May 2, 2021
"The most spiritual thing you will ever do is choose." (Erwin Raphael McManus)
Praying, reading the Bible, serving, loving, forgiving, offering grace and mercy...all choices we are free to make.
There is nothing more real than Christian freedom, but that freedom is to be used to help/build up others! We have the choice to follow God and love and serve others, or to serve ourselves. Those of us who follow Christ are called to be the best example of humanity...living what it means to be humane.
"For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved" (1 Corinthians 10:33).
April 25, 2021
Paul's word to the church this week is the reminder that we are to love people. We cannot let cultural or religious differences become a barrier preventing us from living and sharing the gospel.
The church is called to identify with all kinds of people. That simply means to be empathetic and compassionate towards others (rather than judgmental and condemning).
We need to reach across barriers of age, gender, race, culture, and reputation to LOVE people. Listen & respond to their hopes, fears, and misunderstandings.
God calls us to come alongside each other for the sake of the gospel!
April 18, 2021
Listen in as our guest speaker, Adam Sieff, shares a message about grace and peace, entitled "Grace on Top of Grace."
April 4, 2021
"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." (1 Corinthians 15:58)
The tomb is empty. Jesus conquered sin & death. Jesus rose again & is preparing the way for us to rise again into new life...for all eternity.
The resurrection is real. We have hope. This world is not all that there is!
There is a greater glory beyond our ability to comprehend that awaits us!
That is the victory of the empty tomb!
March 28, 2021
What is your distraction? What gets you off-task or misdirected?
Paul continues to teach us how to MODEL God's way of living so we can SHOW the world the hope, love, grace, mercy, redemption, and Truth he offers.
In verse 35 Paul writes, "I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord."
We are made for more than this world has to offer. God invites us to live BEYOND pain & brokenness and BEYOND the fleeting status & riches this world has to offer.
March 14, 2021
Paul dives headlong into sin and the repercussions of sin (very specifically, "sexual immorality"). Unfortunately the church is sometimes blind about the seriousness of all sin and its consequences in our lives and how that affects the Gospel message that we are called to live out as Christ's ambassadors to the world.
Paul was concerned about the church...both the individual people in the church family AND the whole family of the church. He was also concerned about the witness, the example, that the church was called to live out.
With great freedom and salvation comes great responsibility. We are not victims of society.
We are called to follow Christ and lead society into the goodness that Christ has for the whole world.
It is time for the Church to lead, with love, into the future God is building!
March 7, 2021
We live in a society filled with double-standards...Double-standards are EVERYWHERE.
Often we find that, as a people, we are very lenient with ourselves (or those like us/those we like), but very judgmental of others (or those we disagree with). Double-standards seem to be the rule.
If we "zoom out" and begin to look where our current understanding of double-standards has led us as a whole society, what do we find? Good?
In his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul actually encourages the church to live a double-standard. WHAT?!?!
Listen in as we continue our journey through 1st Corinthians in our series, "Flying in Formation."
February 28, 2021
What does it mean to be a "loyal supporter"? A "true follower"? An Apostle?
In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul both challenges and encourages the church in their "follower-ship"...
By "navigating the gray" in a godly way, we are able to stand boldly, but lovingly, for God's Truth in all walks of life, in speech & behavior, and accept whatever the consequences.
Let's learn together how to walk humbly with God, before people, & for the sake of others.
February 21, 2021
Red State vs. Blue State...Liberal vs. Conservative...Us vs. Them.
We see in society the results of setting up false dichotomies. In an "us versus them" society, anyone who doesn't agree with you, think like you, look like you, etc. is your enemy.
Life isn't meant to be lived that way because we are ALWAYS going to be "against" are large portion of society and there will be division, anger, and hate.
Good things (like love, joy, peace, patience, etc) aren't easy. Living "life to the full" is all about how we "Navigate the Gray" area...the area in between the extremes. The gray area is where most of society actually exists and God calls His people to "Navigate the Gray" area with Him.
February 7, 2021
We live in a society that is so divided and divisive...Is this how it is supposed to be? This can't be what life and society are supposed to be about, can it?
Unity, wholeness, oneness are written into the character of God. Jesus came, lived, died, and rose again so that we "may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may be live that you have sent me" (Jesus words - John 17:21).
Jesus sent us help. We need to realize and pay attention to the One sent to help up unify, not divide people. As God's people, we have an important responsibility to listen and participate in the Spirit's unifying work. We have been invited to participate in healing and unifying...Let's pay attention, listen, and choose to participate!