The True Test of Your Faith

The focus of this week’s text from the Epistle of James is obedience to the Word of God. James issues a simple command: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). Unfortunately, the issue of self-deception has been a topic of concern within the church since the first century. […]

A Debilitating Disease within the Body of Christ

Has this generation of Christians lost the meaning to the word “holy”? It often appears it has to the casual observer.  Just within my lifetime, and I’m not very old, the church has drastically moved away from any attempt at holy living, from being separate and distinct from the world around us. The reasons are […]

“The People Did What Was Right in Their Own Eyes”

In the Old Testament book of Judges, we see a phrase oft repeated, and “the people did what was right in their own eyes.” This phrase is a sign of a society or nation sliding into moral decay. They no longer acknowledge God or His law, but instead simply make their own determination of what […]

Day 8: My Approach to Small Group Curriculum

Like most things in life, my approach to developing curriculum for our small groups is a work in progress. At its core, I follow a traditional instructional design model commonly known by it’s acronym—ADDIE. This describes a basic five step approach to design: Analysis Design Development Implementation Evaluate Our church’s ministries are structured around a school […]