If all of your prayers were answered today, how much would it benefit anyone other than you?
Regular church attendance with a body that values biblical teaching is important, but every one of us needs more that 25 minutes a week to become fully committed followers of Jesus (i.e. have a solid biblical foundation, a sincere and vital faith, and a firm grasp on the practical application of said faith in everyday life).
We demand justice and long for grace. Yet none of us is completely innocent. If justice was served, we'd all be condemned. So our hearts long for mercy, undeserved kindness. We want to be forgiven because we know it's so desperately needed.
The announcement of Jesus' birth wasn't the first announcement of peace. Old Testament prophets, Isaiah and Micah, promised one who would bring peace (Is. 9:6; Micah 5:4). Interestingly enough, none of these claims of peace came at times that would be considered peaceful.
So let's post the sign in our hearts, homes, and church, "Love lives here!" When we do, fear flees!
"As Christians, we are in the midst of war. If we never have any troubles, if we have nothing but peace, we have not been involved in this war in the midst of a generation that has rebelled against God." (Francis A. Shaeffer)
The faithfulness of God is not an ethereal concept that like a mist disappears when you reach out to grab hold of it. It is more like that firm ground upon which one stands solidly even in the darkness when his feet cannot be seen.
We welcome people because they are made in the image of God and for relationship with Him. This is why Jesus welcomed sinners (both the irreligious kind and the religious kind) to invite them into the grandest welcome of all--the welcome into right relationship with God through Jesus!
Prodigal. The word conjures up images of a bedraggled runaway, eyes hardened in bitter rebellion. The lost one. Maybe bruised and beaten up by life, certainly by his own bad choices. Prodigal, as in the prodigal son. Yet a quick look at Merriam-Webster gives a different perspective. Webster defines prodigal as “characterized by profuse expenditure.” … Continue reading Reckless Extravagance
God tells the prophet Jeremiah, "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart (Jer. 29:13)." God doesn't say "you will find part of me."