what does unbelief do

What does unbelief do?

Jesus can do anything, right? In Mark 6, there is a very fascinating verse about something Jesus could not do. “He could do no miracle there…” Mark 6:5a Jesus and the disciples were in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth. The people there did not (or could …

Sacrifice to Give – Give to Be Generous

When I think about giving, I have to admit that the first thing I think of is of what’s being given. But, as I’ve learned, you should also appreciate the cost to the giver. Jesus did not say “whoever believes in me will receive the …

Why sharing our faith is important?

“How can I understand unless someone explains this to me?” Have you ever asked that question? I think back to seventh grade and the first time I saw letters where numbers should bein a math equation.  Algebra. Ugh. Because I was homeschooled, I could work ahead …

Why does the Church need unity?

It’s the night Jesus was arrested and there was a lot on His mind. Pain. Rejection. Betrayal. So much is headed His way, and He knew it. But in the middle of knowing all that was to come, Jesus prayed for us. Here’s what He …

Antioch Serves

Why does Charlotte Serve?

Service—what a buzz word. In the world we live in, it is hard not to volunteer or get voluntold to help serve in some capacity. Yet, what does service look like in the Church? Why does the Church emphasize serving? When I asked myself this …

Committed to a growing relationship with Christ

“So, let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely, we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith …

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Which cross do you carry?

This Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, and because of the resurrection we have hope, peace,  joy, and life.   However, without the death of Jesus there is no resurrection of Jesus. Without the cross there is no empty tomb! Jesus hung on a very real cross and …

Keeping the foolish at bay one Proverb-a-day

I am fascinated by the Book of Proverbs. It’s like a divinely-inspired collection of fortune-cookie-sized nuggets of wisdom. Many times throughout the year, I will read one chapter of Proverbs each day as it coordinates to the date–Proverbs 1 on April 1, Proverbs 2 on …

Three Ways to Find Rest that Lasts

Come to me, all you are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28 Rest.  What comes to mind when you read that word?  For me, I think of a good night’s sleep, a lazy summer afternoon spent with my wife, or …

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

St. Patrick’s Breastplate, a prayer attributed to Ireland’s beloved patron saint, is a powerful hymn of hope for God’s help in adversity. “I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,Through belief in the Threeness,Through confession of the Onenessof the Creator of creation. I …

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What if I can’t understand the Bible?

There are moments when you hear or read things that don’t make one ounce of sense. Your eyebrows raise, your face squints, and with a puzzled look you ponder, “Do what??” Here are a few puzzling statements made publicly by politicians from both sides of …

The Power of Knowing a Name

My name is Sidney Beth Meriweather. Jesus loves me intimately, He has ultimate authority over my life, and He’s given me brothers and sisters in Christ to keep me accountable to knowing Him more.  Knowing someone’s name, really truly knowing them, is humbling. When people …

Three Reasons to Serve Kids

I’ll let you in on a secret-–kids are my favorite age group! Their wonder, imagination, curiosity, joy, laughter, and eagerness captivate me and draw me in to celebrate their goodness. Kids are such a blessing, despite what their actions might say from time to time. They teach us lessons …

laying down your stones

Laying Down your Stones

Have you ever been around someone who smelled really bad? You know that just-worked-out-sweaty-teenage-boy-locker-room type smell? The only thing worse is being around the person who smells, but doesn’t know it. They have become immune to their own stench. Likewise, I think each one of …