The joy of the Lord is our strength!
God has promised to accept us, so we as the people of God should accept one another.
Who does God bless and why? How can a person “position themselves” to receive God’s blessing?
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?