Easter Sunday - It is so easy to talk ourselves out of opportunity. We feel disqualified because of what we've done or what we are doing. We do this with jobs, relationships, investments, and even with God. Peter believed that he could not know God because of past failures. But Jesus, at the last breakfast, destroyed that belief. He proved that no one is disqualified from knowing God!
Good Friday - "What should I do with Jesus?" That is the question that Pilate asked the crowds on the very first Good Friday. It is the question that he had to answer. And it is the question that you have to answer. Every person is answering that question in some way. Denial, ignoring, believing, following, exploring - there are countless "ways" that we can answer that question. How should we answer Pilate's question? Why does it matter? Discover the respnsibility that each of us have when it comes to this BIG question!
The Journey Part 5 - Have you ever thought, "My life would be so much better if 'that person' would leave me alone." A neighbor? A coworker? A family member? It's easy for us to look at people around us, and treat them like enemies, hoping God will someday crush them! But what if you are targeting the wrong enemy? The Jewish people believed Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday, to crush the Romans. Jesus did come to crush an enemy, but it was not the one people thought - it was a greater enemy! Discover the enemy that Jesus crushed on the cross, and what that means for the enemies you are facing right now!
The Journey Part 4 - Culture has a song. Everyone of us have been conditioned to sing it. It's the tune that says, "Look at me. Look at what I've done." If we are really honest though, none of us actually enjoy singing this song. Today we discover that we can trade our culture's song for a King's song. There is freedom for you!
The Journey Part 3 - All of us would love to have peace in this chaotic world. We face dangers everyday, that we cannot plan for. How do you respond in those moments. We'd love for God to promise that no trouble would ever happen to those who trust in Him, but He never said that. He said something even better! When we face trouble, He is with those who trust in Him. Discover safe peace in a dangerous world today.
The Journey Part 2 - Every person experiences a "God Thirst." Some of us deny it. Some of us grow frustrated as it never seems quenched. Some us try satisfying it with other drinks, that only leave us with more of a thirst. What if there was a drink that we could turn to in moments of thirst? A remedy to our thirsting that will lead us to live a satisfied, giving life. Today we discover that thirst is normal, thirst is okay, and thirst can be quenched!
The Journey Part 1 - Sometimes our biggest problem is admitting we have a problem. We have been conditioned to believe that confession will be met with closed arms. We hide our sin, and our bodies end up wasting away. But confession is possible because forgiveness is promised. Find freedom today in the open arms of Jesus!
- Reflect: Think about a time when you hid something from someone. How did you feel? Would you say you felt free or trapped?
- Write: Definitions are important. Spend some time defining the following words: Problem, Mistake, Weakness, Flaw, and Sin. Do you think it matters which word we use when we talk about confession?
- Read: 2 Samuel 11. This was the sin that David refused to confess. He carried this with him, and continued to waste away. The promise of forgiveness brought freedom to David!
- Do: Forgiveness survey: Ask the people around you a simple question: “Do you think it’s easy for people to forgive?” Let the answers you discover remind you of God’s promise to forgive!
- Pray: Adore God for being so forgiving! His forgiveness never ends! Admit that it’s easy to hide our sin at times. Aspire to embrace the forgiveness of God today and to share that forgiveness with others!
Jonah And The City Part 4 - We all have things that we care about. That is not a bad thing. What is bad, is when we make the things we care about central to our lives. When we find our hope, identity, and purpose in relationships, career, comfort, success, or some other horizontal thing. God cares about what we are centering our lives around - the tree that we are hugging! Today we discovered that God has provided for us a tree that will never fail us or destroy us. His Holy Spirit moves us to loosen our grip on the trees that come to an end, and find our true hope in Jesus, who never ends!