Life is full of choices. Which path will I follow? Every path I follow leads somewhere. Is the trip worth the time? We often don’t look far enough down the pathway to see the outcome of our choice. I have a choice and a consequence. I reap what I sow.
TENSION: Unmet Expectations What is an expectation? A looking forward to; anticipation. A looking for as due, proper, or necessary. The way you think things are going to be. What we expect does not always happen the way we hoped: What we expect from a relationship… from a job… from a restaurant… from a vacation… […]
If I am not careful, as I get older, my STORIES become about WHAT I SAW JESUS DO YESTERDAY and not about what God is doing today. If I want to have stories to tell, then I must do something worth talking about. I live today and I want to experience all that God has […]
It is easy to think that you do not matter. Maybe you think your best years are behind you, or that you have nothing to contribute, or that your life is too messed up, or that you are insignificant. Or maybe you even feel INVISIBLE. The truth is that YOU MATTER TO GOD!
A favorite idea for us to get into our DNA as a church: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (MSG) Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. Who are you going to BE? ALWAYS be joyful. […]
What comes out of you when you are being pressed? How do you respond to people being against what you believe and how you behave? What comes out of you when you are hurt, rejected, angry, hungry, disappointed, or tired? What do people SEE and HEAR when they are OBSERVING you? In this letter, Paul […]
I grew up living in FEAR of missing out on an eternity with God. My lack of understanding of God’s grace led me to believe I was always at risk of rejection by God. I treated with dread the moment that I should look forward to with excitement: the return of Jesus! WHEN Jesus returns, […]
It is EASY to love when you: Like each other; share common interests; get along well (complementary personalities); agree on similar things. [It is why “new” relationships and friendships was so much fun] People are drawn to love. They want to be in a loving environment. We like to HEAR and FEEL “I love you!” […]
The Holy Spirit is for me! The Holy Spirit is always at work to accomplish the will of God! The Holy Spirit is WITH me and IN me to help me. I don’t have to be self-reliant. In fact, the Holy Spirit keeps me from being self-reliant by using (requiring) everyone to work together The […]
The Holy Spirit is passionately motivated by the mission of making Jesus known. God does not want anyone to miss out on living in right relationship with him. He does not want anyone to die in their ignorance, disobedience, and sin but to have REAL LIFE found only in a relationship with Jesus. The Holy […]