In the final analysis, we are thankful not for things or a “what”-but a Who. In the ultimate and final sense, our thanksgiving is for the immeasurable grace of our Master.
The Bible tells us God not only created the universe, he manages and maintains it with what we would describe as effortless ease. But many of us find ourselves perpetually tired. We are reminded we can exchange our weakness for God’s eternal strength.
It’s amazing how much of Jesus’ time was spent talking about food, and in preparing, creating and consuming it – not to mention attending banquets. And he himself is the Bread of life – a completely different kind of food, not found in restaurants or even some establishments that promise spiritual food in his name.
Find out how replacement beliefs like dish towel religion can insidiously diminish and devalue God’s love.
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians offers incredible insights into the nature of the church – the body of Christ. Join us for this fascinating study.
When giving their “testimonies” some talk about “getting” saved – is that what happens? Can anyone actually “get” saved?
Accusations and condemnations continue among competing churches and denominations – as do church splits and divisions. And then there’s the seemingly endless, strident messages from many pulpits about non-Christians. What is a Christ-centered perspective about all of this angry rhetoric?
When all is said and done, our relationship with God all comes down to CHRIST ALONE – faith and grace are themselves rooted and grounded in Christ, who is the very center of all that we are.
Join us for GRACE ALONE, the second message in this three part series, as Greg considers the much misunderstood, mis-used and abused topic of God’s amazing grace.
We begin a three parts series which will carefully consider this phrase, so often used here at CWR. This week, we’ll the teaching given to us in Romans 4:13-25 about FAITH ALONE.
While the kingdom of God is very much present in our lives now, the kingdom also has a future tense, when it comes in its fullness.
This first of a two part series examines the present reality of the kingdom of God – Jesus said that it is here, now!
He doesn’t call us a slave or a servant- nor does he insist that we keep our distance, as he is our teacher and we are merely his disciples and students.
“To err is human, to forgive is divine.” Divine forgiveness, illustrated in the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, involves no bookkeeping.
Greg illustrates how easy it is to misunderstand and abuse the teaching available to us in the Bible – and confesses to doing so himself.
In order to be a Christian Martin Luther had to leave his church. It still happens today! Religion demands that you embrace its pills and potions, effectively driving many away from intimacy with God. Even though religious legalism is having its way with hundreds of millions, the good news is that grace will eventually put religion and all of its devices out of business.
It’s the title of a famous folk song, but more importantly the wind is a metaphor describing the work of God. Join Greg as he explains John 3:8.
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus used a person whose race and religion was despised as a metaphor of his own work – in the parable of the Good Shepherd he compared himself to a profession that didn’t have the best reputation. Why?
Jesus’ parable of the vine yields incredible insight into the nature of our relationship with him.
Since Jesus invites us to the kingdom of heaven in spite of what we have done, rather than what we have done, does that mean there are no limits to God’s grace?
While the storms of our lives do not define or limit our relationship with God, they can be traumatic and disconcerting. Join Greg as he offers fresh perspective about the blessed assurance we can all have in and through Jesus Christ.
Christ in us enables us to be wounded healers – transformed by God’s grace that we may be vehicles of God’s love, offering comfort for others in the same way we have been comforted by God.
Greg explains that Jesus’ parable of “The Workers” in Matthew 20 is a picture of God’s grace, and that the kingdom of heaven reverses the values and expectations of the kingdoms of religion. Luke records Jesus saying, “What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.”
Sin management is the focus of Christ-less religion – attempting to make bad people good, or at the very least better. But Jesus’ mission is not about making bad people better. Jesus comes to make spiritually dead people live!
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. His grace is resisted by religious high places, but the spiritual gravitational pull of grace causes it to flow to low places.
The early New Testament church quickly learned that they could not deceive or manipulate God. The relationship he offered them, and that he offers us, is one that we can only receive, not gain or earn. We have nothing to offer God that he doesn’t already have.
Jesus disciples all wanted to be rich and famous, but the kingdom of heaven is founded on an opposing value — serving others rather than serving ourselves.
What did Jesus mean when he said, Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me?
God comforts us so that we might act as his tools, his hands and feet, to reflect and radiate his comfort to others. God’s comfort doesn’t terminate with us!
God is not somewhere, like heaven, while he is absent from another place or location. What does the fact that we cannot measure or completely fathom God mean for our relationship with him?
Greg explains the real difference between the sheep and the goats of Jesus parable in Matthew 25.
The disciples asked Jesus who would be the greatest in his kingdom. They asked the wrong question. The real question is, “By what right is anyone granted the kingdom?”
Enjoy natural, non-processed, good-for-you, organic and alive Christianity — the very opposite of pre-cooked, overly processed, pre-digested, feel-good, tastes-great, dead religion.
God is absolutely and totally head-over-heels in love with you! He doesn’t just want you to know about him, he wants you to know him, up close and personal.
Worship and experience the Lord our Shepherd, as our message ponders what prayer is, and what it isn’t.
There is only One way to find true, eternal rest from the anxieties, burdens and obligations that weigh us down.
Doubts are not the opposite of faith, they are a necessary part of the process. The opposite of faith, the real enemy, is fear.
Christ-less religion attempts to deceive us into thinking that outward form will always produce desired results. It’s a widespread deception — join Greg as he reveals more about form and substance.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins tells us more about the kingdom of heaven. But, is this parable warning us to be careful so that we don’t “run out” of the Holy Spirit? Is this parable telling us that 50% of all Christians are foolish? Does this parable offer hidden clues about the Second Coming?
Some estimates are that 10-15 million Christians in the United States do not regularly attend a building that calls itself a church. What and where, exactly, is the body of Christ?