You cannot do the Christian life alone. We were created for community. We were created for relationship. It may seem easier at times to keep to ourselves and trudge through life taking care of our needs and the needs of our family. And in some ways that might be easier, but it is definitely not the life we are called to.
In the midst of 18th century England where poverty, prostitution and slavery were widespread, John Wesley and others began a revival. Historians marvel at how the revival was sustained for decades. While there were lots of contributing factors, many credit the Wesleyan class meeting with making the deepest impact upon the movement.
Today, we re-read these verses at the end of Acts 2. They serve as a sort of road map for us as Christians today. The culture and setting were different then, and we should not seek to “copy” the first Christians, but we can learn from their experience. The key seems to be in their devotion and their togetherness.
The Holy Spirit was working in a big way amongst this first-century crowd. The apostle Peter was helping the people understand how God had worked through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, spoke of a similar experience, “I felt my heart strangely warmed.
Nehemiah was born in exile, along with many other Jewish people. He had an important role in his community as cup-bearer to the King. He could have easily ridden out the remainder of his days in this role, enjoying the luxuries that came with it. Instead, Nehemiah received a calling from God.
This Psalm is attributed to Moses. It seems to be a prayer by Moses, on behalf of the people. Poor Moses had to defend the people to God quite often! Remember the complaining in the desert (Exodus 16) and the golden calf (Exodus 32)? This prayer, besides defending the people to God, also seems to be about helping them return to what is important, once again.
In the book, “Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters” John Maxwell writes, “If I wanted to make a difference… Wishing for things to change wouldn’t make them change. Hoping for improvements wouldn’t bring them. Dreaming wouldn’t provide all the answers I needed.
Today we return to Monday’s scripture, the shortened version. I want to remind us that, “Where our treasure is, there our hearts will be also.” We have been assessing our values all week, trying to become intentional about how we use our gifts and focus our efforts.
This week we are focusing on an important idea, “Your priorities are what you do, not what you say you do.” We live our lives with priorities every day, whether we decide on them or not. But if we are intentional about how we use our resources, and what we do with our gifts and talents, we can be “rich toward God.”
This week we are focusing on an important idea, “Your priorities are what you do, not what you say you do.” I can easily make a list of priorities, but it is how I live my life every day that demonstrates what is truly important to me. This week we are assessing our priorities and values, with the intention of giving God our best.
This week we are focusing on an important idea, “Your priorities are what you do, not what you say you do.” I can easily make a list of priorities, but it is how I live my life every day that demonstrates what is truly important to me. I find a little intentionality can really shift our lives.
This weekend in worship, Pastor David reminded us of an important idea, “Your priorities are what you do, not what you say you do.” While that is a harsh reality for some of us, I do find it to be true. I can easily make a list of priorities, but it is how I live my life every day that demonstrates what is truly important to me.
Have you ever observed two people (maybe a parent and child or a couple) that seemed to love each other dearly? Maybe you could just sense the joy they found in each other by the way they interacted? Watching them you might have been envious of that kind of relationship.
Understanding the depths of God’s love for us is hard for our human brains to grasp. It is much deeper and stronger than we can comprehend. We must try to believe it as truth, nonetheless. If we desire to experience the full life, we need to settle this issue in our soul. It’s true.
Nicodemus had come to Jesus at night to speak with Him. Jesus directed Nicodemus’ attention to the fact that you must be born again to even see the kingdom of God. The Greek says, “born from above.” It is a work of God, not of our human efforts.