Purpose... why am I here? Why are you here? Everything in life flows from the answer to this question. Ecclesiastes is filled with the bleak consequences of a wrong purpose. The right purpose transcends success and failure in life. You could be judged a success in life and yet fail at your purpose. You could also be judged a failure by the world, and yet accomplish your purpose. What's your purpose?
God does new! But can we claim a passage like Isaiah 43:18-19 in our lives? It was written to a different people in a different context than our own. Does God really do new?
The stories of the Bible sometimes become too familiar, and we therefore lose the breathtaking and persistent risk on the part of God to reach out to humankind. God initiates... God does new... We, on the other hand, do old. Our broken past can lead us into an even more broken future. In this series, we begin to see how a redeemed past can free us to trust in God who does new... in us! God does new... and we can too with Him!
If you could have one thing guaranteed from God, what would you ask for? King David in Psalm 27 reveals the troubles of life in the context of a man after God's own heart. His 'one thing' request from God is instructive and transforming!
To those who know Christ as Savior, how do you see yourself? In a day and age where Christians are increasingly marginalized, we are called to rejoice in suffering. Is that where you are at today? Come and see your promised land in Christ! Start believing God and know His joy, even in the midst of dire circumstances!
This week we look at two other hindrances to growth; wrong relationships and wrong faith. Do sharks really grow to the size of their container? Or is something else going on? How about Christians? Are you stunted or are you thriving in Christ?
Sharks can grow mighty big... or not. Listen to the end and you'll understand. Why is it so hard to grow in our faith, in our relationship to Christ? Many a Christian's growth is stunted. What are the hindrances to growth? And what can we do to unleash the life of God in us that calls us to grow?
What does it mean to be alive? The biological sciences give us 7 characteristics of life that can illustrate our Spiritual life and growth as well. Is your faith growing? What does it look like to be alive? To be alive in Christ?
It's Memorial Day Weekend. The Scriptures have a lot to say about remembering. Why are we so prone to forget things that are true forever, and yet we remember and invest ourselves so easily in the trivial? In 2 Peter chapter 1, the apostle Peter has a lot to say about remembering that will help us to "effective and productive" in our invitation into God's grace. Give a listen... and then... don't forget what you hear!
Why do you exist? This is a scientific question and a religious/philosophical question for our graduates on graduation Sunday. The answers are clear... they will amaze you... they may even change your perspective on today... and even your perspective on your life! Dare you to listen!