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Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

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Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

    The Gospels: Why Bother

    The Gospels: Why Bother

    In this picture of Jesus’ power we see him raise a little girl from the dead and heal a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. Both not only demonstrate his unmatched power of the physical barriers of death and sickness, but also demonstrate his desire to create a new social order where women and children are given dignity.

    • 37 min
    The Gospels: Power And Value

    The Gospels: Power And Value

    Mark was the first account of Jesus’ life to be penned and he focuses the majority of his writing on the power Jesus demonstrated. He healed a man of leprosy and in his power to overcome an incomprehensible illness began to heal a spirit and a heart that was in even greater need of healing. His power over the physical was simply a foreshadowing of his power over sin.

    • 37 min
    The Gospels: A Living Faith

    The Gospels: A Living Faith

    We are created by a holy and amazing God. He designed us, unlike any other part of His creation, to be made in His image. We look around and see many people—spirit-filled, gifted and talented—all with creativity and an independent uniqueness being used by Jesus for some great purpose. And then we make comparisons. We are not like those with special gifts and talents; we’re just not good enough. We don’t have the creativity, skill, power or focus. Our lives are simply too busy and crowded with surviving the day-to-day requirements to have anything left to offer. And how can we possible measure up to God? Created in His image, yes, but containing any of His power and wonder…how can that be? And so, we hold back, we limit what we can do. We offer excuses and reasons why we fall short. Our comparisons between us and others and us and the Lord make us feel as if we do not measure up, so we quit. The Lord’s alternative to this is for us to step up and to wake up! Awaken the wonder provided by our Creator. Believe that God made us in His image and believe in the creativity and power He placed inside us. Isaiah heard the call of the Lord and responded; Isaiah awoke the spirit inside. Isaiah recounts, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, Here am I. Send me.’” Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

    • 37 min
    The Gospels: Healthy Soil

    The Gospels: Healthy Soil

    In Matthew 13, we can read the “Parable of the Sower.” In Jesus’ day, sowing seeds was generally the way crops were planted. The sower would broadcast the seeds in a sweeping motion. As the seeds were thrown from the sower’s hand, they would cover a larger area, so not every seed would end up exactly where it should be. Everyone in Jesus’ audience knew that the seeds scattered would end up in very different places. Even though the sower is the first thing mentioned in the parable, he is not the main character. The parable is more about the seed and soil than the sower, who is not mentioned again after the planting. Some of the seeds fell on the path, where some alert birds saw them and ate them. Some fell in rocky soil, sprang up quickly and succumbed to the heat of the sun. Some seeds were choked out by the thorns and weeds as they grew. However, some fell on good soil and did exactly what they were created to do—produce abundantly. The main point of the “Parable of the Sower” is to realize that our reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of our hearts. Salvation is more than a superficial hearing of the gospel. Someone who is truly saved will go on to prove it. May our faith and our lives exemplify the good soil.

    • 37 min
    Awaken The Wonder

    Awaken The Wonder

    We are created by a holy and amazing God. He designed us, unlike any other part of His creation, to be made in His image. We look around and see many people—spirit-filled, gifted and talented—all with creativity and an independent uniqueness being used by Jesus for some great purpose. And then we make comparisons. We are not like those with special gifts and talents; we’re just not good enough. We don’t have the creativity, skill, power or focus. Our lives are simply too busy and crowded with surviving the day-to-day requirements to have anything left to offer. And how can we possible measure up to God? Created in His image, yes, but containing any of His power and wonder…how can that be? And so, we hold back, we limit what we can do. We offer excuses and reasons why we fall short. Our comparisons between us and others and us and the Lord make us feel as if we do not measure up, so we quit. The Lord’s alternative to this is for us to step up and to wake up! Awaken the wonder provided by our Creator. Believe that God made us in His image and believe in the creativity and power He placed inside us. Isaiah heard the call of the Lord and responded; Isaiah awoke the spirit inside. Isaiah recounts, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, Here am I. Send me.’” Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

    • 37 min
    A Christmas Tree: A Tree Of Love

    A Christmas Tree: A Tree Of Love

    We search our family trees looking for famous ancestors—presidents, war heroes, movie stars, athletes. Instead, we often find ancestors who are infamous—criminals, deserters, rascals, losers. One thing is for sure. Your family tree looks no better and it looks no worse than the genealogy of Jesus. His family tree includes glorious kings and decadent sinners. This provides an interesting perspective, which should help us avoid being too proud or too embarrassed about the family members who came before us. You may be wondering why all this talk about family trees is important. Why does the New Testament start with a list of names? Why are so many chapters in the Old Testament devoted to ancestry? Two reasons come to mind. First, the family tree provides historical legitimacy to the Christmas story and the prophecies fulfilled by the birth of Jesus. Second, by looking at the kind of people Jesus came from, we can see the kind of people Jesus came for. Regardless of your past, Jesus came for you. And that is the gift that will never stop giving.

    • 37 min

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