Should Christians Be Politically Involved?

When you watch political news do you find yourself getting excited or angry? Our emotional responses to changes in politics may point us to having an identity that is too tied to our political preferences. Join Jonathan Carl as he helps us to think through our political involvement and it's connection with our identity.

"To clothe oneself with or to put on a person means to put on the characteristics of that person and become like him or her. Paul says we are to "clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom 13:14). This spiritual transformation has a decisive beginning, but it is not final or complete. The process of putting on the new self who is in Christ is the sanctifying process that makes real in our experience what has already happened at salvation. In other words, we are to become by God's grace the people that He has already made us." Neil Anderson, "The Daily Discipler", p.108

Galatians 3:27–28 "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (ESV)

Does God Really Love You? The Evidence Is Overwhelmingly “YES!!”

It’s common to struggle with feeling unloved by God. Yet the evidence is overwhelming. God wants us to see, receive, enjoy, share and honor His love!

His Bible is a personal love letter to you, so if you’ve grown distant from God recently, come near Him today.

Here are some thoughts from my study of John 5:31-47 about the evidence of God’s love!

True or False? John 5:31–47

Evidences of Love
1. The Witness of John the Baptist
[31] If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. [32] There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. [33] You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. [34] Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. [35] He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

2. The Witness of the Works of Jesus [36] But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.

3. The Witness of God the Father [37] And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, [38] and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.

4. The Witness of the Word [39] You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,... [45] Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. [46] For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. [47] But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

More Evidences... - Jesus’ Words & Presence, the Holy Spirit, the Disciples, the Creation, Science, Archaeology, Secular History, Early Church History, the Manuscript Evidence & so much more

Why Would Jesus Send So Much Evidence?

He Wants You To... 1. See His Love 2. Receive His Love 3. Enjoy His Love 4. Share His Love 5. Honor His Love

The Danger of Calling Jesus False

[40] yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. [41] I do not receive glory from people. [42] But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. [43] I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. [44] How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

Respond to the Evidence of Love Today

1. Pay Attention - There Is A Test

2. Watch Out - You Have An Active Enemy

3. Believe - Jesus Wants You To Enjoy Him

4. Live w/Purpose, Perspective & Wisdom - Know & Share Your Creator

5. Live with Confidence & Courage - Future

6. Live with Gratitude - Thank Jesus Daily

Singing in Church is Dangerous!

Did you sing whole-heartedly to God this past Sunday? What did you sing? Does it matter?

What we sing matters. Singing is a verbal proclamation of something that could be either true or false. Singing in church either honors God or dishonors Him. The lyrics of our songs matter and the sincerity of our heart is important.

May we not just go through the motions of worship on a Sunday morning, but may we be fully engaged.

May our lips speak out of a God-seeking heart.

May our minds focus on the truths in front of our eyes.

May our souls engage and honor the living God, praising Jesus and standing against Satan.

Amos 6:5 "Woe to those…who sing idle songs”