Today we're going to look at a very familiar story for us---it's the story of Moses and a guy we know as Pharaoh...And I believe that God wants to teach us something new even in the midst of something old... God wants to teach us something unfamiliar in what feels like very familiar territory for most of us...and from this story each of us would be inspired to let God use our life for whatever purposes He might have for us...
Someday I'll quit smoking, someday I'll read my Bible, someday I'll work on my marriage...what if someday became today?
The apostle Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus that God would give them the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him and that the eyes of their understanding would be opened. When we move from a position of just knowledge of the story of the gospel to revelation and our eyes are opened to really see our condition and what Christ really did for us on "our cross" our lives will never be the same. As the prophet Isaiah said, "I am ruined."
Paul says we are saved through faith. James says we are justified also by works. So who's right? Are we saved by faith or works?
In today's message, we pit the words of the Apostles in the ultimate cage match to answer the question, "Is it faith or is it works?"
We all want to be friended, followed, linked, and mentioned. We all want to be recognized, admired, sought after, and envied. We hunger for approval. We want applause. We want to be known. But what do you do when there is no amount of "known" that will satisfy your appetite?
Maybe you're a "Three P" person---you have power, prestige, and possessions. You have influence. You are envied. People take you seriously because of what you've accomplished, what you look like, or who you're married to. There's nothing wrong with being a "Three P" person. But when it comes to pride, "Three P" people face a unique challenge.
There is a sin that is so common to the human experience; it is the gateway to all other sins. It promises to make us bigger, better, and more important, but only makes us smaller and meaner. It strips us of our capacity to connect with others. It stands between us and our heavenly Father. So, what is "it" and how do we kill it?
In John 10 Jesus teaches that He is the Good Shepherd. If we know Him and follow Him we are promised a full life. But what does that mean? How does that play out in a society geared toward amassing fortune and looking for the fountain of youth? What does it look like for a mother who is just trying to make it through the day? Follow the Good Shepherd and find out. Jesus' good, abundant, full life may look different than we think or hope. But it is GOOD!
What Jesus promises will happen, SOME-day must make a difference in how we live our lives TO-day. We must hang onto Jesus and His Truth and we must help and encourage one another.
In His own words, Jesus has told us what it will be like when He comes down to take up both those who are alive and those who are dead in Christ.
What will Jesus find His people DOING when He returns like "a thief in the night"?
In this introductory message, writers in the Bible made it clear that if "a day is coming" in the future, it has implications for how we live today.
The countdown has ended and the event that will change history is happening... everything changes- nothing will be the same...
We all experience moments in life where we have to choose to press further into the difficulty- the pain or the fight- or runaway, give up and quit.
Jesus has a conversation with some men who are looking for something very important in a king- savior and commander...Otherwise- they will never follow Him...
When Jesus says- "Come and follow me" He is giving you an opportunity to join Him in the most non-boring- risk taking- blow your mind- faith journey that starts when you say"yes" and lasts right on into eternity...So will you say "yes" or will you say "no"?
You can learn a lot about who and what someone cares about by what makes them angry. Today we are going to see Jesus get angry...
As Jesus enters Jerusalem as a king- several things happen that many people missed because they were looking for the wrong things...
Jesus predicted that He would start a gathering- a movement---what we call church...and that church would spread all over the earth and outlast the Roman Empire- it would change the world... His prediction must have sounded outlandish to even his closest followers--- but here we are- two thousand years later and the Roman Empire exists only in history books- while Jesus' gathering is still going strong... The church is the hope of the world because the church is the vehicle by which God is bringing the solution to mankind's greatest problems: sin- sorrow and death...
The ability to believe is the most powerful force at mankind's disposal... everything that has been done- for good or bad- was done because someone believed it could be or should be done... every problem that has been solved was solved because someone believed it could be or should be solved... We constantly look for evidence to support what we believe is true... In the case of religious belief- that means if you believe deeply enough any religious system becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy... If that's true- isn't it possible that Christianity is just an example of groupthink on a massive scale?