As human beings, we respond to authority in a variety of ways. Sometimes we respect it, obey it and trust it. However, we also balk at it, challenge it, maybe even rebel against it. Authority is a major issue of life. And so we ask, Have you ever considered Jesus your authority?
How did you come to know Jesus? Let's study the story of a man who left behind everything - his livelihood, his business, and his family - to follow Jesus, and learn what then happened in his life.
Have you ever had someone make a promise to you, and you couldn't wait for them to bring you what they promised? When God told the world that He would someday send a Savior, the world couldn't wait until He had fulfilled that promise.
Jesus Christ has come to be our heavenly rescuer - the Word became flesh - to be a transformer of our lives. He was and still is the life of the party, the one you want to invite.
As we think of the greatest Christmas gift of all - Jesus - it's important for us to take a close look at Him to discover (and perhaps even rediscover) the wondrous things about Him. This is the real story of Christmas, and it is the main truth being revealed to us in the story about the baptism of Jesus.
After the birth of Jesus, some foreigners rode into Jerusalem, asking "Where is the child that has been born King of the Jews , . ."? Most of the people had no clue that a king had been born, including their ruler, King Herod. We do have a King! Is He your King? What are you doing with this King?
Do you ever wonder what God is up to in the 21st century? Jesus' birth embodied God coming down to where we are to be with us as we are - God forever with us. He is our Wonderful Counselor. Let's learn more about what that means.
Over the centuries, Christians have wondered what to do with Mary, the mother of Jesus. In the Protestant Church, she has been somewhat passed over. Yet something important can be learned from her experiences with God. Let's consider Mary's example to "Present Yourself Available" in our series, Ready or Not, Here I Come.
Advent reminds us of the coming of Christ. He has come, and He is coming again. As people living in the in-between times, we need to be constantly ready for His arrival. John the Baptists ministry has a vital word of instruction for us. The word is PROCLAIM.
We talk about Christmas countdowns. We go to the stores, and we listen to Christmas carols. The Christian Church, however, traditionally calls this time of year the season of Advent, which means so much more than simply a warmup for Christmas Day. It is a time to remember that Christ has come, He is coming again, and we must be prepared for Him.
Have you ever been written off as a hopeless cause by people around you or even by yourself? Have you ever written someone else off as a lost cause? If so, I'm glad you're listening in because our story for today has something for you and me to take to heart.
The Easter story is filled with many "Re" words, and they jump out at us as we read this story. We can re-joice because the Good News re-garding Easter is for us. We are re-minded that death is defeated. Let's explore the meaning of these words and many others in our Easter message. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Many of us think that if we had more money, it would be the answer to all our problems. Would it? Would we be happier? Would we be blessed? Or would we look in the mirror and still see great problems that cause stress?
You've probably heard the statement, "Don't just sit there. Do something!" Well Jesus turns that statement around. We need to not just be always doing, doing, doing but to sit there and enjoy His company with us. Jesus wants to write these words upon our hearts today, "Remember, every minute together with me is precious."
"Do you love me?" is a question asked in almost every human heart. We all need to hear and feel that we are loved. It is also the question Jesus asks Peter in our story today. How much do YOU love Jesus? Both relieving and challenging, Jesus' response to Peter's answer has a message for us.