Sticks and stones might break bones, but if you really want to hurt someone, there’s no more powerful weapon than words.
But what if you want to really help someone? Again, words are the most life-changing gift we can give.
So how do we use our tongue as a force for good rather than evil? The Proverbs give us several answers to that question, and we’ll search them out.
I don’t have to tell you what the Bible says about sex outside of marriage. “Thou shalt not commit adultery” pretty much sums it up.
But what you need to know, living in a society that makes infidelity look more delicious and less dangerous than the Bible does, is why God forbids it, and how to avoid it.
This Sunday at White Pine, we’ll look at the “before” and “after” pictures of adultery, and we’ll learn what we have to do to keep from taking the bait.
If a dad were to write a letter to his teenage son, what would he say?
That’s essentially what Solomon did when he wrote the Book of Proverbs. He shared the wisdom God gave him with his son, and anyone else who cared to listen.
This Sunday is Father’s Day. What better time to learn from a dad who tried to do it right? In addition to a father-friendly message, we have a surprise for every dad that (trust me) they’re going to love.
Is there any area of your life in which you would hate to be asked, “How’s that working for you?”
Of course there is. We all would like to live life more skillfully.
God wants that for us too. That’s why He gave us the Book of Proverbs. It’s His little instruction book on life, and for the next several weeks we are going to be studying what He has to say about some of the most practical challenges we face. If you want to be wicked smart, don’t miss it!
Doing to others as we would have them do to us is a simple command, but not an easy one. There are so many ways to treat others as we would like to be treated, and we are going to learn three new ways to do it. Joe Campbell, Josh Sibert and Jeremy Potoka will each share with us a specific way to fulfill the Golden Rule, based on Romans 12.
Loving others is how we make Jesus unignorable, so I hope you can come and learn how to help others find and follow Him.
Assuming you are going to heaven, will it really matter 1,000 years from now how you lived on earth?
That’s an important question, because if there are no eternal benefits for earthly commitment to Christ and His kingdom, it’s tempting to slack off. On the other hand, if heaven is eternally better for some than it is for others–well, that should motivate us toward faithfulness, shouldn’t it?
In our final message of the NextLife series, we’ll see whether the Bible teaches that everyone will be equally happy in heaven.
Is heaven boring?
Don’t tell me you’ve never wondered. As much as we who follow Jesus love to worship God, the notion that we won’t do anything else in heaven is a little disappointing, isn’t it? Maybe even a little frightening.
Relax. It’s a myth. The title of my message this Sunday is “1,000 Things to Do After You Die.” We won’t cover all 1,000, but there will be enough variety to make you look forward to heaven rather than dreading it.
What’s the best thing about heaven?
You know the right answer: Being with God.
But let’s be honest: We long for more than that, don’t we? Given a choice, I think we’d all prefer to be with God AND those we love most in this world.
This Sunday at White Pine, we’re going to learn from the Bible, whether that is a dream that will or will not come true. I hope to see you there, sitting next to those you most want to be with you in heaven.
Last week we gazed at a very attractive–and surprisingly familiar–picture of our eternal home, and my guess is that it reduced your apprehension and heightened your anticipation of heaven.
But did I tell you that our trip to the new heaven and new earth is not a nonstop flight? No? Sorry about that. But no worries–the two layovers that are part of our post-death journey are both better than you can imagine, too.
We will learn what we can expect to enjoy immediately after we die (if Jesus doesn’t return first), and what the thousand-plus years between then and the unveiling of the new heaven and new earth will be like.
Might this be a subject your “one” would be interested in? If so, I hope you’ll find your voice and invite them to be our guest.
Some people think it’s impossible to know what heaven is like until you get there.
But that’s not true. Of course there is much about the afterlife that is a mystery, but there are many clues in the Bible about what heaven will be like. This Sunday at White Pine, we are beginning a five-part study on heaven that, I promise, will make you look forward to going there.
Is your “one” interested in life after death? If so, this would be a great time to invite them to join you!