Sunday morning teachings from Grace at Fort Clarke
What you hold in your heart toward a person—the mental framework of how you picture them—is what people react to interpersonally. If muddy people are going to respond to the mercy and grace of God in Jesus, they must feel valued by his followers, you and me. If we want to become more like Jesus than the Pharisees, we must make ourselves available to God’s Spirit to see and value those in need more than we value our own agendas.
A Glutton, Drunk and Friend of Sinners
Do you see many people wanting to know about God because they see a glimpse in you of love, life and freedom? If not, maybe this disconnect is due to not having the heart Jesus had for other people. When we see ourselves, and others, through Jesus’ eyes, we are ready to participate with God in the greatest restoration project of all time—the reclamation of God’s Masterpiece, his image artistically incorporated in every human being we meet.
When I Consider Your Heavens
When we turn our gaze upward to the stars, and drink in the beauty of God’s vast Creation … Wow! We become AWESTRUCK in worship! To think that the Creator who spoke the universe into existence loves you and me personally … Wow!
Link to video at the end of sermon: https://youtu.be/rRiIWL04po8?t=270
What About our Enemies?
If you've made it to adulthood, there is a good chance that someone has hurt you, a relationship has failed, or that you have hurt someone else. It is easy to take cues from our polarized culture and seek to harm those who have harmed us, to lash out at those who have lashed out at us. This sounds much different than the words of Jesus that command us to "love our enemies". Join us as we look at an important step towards loving those who have hurt, offended or even abused us.
What’s in your Bucket?
You become what you fill your bucket with. Patience. Availability. Love. What if we deliberately fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and visited the sick and imprisoned—drawing on the things Jesus had in his bucket? What needs to come out of your bucket—and what needs to go in—for us to engage with those who need a touch from God
Don't Play It Safe
Jesus never asked anyone to play it safe—we were born to be brave! We tend to play it safe when it comes to spending time with certain people, yet Jesus challenges us to take more risks by loving people we don’t understand or who are hard to love. What would that look like for you? Whose life would be eternally different if you intentionally sought out someone you naturally avoid as you seek to Love Everybody, Always?