What role do our friends play in our Christian walk? How can we make them all One in Christ with us? Watch and find out.
We are gifted for ministry. The trouble comes with our sin. There is jealousy, pride and despair among the people of God. Sometimes the trouble with the ministry of the church are the ministers! We get in the way of God’s work. See how God steps in with his mercy!
What was the lowest point in your life? For Jeremiah you might think that it was being thrown into a cistern (big hole for water storage). It’s hard to imagine, but things got even worse. Watch how Jeremiah responded on his bad days and consider how we can respond as well. Even in the low points of life as we bear our crosses, God is still with us.
God does not make allowance for our weakness. We are not spiritually handicapped. By nature we are spiritual corpses. To minimize our sin means that we minimize our Savior and the awesome work that he has done for us. Jesus took our place and kept God’s Law that he might be the perfect substitute for us, the perfect sacrifice for us. 700 year before Jesus walked the earth the prophet Isaiah recorded what Jesus’ ministry would look like. Jesus has done all things well.
What do we do if the Gospel doesn’t work?! Use the Gospel! The problem isn’t with the Gospel, it’s with us and the results we want to see. The only food for your soul is Jesus.
When the crowds showed up looking for Jesus, they didn’t care that he offered forgiveness for their sins. They didn’t care that the door of heaven was open. All they cared about was another free meal. May we always see Jesus as the Bread of Life for our souls.
When Jesus fed the 5000, he was teaching his disciples and us to despair of ourselves for our daily needs and look to God. God normally will use natural means to provide for us, but remembering where our blessings come from affords us the chance to give God the thanks he deserves.
Do you have the Right Stuff? The 1983 movie detailing the start of our nation’s space program went through the lives and struggles of the first men who risked their lives so that our nation could reach space. Our sermon text from 1 Timothy 3 is a list of the right stuff children of God need to be a public minister of the gospel.
When the going gets tough, that’s when the tough get going. This isn’t exactly what God is saying to us today. When the going gets tough, turn to God. In fact he tells us to turn to him even in the good times! How great is his compassion! How great is his faithfulness!
There are all kinds of struggles that we face in the world. Some of them can come to us because of God’s word. This shouldn’t surprise us because Jesus warned us that this would come. We are not of the world, but we are in the world as light shining in the darkness. May we bring peace and hope to a dying world through God’s word.
How can we know that God the Father still cares about us? Let’s consider a time when God’s people were a a very low point. Hear God’s word of comfort to them. It applies to you also!
It is the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost. The Gospel lesson for this Sunday focuses on the legalism that infected the Jews and creeps into Christianity still today. Watch and find out how God combats our sinful nature.
On confirmation Sunday a son or daughter of the congregation has the opportunity to confess his or her faith publicly and vow to remain faithful to Jesus. This is Lauren Guldberg’s confirmation creed.
Really living implies that you’re missing something. Pentecost is when we remember that we have everything we need as Christians – the Holy Spirit. Spiritual death means that we can be climbing a mountain or sailing around the world, but we’re still dead before God. Really living means living according to God’s will, not ours.