Hope Is Here

Hope Is Here

No matter where you are today, hope is a gift you can enjoy right now.

It’s not an empty hope. It’s not a wish. It’s not a dream.

The great thing about the hope you can receive through a relationship with Jesus Christ is that hope exists on multiple planes.

Hope For the Past

Whatever sins you have committed in the past, you can rest assured knowing that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ paid for them all. There is not one stain in your past that Jesus did not blot out. You may experience some residual consequences from sin, but you are no longer condemned because of them.

Week In Review (8/22/14)

Week In Review

Here’s a recap of blog posts you may have missed this week:

Kent Brantly’s Remarks From Leaving Hospital - It’s awesome to hear what Kent had to say after recovering from the hospital and leaving. “I prayed that God would help me be faithful even in my illness and that in my life, even in my death, he would be glorified.”

Seven Warnings For Church Leaders Who Use Social Media - Thom Rainer discusses how social media can be an effective tool, but to use caution and wisdom in regards to what is posted, how it could be misunderstood, to remember it’s permanent, and is it being used best for the glory of God. Great post!

Don’t Myth This

Don't Myth This

One myth is that you have to get your life straight before you can have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, the myth prevents people from stepping into a Church and away from the Gospel message.

This creates a challenge for believers tasked to follow the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

Making matters more difficult, many Christians struggle with the same myth. Sometimes we believe our efforts are what God considers the most important, and if we do enough to please him, only then will we have a deep, rich relationship with Him. Our lives might be marked by service, but void of the sustaining relationship made possible by a daily dependence on God.

How can we share the Gospel with those who don’t believe if we miss the point of the Gospel ourselves?

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Marriage

This is a guest post by Alexis Sparks who is “an imperfect person loved by a perfect God with a heart’s desire to fall more in love with God and be transformed by Him.” You can contact her on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

Top 10 Things I've Learned in 10 Years of Marriage

When I look at our wedding picture I am filled with gratitude and sadness. Sadness because our marriage almost ended 4 years in (filed for divorce and all), but gratitude because God redeemed both Justin and I, and that redemption saved our marriage. We are unfortunately one of those couples that have taken the hard way to learn some important lessons. By no means do we have it all figured out, but this is just a list of what we have learned along the way. So for any of you engaged, newly married, thinking about getting married, or those who’ve been married, I hope you all get something out of this.

What is Your Succession Plan?

This is a guest post by Ray McDoniel. Ray accepted Jesus at age 32 and as God revealed to him that money was his God, he has spent the past 17 years helping others with how to manage their money God’s way and become a Godly steward of His assets. You can contact him on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

What Is Your Succession Plan?

A 51-year old friend died of an aneurysm recently.

It’s a reminder that only Jesus knows when He desires to bring us home to Him.

It made me think of what it means to have a succession plan, namely, what happens when I’m gone.

I need to be ready.

My Sinful Confession Part 2

My Sinful Confession Part 2

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It’s been a little while since I’ve made my last confession here on Before The Cross. I don’t intend on doing something like this just for the sake of a confession or anything like that, but to share with you what’s going on in my life personally and hope you find encouragement in the fact that none of us will ever “get it all together” perfectly. We all still fall short of the glory of God and need Jesus just the same.

The other day my wife and I were talking and I was sharing the struggles of trying to invest and disciple someone specifically. We had a great talk about it and she started asking me some questions in regards to what I have done already in the relationship with that person. I had quick answers for her each and every time on what I’ve already done and how that person doesn’t care because they aren’t responding.

It seems like in such a short amount of time, I threw out many things that I already did to my wife…in my self defense. Things like:

  1. Yes, yes…I’ve already been praying…I know, I know.
  2. I’ve tried to call over and over again and the phone just doesn’t work for them.
  3. Sure, I’ve tried to actually spend time with them, but nothing ever really happens.
  4. It takes two people to build the relationship, so they need to come back towards me to make it happen.
  5. I can’t change them so God will just have to change them and I’ll wait and see what happens.

Here’s the beauty of my wife and how her response to me left me with no comeback whatsoever (which you can imagine..made me feel GREAT about myself).