We are all adopted. None of us actually deserve the family we have received with God as our heavenly parent. Verse 5 above tells us, “In love God predestined us for adoption.” It was part of God’s plan all along because he loved us. It doesn’t really make sense to most of us. We feel unworthy of such a gift, but God chose us. God chose to make us part of the eternal family, and for that, I am grateful.
People are often expecting God to show up in some mystical, magical, way. And while sometimes God does appear in very mysterious ways, most of the time, God shows up through the actions and care of another human being. When we respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit
This act of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet is one of the great demonstrations of sacrificial love. There is so much I could say about it and will at other times. But today, focus in on verse 15, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” This is at the heart of what it means to mentor someone.
The word “together” appears 24 times in the book of Acts, usually with regard to the church, the group of people who were followers of Christ. The early church was together a lot. They met together to pray, they met for teaching, they ate together, worshiped together, and they got together to talk about what God was doing in their lives and through their lives.
At one time, we were a society that centered around family. Multiple generations often lived together under one roof, and when families did live separately, they always lived close. Today, we are much more of an individualistic culture.
According to the National Mentoring Project, young adults who were at-risk for falling off track, but had a mentor are: 55% more likely to enroll in college 78% more likely to volunteer regularly 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.
Parenting is hard work. I believe it is the hardest and most important job any of us will ever do. It involves sacrifice, tough decisions, anxiety, being unpopular, frustration, and a lot of learning along the way. Of course, it can also be filled with a lot of love and joy, but there are some days when we may wonder where that joy is hiding!
When we baptize a child, we ask the parents to commit to raising the child in the church. If it is an adult we are baptizing, we ask them to commit to being part of the church as well. And, in both situations, we ask the congregation to join in the covenant above.
I recently went with our Boomers & Beyond group to the Dallas Arboretum. (If you’d like to know more about these trips, sign up for our email here.) On your trip, we had a docent, otherwise known as a guide. He seemed to be a wonderful man, very knowledgeable, kind, and patient with us as we asked questions
I am not a morning person. I’m not really a night owl either. My best hours are sort of 10-2. :) Back to the point - I do not like getting up before the sun. But lately, I have been working on getting up earlier than normal. Why? Because I have discovered that there is a peace and freshness to those early morning hours.
Many people think of faith as a sort of magic formula. People may not consciously think of it that way, but deep down they believe that if you have enough faith you’ll get whatever you want, and be wealthy, healthy, happy.
How do we move forward when life is a struggle and hope seems so far away? There are times when we just feel hopeless. Maybe we wonder if God is mad at us, or perhaps God has forgotten about us. First, let me assure that God loves you more than anything you do or say.
These words from the prophet Jeremiah were spoken to the people of Israel when they were not in Israel. They had been thrown out of their homeland and were living in exile. Many of them had lost hope.
When God laid it on Nehemiah’s heart to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, he established a plan, then worked through his strategy to accomplish the vision God had given. He assessed the damage, secured the resources, established leaders, and distributed the assignments among them.
If you are a Christian, there is a balance needed in making plans. If you seek to do the will of God above all else, you cannot make plans without God’s help. And even when you do make plans, circumstances will change, things will happen, and you will have to adapt.