Prosperity vs. Discipline

Picking up from our last post on image and likeness, there’s been a prosperity movement in the Church that says God wants everything for us that our flesh wants because Jesus suffered so we don’t have to.  This is wrong and ignorant of many parts of scripture.  It’s a fleshly/worldly way of thinking.  What about…


Maturity is a Must

As we continue our image and likeness discussion, God is not impressed with any position man holds on earth – as such positions we will hold in eternity will not correlate to those held on earth.  But how the hearts of each of us are focused away from the positions and prestige of this world…


Sacrifice: Bearing the Image and Likeness of God

Continuing on the topic of image and likeness from previously, a sacrifice on the alter is not enough!  On Mt. Sinai God prescribed to Moses and through him, to all of his people Israel, in great detail exactly how to make sacrifices so that they could be a people of God and come close to…


Why are We Facing Economic, Natural, & Geo-Political Crises?

Next Event: “How to be a Steady Investor in Turbulent Times” Tuesday, March 16th at 7:30pm (two weeks from today!) 700 E. 11th St, Austin, TX 78701 Sign up Here (This post is slightly different, but very similar to the most recent newsletter which we felt a broader audience should see.) My wife, Kara, asked…


Acquiring the Kingdom of God

Heaven is totally outside of our current understanding, how do we acquire this kingdom? “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3) The poor are hungry.  They are desperate.  They beg.  They plead.  They want what you have.  Jesus says that if you are poor in spirit, and…


Should a Christian Tithe?

Let’s add a few words about tithing that have come up since we last wrote on the subject. We’re going to address a couple of issues which have come up where maybe we didn’t fully cover them before. We’ve had a few people asking two major questions and while we’ve somewhat answered these in previous…


How to Receive God’s Wisdom

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:10 & Psalm 111:10) Only those who first acknowledge God can have a sense of fear and awe towards Him.  God will make His covenant known to those who have a fear of the Lord (Psalm 25:14) and reveal His secrets to them.  Yet…


Mission Trip: Israel -Day 2: May 18, 2007

Jerusalem!  Today was the day to go see the sights.  We were still getting our bearings, both physically and spiritually, so our leaders took us to the heart of it all, Jerusalem, to continue to teach us.  I believe there were 14 of us, and we piled into 3 cars and zipped all around this…


Carrying the Authority of Jesus (Mt 10:26-42)

Matt. 10:26-39 We have been looking at the disciple relationship which Jesus began teaching here. Remember, these are the words that Jesus had given to those disciples whom He most trusted who had agreed to give up everything to follow Him. Jesus promises the small few Believers who are truly willing to follow Him (not…