Jesus is the gift, the box, the wrapping paper and the bow on top. He is the whole enchilada – he is the gospel!
With Isaiah, we proclaim the wonderful news that “the people walking in darkness have seen a great light…”
Has your celebration of Christmas become a time when you try to prove your love and earn the love of others… and in so doing illustrating religion rather than the Jesus Way?
It is one thing to give expecting a return, while “Giving Without Expectations” in exact proportion to the gift given, or even without the expectation of any return whatsoever is closer to the heart of God.
Dr. Brad Jersak continues and completes a sweeping and glorious survey of unparalleled hope, given by the grace of God.
In this first sermon of a two part series Brad Jersak introduces the beautiful and majestic, Christ-centered hope we are given in the gospel.
Justified and made right and at one with God by Christ, or by law? Do Christ-followers live life as grace or as karma?
Being driven by fear is part of what it means to be human – beginning to live free from fear is a miraculous gift of God, and can only come from his perfect love.
Join Greg as he discusses why over 50,000 people a week leave brick and mortar churches – and in particular, why he does not describe himself as an “evangelical” Christian.
“Walking With Jesus” concerns being with him, following and accompanying him and being one with and in him. Our prayer, in the lyrics of that great gospel song, is “a closer walk with thee.”
Sadly, many people think that Christianity is just another role they play, so that they act like a Christian without actually being a Christ follower.
Jesus has not only experienced what it is like to be human, but in some way, beyond our comprehension, he is experiencing our suffering right now.
There is no doubt that the act of forgiving another is good for the one offering forgiveness – but is that the primary reason that Christ-followers forgive?
The more Jesus is at the center of our faith then the healthier our faith will be.
The most important spiritual need in our world today is for the image of God that so many have been given to be healed and transformed – so that we all might know who God really is, and who he is not.
God’s grace cuts through unending religious red tape that sucks the life out of those who would rest in Christ.
God’s love does not magically cause all our pain to dissolve in a puff of smoke, but its great mystery and strength the mystery of the greatest love of all is that in Christ he shares our heartache and pain with us, and give us rest and peace.
Ironically, religion at large is incredibly self-centered and self-absorbed, on an endless quest of trying to convince God to love and approve us, whereas Christ-centered faith is surrendering to God who already loves us.
Contrary to popular religious opinion, God’s grace is not all about digging in, refusing to compromise values and dogmatically letting others know when and where they are wrong.
Join us as we learn about the lessons embedded in a spiritual fable titled “The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip.”
Many seem to be absolutely certain about specifics of God’s will and do not hesitate to dogmatically share their views with others.
We will discuss what the Bible says and what it doesn’t say about giving.
The church – the universal body of Christ – is far more about who we are than it is where we go and what building we attend and what ceremonies we perform and those we don’t.
It’s a time immemorial dilemma for religion – does the nation in which one is a citizen and the religion of which one is a member dictate who God is and how he is worshiped?
Many characterize their religious church or movement rowing away from the sinking ship of “the world” – they are “saved” and the ship of this world is going down, and anyone not on board their lifeboat deserves to be lost.