Discipleship starts with a conversation, which can be as simple as sharing what you have experienced with the Lord with someone else. Christ’s Great Commission for the nations begins with conversations in our own homes and relationships.
We “get good” at what we practice! Telling the truth leads us to being trustworthy and discerning about what is true and not true. The opposite destination, the path of lies, helps us “get good” at deception.
Putting ourselves first comes natural, but here’s the thing: selfishness leads to a very small life. The opposite of selfishness is sacrifice, which is to lay down our lives, needs or desires to help others.
Everything about your life is affected by whether you live for yourself or your Savior. This choice determines the ultimate destination of your life and every step along the way.
Every step takes you somewhere, and God wants us to think about where our steps in life are leading us. To “ponder” our path means to carefully examine where it will take us.
God’s “incomparably great power” is what “raised Christ from the dead” – – – that’s some pretty powerful power! God’s power changes everything, so let’s pray for this!
As Christians, God invites us to look beyond what our physical eyes can see to the hope of what He has for us. Let’s pray for hope along life’s way!
The more we know Jesus, the more we recognize Him. We want to experience real relationship with Him and pray for other people to know Him better, too!
When someone matters to us, one of the best things we can do for them is to pray for them! As we remember others in our prayers, our God “remembers” to listen to us!
Our world worships many gods. Jesus is different from all of these because He doesn’t claim to be a god, He said He is the Almighty God from eternity past to eternity future.
With this verse, Jesus put a stake in the ground about Himself. If He is who He says He is, this must affect what we believe is true and what way we choose.
Based on what Jesus said about death, we have two options in life: we can live however we want, OR we can live for the One who said He is the resurrection and the life.
Sin’s wages of death is one each of us must cash, but Jesus took that paycheck to the bank of the cross, cashed it for us and offers us the gift of “eternal life” instead.
Whether we intend to sin or not, we do sin. And here’s the thing: there is no “good” sin. All sin is bad, and even “good” people have sin in their lives.
God calls us to be His light-bearers in a dark world. This is what the real St. Patrick did as he took God’s light to 5th-century Ireland. We can follow his example in our lives!
With the threads of change in our lives, we go into a broken world as messengers about the mending God offers everybody. We can help change the world by telling the Good News of reconciliation!
We can’t fix all the brokenness around us or even in us. However, our great God doesn’t make us figure out how to mend and fix ourselves. He helps us and reconciles us to Himself.
We are surrounded by hurting people who may be as paralyzed in brokenness as the invalid in John 5. He had no friends to help him find healing, but that doesn’t have to be true of people in our life!
We can love people in tangible, practical ways. The acts of love we do for others are like acts of love we do for Jesus Himself. When we bless others, we bless Him!
God wants us to “choose life” and “hold fast to Him, for He is our life.” We need to literally hold onto Him as we value life in a world that does not.
We live in a selfish, broken world, full of sin, darkness and pain. God wants us to love people like He does, bringing light to the darkness and hope to the brokenness.
We think about what is important to us. So, we must be pretty important to God, because the Bible tells us He thinks about us all the time.
You aren’t just another person in the crowd; you are one of a kind! God made you in His image with His design, and you have value beyond what you can even imagine.
God is as close as our breath, as near as our heartbeats. Others may not always be able to be with us, but we’re never, ever alone, because God is always with us!
God completely knows you: what you’re good at, what you’re dealing with, and where you alone can make a difference in this world. You’re not just some random person; you’re God’s beloved, wanted, known child.
As one season ends and another begins, if we listen, we’ll hear one really special voice: the voice of the Lord. His voice calls us to live for Him, and His voice tells us the truths about ourselves.
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