“Your’re just the worst!” Seriously, as each of stands before our God, we can honestly say these words. The reason is that we don’t need to compare ourselves to each other. We compare ourselves to God. God is the only one who can save us. We held our church picnic yesterday. God blessed us with a wonderful day!
There is a cost to everything in life. When it comes to learning in the school of hard knocks there are only two ways to learn. From your pain or someone else’s pain. Which would you choose? We finish out our four week series Weeks of Warning under the theme Cost. Jesus tells us that life under his cross of suffering will have a very real cost to it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. The warning is that it won’t always be easy. The comfort is that we are never alone with him by our side.
Sinful pride can fill the heart of a Christian to the brim. This doesn’t leave much room for God’s love. We continue our series this Sunday – Weeks of Warning: Humility.
Four weeks of warnings for Christians begins on this Sunday! The life of faith will be marked by difficulties. These warnings are given so that the believer will be prepared to meet these challenges with the confidence of the cross. This Sunday we will see that the Word of God doesn’t always unite—it also divides. The living and active Word of God does not bring peace between believers and unbelievers, but division. Where is the comfort? The final purpose is the salvation of believers.
When Abraham was called to go to a different country, he went. When God promised a child, he believed. The concept of faith can be a difficult one. How can we get more of it? Follow Abraham through his walk with God this Sunday and see the source of his faith and yours.
What does duty look like? Often maybe we think of people who have served in the military. Possibly the image of a servant comes to mind. The life of a Christian can be hard to understand apart from the grace of God.
The Golden Rule sounds simple enough – Love your neighbor as yourself. The trouble is that we are so sinful that we can find our way around just about ANYTHING! How corrupt is the human heart! “How corrupt is my heart!” says the honest Christian.
Imagine your brothers sold you as a slave. Not to worry, you landed on your feet and had a great job in charge of a noble man’s house. Things got ugly though – to protect your reputation and to honor your God you lost your job and ended up in prison. Does this sound like a good life to you? You may know the story of Joseph already, but we’re answer the question: Is faithfulness worth the trouble it brings?
How many times should I forgive me brother? How many times should God forgive us? Our God has forgiven all of our debts. In our message this morning Jesus talks to a man about forgiveness but he uses the topic of thankfulness to make his point. Watch, and see if this applies to you.
God bless America! We have plenty to be thankful for. Today we look at the freedoms God has given us and the dangers to those freedoms.
What does a tall tale sound like? God dying for us while we are still sinners sounds like the stuff of legends! The difference is that it’s all true! We’ll visit a little American folklore this Sunday and hear about God’s fantastic love.
What does the church look like? You might be thinking it’s a little underwhelming in this world. Splintered and limping, the Christ’s church on earth doesn’t have the outward glory pictured in heaven. God’s glory is there! St. John’s Revelation helps us see it!
Hail the day that sees him rise! It’s Ascension! There have been three historical festivals in the Christian church. Christmas is the birth of the King. Easter is the resurrection of the King. Ascension is the coronation of the King. Come this Sunday and celebrate the victory of our God!
Love is all you need! It’s a cliche from sappy 70’s tunes. The trouble with love is that we don’t understand it. Love’s meaning has been twisted in our culture. This Sunday find out what God means when he talks about love.
“The King of Love, My Shepherd Is…” Psalm 23 has captured the imagination and the soul of many a poet. The illustrations of a shepherd and a sheep are many. Jesus uses the image of himself. This Sunday see yourself as one of Jesus sheep. That’s a great place to be.