Families aren't perfect because those of us who make up our families aren't perfect. Not a single one of us, not even close. But that doesn't mean we can't be fearless in our families. We don't have to fear each other's imperfections because we have a Lord who can move past our flaws and allow us to celebrate the joy of his grace and mercy. When families chose to embrace God's grace they get the opportunity to enjoy life the way it was meant to be lived, both through the good times and the difficult times.
That morning Jesus emerged from the tomb, resurrected into a new body, the first incarnation of a new creation, everything changed. The world would never be the same, and for those who are willing to follow Jesus out of that tomb, there are blessings that were never before possible. Not only did Jesus break the hold death had on us through our sin, but he opened the door for us to finally bury certain aspects of our lives that held us down and robbed us of our joy.
We all have different ways in which we look at and interpret the world around us. The "color" of the lens we look through tints the world around us in different ways, prioritizing different things, giving different meanings to the world around us. Jesus, however, gives a different view, a different meaning to the things around us and provides his own unique way of viewing the world. In this series, we contrast the ways in which we usually view the world with the way Jesus sees us.
When we walk with God in faith there is no telling where that journey might lead us in this life. It doesn't matter how our journey starts, what happens along the way, or even where it end in this life, if we are walking with God he will make sure we eventually get to where we need to be. Moses is a great example of this journey: from a crazy beginning to some unbelievable stops along the way, once the journey was over Moses was right where he needed to be, on a mountain top with God.
Have you ever wondered if there's more to living a life of faith than what you've experienced so far? If you have then your not alone. It's so easy to get stuck in a rut, get caught up in the moment to moment that we miss the signs that are calling us to a deeper, more profound walk with God. It doesn't matter where you are on your journey of faith, there's always another level, a deeper place God is calling you to through his Spirit.
We are called to be Children of God who reflect his light into the darkness that surrounds us. Being a light isn't easy, but it's the roll we've been asked to fill. For the month of December we look at how we become lights and how the works in our life. We look at what it means to reflect the ultimate light of Jesus to our friends and family.
*Due to a special format in our Sunday morning services, we were not able to record the services on December 25 so that sermon is not included in this video series.
We are so blessed and have so many reasons to be thankful. Some of the reasons, however, might just surprise you.
A spirit of Giving and generosity isn't an easy spirit to cultivate. And learning to worship through sacrificial giving is just as hard. In this series we take a look at what makes true sacrificial giving so hard, at different types of giving, and at how we can learn to enjoy giving, just like every other part of worship
*Due to technical difficulties the first Lesson in the series on November 13 is not available.
In a world that sometimes feels like it's flying apart at the seams and where worst case scenarios seem to play out all too often, it's a Christians joy and hope to know that even in the middle of the Chaos their God still reigns and their Lord is still Lord of all. But even as Christians we wonder sometimes, "Why did that have to happen? Why do things often seem to go so bad?" In a political season where so many are asking themselves, "How did it come to this?" We need to remember, God is still King and he is sovereign over all--even this mess we call life.
As Christians we are called to follow Jesus wherever he goes, even if it's into a "Hard Fight." Not everything comes easy, some things, some Christian attributes take effort and years of practice. But that is the fight Jesus calls us to.