Cliftondale Congregational Church Blog

May 11, 2015

What’s keeping us from worship?

  • We choose alternatives. God gets crowded out by recreation, which seems like a good thing, but not to the extent that our spiritual growth gets stifled.
  • We don’t understand grace. We’ve trusted in the sacrifice of Christ, and figure nothing is needed on our part; “Jesus did it all.”
May 5, 2015

Faith Matters

Faith leads us to trust God, even when the rest of the world thinks we’re crazy to do so.  Our world honors self-determination, pragmatic ethics, and an “I’ve got this” attitude.  The unbelieving world thinks Christians live with irrational trust. A young boy was standing on the sidewalk in the middle ... Read More
April 29, 2015

Six Answers to Prayer

We pray, and God answers.  Every time.  But sometimes we wonder if God’s really listening.  His answers are wiser than our prayers.  Here are 6 ways God replies when we pray: Answer #1:  “No, I love you too much.” A soldier once complained to me, “Chaplain, I prayed and God didn’t answer.”  ... Read More
August 14, 2014

What is the Gospel? by R.C. Sproul

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the Gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the Gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your ... Read More
May 6, 2014

My confession (maybe your’s also?)

Holy God, I have dedicated my life to You, yet grieve that I am still so prone to sin and so little inclined to obedience; so much attached to pleasures, no negligent of things spiritual; so ready to gratify my desires, so slow to nourish my soul; so greedy for ... Read More
April 29, 2014

A door locked on the inside

Who is Jesus? Our Savior; He is not our Judge. Why did He come here? Not to condemn, but to bear our condemnation. The reason Jesus didn’t come to judge is simple: we stand already judged…due to our sinful nature, we are broken people in need of forgiveness. We are ... Read More