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Scripture(s): 1 John 1:5-2:2
Distortion is a real problem. Not just with our eyes, but also with our lives. Distortion causes us to not see who we really are. Distortion causes us to not see what life is really about. Distortion makes us accept the fake instead of what is real. Distortion makes us spend time on worthless things rather than things that are important. This distortion is sin.
Scripture(s): 1 John 1:1-4
John’s question today: Do we have to let our circumstances dictate our life? Purpose gives both meaning and joy to those who embrace it. John’s advice? Embrace our purpose and we will find life.
Scripture(s): Philippians 4:10-23
For too many joy and success are circumstance dependent. Not for Paul. He has found the secret of joy. It is also the secret of seeing success. It is also the secret of prayer – thankfulness.
Scripture(s): Daniel 6:1-10; Matthew 14:13; Ephesians 6:18-19; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Luke 18:1-8; Matthew 6:5-8
Practice is what moves a hit and miss prayer life into a pattern of life. Yet, how do we practice prayer so that it becomes our pattern?
Scripture(s): Galatians 3:10-12; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 13:44-46; Revelation 2:4-5; 1 John 1:5-10; 1 Timothy 1:15-17; Acts 19:18; 1 Peter 5:5-7; Philippians 3:7-11; 1 Corinthians 10:31
Glorifying Jesus is not as impossible as we think. Yet, it is hard. However, it isn’t hard because it is hard to please God. Jesus has taken care of that. It is hard because of how tempting hypocrisy is to us.
Scripture(s): Exodus 4:1-13; 14-17; 3:10-12, 13-14; Acts 13:4-13; Acts 26:9-11
There are a variety of ways that Christians can go for Jesus. Some become missionaries. Some serve on short term missions. Some invest in local ministries. Some serve in their church. Some empower others. All of them feel the urging of God and His Word. They are us.
Scripture(s): 2 Corinthians 8 & 9
Becoming a generous giver seems to be impossible to many of us. Perhaps it is because we have wrong impressions of giving. Perhaps it is because we have the wrong impression of our gift.
Scripture(s): 1 Corinthians 12
Paul challenges the Corinthian church to a more excellent way of understanding how they all fit together. This way challenges us. It asks us to stop comparing our gifts to one another and instead to just actively love one another in service.
Scripture(s): Acts 4:19-20; 1 John 1:1-4; Romans 10:5-13; Acts 22:1-11; Acts 8:26-31; Luke 9:23-27
Making simple things difficult is alarmingly easy to do. Now, if we all loved hard things it wouldn’t be a big deal. However, too often hard things intimidate us. When it comes to witnessing, we must remove the difficult and come back to the simple.
Scripture(s): Titus 2:1-8; Matthew 28:18-20; Proverbs 22:6; Psalms 78:3-4; Titus 2:7-8; Hebrews 13:7; 2 Timothy 2:2&15; James 3:1; Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:5
Yes, teaching is one of the spiritual gifts in the Bible. However, every Christian is called to teach. Understanding this calling means that we see the connection between formal teaching and the teaching we are all called to do.
Scripture(s): John 4:23-24; Matthew 22:36-38; Philippians 2:9-11,3:3; Revelation 5:9-10; Luke 19:36-40; Matthew 21:15-16; Song of Solomon 1:1-4
Real worship happens when saved people lift up Jesus with all their being either together or by themselves. When we mean it and when we do it, we are we are worshiping.
Scripture(s): 1 Corinthians 15:14–23; 1 Corinthians 15:29-32; Revelation 21:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17; Romans 6:6-11; Colossians 2:12, 3:1
When we come to the week Jesus died, we focus much on the details. We think about the suffering. We think about His sacrifice. Yet, the early church believed so strongly in the importance of the resurrection that they changed the day of worship because of it. Why is the resurrection so important?
Scripture(s): Luke 9, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23
Propitiation. Vicarious, penal substitutionary atonement. For most of us these are simply big words without any bite. However, if we say that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin, that means something to us. If we say that He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. That means something to us. What is the greatest thing? That it didn’t happen by accident or by circumstance. Jesus died on purpose for you.
Scripture(s): Luke 20:9-20
The Parable of the Vine-growers is not a story about getting saved. It’s not a story about being good or living by God’s standards. It is a story about Jesus and the enemies of God… religious people.
Scripture(s): Joshua 24
I read the first and last chapters of Joshua and I think… This is how men think! They think of the challenge. They think of the mountain they are called to climb, and then the soldier, mountain man, and teenager in them responds, “Here am I, send me!”
Scripture(s): Joshua 23
We worry about our friends and neighbors because of the wickedness of the world. However, we must begin by passing on our faith to those in the church.
Scripture(s): Joshua 22
Have we really thought about why Jesus criticized the Pharisees and teachers of the law? They were the most morally conservative Jews alive. Many of them actually lived by what they believed (Saul of Tarsus was one of them). Why did Jesus criticize them? It was because they ignored the how and why and just focused on the what. When it comes to sin, we had better do the same.
Scripture(s): Joshua 20-21
They say that the ostrich buries its head in the sand. Fun fact: it does so to turn its eggs, not hide from danger. Yet, that has become the picture of a person who tries to hide from what they fear. God urges us to prepare for rather than hide from the challenges of life.
Scripture(s): Joshua 11-19
When we become Christians we are told two things. First, that Jesus will make our way to God. Second, that we now follow Jesus in everything. What does that really look like.
Scripture(s): 1 Peter 2:11-12
It takes a tactical genius to win a war with two fronts. If God warns us that the war against our soul hits us on multiple fronts, aren’t we glad that He is such a genius?
Scripture(s): Joshua 10
For those who believe in Jesus, there is also a background to our lives. We see the disciples struggle with it. We see Jesus live it. What is that background? God’s control is never in doubt.
Scripture(s): Joshua 9:1-27
What happens when God’s people forget to pray? Are there any real consequences?
Scripture(s): Joshua 8:1-34
If you have ever realized that you have let God down, then you know the definition of being demoralized. You know what that failure feels like. You are also asking, “How can it ever be right again?”
Scripture(s): Joshua 7:16-26
Somewhere along the way many churches stopped communicating that repentance was a good thing. A false ideal of “perfect Christians” makes people hide who they are from the very help they need.
Scripture(s): Joshua 7:1-15
There are two words that we must not avoid if we are going to have a strong relationship with God. In fact, we must embrace them: confession and repentance.
Scripture(s): Psalm 27:1-3; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 4:32-5:2; Isaiah 55:7-11; Joshua 1:6-9
Whether it is living in love or becoming a missionary, living for God requires trust. We must trust that God’s promises are trustworthy. When we trust Him, we act on that trust.
Scripture(s): John 1:1-13; Isaiah 49:1-7; Luke 2:32
When Jesus came on the scene, Jews understood God philosophically as the God of the universe, but practically as the God of the Jews alone. Do we really appreciate and respect the nature of this baby we are celebrating? He is the Light of the world!