Confronting Culture

Give Yourself Away

Those who want to save their lives will give up true life. But those who give up their lives for me and for the Good News will have true life. Mark 8:35 (NCV) The world we live in is full of people who put themselves and their own desires above the needs of others.  It’s…

Be Humble

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.  Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT) In the busy world we live in it’s easy to…

Meet Together

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another… Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) We all have things to do that can keep us very busy.  We have jobs, families to care for, errands…

Family Members

That is why you are no longer foreigners and outsiders but citizens together with God’s people and members of God’s family.  Ephesians 2:19 (GW) At times we are close to our other family members and sometimes we may feel distant from them.  But we are not just part of our earthly family.  Once we accept…

Love God or Pleasure?

You can be certain that in the last days there will be some very hard times.  People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud, stuck-up, rude, and disobedient to their parents. They will also be ungrateful, godless, heartless, and hateful. Their words will be cruel, and they will have no self-control or…

Influence Others for Good

Christians need to influence others for good.  Do not let yourself be negatively influenced.  Pastor Jeff gave us the example of a thermometer and a thermostat.  One reflects what’s going on around it; the other sets what’s going on. …Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted…

Love God with All Your Heart

Do not love the world or anything that belongs in it.  If you love the world, you don’t have the love of the Father in you!  1 John 2:15 (GN) “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…

Go God’s Way

Since you died with Christ and were made free from the ruling spirits of the world, why do you act as if you still belong to this world?… Colossians 2:20 (NCV) Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide…

Test Everything

But test everything. Keep what is good and stay away from everything that is evil.  1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 (NCV) It is good for believers of Jesus to test popular opinion against the Word of God.  We need to use our brains and challenge what our culture tells us is good. The Bible says keep the…

A Path Back to Purity

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and…