Posts from January 2017

Posts from January 2017

January 31, 2017

Time   We’re easily one of the busiest cultures in the history of mankind. We’re always on the go to a sports event, a church thing, a family get together or any one of the endless tasks that seem to keep our schedule busy. It’s rare anymore that two people can really sit down and enjoy each other without a phone ringing, an ulterior motive, or an abrupt ending.…

January 30, 2017

Words We all have met those people who just change us. They let us know we’re important and make us feel like we’re the only person in the room. We know the people in our life who made us better, who invested in us.   This week, we’re going to look at a few really Biblical ways in which you can add value to the people around you. How can you be that memorable and…

January 27, 2017

Don’t Isolate   The worst part of being fake is how quickly it will push you away from everyone in your life. Relationships can’t thrive when we’re faking it.   What happens when I begin to fake it is I naturally build up walls. I don’t want someone to see into a particular part of my life and so I decide that I need to keep them away from it. I decide…

January 26, 2017

Overlooking Constructive Criticism   It’s hard to hear the truth. Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it says things we don’t like. Sometimes it’s just not at all flattering. The truth can be hurtful and often when we’re faking it, our quickest response to overlook these heartfelt comments from loved ones and those who care for us and get mad.   It’s never easy…

January 25, 2017

Hiding Behind Success   Every new year millions of people go on diets at the new year to kick off the next calendar right. Lose 50lbs, go to the gym every day, make better choices, are the battle cry of the first few months until resolutions fail and old habits catch up with you. What’s crazy though, is the way some people will reward themselves over their past…

January 24, 2017

Pretending   If you ever watch Home & Garden TV, you’ll see some of the crazy things homeowners ignore. Faulty piping and wiring. Bad plumbing. Foundation issues. Even more serious things like mold and immediate health dangers. They ignore these problems and eventually they can have a huge price tag. They sometimes end in death.   Judas spent three years…

January 23, 2017

Over the next week we’re going to look at some of the ways we fake it when it comes to our faith. These are things we’ve all been guilty of from time to time and need to be on constant watch to help make sure we’re not falling back into. When we’ve found them, we need to repent and ask God to help us directly face the area we’ve been faking.   Ignoring.   When…

January 20, 2017

Our Faith Changes When Jesus comes first in our life, our faith changes. Many in church only live to experience a cold system of rules and guilt. This, however,  is not what Jesus wanted. This is actually what he came to free us from. He wanted for us to find peace, grace, and a relationship with him.   When you live life with Jesus as your main focus, you come to…

January 19, 2017

Our Relationships Change When Jesus comes into our lives, the value we place on people changes. In Matthew’s life, people were a means to an end. He used them to make money. They were simply tools in his plan. After Jesus came to him, he was willing to give away his money and make things right with the people that were once nothing more to him that cash flow.   When…

January 18, 2017

Our Victory Changes Matthew, the guy we learned about this week, died years later in Ethiopia. He was stabbed to death for sharing his experience with Jesus. After spending three years with Jesus, he spent the rest of his life travelling and telling the world about what Jesus had done and how they could be forgiven.   I think about Matthew from the story and I wonder…

January 17, 2017

Our Pursuits Change When Jesus comes first in your life, you will also see your pursuits change. The power of the gospel, and the reaction to having one’s eyes opened to the gospel, can be life altering in major ways. Professionals have left their careers to join the mission field. Addicts have put away their substance of choice to take up freedom in Christ. Liars cling…

January 16, 2017

This week we looked at the story of how Matthew met Jesus. Jesus was criticized by religious leaders because he was eating with such a horrible person. The religious elite were following the letter of the law, and not the heart of it. Jesus was not their first priority. So over the next week we’re going to take some time and look at some of the changes that come with…
  • 1
  • 2