Come Alive

The cross is crucial to our faith.  Without the cross, there is no forgiveness of sins.  Without the cross we cannot have a relationship with our Holy Father.  By itself though, the cross is not the gospel.  Paul makes it clear what the ingredients of the gospel are in 1Cor 15:1-8.  He packs in the…

Excellence in the Year

Our theme this year at Champions where I presently serve as Education Minister is “A More Excellent Way.”  This comes from 1 Corinthians 12: 31b which says, “…I will show you the most excellent way” (NIV).  At the beginning of chapter 12, Paul opened up a discussion on Spiritual gifts and how they are being…

Mud Dash

Recently, I ran a race called the Mighty Mudder Dash here in Houston.  It is a 5 Kilometer (3.2 miles) race which included 15 obstacles along the way involving a lot of water and mud.  What would possess us to do this?  Well, I guess it was just a good way to spend some time…

God is Faithful

A college man walked into a photography studio with a framed picture of his girlfriend.  He wanted the picture duplicated. This involved removing it from the frame. In doing this, the studio owner noticed something written on the back of the photograph:  “My dearest Tom, I love you with all my heart. I love you…

Indwelling

Do you ever feel like God is not near?  Do you ever doubt the presence of God in your life?  It is only human nature to habitually forget something so basic and so crucial to the Christian faith as God’s presence in us.  Paul answers these questions with another question, “Do you not know that…