People run away in fear. People run along for fitness. People run toward for competition. It is this last reason for running that God uses in his Word to teach us about the finish line in life. In 1 Corinthians 9:24 Paul asked "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." What is that finish line and that prize all about?
The historical context of 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 adds a depth and richness that will at the same time convict, encourage, and inspire. If you know Christ then you are His aroma, spreading throughout your world the fragrance of the knowledge of God!
God created the physical sense of taste. Eating is about sustenance; tasting is about pleasure. Ps 34:8 commands "Taste and see that the Lord is good..." To those who 'taste' God, understanding Him rightly... He is the most pleasing relationship both for now and eternity!
This is the third message in our Body-Life series ("Breathe", "Drink", and now "Walk"). God uses walking in the Bible as analogous to life. When you think about it, people walk for 3 major reasons. They walk for health. They walk for relationships (taking walks with others). They walk for destination; to move forward toward the purpose of their journey. The 'steps' we take in life are the unremarkable choices and decisions we are faced with every day. Where are your 'steps' taking you on your journey? How is your "Walk"?
Water is a necessity. Water is satisfying. These two realities illustrate in scripture our need for our souls to drink from the living water of the presence of God, and to keep drinking! Are you thirsty? Come and drink of God's abundant supply in Christ!
We breathe to live. Breathing in what we need, and breathing out what is toxic; we engage in this every moment of our physical lives. Repentance is like breathing. We breathe God's truth into our souls, and we breathe out the lies and distortions that are toxic to our very being. Today we breathed into our minds... we meditated on worship, courage, and forgiveness. And we breathed out worry, fear, and shame. Come join us and breathe!
God uses visual aids to teach. We we this throughout the scriptures. But now that the Word of God is complete, how does God teach visually today in real time so that the world can SEE?
God is the greatest of teachers. He consistently uses visual imagery to etch into our minds lessons and reminders of truths we need for eternal thriving. Believers Baptism is one of those visuals that teach us the gospel... and it is a lesson we not only learn, but one that we participate in teaching as we identify with the risen Christ!
Everybody is a scientist. Everybody is a scientist because everybody has questions, and everybody has a God-given mind to pursue the answers. This is a message about discovery, about SEEKING GOD. Seeking God is the reason we are alive on this planet, it is the highest calling of the human soul, and when you find Him in Christ, you find life itself!
Why does God bless some people and nations with greater worldly provision than others? The answer comes straight from the character and nature of God.