SOM: Blessed are they that Mourn

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” -Matthew 5:4 Our society is no longer sick about sin.  Instead, sin many times is glorified and rather than seeking repentance it is celebrated.  Those who feel remorse over sinful thoughts and behaviors are quick to post it on social media because they know theyContinue reading “SOM: Blessed are they that Mourn”

SOM: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 5:3 Poverty is not something we desire.  Most work against it and the insecurities that it brings.  Still, it does teach us something of immense value.  It teaches us humility before and dependence upon God.  It is those “poor inContinue reading “SOM: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit”

SOM: The Blessed Attitudes

Our attitude towards things has a direct affect on what we go through.  It is because of our attitude that our reaction toward different situations, people, and thoughts will determine how we react and how we react will in turn cause different outcomes.  Making our attitude toward things the root cause of many things thatContinue reading “SOM: The Blessed Attitudes”

Sermon on the Mount: Introduction – The Sermon of the King

I could fill a book with countless lessons and quotes given by my father.  Many were quite interesting.  If you asked me to narrow it down to primary teachings on life, I would still have quite a handful.  That seems to be exactly what Jesus did in his famous sermon on the mount.  It wouldContinue reading “Sermon on the Mount: Introduction – The Sermon of the King”

Church Health: Functional Health

Measuring a Church’s Functional Health Chances are great that your church is suffering from what is called Pareto principle. This principle is a “commonly noted observation that 20 percent of the people in a church do 80 percent of the work” (Thumma, 2011, p. xxi). This principle is so prevalent in cultures globally almost regardlessContinue reading “Church Health: Functional Health”

Church Health: Spiritual Health

Measuring a Church’s Spiritual Health One the hardest things for a church to acknowledge is that they may not be spiritual healthy. It may be even harder to identify what truly makes a church spiritual healthy or unhealthy. This is due to the fact that many traditions have emphasized different aspects and expressions of spiritualContinue reading “Church Health: Spiritual Health”

Church Health: Relational Health

Measuring a Church’s Relational Health “We are a friendly church.” This is a statement that has been used by most churches. The reality is that while some churches have appeared friendly during “meet and greet” times, they have no effort made towards integration and fellowship. A church with a warm greeting may still have a coldContinue reading “Church Health: Relational Health”

Church Health: Missional Health

Measuring a Church’s Missional Health The first point of business is to define what exactly is missional health. To do this we will break down the ideas between the two words, missional, and health. One of the first ideas that comes our mind when using the word missional is its likeness to missionary. A missionalContinue reading “Church Health: Missional Health”

Washing the Saint’s Feet

Some do and some don’t.  That is the observance of washing one another’s feet.  I’m not going to make a distinction of whether you should or shouldn’t but just that this is a very positive experience that we are told of by Jesus.  He says in John 13:17, “If ye know these things, happy areContinue reading “Washing the Saint’s Feet”