Have you ever bargained with God, assuring him of all the good things you would do, if only he would allow you to win the lottery?
Dividing the world into right and wrong and them vs. us is an exercise that takes us away from Jesus Christ, rather than toward him.
Jesus’ nail marks and scars testify to how far he will always go out of his everlasting love for you.
Jesus is the fountain of life and in his light we see light – when all is said and done, nothing else matters apart from Jesus.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, the crowds saw something altogether different that the purpose for which Jesus had come.
The great tragedy that exists within Christendom today is that so many do not see God as he is, they see God the way they have been taught – through their ingrained predispositions.
God is the Great Giver, and he is the fountainhead of all our generous giving, which flows to others by his own lavish grace.
While some Christ-followers choose to be members of a denomination or a brick and mortar congregation they are, far more than that and ultimately, members of the universal body of Christ, which knows no boundaries and is not defined or limited by real estate, icons, rituals or liturgy.
It is far easier for you and me to accuse another person of being a sorry excuse of a human being than it is for us to seriously consider our own broken and flawed condition.
“Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51) – fully committed to his mission and the cross that awaited him, because of his love for you and me.
In the midst of an embattled world, engaged in a vicious war of words, Paul admonishes us to speak graciously, using flavorful, edifying and uplifting language.
Does God tolerate you and me, because his job description says he has to, or does he enjoy and love us as his dear children?
Would you define the ministry of Jesus as one of building walls and barriers or tearing them down?
The accusation that someone is “living in sin” is a phrase often used within religious circles to condemn another – but what does this accusation actually mean, in the light of the gospel?
God’s love is astounding, for he loves everyone. His love is out-of-this-world – there is no other love like it!
Join us as we come to the Lord’s Table, and as we discuss the essence of our faith and the central beliefs we hold near and dear.
As we begin another calendar, we forget what is behind but we remember lessons learned. May we forget, yet not deny the past, and may we focus on Jesus, our hope and our goal, as we “strain toward what is ahead.”
Joseph, Mary and Jesus celebrated the first Christmas without expensive gifts, ornate decorations and lavish meals – you can too! Who or what is the core of Christmas?
He came for us all – his love is for everyone. He has come, and is coming, “To YOU and ALL the People.”
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.