We think we have to choose between being happy and pleasing God. Check out what Jesus had to say about that.
We all daydream about a trouble-free life made possible by something: a dream job, house, car, spouse, child, family, or pile of money. But what if no thing can make us happy?
In the middle of our daily struggles, it can be easy to focus on ourselves and get caught up in a wave of worry. But God tells us to look in a different place and to consider our source. Knowing where we come from is paramount in understanding where we're going.
Does this sound like your typical day? An unsolicited phone call requesting a donation. An unexpected bill requiring back payment. A guy at the grocery story entrance with a sign begging for gas money. And then you come to church...and they pass the offering basket! There are a lot of "leeches" who are trying to take your money. And it's the leeches that drain the joy out of giving. Today, we are going to shake off the leeches and rediscover the joy of giving.
If you think the death and resurrection of Jesus are unbelievable, this one thing might change your mind.
Why did Jesus come as one of us, and live as one of us, among us? Today we're going to talk about the most important answer the most significant reason why Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us.
We want answers for life's mysteries. Is there an after life? Will I see my mom again? What does the Bible say about divorce? Does the Bible say we have to give ten percent of our money to the church? Religion tries to answer those questions. Religion is about answers, order, and predictability. Unfortunately, life isn't about any of those things. Life can be messy. Religion has a place in our lives, but Jesus taught us it's not the first place. When religion takes first place, it begins flexing its muscles at the expense of mercy.
We've all been picked on for something we had no control over. It's dehumanizing. In all likelihood, you've also picked on others. It's such a strange thing. It's such a human thing. The easiest way to feel superior is to find a person or group we feel is inferior and power up. And we've probably all been guilty of that outwardly or inwardly. One of the reasons Jesus came into the world was to change all that. Homework Question: As you read Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, seek an answer to this question - Where do I catch Jesus elevating the dignity of the individual?
If there is a God, we all want to know what He's like. We're curious. Our tendency is to look in nature, outer space, or within ourselves to find clues about Him. But that only provides us with an incomplete picture. Jesus made a radical claim. He said if you want to know about God, look no further than Him. If you've seen the Son, you've seen the Father. Homework Question: As you read Matthew, Mark, Luke or John seek answers to the question - What do we learn about the Father from the Son?
One of the unique things Christians believe is that God became one of us. For thirty years He lived under cover as a carpenter, surfaced as a miracle worker and Rabbi for three years, and allowed Himself to die in the most degrading way imaginable. He came as one of us but was treated as less than one of us. Why in the world would God do that? Homework Question: As you read Matthew, Mark, Luke or John seek answers to the question - What do we learn about the Father from the Son?
What's different about people who stay in love? What is their secret...their magic formula? They've learned what to place in the gaps between expectations and reality. To wrap up this series, we'll share this secret from a part of the familiar scripture passage, 1 Corinthians 13.
What happens after I do? How can the person to whom a woman gave her deepest vow become the person she despises most? How can the beautiful woman a man couldn't stay away from become the person he can't stand to be around? In Part 3, we'll dispel a common myth about why we fall out of love and exposes the true problem.
Do you remember what it felt like to fall in love? How you would do anything for that person? What happens to those feelings? Falling in love comes naturally. But staying in love requires a plan. While many couples just endure their marriages, in this message, we'll share a blueprint for maintaining, and even growing, those feelings over time.
It's never been easier to fall in love and never been harder to stay in love. Is it even possible for two people to be happy together forever? Yes. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus gave us the foundation for enduring love. Today we'll look at this simple, yet powerful, principle.
In His final conversation with the disciples before ascending into heaven- Jesus challenged them to go into the world and make disciples of every nation... Our primary responsibility as followers of Jesus can be summed up in a single word---multiplication... We are called to make more and better disciples.
Jesus had several interactions with the disciples that illustrate the challenge of living in community with people you don't know... From the time the disciples wanted to send the children away- to the time when they argued about who would sit next to him in heaven- to the last meal where one of them was identified as a betrayer with selfish motives... Repeatedly- Jesus met each relational challenge with patience.
Jesus invited 12 men to follow Him... Setting down fishing nets- leaving behind tax collector booths- and saying goodbye to family was only the beginning of a life full of twists and turns and unexpected encounters with people from every walk of life... Living with Jesus is anything but predictable and boring... It's an exciting ride that never disappoints!
Christmas is a time of reconciliation between God and sinners, but what about reconciliation between sinner and sinner?
When it comes to extending generosity, how far is far enough?
How can you appreciate the holiday season when life has turned upside down?