Dogs often do what they shouldn’t do. When left alone they tear up the couch or eat the cupcakes left on the kitchen counter. The Apostle Paul said that he also had the problem of doing what he knew he shouldn’t do. It seems that dogs and human are a lot alike regarding temptation. Fortunately God is out to rescue us from this tendency.
Dogs are well known for their unconditional love. They express selflessness, loyalty, faithfulness and even sacrificial love. Some dogs have even given their lives to save someone. Have you ever bothered to think that dogs exemplify the love God has for us?
Every worship service includes singing. It is an important component of worship. Have you really thought why we sing? There is more to singing than you might think.
When Jesus calls some fisherman to follow him they leave their business and father immediately. There is no hesitation. In some ways this seems irresponsible. We may read this story and worry that Jesus might ask us to do the same but the writer has left out some important details. So what is the rest of the story?
A diverse group of people were drawn to Jesus. Tax Collectors, Sinners, Pharisees and Teachers of the Law were all interested in Jesus. Some thought they were unworthy of God’s love and some thought they had earned their way into God’s love. Both these assumptions turned out to be wrong. Those who knew they were lost were on the right track and those who thought they weren’t part of the lost group were in jeopardy of being lost. In the lost and found chapter of the Bible, Jesus reaches out to both types of people.
God loves you and there is nothing you can do that will make Him love you any less.
We frequently see conflict between opposing forces. The Republicans battle the Democrats. The Conservatives oppose the Liberals. The Left attacks the Right. These forces are seen in our country and in our churches. How do we deal with the fact that these groups even do battle within the Church? In this message we look back to what Jesus did when confronted powerful conflicting forces.
There are two parts to life. The first helps us prepare for the second half. Psalm 92 says, “in old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap.” So how do we use our first half to infuse the second half of our life with significance?
We might seek relaxation, comfort and safety. We might even buy a Lazy Boy Chair. But Jesus calls us away from all that. God’s Kingdom is filled with adventure but will we leave the comfort behind and follow Jesus?
Every one of God’s creatures needs water. We certainly know that we can’t survive in the desert for long without water. In a similar way we need the “Living Water” that Jesus offers. Yet, we often choose to drink from other sources which pollute our soul. So where is you watering hole?
Legacy is a powerful force in families. Our parent’s and grandparent’s choices can profoundly effect us. In the Bible there is power in the example of Esau and Jacob’s conflict which gives direction to Joseph when there is serious conflict in his family. Are these powerful forces at work in your family? Are you aware of how they can direct your choices?