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.
If you ask theologians what the most misused verse in the Bible is, many of them will likely reply it is Luke 11:9 "Ask and it will be given . . ." As with any Bible verse, it can be lifted out of its specific context and made to fit a particular theological slant. However, that is a dangerous thing to do. Join us as we discover the context and story behind this popular verse.
In all likelihood, you are probably familiar with these words from Scripture: "For surely I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, "plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” They are beautiful, comforting words, but we need to ask, What are they really all about? What is their meaning for us?
How do we hold on to hope? How do we rise above despair to be faithful to what God asks us to do? Discouragement is a part of life. It can consume our spirit and make us want to quit. Let's look at Jeremiah's faith journey to learn that which will empower and inform our journey of faith today.
Life is like a bike tire. We don't intentionally take air out, it just leaves. And just as it's harder to peddle with flat tires, it's not as fun to live when the air has leaked out of our lives. Life has a way of deflating us. It is to the people who are feeling like flat tires that a sweet invitation comes today. "Come to me all who weary and are carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest."
Have you ever heard the saying, The older I get, the less I know? Just when we think we've learned all the answers, someone changes the questions. Life, it seems, is full of the unknown. But happily, St. John has some wonderful things we can know with certainty. Let's learn what they are in the last study of our "Deeper" series.
What is the relationship between our hopes and dreams, the character and heart of God, and our faith in God's promises? Let's talk about that in our message, "David's Messiah."Join us, won't you?
What are the marks of a Christian life? We are going to look at one of those marks in our message today as we continue our sermon series entitled, "Deeper."
It is important for believers in Jesus Christ to remember who and whose they are - a child of God - precious in His sight with a glorious future. They can look forward to a date when they will meet Him face to face. They have become children of God, born again to live their days confident with a deep hope.
What do you believe about Jesus? Your understanding of Jesus Christ is critical to your relationship with God. Whenever the truth about Jesus is muddied, people get confused and their eternal destiny is at risk. Let's take a look at some deeper truths that St. John shares with us about Jesus.
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?
"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.
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."