There are many dark, tragic places in this world – stories we hear that frighten us, news reports of troubled places. Many ask, “Where is God in the midst of the suffering?” And the answer is, “he is right there.”
We should not be indifferent toward our gifts. Can you imagine giving a gift to someone, someone you love, and then they just set the gift aside and don’t care for it?
Do we have apostles and prophets today? The answer is “no” and “yes”. Listen to our message today and learn what I mean by this double answer
A natural ability is given to us at birth. It is built into our DNA. A spiritual gift comes to us at rebirth and is from the Spirit of God and the grace of the enthroned Lord Jesus Christ.
There is only one Body that experiences God’s salvation. There is not a Body of Jews and a separate Body of Gentiles and then among the Gentiles a Body of Blacks and a Body of Whites and a Body of Hispanics and a Body of Asians. There is one body.
As helpful as Christian programs are, as great as Christian music is, as wonderful as different kinds of leadership in the church is, we must go deeper to find and experience the unity that the Spirit of God creates in the church. Unity in churches and among churches is based upon God Himself.
Don’t you wish there was a patience pill? But there isn’t, and God wants to build patience in our lives. How does he do that? That’s what we will talk about today.
You want rest for your souls? Come to the one who is humble and gentle and follow him on the path of humility and gentleness and you will find rest for your battle-weary soul! You will find great peace! You will find your anxieties floating away, your strivings will cease.
Not everyone will be in full-time ministry, but all of us are called to something far greater than full-time ministry. We are called to the full-time ministry of reigning with Christ when he returns.
Have you heard anyone say, “I don’t need all that doctrine.” That is not accurate. But an equally grievous error is when we think that because we have good doctrine, everything is OK.
Life is composed mostly of daily, ordinary routines. God uses the daily, ordinary, routines, and sometimes troublesome events in the world like a Roman census and like a crazed ruler such as Herod to accomplish his will.
God brought Israel near to him through the giving of his word, through the sacrificial system, through the prophets, and through the promises of the coming Savior. But this nearness of Israel to God implied something. It implied that the other nations were far from God
Some may be listening who are trusting in their own righteousness before God. My prayer is that you would come to see yourself in an accurate way, as a failure before God. This is not meant to depress but to deliver you from a false security and to drive you to the one who is rich in mercy.
God does not use us and squeeze the most out of us like a hard-hearted owner of slaves who tosses them aside after they are no longer useful. No, God is writing a beautiful poem through us that he wishes to read to the world so that the world will see his glory in us.
After centuries of church history, apocryphal writings, and questionable theology about Mary, we need to get back to the simplicity of who Mary was. Sometimes I like to call her ordinary Mary.