Worship can’t compete with some activities. We can find more exciting programs on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Video. In terms of excitement, sports might be more exciting than worship. There are many activities that we could participate in that are way more exciting than attending a worship service. So many people skip worship, no realizing what they are missing.
Some friends play at friendship, but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin” This week we will not only explore what true friendship looks like with others, but more importantly with Jesus Christ.
We make decisions on what we do or say based on our conscience. When you violate your internal moral code you feel guilty. You might find yourself saying, “It doesn’t feel right.” “I wouldn’t do that!” Communities and nations also have a collective conscience that informs the behavior of the group. So what molds our conscience? Is there a degrading of our collective conscience in our communities and nation? If so how do we rebuild it?
We accumulate. Once we have that new item we go on to the next thing. We buy the iPhone 12 and then think about the new features that are in the upcoming iPhone 13 that will go on sale soon. The desire for stuff can direct our actions. We can still be unhappy after having a lot of stuff. If life doesn’t consist in the abundance of possessions, where do we find a meaningful life? Fortunately Jesus told us He came so we might have life abundantly.
Some marriages are in trouble. The couple is ready to call it quits. They are ready to schedule the divorce. So how do we make a marriage last? And then we remember that a good marriage isn’t just about lasting. A great marriage isn’t about surviving. A fantastic marriage thrives. So how do we make our marriage thrive?
A community of Christians can do so much more together than we can as individuals. Yet authentic community can be difficult to find because there are barriers to community that impede it’s healthy formation. In this message we will look at how to hurtle over those barriers to community.
It’s the sideways glace that gets us into trouble. It’s a look in the wrong direction. Jesus tells a story about a Pharisee who has one eye on heaven and his other eye on a tax collector. As a result he despises the Pharisee and tells God that he is thankful he is not like that obvious sinner. Jesus tells this story because as we grow closer to God a temptation to a big ego grows bigger and bigger. How do we fight this tendency?
All of us have been hurt by somebody. Some of those wounds go very deep. We might see betrayals as being stabbed in the back. A hurt that can never be forgiven or forgotten. So as Christians how do we move on? Fortunately the Apostle Paul gives us a pathway to work through these issues.
The National Restaurant Association reports that Mother’s Day is the biggest day of the year for restaurants. Mother’s Day is the Super Bowl for florists. Why do we need to celebrate moms? Partly because being a mom is hard work. Partly because moms gave birth to us and without them we wouldn’t be here. And partly because moms have a tendency to be hard on themselves.