You are a part of the foundation

Scripture Notes on 1 Timothy 3 But if I should be delayed, I have written so that you will know how people ought to act in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:15 HCSB) The Bible says God has a family, a household, […]

Affections Unrestricted

 What sorts of “affections” does Jesus call us to? “You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.  In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.” -2 Corinthians 6:12-13 The spirit of religion is all about restriction.  “Don’t do this.”  “Avoid them.”  “Stay away from that.”  In […]

RADIO – 02 Family Matters [My Name Is…]

Do you ever have “issues” with your family?  Join Pastor Phillip Gonzales for a message of hope about what family can look like in the Kingdom. — NOTE: This teaching was broadcast on “The Heritage Hour,” the weekly radio program of Dr. Mark P. Gonzales.  It airs in Fort Myers, FL at 8:00am on Saturday […]

It’s a Good Thing Your Bag Has Holes

Seriously?  Another one??? I stared at the grocery bag in annoyance, one hand holding its flimsy form up to the light as the other spread open the beige plastic for examination.  Yep, two nice-sized holes in the bottom made this one a no-go, too. You see, I use grocery bags for trash liners in my […]

How to Know the Heart of God

“This is why I don’t do hiking.” The day was beautiful, with clear skies over the shadow-filled canyon; the perfect day for an excursion into nature.  I was staying at a friend’s house in the hills of northeast Georgia, and Taluah Falls Gorge had been calling my name all week. Apparently, flatlanders like me get […]

Why Hope and Truth Must Always Coexist

Truth without hope is like light without heat. It may show you the way, but it will not provide the strength to walk in it. … Hope without truth is like a cloud without rain. It may look promising for a while, but it will never provide the nourishment you need. … Churches and sermons […]

A Terrible Story With a Timely Reminder

I love getting “theological” questions because it gives me a chance to dig into subjects that I don’t always have occasion to explore.  If you like that sort of thing, welcome to “Theology Thursdays!”  If not, stay tuned for tomorrow’s post. — Pastor Phillip NOTE: This post includes a story from the Bible that contains […]

You Can Have Unity Even When You Don’t Get Along (pt1)

Do you have people in your life with whom you just don’t get along? “I entreat Euodia and Syntyche to agree in the Lord.  Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the Gospel…” -Philippians 4:2 How comforting to know that even at the […]

Should Women Be Allowed to Preach?

I love getting “theological” questions because it gives me a chance to dig into subjects that I don’t always have occasion to explore.  If you like that sort of thing, welcome to “Theology Thursdays!”  If not, stay tuned for tomorrow’s post. — Pastor Phillip QUESTION: My cousin was asking about 1 Timothy 2:8-12 because it makes […]

A Pastor’s Prayer

Thank you, Jesus, for this church you’ve given me to serve. It’s not my words that matter, but Yours. Give me Your words, Lord, that I may share them with the people. It’s not my songs that matter, but Yours. Give me Your songs, Lord, that I may teach them to the people. It’s not […]