When I say the word, “mercy” what do you think of? Maybe it is a pardon at the last minute, an act of kindness to someone undeserving. Perhaps it is extending forgiveness to someone who is “unworthy.” What about giving a jacket, a warm meal, or even acknowledging someone begging on the street? As we... Continue Reading →
How is real power found in not demanding your way and laying down your rights? Today we look at the next two beatitudes and find out why getting our way here is not the point.
If you and I were going to make a list of people who are “blessed” - what would we include? Jesus gave nine statements of what it means to be "blessed" and they are not what we expect.
God states ten attributes of who He is. We covered first six last week. This week we are going to deal with what, for many, is a sticking point....
One of the primary tenants of God is that He is who He is 100% of the time. He is always loving, in control, present, good, forgiving, etc. Those realities do not change based on our circumstances. God is like the North Star - fixed - we are the ones who rotate and change. We... Continue Reading →
Abuse is abuse and God hates all of it. There is nothing to justify any form of it. There is nothing to justify men and women who are in positions of authority doing things they know to be wrong or illegal.
A couple weeks late, but grace abounds in this season!We have come to the end of our Acts journey. It is incredible to look back and see all we have covered and learned about the early church and those who helped lay the foundation. We end Acts without any real resolution on Paul’s life. We... Continue Reading →
As we move towards the end of Acts we see a shift in tone. Until now we have been with Paul as he travels around, telling people about Jesus, and starting or building up churches. If this was a movie, we would cue dramatic music. Something ominous is coming. We join Paul in a room... Continue Reading →
Whatever we place the highest value on is what we worship. Whatever we spent the most time thinking about and striving for is what we worship. We can justify it 100 ways, but whatever you value more than God, whatever you turn to instead of doing a quiet time, whatever you look to for your value, whatever you use to validate yourself and measure your worth is your god.
When we left things last week, Peter just had a remarkable change of heart! He witnessed the Holy Spirit come down into the lives of Gentile believers just as mightily as it had on the disciples and those with them. God told Peter: there is no distinction before my eyes! Do not call common or... Continue Reading →