The example Jesus gave continues to baffle today, in that He loved without judging or classifying. His love transcends social classes, bad choices, deserving and non-deserving. He chose not to "play it safe" knowing that everyone will stand before God one day equal.
Most churches have guest speakers come in during the year, and while we are not big enough to do so YET, Pastor Kevin wanted to share a great message from Andy Stanley via podcast video. Original can me found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t27SdvAmaLo
In end of the Bible, there is a description of how people overcame the enemy... it has 2 parts, the work of Christ and the testimony of those who have "gone through" issues. It is an integral part of living life to the FULL!
John (the Baptist) and Jesus both heralded the same message... "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!" - Yet our understanding of this is DRASTICALLY different... we look at the literal meaning and how it applies to us.
We continue in the series - Ingredients! Like baking, our lives have ingredients that are necessary to experience the "life to the FULL" that Jesus described in John 10:10 (NIV) and this week we look at the Word of God!
There are ingredients for baking a cake and if you mistakenly miss one or have the wrong amounts... you can tell! The same is with our life, in order to have the "life to the full" that Jesus describes, there are ingredients that we need... today we look at PRAYER!
It is God Who is at work in YOUR LIFE! The Bible shows us that we are HIS workmanship, and He Who began the good work is faithful to complete it.. Even when we make different choices, God is always there with a way out!
As we start a new year, most everyone has resolutions or goals. With a new season is new opportunity, but opportunity must be met... We all have repetition in our lives, but we can direct our future by what we choose to repeat.