Posts with the tag “christian-living”
Keeping God in Our Vacations
by Patrick Swayne on May 21st, 2022
A lot of people look forward to vacations in the summertime. Here's a question though: does God look forward to our vacations? How can we ensure that vacations draw us closer to God instead of pulling us away from Him?
A Story About Serving
by Patrick Swayne on May 7th, 2022
Christians live transformed lives as new creations thanks to the power of Jesus Christ. An opportunity I was given to serve one day both reminded me of that and helped me appreciate the humble service of my Lord and Savior.
The Preacher Who Didn't Use His Bible
by Patrick Swayne on April 8th, 2022
You probably have heard of churches where the Bible is not preached - as in, literally not preached, not even referenced. Did you know though that there was a time when a preacher in the Bible didn't use his Bible when he could have? Why did it happen, and what can we learn from it?
Under the Influence
by Patrick Swayne on March 19th, 2022
Ephesians 5:18 contrasts being drunk with wine with being filled with the Spirit. Why? I firmly believe it's a question of influence. Click through to explore this passage with me.
Sounding Out Soundness
by Patrick Swayne on March 4th, 2022
The Bible uses the term "sound" to describe doctrine, faith, and other aspects of the Christian practice. What does it mean for something to be "sound"? Click through to follow the journey of one Christian as he discovered what soundness was and was not through firsthand experiences.
Don't Despise Small Things
by Patrick Swayne on February 22nd, 2022
Christians frequently feel as though the efforts of others in the past or the present but elsewhere cause their own contributions in the here and now to pale in comparison. Through the prophet Zechariah, God offered the Jews building the second temple who felt similarly to these Christians a word of encouragement. We'd all do well to consider it.
Giving Yourself into Poverty (and Riches)
by Patrick Swayne on November 29th, 2021
Can Christians give themselves into poverty? Or, is giving actually an avenue God uses to protect us against poverty? Let's consider the amazing story of how God provided for the church in Jerusalem.