Let me share a story from my archives originally given by Charles Colson in his Breakpoint perspective of Nov. 4, 2005. I’ve shared it with you before, but it is a story worth remembering as we come through Thanksgiving.
John Pearrell column
John Pearrell column
John Pearrell column
John Pearrell column
What we are seeing today in our country is not primarily a problem in politics but a problem of our hearts. The further we drift from the Judeo-Christian principles upon which our country was founded, the more our freedoms will erode.
When a group of Christ-followers get together and start loving and serving one another the way Jesus did, and where the church is actually being the church, the barriers that many have are broken down, rough edges begin to smooth, and hearts begin to soften to the message, and life change begins to take place.
Only Jesus has the power to bring real hope and change because only He can heal that hopelessly dark and deceitful heart. We who claim to be Christ followers need to stop wringing our hands and whining about what Washington did now, and start praying for our leaders and our nation.
Psalm 19:7-11 reads, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
When Jesus called His first four followers, Andrew, Peter, James and John, His invitation to them was simple: follow me and I will make you something. That something was not what we might have expected.
There are many in the Christian community today who are not convinced that they need to be connected to the body of believers; the church. They think that all you need is the Bible, their own space, maybe a TV preacher occasionally and some good books, and they think they’ve got it made.
Dr. R.C. Sproul gives the following illustration. “A few years ago one of the leading golfers on the professional tour was invited to play in a foursome with Gerald Ford, then president of the United States, Jack Nicklaus, and Billy Graham. The golfer was especially in awe of playing with Ford and Billy Graham (he had played frequently with Nicklaus before).
Athiests want double standard when expressing their views in public
Jacob Nuesner, in his book, “An Invitation to the Talmud,” points out that the only brand of Judaism to survive the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. was pharisaical Judaism.
In John chapter 4, Jesus is having a conversation in a place no religious person should have been, with a person no good Jewish Rabbi (a Rabbi is a teacher, and that is how the populace of the day saw Him) should have been with.
JOHN PEARRELL: Christians need to get their own house in order, not criticize those outside the church
There are some interesting but often neglected verses in one of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?
Recently I was listening to a sermon by Justin Grunewald, pastor of the College Ministries at Buckhead Church, and he made this startling statement, “Church people keep people from church.”
The mark Jesus gave His followers was what? "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have the right belief system?"
Churches must make outsiders feel welcome. Last week, we began to look at the subject of the appeal -- or lack thereof -- of the church in general. We can accept the lie that people are not interested in our church because "these are the last days".
A number of years ago I attended a funeral where, I am quite sure, the minister had more in his audience than he ever had before.
Sex. Got your attention, didn't I? We live in an age permeated by sexual images, ideas, words and behaviors. Modern media is filled with sexual messages, sometimes blatant, other times subtle, but recognizable nonetheless. How does the saying go? "Sex sells.".
In Luke 15, Jesus gives three compelling parables; the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin, and the parable of the lost son.
Follow Jesus' lead: Love, don't judge. If you Google the term "Christian," you will get about 1.4 trillion results.
The Church is an interesting thing. Normally when we think of church we think of a place, and sadly when we think of church, our impressions of it are not that good.
Author Anne Rice, in "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession," has a powerful personal story about her relationship with Jesus.
What is the goal of the church? Ask 10 people and you will get 10 different answers to that question.
Bible is proof enough for Creation account.
The effects of sin, forgiven or not, are far-reaching. There is a misconception that many in the church seem to hold today; a misconception regarding sin and its consequences.
"Dishonest tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus' sermons; but this caused complaints from the Jewish religious leaders and the experts on Jewish law because he was associating with such despicable people -- even eating with them!" (Luke 15:1 2, The Living Bible).
It's OK to doubt the Bible on your journey to Jesus Christ. Doubts are interesting things.
Easter is just around the corner. People who don't normally go to church will be in church on Easter Sunday -- I think that is great.
Apparently one of the most popular shows on television these days is History Channel's "The Bible," the first of this series attracting some 27 million viewers, and over the weeks the numbers have remained high.
Last week in my column I introduced you to Linda and Bob (not their real names).
Suffering exists to remind us of the importance of God.
My wife and I were channel surfing (that's the only surfing I know how to do) when we came across a program that looked somewhat interesting.
At Gateway, we are in a series I've titled "Friends." I am told that we in Western society are more connected than ever through social media; we are more connected yet more isolated than ever before.
A few years ago the working definition of tolerance changed.
Jan. 22 will mark the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since that landmark decision, 55 million innocent lives have been ruthlessly murdered on the altar of convenience.
Over these last few weeks I have been asking you to consider the possibility that the accounts of Jesus as recorded by the Gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) might in fact be true; the evidence of the effect Jesus had on history certainly gives one sufficient evidence to contemplate.
Last week we began an examination of the Christmas story.
At the heart of the story of Christmas is the birth of a baby. For centuries, scholars, skeptics and people of faith have questioned the identity of this baby.
We are coming into the Christmas season, and this past Sunday, in the liturgical calendar was Bethlehem Sunday.
One of the great misconceptions many hold when it comes to the idea of heaven is the belief that if one's good works outweigh their bad deeds, they will get into heaven.
By time you read this column, election day 2012 will have passed. Some of you are happy with the results of the elections, others not so happy.
In a few short days, America returns to the polls for an important election.
As I write this column, many are preparing for Halloween celebrations.
On Saturday of last week and then again on Monday of this week, two different articles crossed my desk reporting that one in five Americans declare themselves religious but unaffiliated with any church or denominations.
As scientific evidence accrues, the realization that we are not here by blind chance is becoming abundantly clear.
On Monday of this week I had to perform a task that no pastor likes to perform -- I had to officiate a double memorial service for a family.
Have you ever noticed that there are those who go to extremes in their effort to discount the Christian faith?