If you don’t get to exercise freedom in your own specific life, is it really worth anything? God deals with mainly individuals and not groups.The idea of personal forgiveness before God or personal judgment seen throughout the Bible is the philosophical basis for what we call individualism. If God deals with individuals, then we should deal with other people as individu...Keep Reading
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Wisdom isn’t really learning information and reciting information like on a test, but wisdom is drawing out the skills to navigate life well. Wisdom is to be skillful at honoring God in such a way that it produces a beautiful life. I know that is a little abstract, so lets jump into Proverbs 3 to draw out what that looks like practically to live out wisdom....
How does Jesus want us to steward 2019? This life is not our own. We have been purchased for a price (1 Corinthians 6) through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection our life belongs to Him, therefore, how can we honor God with our lives in 201...
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, "If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength." How many times do we just run into life swinging an axe and we forget to sharpen our axe? How many times do we start working on a project, but we forget to get our tools? We start working on homework and we forgot our notes. We start cooking food and we are missing an ingredient. We want to prepare! ...
If you remember we started in Romans 1-2 the gospel is necessary. Romans 3 the gospel is justification, declared righteous. Revelation 19 the gospel is an invitation to a celebration; Revelation 21 the gospel makes all things new, and in Revelation 22 we see the gospel is urgent because Jesus is coming. Are you ready?...
In Romans 1-2 the gospel is necessary. Romans 3 the gospel is justification, declared righteous. Revelation 19 the gospel is an invitation to a celebration, and in Revelation 21 we see the Apostle John writing to a group of men, women, and children who were going through severe persecution, and the Apostle John writes, “Look at what’s coming!” ...
suppose a family member invites you to a birthday party? You get the e-vite in the inbox, and then you have to decide, “Will I attend?” How do you decide? Is it because you don’t have anything else on the calendar? Do you go out of obligation? What if you hurt their feelings? Do you blame it on work? How many times do you find yourself driving across Texas ...Keep Reading
What would it look like to submit the whole of your income to Jesus and ask Him, "What does He want?" On January 20th our church family hosts an event called Yearly Planning Event, and our hope is that this time on a Saturday will be a strategic move for you to submit the whole of your life to Jesus. ...Keep Reading
“Time with Jesus” includes a time of prayer (either speaking or journaling confession, repentance and surrendering my heart and plans to God's sovereign will, etc.) and reading scripture. Any given day there's typically a lot on my heart, whether it be personal things or marriage or children or friends or work, the list goes on and on ... and surrendering it all before...Keep Reading
Prayer is one way of communicating with God. We see it modeled throughout all of scripture. I often reference the book of Psalms to find comfort by reading prayers written by others. Even Jesus modeled prayer for us; as you read the gospels, there are many instances where Jesus is talking with the Father....Keep Reading
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about what defines you? Is it your career? The number of projects you’re able to see through. The deadlines you can meet. How well you get along with co-workers and your boss. Is it who you know and who knows you? The circle of friends that you have. The number of followers you have on Insta......Keep Reading
Now, the metaphor of a woman being able to give birth to children is a powerful metaphor today, but in Isaiah’s day it would have been an even stronger description, because there was incredible pressure on women in the ancient culture to give birth to as many children as possible....Keep Reading
Follow your passion! It is a common message you hear in the 21st century USA. Get excited and run after your dreams! It is exciting even to type that out. Find the thing you are good at today, the thing you really enjoy doing and make your life about that. I could never tell someone not to do that, but what if the thing I enjoy isn’t the thing I am good at? What if...Keep Reading
In Isaiah 41 the chapter ends with the God of Scripture describing the weak idols of their day like sex, power, comfort, and says, “Their worthless and empty” and in chapter 42, verse 1 we see the contrast of those weak, worthless idols with the word, “Behold.”...Keep Reading
In Isaiah 9 we see a people who are living in a dark and gloomy land, but there is a promise of a glorious light promised in a future person who will bring joy to the world. ...Keep Reading