What have you become? What are you becoming? If you look at your Christianity as a suitcase full of rich gifts is your focus only on the destination tag? Open the suitcase and live life to the full. Don’t be a spiritual Mr. Magoo |o)
There is a shift in how this culture sees community. It is not as deep. It is not as frequent. But we still need that community. The Church should be meeting this role. Pursue community in Christ.
Humanity has a desperate need for meaning. Jesus offers us that meaning and a life abundant.
God gave us a gift, a flame, of joy and passion. But we need to fan the flame to keep it hot and growing, “for God gave us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Being on fire for God warms and inspires everyone around you!
The cross was a symbol of savage brutality and intimidation and in Jesus sacrifice He changed it to be a symbol of enduring love and faithful hope.
Do not grow weary in doing good. Restore in the spirit of gentleness. We need to have an accurate understanding of sin and not be condemning about it. Mend each other.
Does your life represent works of the flesh or fruits of the Spirit. What we produce shows what we are. We should be growing healthy fruit, Paul tells us to Walk by the Spirit and grow fruit of the Spirit. Jesus changes everything.
You who feel justified by the law must live all the law. You who pick and choose parts of faith, act as your own gods. Let God be God. Live in the freedom He gave us in Grace, not freedom in the flesh.
David delighted in the Law, for he knew how lost we were before God gave the Law as a guide. But Jesus completes the Law and offers us freedom from the slavery of legalism and freedom from sin. This relationship is superior. Why go back to slavery?
We are made to worship and if it is not God it will be something else, including our selves. But only God will satisfy. All idols leave us enslaved. Find freedom in the fulfilling worship of Jesus.
Can you imagine holding God’s hand to cross the street? Crying on his shoulder, trusting him to comfort you? Like the dad you have, or wish your had. Or maybe the dad you hope to be? God is not concerned with being politically correct. He loves all his children equally, male, female, first born or last, we all inherit. Not because we behave perfectly. That’s an unreasonable expectation that Jesus fulfilled for us and saved us from. We only need…
Why the Law in light of Grace? God gave a Promise thought the covenant the Law was our guide and the promise fulfilled in Jesus.