Each of us needs prayer. We need to connect to Gods heart and believe we are loved, our lives matter, and we have a purpose. But we dont always know how to pray or what to say. We dont know who God is in order to talk with Him. No wonder the disciples came to Jesus and said, Lord, teach us to pray.
God's open doors are typically invitations to make our life count. Ultimately, God opened the Door for us so we might open doors for others. Why would we opt to live that way? Let's learn more about learning to live what Jesus calls, "the abundant life."
Making decisions is an important and often difficult part of life. We want guarantees. Christ's followers need to be good choosers when faced with doors of opportunity. Let's learn how to determine what is best so our love for God and one another might overflow.
Sometimes God opens doors to us, which lead to an adventure we never anticipated. These doors can take us in directions and to exciting places we never dreamed of. When God opened a door to Abraham, he entered and thereby set into motion God's rescue plan for the world. Join us as we learn to recognize open doors from God and know when to enter them.
With all the loneliness in the world, sometimes we need a special friend with whom we can openly safely share our most intimate thoughts. Someone who is always there when we need them with encouragements and affirmations. We need God with skin on.
Do you believe in prayer? Should you believe in prayer? Do others realize you believe in prayer? What should you believe about prayer?
Prayer is a gift given to us from our great God, a privilege. It means we can connect with the Creator of the universe, and it is an important part of our walk with Him. Let's look at an incredible New Testament story that reveals the power of prayer among believers in Christ.
How is your prayer life? Prayer is the language of faith and a privilege of intimacy with the Lord of the cosmos. God is in the business of erasing our naughty deeds and restoring us and transforming us. He does not want to leave us stuck in the same destructive patterns of our sin and shame, but desires to maximize our created best potential as His beloved children.
As human beings, we seem to be fascinated by the subject of greatness. We talk of greatness in the world of sports. Historians talk of great statesmen, great Presidents. In entertainment, we argue over who are the greatest actors or movies or bands of all time. In our story for today we find Jesus giving His take on the subject of greatness.
It is music to our ears when we hear someone say to us, I'm all-in! Jesus, also, wants to hear and see this all-in attitude from His followers. He calls us to "take our our cross" - deny ourselves - and follow Him, which requires a very high commitment on our part. Let's talk more about this cross we must bear and the benefits of doing so in our message.
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.
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.
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.