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Ask Pastor… Can I Worship God by Myself?

by mcurley

Certainly we can and should worship God daily and so that would mean at times we were doing so alone (Psalm 145:2, 3).  We might be signing a hymn or humming it aware of God’s greatness (Psalm 149:1-3; Colossians 3:15-17) .  Maybe it is a prayer that we are voicing (Psalm 55:16, 17), a devotional […]

Church, Schmurch

by mcurley

We can all relax a little as Christians.  In a recent survey, people generally like Jesus.  They think He’s a swell guy.  They like what He says about judging not lest you be judged and loving your neighbor.  They admire His simple lifestyle.  Some even respect His grit.  It so often seems like we have […]

Anatomy of a Steward – Part 4 of 4

by mcurley

Evangelism – Introduction: Sometimes a person doesn’t have an opportunity to develop a long dialogue with someone about the Bible.   Not everyone you meet will be able to become your best friend with whom you share Jesus and the Gospel with over many years.  Building on a long time relationship is obviously the best way […]

Anatomy of a Steward – Part 3 of 4

by mcurley

Stewardship Principles – Introduction: Debt is like a “monkey on your back”. Like an addiction, it can rob you of the joy of life by having worry consume all of your daily thoughts and hope for a bright future. Shakespeare put it, “Neither a borrow nor a lender be”. Good way to stay out of […]

Anatomy of a Steward – Part 2 of 4

by mcurley

God’s Ownership – Introduction: An important stewardship principle is our knowing that everything belongs to God. So often we forget that and think of ourselves as self-made and our accomplishments as being the result of our hard work and abilities. But where did those abilities come from? Who gives us opportunity to use them? We […]

Alive in Christ

by mcurley

O.K., O.K… I admit it!  It’s a guilty pleasure.  It could be worse.  I… I…I enjoy watching AMC’s “The Walking Dead” TV show.  (exhale) There.  I said it.  I’m human like the rest of you but you already knew that, huh. Really it isn’t so bad.  As shows go these days, aside from the zombie […]

Anatomy of a Steward – Part 1 of 4

by mcurley

Is the Practice of Tithing Commanded in the New Testament? Introduction  One common mistake in Christian stewardship is to call any offering a “tithe”.  A tithe is a very specific offering; a tenth, or 10%, of one’s wealth or regular income.  It first appears as an offering of Abram to the priest-king Melchizedek (Genesis 14:20).  […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 1

by mcurley

Introduction                 As a pastor, you’d probably figure I couldn’t be an atheist; believing in God is kind of in the job description, right?  You might be surprised, though, that there are certain clergy that “do the job” apart from faith in God let alone dismissing any but a few moral claims in the Bible.  […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 2

by mcurley

             Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, philosopher and writer of the seventeenth century.  His two most famous works in literature are the Provincial Letters and Pensees.  In the latter, unfinished work, Pascal, who died by the age of 39, takes up the juxtaposition of infinity and nothingness, faith and reason, life and death, […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 3

by mcurley

               Are you dreaming right now?  How do you know?  This was a question dealt with in the movie series The Matrix.  Descartes would answer, “I think therefore I am (awake).”  That’s one approach to knowing what is real.  Knowing what reality is is only one part of knowing, though.  Knowing what is true is […]