What do you need to be successful in life? Brains? Muscles? Good looks? Good connections? None of the above. The Apostle Paul had tremendous credentials and he threw them all away for something much more important.
Jesus called us to proclaim, not preach. Proclaiming is not complicated or confrontational. It is simple and it is our mission - to proclaim the Word. This is how we help people, how we give people hope and strength.
When God refuses to be molded into what we want to be, how do we react? We would all rather be the potter than the clay - as Jesus' hometown friends found out. Yet our life, and our eternity, is so much better because our God refuses to be limited by what we think he should be.
Jesus came to stand in our place - fulfilling God's law, baptized in our place, dying in our place. God gives us faith that connects us with Jesus so we stand with him on the river bank of the Jordan. God speaks over each of us his amazing words "This is my Son whom I love, with him I am well pleased."
We treasure how Jesus has saved us by undeserved love without us having to work for his forgiveness. At the same time, we work hard to understand just how much he does love us. God's apostle Paul commands us to dare to measure the love of Christ.
Jesus came to save all people and make us all one family - the body of Christ. Have we let the divisions of our world creep into this wonderful fellowship so we miss God's amazing wisdom on how he has united us?
why would God pay any attention to us? How can we be confident when we feel weak? Great questions for the end of one year and the beginning of a new adventure.
How do we cure treating worship and studying the Bible as a punch card system? Twelve year old Jesus turns our obligation into a joy!
Look beyond the brilliants rays of heavenly light to see the deep glory of our God.
If only I have ______, then life will be great. Why do we never figure out what _____ is? We think a new car will finally make life great, but after we get the new car, then we need a raise in pay. After we get the raise in pay, we want a better relationship with our family. Once we get on better terms, then we need something else. Truth be told, God created us to need his love and to know we are important to him. Nothing can ever fill the hole in our heart where his love and importance fit. So we need a baby - the ancient baby promised by Micah. The baby who came to bring us God's love and show us how important we are to him!