Hold Fast to That Which is Good Rick Renner Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good. — 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Years ago I was invited to have lunch with a man who said he wanted to talk. As I sat with him, he began to tell me the many reasons why he … More Hold Fast to That Which is Good
A New Set of Clothes Rick Renner …put on the new man…. — Ephesians 4:24 In yesterday’s Sparkling Gem, I taught about “purging the closet” — essentially, ridding your life of anything that is incompatible with whom you have become in Christ Jesus. Today I want to switch gears and teach you how to put … More A New Set of Clothes
The Applause of God Rick Renner Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. — 1 Corinthians 4:5 Located in the very heart of … More The Applause of God
What Race Is God Asking You To Run? Rick Renner “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” — Philippians 1:6 After years of searching for a permanent location for the Moscow Good News Church, our ministry finally … More What Race Is God Asking You To Run?
The Humility of Christ Rick Renner Who [Jesus], being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he … More The Humility of Christ
Faithfully Doing the Small Things Rick Renner For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according … More Faithfully Doing the Small Things
By Invitation Only! Rick Renner To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints…. — Romans 1:7 Growing up in our church, it was our custom after the sermon concluded to give a public invitation for people who felt some kind of “call” from God. As the piano played and an … More By Invitation Only!
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Rick Renner In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren…. — 2 Corinthians 11:26 The difficulty of … More Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
The Power of Agreement Rick Renner …If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. — Matthew 18:19 When our family moved to Moscow in September 2000, we were new to the city and didn’t … More The Power of Agreement
Standing Together To Overcome the Darkness Rick Renner This know also, that in the last days perilous times will come. — 2 Timothy 3:1 I’ve dedicated numerous Sparkling Gems to Second Timothy 3 in this second volume (see May 10-18). The reason for this is that I am convinced we are entering the last of … More Standing Together To Overcome the Darkness