When we were children, did we really appreciate all the sacrifices our parents made for us? As God’s children, do we really appreciate what Jesus suffered and endured for us? We look at how his sacrificial love wins us over.
So often we focus on all the bad things happening in this world, AND blame God for how we have messed things up. In the process we ignore the vast blessings he gives billion of people and trillions of animals every day. Our Father is generous with everyone - those who love him and those who hate him, those who thank him and those who abuse him. Even when his enemies used his creation to harm and insult his only Son, God continued to keep his creation operating so Jesus could suffer and die...
What “yardstick” do we use in our life that helps us make decisions? Some people ask if it will make them happy, make them rich, gain respect, secure their future, etc. Jesus gives Christians a unique “yardstick” to make decisions and measure our lives - are we walking with Jesus? Walking with Jesus will involve self-denial, burdens, sacrifices, and suffering. Yet we walk with Jesus - not to gain something - but to show deeply sincere thanks for all he has already given us!
Our heart goes out to our children when they struggle. What did the Father feel when his Son struggled with our guilt? What happened when the Father damned his perfect Son to save his rebellious children? How does all this give us confidence to pray to our Father about anything and everything?
Why doesn’t God do something about all the evil in the world? He has. He battled evil defensively in the wilderness and battles evil today, one heart at a time. His victory is our victory, worthy of our song and praise in a world overrun with evil!
Ever get tired of saying “I’m sorry”? Sometimes we have weeks, even months, when it feels as if we are messing everything up. We have to say “I’m sorry” so many times we get sick and tired of it. Yet King David tells us that when we have messed things up royally, when we are our most broken and feel most distant from God, this is when we discover just how deeply our God loves us.
If bling could save people, why didn’t Jesus stay at the Mt. of Transfiguration, shining with his divine glory? Instead, he came down that mountain to go to Mt. Calvary where he revealed his deep glory in the shame and gore and rejection of the cross. His cross shows us the profound glory of his love for us.
Our Lord keeps showing his love to us in unexpected ways. His people around 100 BC lived in spiritual dark ages. The Lord responded to their sin drenched hearts by sending the first of many prophets to call them back to repentance and faith in his undeserved love. We learn from the story of Samuel.
Some days we throw up our hands in disgust. Was all our work, all our time, all our sweat, for nothing? We can easily become very discouraged. Does this ever happen to our Lord? When he looks at our lives after all the work, all the time, all the sweat he put into making us his children, does he ask, “Was it all for nothing?” His answer will have a big impact on our life.
So many people think that believers in Jesus are living in a fairy tale land just as people in the 1850’s thought one chemistry professor was spouting nonsense about invisible animals living in the air. Louise Pasteur refused to listen to those who ridiculed him. Because he persevered, many people today are alive because of his work. Christians can also save lives simply by pointing people to the reality of our sin, God’s anger, Jesus’ sacrifice, God’s forgiveness, and the final...
A new year gives us a great opportunity to reflect on the old year and look forward to the new. If we find ourselves lacking in faith and/or praise to God (and who doesn’t fall short???) then our answer is simple and easy. Our answer is not to try harder but be with Jesus more!
Have we reduced Christmas onto a Hallmark card and in the process lost the wonder and amazement of what Christmas really is all about? We rediscover the mystery of Christmas we cannot understand but need to know so we can understand the full measure of God’s love for us.
All we want is peace! To be loved, valued, feel important and accepted. Where do we find this peace? In toys? In success? Enduring peace comes only from a solid relationship with the God who made us. He is our peace and he is lying in a manger!