God looks beyond our words and religious activities to see if our conduct backs up what we say, and he judges our words by the actions that accompany them.
I am thankful that we can give and that the more we give the more God gives us to meet the needs of his most desperate children.
The secular world no longer trusts Christians who "love Jesus" but do not seem to love anything else.
God is depending upon us to be his foot soldiers standing tall on the front lines, defending the defenseless, and taking the fight to the oppressors.
Our salvation is something God wants and can do through his powerful, creative work in us, because he truly loves us.
Now my eyes have been opened to the plight of people struggling for their daily bread and fighting to keep a roof over their heads if they are fortunate enough to even have a roof.
God gives in abundance. He takes whatever we can offer him in time, ability, or resources and multiples its effectiveness beyond our wildest expectations.
This is the essence of spiritual transformation where our work in the world, in our community, becomes a Holy Act.
My life, as your pastor, is driven by this one question: If we closed our doors, if the lights went out, would anybody miss us?
But we have to be careful, because money can easily take God's place in our lives. It can become your master. And, an unforgiving one at that.