Series: Lessons from Corinth
Maturity is marked more by a weight on relational indicators than performance indicators. Maturity is also marked by our love for God and our understanding of our Kingdom role. We must build wisely and build into a kingdom that lasts.
God's nature is kind. Kindness surprises; it lingers and people remember it – it changes things… Kindness draws you closer, (isn’t that what Paul says in Romans 2:4? it’s God’s kindness that draws us to repentance). Kindness is like a breath of fresh air for a weary soul. It surprises people.
Series: Home for Christmas
Passages: Matthew 9:1-13
As you reflect upon last year, what has become your "place of residence"? For Matthew, his choice was to step away from the tax table and follow Jesus. What is your "table"? Rejection, indecision, comparison, failure, performance or fear? Step away and follow Christ!
God's hope is a hope that whispers and is a hope that will not wither. Hope in Christ is thus something that can remain and be activated in any and all situations!
Passages: Philippians 2
Pastors Jack Schull and Scott B. commission 19 global workers from around the world. They share their stories, and how the church can be involved. Casas has sent 7,000 members on overseas and short-term missions trips. God wants every believers to be a goer, giver or prayer partner.
Series: Making Life Count: Haggai
Sometimes God needs to break us out of our comfort zones to see what we can truly be if we surrender our lives to Him. God still stirs hearts – He wants to stir yours – to have you & I live with a Holy anticipation…to use you and I to bear witness for Christ …pointing people toward Jesus.
Series: Making Life Count: Haggai
Passages: Haggai; Ezra 3:10-13; Matthew 6:31-34
Priorities are fueled by our resources, time, skills and energies. We only have so much. God mus be our top pursuit.
Series: Wisdom from New Testament Lives
The desperate widow who begged Jesus for help, the neighbor who continued to knock and beg for bread were stories Jesus told to cause us to have indomitable faith and persistent prayer. God will surely answer.
Bitterness can hold your heart hostage. Gratitude fosters a heart willing to forgive.
There is power in our words. When used to encourage and speak for God, our words can greatly impact the kingdom.
Series: Office Life
God is always at work. We must join Him in His work and commit our daily tasks on God's altar as an offering.
Series: The Forgiving
Christ condemning the fruitless fig tree and temple were both acts that illustrated the sad spiritual condition of the nation of Israel. The call for us as Christ-followers is to remain dependent on Him to allow Him to produce the fruit through His strength and empowerment and not just our effort. That's grace at work-restoring us to be producing fruit that lasts.
Confession restores sensitivity to God. When I make a relational mistake, confession allows me to make it right. Confession means we have made ourselves vulnerable and fully known, but also leads us to a proclamation of belief.
Celebration is about spiritually savoring all of who God is, all that He has done. It is all about the joy available to us and the connections we have with others. Celebration is God's promise that pulls us forward and assures us that we have a secure future in Him. We must savor Him and all His gifts with a grateful heart.
Peter teaches three reasons why we suffer. It can be because of our own mistakes or it can be undeserved. Suffering can also be mysterious, we don't know why. Regardless, suffering can produce growth, sweeten or sour us, perfect our kingdom vision and deepen our trust in Christ.
Jesus' final prayer was that the church might be unified in the same way the Son has unity with the Father. A unified church focuses on God’s priorities, rallies against our only enemy, Satan, and stands strong on one foundation – the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Recharging is something we can do, and it's necessary. But renewing is something only God can do-it speaks of HIs work, His power alone.
Passages: Luke 7:11-23; Psalm 103:3; Romans 8:1
May we be captured again by the Nativity. That simple picture points us to an unexpected collision of grace and hope into a world of darkness.
Elijah triumphs over the prophets of Baal when he calls down fire from heaven and prays for Israel's drought to end. After this victory, the prophet becomes discouraged and depressed, but God meets him in this lonely journey. When we suffer from discouragement, God can refresh, refocus and reassign us as well.
Elijah takes a stand in a bold confrontation with the prophets of Baal and calls the hearts of the people back toward God. God reveals Himself again in an effort to recapture the hearts of His people which have wandered and become diluted. Unless we seek God first, something else will steal our devotion. We have to choose.
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