Posts from March 2019

Posts from March 2019

March 18, 2019

Acts 11:1-4 Sometimes the people around you may not understand or agree with what God has asked if you. As long as it’s in His will, doesn’t go against scripture, and helps bring God glory, nothing else matters. Friends opinions don’t matter. Family’s opinions don’t matter. The world’s opinions don’t matter. What matters is the thing God has called us to. God had moved in…

March 15, 2019

It’s hard when you don’t know what exactly God is going to do. We want the answer to what comes next and we want to know that he’s watching out for us, but that’s a hard thing to keep in mind in the midst of life. With all its unknowns and all its dangers, we just want security. We want to know that God is doing something.   In Isaiah 58:11, God reminds his people…

March 14, 2019

They responded diligently.   The Gentiles who heard the word of God responded in the coolest of ways. They got baptized and begged the other Christians to stick around. They wanted to know more. They wanted to learn this new faith. They wanted to figure out what it meant to follow Jesus. They were excited about it, passionate about it.   It’s easy, when you’ve…

March 13, 2019

When God works, things change.   We talked in our lesson Sunday about God making changes in us. Our hearts change. Our lives change. Our intentions change. Even our desires change.   In Galatians chapter 5 we’re told about the “fruit of the Spirit.” These fruits are the actions and qualities that seem to seep out of a person who is trying to follow after Christ.…

March 12, 2019

God works in crazy ways.   Our God is so good that not only does he do good things, he takes the bad and makes it good. In the story of Moses, the one we referenced this week, Moses was in a pretty low place. He had fallen from royalty and a lavish life to being left in the countryside tending sheep. It was an uncomfortable and probably pretty tiring place to be. Yet…

March 11, 2019

This week we talked about finding God’s will and living it in. It’s not always an easy thing to do. In the beginning of Acts chapter 10 we see God working in two different people lives to make something great happen. Neither knew what God was doing or what would come of it, but they were faithful and they saw great things because of it.   Maybe right now you…

March 8, 2019

Grace for failure. We’re going to make mistakes. We’re going to fail. It’s inevitable. The truth is, none of us are perfect and none of us have this all figured out. Your pastors will make mistakes. Your small group leaders will as well. Even your favorite Christian author has blind spots and areas that they stumble in. We’re all broken. Yet, we’ve all been given grace.…

March 7, 2019

Grace breeds growth   One of the most amazing parts of our faith is the way scripture implies that forgiveness creates change in us. I’ve been bought with a price, Jesus gave up everything for me, and in return I should also give up everything for him. This isn’t earning our salvation and it’s not making up for our salvation. It is, however, a very healthy…

March 6, 2019

We all make mistakes. It’s true. We do. Again in 1 John, we’re told that if anyone says he hasn’t sinned he is a liar and the truth is not in him. We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all done things we regret and wish we could take back. Yet, what do we do when these things happen after we’ve started following Jesus?  What do I do when my faith comes in conflict with my…

March 5, 2019

How do we react to love like this, though? How do we respond to love so great and so complete? What does it look like for me to have this love in my life on a daily basis and have constant access to it? This kind of love that hits my life and heart like a Kissel intent to destroy the brokenness and corruption that was there. Love meant to free the clogged nuts and bolts…

March 4, 2019

God loves us   It’s amazing to me that God would still love me. To think about the fact that he cares about me in spite of all my flaws is unbelievable. I know my sins. I know who I am and I know what I’ve done and to hear that God knows all that too and he loves me? I struggle with how to respond to that.   Sometimes I want to work for it. I want to make…

March 1, 2019

It’s hard to trust God in the unexpected. It’s hard to see circumstances you may not want and still believe he is faithful. Those can be the times that are most tempting to us. We way to take charge. We want to rip our lives out of his hands and back into our own control. We don’t want the unexpected anymore.   In the Old Testament, that’s why God was…