Pray Like Jesus Part 2 - Asking God for things is a normal part of prayer. For many people, it is the definition of prayer. But how do we respond when God doesn’t seem influenced by our requests? What do you do when the person you prayed for, passes away anyway? Maybe you believe prayers aren’t answered because there isn’t enough faith. Maybe it’s because of sin. Or maybe, God doesn’t answer prayer because God isn’t real or good. Jesus asked God for something, and He didn’t get what He wanted. But He had three words that reminded Him of absolute truths about God and prayer. Knowing what Jesus knew guards us when prayers go unanswered.
Pray Like Jesus Part 1 - Each of us have a picture of prayer. People and experiences help us develop the picture that we have now. Maybe you only prayed at mealtime and bedtime. Maybe you prayed when you felt guilty, or when you were grieving. Jesus created a new, revolutionary picture of prayer when He said, "When you pray, say 'Father'." No matter what your relationship with God is now, Jesus has made it possible for each of us to call God Father.
Happily Ever After Week 4 - Choice is powerful. In the context of romantic relationships, there is a choice that each person gets to make. In between the gap of expectaion and behavior, you choose to either "assume the worst" or "believe the best." Today, we look at the words of Paul and see how love chooses to believe the best over and over again. The Gospel is the message of God filling the gap between you and Him with Jesus, because He believed in a relationship with you.
Happily Ever After Part 3 - Your ability to stay in love has as much to do with the condition of your heart as it does the behavior of your partner. What’s in you is coming out, so pay attention to what’s in you.
Happily Ever After Part 2 - We start learning at an early age the importance of keeping things fair. We expect our siblings to help clean up. We want our friends to do their part on the school project. These are the terms and conditions we bring into our relationships: “I’ll only do something, if the other person does.” We want things to be fair. We want 50/50. But that won’t get us happily ever after. Paul gives us a radical teaching on how we can make the other person more important. How we can humbly put their interests ahead of our own. We can only understand what Paul is saying when we see that this is why Jesus came to earth to save us. His love moves us to love differently, and agree to a new set of terms and conditions.
We live in a world where happily ever after doesn’t seem possible. The odds are stacked against us. What we’ve seen and felt growing up, makes us ill-equipped to stay committed to one single person. Culture tells us that if we don’t feel love anymore, we must have chose wrong and have to try again. Jesus offers something different. What he taught almost 2,000 years ago seems too simple to be true. But if we could understand what He said, we will begin building a solid foundation to reach happily ever after.
Have you ever been annoyed when you have a conversation about Jesus? If you are a Christian, you most likely want the people you are talking with to notice Jesus, and believe in Him like you do. But if that does not happen, you get frustrated. And if you are not a Christian, you are frustrated, because you would love to notice Jesus, and possibly even believe in Him, but you can’t seem to see Him in the world around you. Why? Imagine being able to notice Jesus, without frustration. What if the reason why people can’t notice Jesus is because we are trying to get them to notice someone else? Today we discover this one step that we can all take, whether we believe in Jesus or not, that will amaze the people in our lives.
A Well Balanced Life Part 4 - We’ve all experienced loneliness on some level before. It’s inevitable. In 2017 we are connected to more people than ever before, and there is still this craving for relationships. Why? Would you believe that God is the One to blame for your need to be in community with other people? Since God is the One who made you to want other people, He has to be the One to bring you into healthy, horizontal relationships. Discover that isolation is not good, and that there is a community of people for you to connect to.
A Well Balanced Life Part 3 - The word “no” has the power to tempt us like no other word. Something wells up inside of us when we are told not to do something. We’ve come to believe as a society that restraint and constraint are the enemies to our best life. When you consider the word no, do you think of freedom or slavery? God has created you to get the most out of life by embracing the necessary no.