Squeeze Play

There is a play in baseball that is unique.  It is the suicide squeeze play.  There is one out with a man on 3rd base.  The runner on third takes off running home as soon as the pitcher starts his wind up.  There is pressure on the defensive players but the person most under the squeeze is the batter.  He has to bunt the ball or the runner will be thrown out.  Everyone has been…

Tasting Refreshment

The Lord’s Supper is a time of sober reflection for our lives, but it is also a time to celebrate because of the truth of what is represented.  We remember the One who loves us and we remember that one day we will be in His presence forever.  However, don’t just go through the motions of the Lord’s Supper.  Take it seriously.  It is a time for celebration but it is also a time to…

Money Trap

The Bible talks more about money than it does about prayer and faith.  Jesus talked a lot about money and possessions in His parables.  We often allow money to become the source of our status, our security, and our satisfaction.  But God wants to be the source of your status, security, and satisfaction.  Nothing else is to take his place.  That is why Jesus talked so much about it.  We can all get wrapped up…

Big Shot

As we continue in the book of James, we want to look at how we can be refreshed in our Christian lives.  One way to be refreshed is by not being a “big shot”.  We often use the term “big shot” for someone who has an inflated view of themselves. George Barna did a survey and found that 92% of people feel that they are self-sufficient and 66% of those same people like to be…

Defusing Bombs

The war in the Balkans during the 1990’s left an estimated 90,000 landmines across 466 square miles. The problem is that most of those landmines are still there today.  To solve this problem, scientists are using honey bees to “sniff out” and locate these landmines.  It is amazing that something that God created, that produces so much sweetness, is the means by which these bombs are going to be defused. As Christians, we need to…

Get Smart

In the 1965 television series, “Get Smart”, Maxwell Smart was a secret agent in an agency called CONTROL. His job was to stop the evil organization called KAOS. Even though Maxwell Smart was a bumbling secret agent, somehow CONTROL always beat KAOS.  So the idea of the show was that if you want to CONTROL KAOS, you gotta get Smart.  The same is true in our lives.  If you don’t have control, there is going…

Taming the Beast

As we continue our message series from the book of James, we will be talking about a really important issue.  It is that little 2 ounce muscle in your body.  The one that is the most exercised, but the least controlled of every muscle in your body.  What is it?   Your tongue!  It can make you or it can break you.  It can open doors or it can close them.  It can help you or…

Calories

There are just some foods that go together: peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, chips and hot sauce. When you eat food you are taking in calories.  You can’t see calories, but you do see the results of calories.  In the Christian life, there are two things that go together to help us burn spiritual calories: faith and good works.  You can’t see faith, but you can see faith worked out in your life…