It is only in the connections, in the support, and in the coming together that our faith is really shaped to be all that it can be and that it gives the kind of life that Christ intended for it to give. It is a cause of life.
It is one of the great themes and it is one of the great life-giving themes of scripture. This is life: to worship Christ—to worship, to give ourselves in these moments as much as we can offer ourselves up, and then to receive the confirmation of the spirit and to be a part of God’s work in this world. It is the key and the path to abundant life that Jesus has promised. We have worshipped, now let us serve.
It is all about grace. God loves us because he chooses to. God extends his mercy and forgiveness to us, not because we deserve it, but because that is the way his heart is. God loves us still because of his grace.
We are confident that the ultimate reality in this world is the spirit of God alive and at work, moving and shaping, doing things that we could not expect.
Let us each give to God that sacred time and that sacred space so that our lives can be directed at him, and that every day, every place and in every way, our hearts would be giving worship and praise to the God who made us.
Would you like to pray and feel as if God heard? Then seek God with your whole heart and you will find him.
Forgiveness is about healing. It is a gift of God for his children, and for all who will practice it, it is an opportunity to be able to be free of all those hindrances based on bad relationships once and for all.
If we think about what happens after Christmas, what happens after Christmas should be what happens before Christmas.
The good things of God are happening if we would but open our eyes and walk the path with Jesus.
It happens every year about this time—the desire for a better world or a better life, a world where things that take place are not as dark, not as foreboding or not as sinful.
There is a new world coming. It is happening all around us, and sometimes we are so blinded by the darkness and the frightening things that we fail to notice.
Each of us can probably give testimony to some moment in life when it looked like there just wasn’t going to be enough and here we are fed, clothed, sheltered, and ready to trust God one more time. We serve a loving, good, and abundant God.
We have been called to God’s work and to reflect the nature of a loving, giving, and compassionate God in the world.
If we want to have more faith, it is more than just believing impossible things. It is not believing harder. It is taking the things that I already know God is speaking to me about and becoming obedient in scorn of consequences.
Everybody is looking for someone. How good it is to have found that person and know that it is Jesus.
The great themes of the Bible speak of the vocabulary of our faith and those foundational convictions that are the reason why we are Christians. They are the things we have heard all of our lives because they are the central message to scripture.
We know the reality of sin. We know the reality of guilt. O that we would all know the only answer, the answer offered by God for us through Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of our sins by his death on the cross.
Thank goodness God does not require perfection to love us. He only requires that we love Jesus Christ.
Whenever we say, “I am just human,” and use it as an excuse to do something that is less than human, maybe we should just be honest with ourselves and say, “Well, I was broken and less than human. I did not live up to Christ.”
We are called to reflect the same kind of love towards others in the world, love that may be supercharged with emotion but love that is beyond that which is commitment in choice and will.
No one has seen God, but the Son has made him known to us. One of the great convictions about being a Christian is that Jesus Christ shows us what God is like in his life, actions, and teachings.
Don’t look at the Sabbath as another rule that we all have to keep or else God is going to be mad at us. Think of it as one of God’s great, wonderful gifts to us.
Our families are great. We have good jobs and lots of other good things in our lives, but what do we work toward? What is it that we are really trying to accomplish for God in this world?
Living is risky business and there are no guarantees.
The Bible is such a hopeful and helpful book because, from it, we hear the very voice of God speak to us.