For some, the Christmas story is meant for children to re-enact in a pageant, cute and charming, but nothing more. Others view it as a legend of sorts not to be taken seriously. Others listen with a sympathetic ear about a poor couple forced to leave home by an oppressive government. But for the believer in Jesus Christ, the Christmas story is so much more! It is a rescue story.
We all experience second thoughts from time to time. It's not unusual to occasionally doubt our beliefs and decisions. But have you ever had second thoughts about Jesus? Let's learn from a man in our message what we should do when doubting and fear happens.
Max Lucado once said, "God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way." While we can't change human nature, God can change us through His Son, Jesus Christ; Let's learn how He does it.
Did you know that what we believe about our future controls how we experience our present? We are irreducibly hope-based creatures. What is your outlook on the future these days? Is it hopeful? Is it based on a solid foundation? Today's Bible text is about having a hopeful future.
What is your God story? Dare you believe that if you share it with others, God can help them fall in with Christ too?
"See is believing" is an adage many of us have heard before. However, "believing is seeing" more aptly describes the man in our story today. It is about a blind man who has better vision than those around him with 20/20 eyesight.
Billy Graham once said, "If you were the only person who ever lived in this world, Jesus went to the cross for you, to pay for your sins." You are more loved than you dared hope. How do we know? Just look at the cross. ``
In the 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville recorded his famous "Observations of America" in which he noted a strange melancholy that haunts the inhabitants in their abundance. "Americans, believe prosperity could quench their yearning need for happiness." This is still a popular belief in the 21st century, for if not abundance, then what?