Living_Above_the_Law

  The tension seems ever-present. What is a correct understanding of the place of grace and law in the life of a Christian? Further, what is an appropriate contrast? Law vs. no law? Law vs. grace? Law vs. gospel? Paul addresses some of the issues surrounding the place of the law in the life of…

  “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:29-30) G. K. Chesterton said, “Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting, as it has…

“….that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. I in…

Easter_La_Mesa_church

Many Christians do not realize how central the resurrection is to the Christian faith and message. The Christian message is often summarized by the word “gospel”, literally, good news. Paul claims that the basics of the gospel are the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). This gospel message saves us, must be…

La_Mesa_Church_of_Christ

Arrested. Released. Arrested. Released. That’s pretty much the pattern Jesus’ followers experienced as they shared the message of Christ with the world around them during the first few months of Christianity’s existence. The early believers had amazing boldness and courage—sharing the message of Christ without regard for personal consequences such as jail. We can take…

La_Mesa_Church_of_Christ

Since the word Christian may be defined as meaning “like Christ,” one way of summarizing the challenge of the Christian life is to say we must “become like Christ.” If a Christian is defined as one who is like Christ, the goal of every serious Christian is to become like Jesus. The disciple becomes like…

La_Mesa_Church

It’s that time of Year, for New Year’s Resolutions.  Let me suggest four spiritual resolutions that can revolutionize our lives.  Be BOLD.  I feel intense admiration when I read about the courage of the early Christians.  I long to understand how one boldly proclaims faith in a hostile world.  Why are some Christians bold while others…

Christian_Church_La_Mesa

Most of us don’t set out to be liars; we don’t wake up and ask, “How am I going to lie today?” We are much more subtle and nuanced. Sometimes lying just sort of creeps into our decisions. “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices…

La_Mesa_Church_Discipleship

The church has one message — the gospel of Jesus Christ!  The church has two tasks, both of which are God-given.  The church must actively pursue God’s eternal purpose of seeking and saving people — evangelism. The church must actively pursue God’s eternal purpose through teaching that keeps the saved saved — discipleship. Keeping our…

La_Mesa_Church_Prayer

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and 5 minutes later you can’t remember what in the world the conversation was about?   If that has happened to you, and it has most definitely happened to me, then it is probably safe to say that the conversation was about nothing.  Our conversations can be made…

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