The Apostle Paul delighted in weakness. He understood, in a deep way, that when he was weak, when he failed, when he did not have the skills or strength to do what God called him to do, then would Christ’s strength shine all the brighter. He only needed to recognize his weakness and accept Christ’s strength.
The process of a redemptive transformation is found in replacing ourselves as the central object of focus with something greater. The false narrative of our culture is that joy and happiness will be found within us. In reality, the search for happiness is fruitless. Seeking to live a life that centers around loving God and loving others is what brings true joy and happiness.
With God, redemption is both immediate and ongoing. We are immediately redeemed by grace when we choose Jesus. And at the same time, we must daily renew our commitment to follow Jesus. Through this daily effort, grace continues to be active in our lives. It is much like the manna God sent to the Israelites each day.
Everyone worries. Everyone deals with fear. And everyone doubts God from time to time. Yes, even Pastors. It is our response to these worries, fears and doubts that get us into trouble. Yesterday, we studied one of my favorite verses that tells us to pray about all of this, with gratitude and then trust God to provide peace. Unfortunately, as broken, messy humans, we sometimes respond to worry, fear and doubt in unhealthy ways
How do we decide if worry is a problem for us? A little, short-term concern can be good. It can help us focus on a problem, motivate us to get something done or encourage us to do something about a situation we need to change.
There are few nations in the world where the founding idea was as simple as one word, “Liberty.” It is defined as a: the power to do as one pleases. b: freedom from physical restraint. c: freedom from arbitrary or despotic control. d: the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges. e: the power of choice.
Today, we celebrate the 4th of July, America’s day of independence. We celebrate this day in all kinds of ways - hotdogs, fireworks, family gatherings, parades and various displays of our patriotism. Most of us are proud and grateful to be citizens of the United States. The question is – do we feel the same amount of pride in our heritage as Christians? Do you put as much effort and pride into celebrating your faith as you do your country?
Most people worry. Every day. They worry about family, safety, money, health, jobs, school, friendships, and the future, just to name a few. Jesus knows we worry, so he talked about it in his time on earth. Jesus told the people not to worry, and he knew that was not easy for us. Even Jesus had worry, expressed in his time of wrestling with God in the garden of Gethsemane
I just spent a few days with family and friends at the beach. That is my happy place! I love the water, the sun, the beauty and the relaxation of a beach atmosphere. But some people find the mosquitos, the heat, the humidity, and the sand in all sorts of crevices to be too much for them to find enjoyment at the beach. I get it.
U2 is a Rock band from Ireland that was formed in 1976 in Dublin. They have sold more than 170 million records worldwide across the decades, which places them among the best selling artists in history. In 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The scene we find in Mark chapter nine follows one of the most remarkable episodes in the Gospels. Jesus has just returned from some time away on a mountaintop with Peter, James and John. While there, Mark 9:3-4 says,
Today’s passage comes on the heels of one of the famous “I Am” statements of Jesus that we find in John’s Gospel. In John 6:35, Jesus declares, “I am the bread of life,” which eventually leads into a section of teaching where Jesus tells the gathered crowd in verses 55 and 56,
This past weekend we celebrated the ministry of Pastor Lauren Christenberry. This coming weekend Pastor Lauren will begin her new appointment as an Associate Pastor at our sister church, First United Methodist Church in Keller, Texas.
We bring this week to a close with the same passage we read on Monday. You may recall that in that first day’s reading I asked you to read through these 11 verses a second time, to read through them slowly and to write down or underline in your Bible the key words
We continue today in the sixth chapter of I Timothy. We looked at verses 6-11 yesterday where Paul says that, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”