Posts by Origins Church (Page 67)

Posts by Origins Church (Page 67)

October 15, 2015

Hebrews 12:2-3 – We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God. Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don’t become tired and give up.…

October 14, 2015

Job 17:9 – The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger. Job may be our greatest teacher when it comes to being tough as nails through loss.  I can’t imagine losing what he lost and then being able to say “the righteous keep moving forward”.  My brother and sister-in-law lost my nephew, Dale Thomas, when he was 3 months…

October 13, 2015

Philippians 4:13 –  I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. Paul speaks in this text to followers of Jesus in Philippi and is speaking directly about the difficulty of being content, but the principal he applies to contentment is one that we can apply to all difficulty this life tries to offer.  In my mind, this goes right in with what we…

October 12, 2015

Job 1:21-22 – and exclaimed: “I left my mother’s womb naked, and I will return to God naked. The LORD has given, and the LORD has taken. May the name of the LORD be blessed.” Job neither sinned nor charged God with wrongdoing in all of this. Wanting to be tough is not a gender thing nor is it a personality thing.  Weakness isn’t attractive to anyone, honestly, but…

October 9, 2015

Another way that joy comes is from the sanctifying effects of tribulations. “We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope” (Romans 5:3–4). We started this week with Paul giving us an example of being “overflowing with joy”. If we are not yet like Paul, he calls us to…

October 8, 2015

This joy also comes from seeing and knowing Jesus as Lord. “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4) and from fellow believers who work hard to help us focus on these sources of joy, rather than deceitful circumstances. “We are workers with you for your joy” (2 Corinthians 1:24). We are going to talk about this in detail this weekend, but our ability to manage our…

October 7, 2015

This joy we are talking about also comes from belonging to the kingdom of God. “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). It also comes through faith, that is, from believing God. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13). “I know that I shall remain…

October 6, 2015

This joy also comes from the Holy Spirit, not our own efforts or imagination or family upbringing. “The fruit of the Spirit is . . . joy” (Galatians 5:22). “You received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit” (1Thessalonians 1:6). Take a minute today and consider your countenance and attitude. Do you find yourself regularly describing all of the…

October 5, 2015

In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy. (2 Corinthians 7:4) I believe the 2 primary ingredients that got the church out of the first century are the same elements that hold true today for us. Jesus said “the gates of hell wouldn’t prevail” against His bride and I’m pretty sure that at times it had to FEEL as though prevailing was exactly what was happening.…

October 2, 2015

I Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. This has been lots of thinking this week, hasn’t it?  Ok, so let’s end with some serious, necessary action if our character development is…

October 1, 2015

1 Corinthians 6:20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. We have been given freedom from the very beginning of our existence starting way back with Adam and Eve to make choices.  We all, wouldn’t you know it, decided to go with our own character development plan which was “my wants and desires are more important than my character”.  Jesus,…

September 30, 2015

Isaiah 40:25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. So, now that we have our minds moving in the direction of the kind of men and women that we want to be, let’s consider two theological tenets that will help us form a working definition of what integrity and character would look like.  Obviously, from the text on Sunday, we…