As hard as it is to imagine that God truly forgives us, wrapping our heads and hearts around how and why God forgives others is an entirely different matter.
People are often exasperated when someone they feel should recognize them does not – put the reaction on the other foot. Do we know Who we really need to know?
Of all God’s revelations to humanity, one event stands alone as his Master Stroke.
Join us as Greg leads a discussion about what Jesus really meant when he said “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the focus extended in Paul’s benediction “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”
The cross of Christ is where the consummate and perfect can be found, the no-strings attached, inclusive, unconditional embrace offered to everyone.
Religion is like barnacles that attach themselves to a boat or ship. The barnacles on the boat of Christ-centered faith are not the boat, they are religious pills and prescriptions – religious ceremonies and creeds, dogmas and doctrines.
Join us as Greg asks if we are primarily focused on finding what we are looking for or if our Christ-centered focus is finding what God is looking for.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear.” Recrimination and revenge continue the unending cycle of hatred and violence while love and forgiveness leads to community and forgiveness.
Jesus talked about how hospitality and kindness we give in his name can be a life changing event for others. Join us as we find out about who looks back on a lifetimes of accomplishment and values the gift of a five-cent ice cream cone more than any other award or achievement.
The Good Shepherd knows the sheep of his flock BY NAME. According to Isaiah, God has engraved (tattooed?) our names on the palms of his hands.
Just as a small pebble thrown into a pond created energy that ripples in ever larger circles, when we stand up for others and serve them in the name of Jesus, we can send forth tiny ripples of hope.
Jesus brings a thrill of hope to this weary world – his presence is more meaningful that any/all physical Christmas presents. Believe Him and Receive Him!
The true significance of the birth of Jesus can be lost or discarded in the business that surrounded its true heart and core – peripheral controversies, false claims and unreasonable expectations that turn celebration and joy into misery and alienation.
Jesus was and is, as is the gospel, a tender plant – a root out of dry ground.
According to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” Santa bases his gifts on an entirely different perspective than Jesus does when he comes to town.
It’s almost as hard removing a false image from one’s mind as it is to avoid judging “the hell” out of others on the basis of their external appearance.
What are the most important priorities in your life?
Marvel with us about the truth of the advice Billy’s grandmother gave him – “When the game is over, it all goes back in the box.”
We are GIVEN not just any victory, but THE victory “through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). Our victory is GIVEN by the grace of God, who graciously allows us to be part of his plan, but we are not THE plan – Jesus is THE plan.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan yields remarkable insights into the giving way of life lived in us by our Lord and Savior.
Our spiritual transformation, regeneration and new life into a living hope is “through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” (1 Peter 1:3).
Christ-less religion is status quo, expected, regularly scheduled programming – whereas the gospel of Jesus Christ is “breaking news” – incredible, wonderful and amazing news of Jesus who is “the way and the truth and the life.”
Is our 21st century infatuation with information making our world a better place? Do our addictions to information retrieval systems and our desire for electronic connectivity endanger wisdom?
It’s possible for prayer to become an overwhelming monologue so that we are so busy talking we can’t hear or perceive God’s answers.