May 23, 2012
The topic of bankruptcy is all around us. We hear in the news about famous people going broke, companies going broke, and even entire countries going broke! Being broke and bankrupt almost seems to be a normal part of our life and culture. But is it supposed to be a normal part of our life as Christians? Or is being bankrupt (financially, physically, emotionally and mentally) a sign of trouble that we need to address immediately. ...Read More
May 17, 2012
There's an old saying in churches that "20% of the people do 80% of the work." I've heard it all my life and, worse yet, watched churches slowly die as a result of its truth. Thankfully it is very obvious to anyone that looks around Harvest Pointe that this cannot be said of our church. So many people faithfully give of their time and talents every Sunday that we are certainly not the "norm" when it comes to serving percentages.
There's another saying I have heard most of my life but seems to be getting more prevalent in churches (not to mention society in general). It goes something like this, "We are looking for some really great programs for our kids."
May 9, 2012
Stephen was a young man chosen to be a leader in the first church. But very soon it was evident that Stephen was more than just a hard-working man; and before long the people recognized Stephen as a man "full of faith and the Holy Ghost." (v. 5) He grew in wisdom and in the Spirit to such an extent that not even the false, corrupt "religious" leaders were able to argue with him (v. 10). They became so angry, and afraid of Stephen that they falsely accused him and took him before the High Priest to be condemned for blasphemy (Does this sound familiar?). But Stephen, being full of the Holy Ghost preached a message that cut them to their hearts. When he finished they beat him, and then stoned him. Just before he died he looked into heaven and saw what no one had seen before, or since; he saw Jesus STANDING!! (Acts 7:55-56)...Read More
May 9, 2012
Do you want to help your kids?
This might seem like a silly question. You might be thinking that I've lost my grip on reality for asking something so inane and obvious. But, I think there is greater depth to this question and the answer than we might know. In fact, there is a possibility that you are doing more to harm your kids than help them.
Of course every parent wants to help. There is something in every parent (well, nearly every parent) that innately desires to do everything within our power to help our kids. This help looks different for every parent and child of course, but we all want to help.
May 5, 2012
Generations Ministry: Parents & Family
by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/17/2012
Your kids need another voice in their life besides yours. That statement might cause you to hyperventilate, or it might be a breath of fresh air; it's all in how you look at it. You need to know that your voice will always be the most important in your child's life (though you might wonder at times), but that does not diminish the fact that kids need another voice besides their parents.
Let me see if I can illustrate this for you.