1 Enter into worship, God's unfailing love, God's word, reverence, and God's purpose. 2 Move from concept to opportunity to experiences with God. 3 The nation that has a hard heart towards God and stops entering in will go down. 4 You can enter in before you have what you want.
Why confession? 1 A blessing blocker 2 A deep deliverance 3 A triumphant trust
• Encourage the fathers on Father’s Day through David’s Psalm • Having tasted all the good and evil of life, David confesses, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want” (Ps. 23:1). • This means that one who has the Lord as his/her shepherd will live the best life he/she can ever live. • How does God do that? • God provides restoration (vv. 2-3). • God provides protection (vv. 4-5). • David emphatically declares God’s goodness and his commitment to live in God.
A Call to Praise A Cause for Praise A Culture of Praise
God is: My Provider who gives joy and an inheritance. My Counsleor who teaches and guides. My Comforter who brings hope and security.
Four Conditions: 1 A Hard Heart 2 A Shallow Heart 3 A Divided Heart 4 A Faithful Heart
Three Options: 1 Some people have answers without much action. 2 Some people have religion without much compassion. 3 Some people make a difference with compassion in action.
Move Past Distractions: 1 Commitment 2 Cost 3 Calling
Some signs of pride: 1 Carrying a lofty sense of entitlement, rationalized by achievement with a performance based identity. 2 Being overfocused on yourself, and not even realizing it. 3 Seeing confession as not very necessary for you.
Throughout scripture, God talks to us about the Great Wedding Banquet or the Feast in the Kingdom of God. From the Old Testament to the New, God refers to the church as the bride of Christ and we are even told, “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding support of the Lamb” (Rev 19:9). But the traditions of a wedding in the Galilean culture is significantly different to what we experience as a wedding in America. Unpacking traditions of a Galilean wedding not only uncovers much of what Jesus spoke of about weddings but also is directly relevant to prophecy about His second coming and the Rapture. With this background, we are then equipped to dive into the parable of the Great Banquet and how that directly applies to the Jews, the Gentiles, and our role of inviting others to the Banquet.
How can God be the source of peace in the season you are in? Maybe being a parent is not a role you have yet. Maybe your child is now an adult. Regardless of the season of life you are currently in, God’s relationship with Abraham described in Genesis 22 can guide you on your Relationship Roadmap with Him and others. God wants to be, and can be, “the” source of strength, wisdom, and peace in your life.
A relationship is not one day but every day. Closeness to God is not just one place but everywhere we live, work, learn, and play. Following Jesyus is not rooted in pride, fear, or selfishness but grace. The Christian life is not based on more self-effort but reliance on the Holy Spirit. God's grace is sufficient daily and eternally.
What is pride? When is it unhealthy? How are self-centeredness and arrogance deceiving and unfulfilling? Pride and shame are inseparable and cruel. They are not from God, and we often have more of them than we realize. Jesus wants to set us free so that we can worship God and love our neighbors.
Why are sibling rivalry is so common? What is happening in our hearts when we are involved in unhealthy conflict? How do families overcome strife and experience reconciliation? Competition, comparison, and manipulation are common traps in relationships. Great intentions can become rejection which ultimately leads to dehumanization. Jesus breaks this pattern and teaches us how to love one another, including the most tense relationships we have.
The prophet Isaiah is speaking to the nation and calling them to return to God. What is the condition of your soul? Jesus is the cure for our sin and rebellion. Jesus heals deep wounds. Jesus brings hope when you feel despair. The invitation from God is trustworthy. His kindness leads you home. There is one voice that is strong, true and reliable. What will it take for you to repent and lead others to God and His goodness?