A common misperception is that the Christian life is all about avoiding messes and staying out of trouble. But following Jesus isn't about avoiding something; it's about becoming something.
"I know a mess when I see one because I am a mess." When we acknowledge our messes, we're a baby step away from acknowledging God. Your mess has the potential to bring God near you.
Whether we're religious or not, we've all been in, are in, or are only one decision away from a mess. But there's a powerful connection between your messes and your relationship with God.
What's getting you down? Maybe it's the reality show known as the presidential race. Maybe it's the growing tension between minorities and law enforcement. Maybe it's terrorism, both here and abroad.
However crazy this world may seem, believers must not fall into despair. We need to encourage one another in this undeniable truth - Jesus is coming! Today, we conclude our Summer Series by looking at this great hope of the Church.
Jesus asked two blind guys a question: "Do you believe I am able to do this?" Today: Take whatever massive challenge that you're facing - a relational challenge, a physical challenge, a financial challenge, a spiritual challenge. Do you believe that God is able to hear your prayer, and answer on your behalf? Do you believe that all things are possible with God? Do you believe He is able? If we are being honest that's a good question!
In the last few minutes on planet earth, what is Jesus going to say to us? Of all the things He could tell us, what is He going to say? And essentially His last sentence on the planet is: "I am with you always, even to the very end..."
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure.
You hardly need to turn on the TV to hear of another tragic even happening in our nation or somewhere around the world. We live in a world that is in desperate need of hope. This morning, we'll examine the one and only source of true hope: Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21 "For He made Him who knew no sin, to be sin, for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
In our social setting, many times before there is acceptance there needs to be some adherence to some type of code or conduct. Relationally and socially this is how most of us function whether we want to admit it or not. Jesus was different. Jesus befriended sinners. Because of this many people were upset because Jesus was messing up the social structure. But as we see in the life of a "sinner" named Zacchaeus, one meal with Jesus will change everything. What the law could never accomplish, Jesus does in a moment.
Revelation 3:14 reveals Jesus as "the Amen." So is He just a word to be repeated, or added to the end of our prayers? Today we'll look at the meaning behind this power-packed word and how it relates to Christ. We'll see that He is so much more than just a commonly used phrase. He is everything!
When it comes to people and this is the part of Christianity that most people don't really understand: God is illogical... When it comes to people God never hedges His bet and plays it safe...
What defines your life? Some might say, "Music is my life." Others joke, "Sports are my life." For the Christ-follower, it's imperative that Jesus be the focus of your life. Today, we are going to explore what this means and how a believer can make Jesus the center of life.
Today is just an introduction - no heavy application... but I do want to explore three questions that I hope we can answer... First question: Who is Jesus? Second question: Where was (or was there) Jesus before Bethlehem? If there was a Jesus then: What was He doing? What was He doing before He was born?
Revelation 3:20 says that Jesus stands at the door and knocks...what happens if we open the door? Today we want to talk about that...
When God's people were in the wilderness learning how to survive and live as people who are free, God fed them miraculously by sending manna from heaven. Eventually when they had finally arrived at the Promised Land the Bible tells us the manna ceased. God took manna off of the menu. It was a new season. God has a solution, a supply and strategy for every season in your life. When the manna stops coming know that God is still the source. He is just going to feed you in a new way!
The Christian walk is essentially a walk of faith. In the most difficult trials of life, our faith can be challenged. It is in these most trying times that one may wonder. "What's in it for me?" That's essentially the question Peter asked Jesus, and one we will attempt to answer today.
Check out this secret ingredient to happiness. It's so counterintuitive that only people who have experienced it believe it.
Why are we tempted to make decisions that hurt us in the long run? This message will help you understand the difference between pleasure and happiness.
If your goal is to find happiness, no amount of money will ever be enough. But this one principle can change the way you view money and help you find peace.