saw him in his resurrected state! She completely missed who it was she was talking to.