How often have you heard someone say, “We can only pray”? It sounds like since all else has failed, we might as well resign to prayer. The Bible teaches something radically different. It teaches prayer is our first option and does not need to be a sign of resignation but expectation. In fact, we would save a lot of time, stress, and brain power if we started with prayer and let God do the heavy lifting!
The Power of Prayer
What to Do When Plans Don't Work Out
October 18, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Everyone has times when things don’t go according to plan. Responses can range from quick confident adjustment to devastating paralyzing emotional trauma. What is the believer to do in a world that is constantly changing? How are we to respond to our sovereign God who changes up our plans on a moment’s notice? There are answers in the scriptures that lead us to confident, courageous living.
You Are a Blessing and Not a Curse
October 11, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Within its local gatherings, the Church of Jesus Christ is remarkably diverse in its theological spectrum, understanding of grace, freedom from the Law, general maturity and opinions of other believers. Since it took over 300 years to formally establish our understanding of the divine nature of Jesus Christ at the Nicene Council, we should offer a few years of grace for those less mature than ourselves to have time to grow. Theological understanding develops when human filters are removed, mostly through hard times, to read the Word of God in all its simplicity. In the meantime, the church should work hard to remain a place the tax collector, harlot, leper, broken Pharisee can flee to for compassion, comfort and healing instead of becoming a hardened religious institution quick to discipline and kick out those who fall short of perceived but not real ideals of Jesus Christ instead of working hard to make space for personal spiritual growth.