Guts and Gumption!

Guts and Gumption!   Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. — Matthew 5:15 In yesterday’s Sparkling Gem, we looked at different ways to shine our light into the darkness and positively influence the world … More Guts and Gumption!

How to Keep Your Church Community Strong during the Coronavirus Crisis

How to Keep Your Church Community Strong during the Coronavirus Crisis In times of crisis, people need community—especially their church community. But when a pandemic spreads or a hurricane hits, gathering together becomes more difficult (or impossible) for many churches. Here are some steps for taking what could push people apart—and using it to bring … More How to Keep Your Church Community Strong during the Coronavirus Crisis

Abounding Grace

Abounding Grace Rick Renner But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. — Romans 5:20 In yesterday’s Sparkling Gem, I recounted the time we baptized 926 new believers in a public swimming pool during the first meetings we held in the former Soviet Union. But there is more to this amazing story! As I … More Abounding Grace

Rejoicing in Heaven Over One Sinner Who Repents!

Rejoicing in Heaven Over One Sinner Who Repents! rick Renner I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety-nine just persons, which need no repentance. — Luke 15:7 The Bible tells us much about angels. It gives us different categories of angels and describes … More Rejoicing in Heaven Over One Sinner Who Repents!

Why Would Anyone Claim To Be an Apostle if He Wasn’t?

Why Would Anyone Claim To Be an Apostle if He Wasn’t? Rick Renner And He Himself gave some to be apostles…. — Ephesians 4:11 NKJV Why would anyone claim to be an apostle who was not? In the Early Church, it seems there were many individuals who deliberately claimed to be apostles because they understood … More Why Would Anyone Claim To Be an Apostle if He Wasn’t?