Written on October 20, 2011 by Daniel Huang
“The righteous shall live by faith.” Habakkuk 2:4
Whenever we hear this phrase, we often consider it as a serious reminder of the way that we should be living. But this is only partially true. This is essentially the one phrase, mentioned throughout the old and new testament that highlights the only way that we as believers in Christ can live!
During one of his sermons at Forcey, Pastor Phil Powers posed a question for the congregation: “When difficult trials come, and you have your back against the wall, will you be able to stand?” Continue reading! »
Written on August 4, 2011 by Lonnie Harris
We live in a day and age where people shop for truth according to their tastes – as if each person gets to choose his or her own truth like they choose which flavor ice cream they think is best. But truth is not a matter of personal opinion – it is a matter of fact – that which corresponds to the reality which exists by virtue of God’s very nature – regardless of how anyone thinks or feels about it.
To all my friends who are trying to find their way in their pursuit of truth: Remember that truth cannot be customized and tailored to suit our preferences. Continue reading! »
Written on July 1, 2011 by Lonnie Harris
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“Elf” the movie – Buddy discovers New York
Is Buddy the “Elf” a misfit in a classroom full of normal elves? Or, is he the only normal one in a classroom full of misfits? And what does this question have to do with the fellowship of believers in local church communities? Continue reading! »
Written on June 28, 2011 by Lonnie Harris
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As a Christian, you make a point to show love & kindness towards others (I hope) – but how is your love different from the love that the world shows? Unbelievers can be patient, kind, forgiving, humble, polite… What is the distinguishing mark of your patience, kindness, forgiveness, humility… What makes you salt and light in a darkened, flavorless world where these virtues are practiced by unbelievers who are trying to be “good people”?
As a Christian, you spend yourself thoroughly in a variety of ways to do ministry (I hope) – but have you considered that all your hard work could be an absolute waste of time?
These are questions that I raised in the devotional that I shared with Forcey’s day camp on 6/28/2011. Read below or listen to the MP3 to see how we answered these questions, and to explore what it means to do ministry in a way that is rooted in love. Continue reading! »
Written on June 20, 2011 by Lonnie Harris
I am thrilled to tell you all about a book that has has significantly impacted how I walk with God, how I lead & love my family, how I do ministry as a pastor, and how I interact with the world around me. The book is called, The Whole Life Offering, Christianity as Philanthropy, written by Rev. Eric Foley, an Evangelical Pastor in Colorado Springs.
The Whole Life Offering is a discipleship primer in which the reader comes away with a keen awareness of how to eat, drink, sleep, work, and do whatever else it is that we do on a daily basis, all to the glory of God. While it has a few dull spots here and there, and one minor technical error about a Hebrew root (p. 241), this book is a must-read for people who are serious about being doers of the Word rather than hearers only. Foley’s Whole Life Offering (WLO) functions as a practical Christian-life handbook – a discipleship guide that reiterates the two greatest commandments (Matt 22:37-39), and suggests a systematic, whole-life method for carrying out these commands on a daily basis. Continue reading! »