Posts from September 2018

Posts from September 2018

September 28, 2018

We have been given new life.   It’s easy, in the midst of everything we work on, try to focus on, and get distracted by, to forget that profound truth. We have been given new life. Jesus came to this world, gave up his life, and rose from the grave so that we could have life.   Take time today and thank him for your new life.

September 27, 2018

Jesus tells her that He is the resurrection and the life.   I think it’s important to note, she believed. He wasn’t saying this to convince her. She knew God’s hand was on Jesus, she knew if Jesus wanted to do something he could. She just hadn’t completely trusted him.   There is a passage that talks about wheat and tares. A farmer is going through his harvest…

September 26, 2018

Jesus tells Martha that her brother will rise again. Martha excuses this for religious jargon. “I know we’ll be together in the end,” she says back disappointed. She didn’t realize that Jesus told her exactly what he planned to do. She was too short-sighted to see it.   Sometimes, our expectations cause us to miss out on God’s greatest plans. We expect…

September 25, 2018

Martha came running to Jesus. She was angry. “If you were here you could have saved him.” she screamed in frustration at the leader she felt had failed her brother when he needed Jesus the most. She was angry. “Whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” She knew he could have saved him. She was crushed that he had not.   Sometimes, we get so caught up in our…

September 24, 2018

John 11:17-25 It’s hard to really appreciate what Jesus did here. We’ve heard the stories before, we know who Jesus was, and we kinda read this as if it’s just another story in the life of Jesus. No biggie. Someone died and Jesus brought him back.   Stop. Really though, stop. Don’t look past this. Put yourselves in the place of those who were there. Put…

September 21, 2018

He gives his life for us.   Most people and places in this world wouldn’t give much for you. Most people count themselves lucky if they have friends who will help them in a time of need because that kind of selflessness is becoming a rare commodity in this day and age.   What’s most beautiful about the good shepherd is, for our sake, he is even willing to…

September 20, 2018

He carries us.   Isaiah 40:11 says he will gather his flock and carry them in his arms gently. God wants us to be cared for and even carried when we are unable to make it on our own. He knows when we’re in too deep and he knows when we need a refill. When we seek him, and love him, and worship him even in the midst of our trials he will carry us and keep us going…

September 19, 2018

He guides.   Not only does he protect us from the enemy and ourselves, he actually exemplified a better way to live. In a world full of hate, bitterness, revenge, and anger, Jesus exemplified for us love, grace, forgiveness, and joy. Even in our toughest moments and places of life, God wants us to guides us through it.   Are you letting God guide you? Are you…

September 18, 2018

He protects He’s not just sitting back telling us where to go. He is actively working against the enemy and our own sinful nature to keep us safe.   This is pretty amazing when you think of it. The same way simple sheep can’t be faulted for being simple sheep, God knows that you and I are broken and does his best to help guide and heal us along the way.   God…

September 17, 2018

He is the Good Shepherd. This claim by Jesus should comfort and care for our faith. So this week we’re going to talk about what Jesus being the good shepherd means for you and me.   He is good. Finding a good leader is hard. Wondering can I trust them, will they take advantage of me, and am I going to get hurt will make finding a good leader an uneasy task.  Knowing…

September 14, 2018

We are enlightened because HE is the light of the world.   God shows up in our mess and gives us light. He shows us a better way. He gives us the means to have a better, more meaningful, more satisfied life. We have been enlightened so that it doesn’t have to be that way. It doesn’t have to look that way. There is a way out. It’s not suicide and…

September 13, 2018

Grace pulls you out of your mess.   Jesus told the woman, caught in adultery, that he didn’t condemn her. However, after dumping grace on her, he then gives her the final words of “Go and sin no longer.”   He gave her the grace and mercy she needed but he then set her on a different path.   We cheapen grace when we use it to wallow in sin. We cheapen grace…
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