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 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.
Though we cannot see Jesus with our physical eyes like Simeon did, we can see Him with our spiritual eyes and receive His presence into our lives today. The “Gospel Gift” is the good news about this!
God’s gift of Jesus matters because, through relationship with Him, we can experience salvation and every other gift we need: peace, hope, healing, joy, and so much more.
Some Christmas gifts are easy to give; other gifts are impossible. Salvation is this kind of gift, something none of us can give ourselves or each other. “The Gospel Gift” is God’s great gift to us!
We are broken people, and, though we may try, we cannot fix all our brokenness. God could have left us this way, but He didn’t. Before time began, He planned the gift of our salvation.
Giving thanks “in everything” doesn’t mean that everything in a particular season or year is so great; giving thanks “in everything” means we acknowledge and appreciate how God has helped us through it all.
This has been a tough year, but God’s faithfulness to us is perfect. He wants us to praise Him in all the “wonderful things” He has done, even if they don’t feel “wonderful” right now.
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 worship God by living according to His Word at all times. This election week is a good time to be guided by the praise and hope of Psalm 33
Glorifying God can and should be a part of every aspect of our lives, from how we eat and drink and to how we celebrate a holiday. Even the small details of our lives matter to God.
People may not like us; they may even accuse us. However, a godly life glorifies God and points others to Him. This “algorithm with an amen” matters because we want others to know Jesus, too!
When we choose God, we worship Him by giving Him authority over all the rest of our lives’ decisions. We choose what He would have us choose and live how He would have us live.
Choosing God means placing our lives under His authority so He determines the algorithms for our lives. This means we love what He loves, value what He values and call evil what He calls evil. This affects everything.
Our changing world may seem like chaos, but our unchanging God remains in control. He is doing exactly as He planned before the world began, fulfilling His purposes for His glory and our good when we seek Him.
What God has said, He will do. He gave His Word, and He’s not going to take it back. Because of this, we can hold on to His unchanging promises in our ever changing world.
Everything changes, at least, almost everything. In our season of history filled with extraordinary change, we want to look for what is unchanging. Jesus said His Word is one of these things.
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