Purposefully Making Christ the Focus of the Christmas Season Rick Renner Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. — Colossians 3:2 It is so easy to be distracted at Christmastime by the anticipation of gifts and holiday festivities. That is why it is so important that you follow Paul’s instruction … More Purposefully Making Christ the Focus of the Christmas Season
Are You Preparing for the Christmas Holidays? Rick Renner Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. — 2 Peter 3:14 This is the time of the year when many people decorate their houses and dress things up for … More Are You Preparing for the Christmas Holidays?
The Priviledge and the Responsibility of Ministry Rick Renner But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children. — 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Today we are going to continue looking at what Paul wrote about his ministry to the church in Thessalonica. Paul was greatly moved by his love for this particular … More The Priviledge and the Responsibility of Ministry
God’s Testimony of Your Heart Rick Renner For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you … More God’s Testimony of Your Heart
Living in the Limelight Rick Renner Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. — 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Another pitfall that has short-circuited the call of God in lives of others is a desire for glory or fame. But … More Living in the Limelight
Pleasing the Lord Above All Else Rick Renner For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests … More Pleasing the Lord Above All Else
Do You Feel Like You’ve Hit a Brick Wall? Rick Renner …We were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God, which raiseth the dead. — 2 Corinthians 1:8,9 Are you … More Do You Feel Like You’ve Hit a Brick Wall?
The Responsibility of Speaking for God Rick Renner And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. — 1 Corinthians 2:3 Our Moscow church waited many years to have its own building, and when that moment finally came and we moved in, it was a time of great rejoicing. The … More The Responsibility of Speaking for God
A New Name – A New Beginning Rick Renner …To him that overcometh will I give…a new name…. — Revelation 2:17 Very often in ancient society, a person received a “new name” when he achieved a new status or advanced to a higher level of society. The bestowal of a new name normally accompanied a … More A New Name – A New Beginning
It’s Time for Self Examination Rick Renner Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves…. — 2 Corinthians 13:5 Second Corinthians 13:5 tells us to “examine ourselves” from time to time to see if we are in the faith. This is especially true as we witness the direction society is going … More It’s Time for Self Examination