Life 101, Week 4: Good Theatre - Being good is good, but why be good? What motivates you to be good? Jesus wants us to live our best lives, and that means having a WHY when it comes to goodness. He made three "when you" statements regarding giving, praying, and fasting. What motivates us is the Father's amazing affection.
Bring It To Jesus - Are you carrying a situation or a feeling? Has it been years? Is the pain new? Jesus calls us to bring "it" to Him. He is willing to come close to our mess, to make us new. Today we read a story of two people who brought what they had to Jesus, and He did what only He can do. Who do you bring "it" to? How would your life change, if you brought it to Him.
Life 101, Week 3: Just Like Dad - Every person is on a joruney to know God. As image-bearers, we want to know the God who made us. But what do we do with what we read and hear? Do we minimize the law, and simply try to do our best? Do we legalize it, and strive to complete every detail? Jesus makes knowing God possible by perfectly fulfilling the law. We can be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect, because of Jesus the perfect Son of God.
Life 101, Week 2: The Science of Sharing Faith - Jesus came to this world to be your personal Savior. When we confuse our personal Savior with a private Savior, we lose our purpose. Our reason for living is to know Jesus and make Jesus known to others. In His first public message, Jesus explains how that happens by using the examples of salt and light.
Life 101, Part 1: Blessed Are... - Determination can only get us so far. We can try as hard as we want, but we are often presented with just two options when determination has run its course: defeat or dependence. Can we be determined enough to know God? To experience His blessings? In Jesus' first public message, he began by laying out a path for us to walk on to know the blessings of God. When we depend on Jesus, we receive everything He has promised us!
Every morning we wake up with a list of concerns. The reality is that most of these concerns can be taken away at any moment. When we live for our concerns, they end up controlling us. There is one concern that we can live for that changes every other concern. Jesus said that when we discover it, it will not be taken away. Discover what that one concern is, and start to live differently!
Do You Believe - What do we do when life doesn't go the way you planned for it to go? When hope is lost? How do you cope? Brokenness is a sure thing in this life. Jesus entered a broken situation. One of his friends died. During this tragedy, Jesus repeated this one word: believe. He asked his followers, people who were hurting, and the crowds one question: Do you believe? That is the question Jesus asks us today. When we believe, brokenness breaks!
Good Friday 2018 - We are used to conditional promises. I will, if you. That is why we get so skeptical when we hear the words "unconditonal" or "guaranteed." On the night before Jesus was crucified, He said, "I'm making a new promise." The question is, what kind of a promise was it? What were the terms and conditions? And why does it matter today? We discover the answer in what Jesus says as He celebrated the Passover meal with His disciples.
Better Part 6 - When we experience fear, we choose a response. Some of us run. Some of us freeze. Some of us fight. But do any of those responses work? Through the story of David and Goliath we discover a fourth response to fear. The people of Israel placed their FAITH in David. When he won, they won. Jesus rode into Jerusalem to win our victory against sin and death. Because Jesus conquered death, we can fear differently, and know that he will defeat whatever we face.