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.
Where do we derive our security, our purpose, our motivation in life? Where is the pure object of our affection focused? Our message this week takes a trip to Mount Carmel in Israel and a contest of gods between Baal of the Caanites and Yahweh, the God of the Israelites and the prophet Elijah. It is the type of story that leaves us asking, What do we really believe?
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.
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.
Is prayer your first impulse or last resort? The story of Nehemiah is one of restoration, but also one of faithfulness. It was written for workers in God’s Kingdom – the Church – and offers us great advice when facing overwhelming problems and odds.
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 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.