We will go on through many trials and troubles, but our story isn’t over. And if we give ourselves fully to Jesus, all our pains, all our trials, all our sorrows, all of it; every reversal, every deliverance, every disaster; every piece; if we endure in faith and hope and love, God will take our story and use it as proof that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Living the gospel means that we can't just be hearers of the word, we should be doers. We invited two local organizations involved in foster care, adoption, mentoring, and working to end human trafficking to share the real needs they have and ways that we can get involved.
The Enemy wants to steal our joy, because without joy we forget to be thankful, we miss the divine interruptions, and without joy the world can't see a loving God who sticks with us through every circumstance. So no matter what life throws our way, we should strive to choose joy.
We often find ourselves in situations that may be dangerous, sometimes in physical danger, sometimes in relationship. But God is our ever present hope in trouble, and will help us find our way back to safety.
Jesus calls us to do hard things like accepting that He is in control of everything, including the government and its officials. And if the earthly government collides with God, He asks us to have the courage to stand with Him still.
Outside of your relationship with God, there should be nothing more important in this world than protecting your relationship with your spouse. Then you as a couple become a living example of God's relationship with the church.
It is possible for us to spend our entire lives in church, proclaiming the coming of Jesus, sharing how much God loves us, how merciful He is...but if we don't have love for everyone and always, we've completely missed the point.
Worship is a decision, it's a state of mind, an attitude, a posture. It is our heart and our mind making a decision for Christ, so we can't help but have Him overflow from our lives. That is what it means to worship in spirit and in truth.
Being sure you are right, and purging those who are wrong, sometimes seems like the road to peace. But it isn’t. Only love, as revealed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, brings peace, and joy, and harmony. We are here to build the Kingdom of God by each of us, alone and together, living the Gospel in everything we do. And step one to achieving this goal is: we must love one another.