Monthly Archives: September 2014

THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT SACRIFICE IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

by Roger Severino  Is sacrifice the entry point or the graduate school of the Christian life? It’s both. There is no Christianity without self-denial. You cannot come to Jesus without a surrendering of your will to His. “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”[1] If you have never said “no” to yourself in order to say “yes” to Jesus, then you are not a follower, according to Jesus. … Continue reading

SEVEN HANDLES TO GUIDE YOUR PRAYER LIFE

by Roger Severino Simply put, prayer is communicating with God, where we both speak and listen. It is important to remember that prayer happens in the context of a relationship, and is not simply a religious practice to perform. We have the great privilege of coming before the Lord of the universe who invites us into His presence. Yet for many of us, prayer can be so elusive. How do we pray? What do we do in prayer? Here are … Continue reading

FIVE SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO READ THE BIBLE

by Roger Severino If you have been around followers of Jesus or church life for any length of time, you probably know that Christians are encouraged to read the Bible. In the Scriptures, we encounter Christ and learn of what it means to be in right relationship with God and we receive instructions about how to live and grow spiritually. But how do we read the Bible? Where do we start? Do we simply open it up to a random … Continue reading