God’s vision church didn’t start with the church building, or even with Christian environments: it started with the world! In John 3:16 we learn that “For God so loved the WORLD…”. Many times we view the world as broken, but, in reality, they are lost and wounded.
Unlike most things in life, family is the one thing we don’t get choose and it is certainly an institution God calls us to honor. But is “Family everything” as the old saying goes?
Life and Love on the Vine is not painless. The world hated Jesus and we are told that persecution will come to us as well. But we have a greater promise: a helper.
We are called to be people who show love God and love of people. That is what we should strive to be known for, not all the other things we often grasp onto.
Do we recognize how we are just a branch being nourished by the vine of our Savior or do we try to be the vine?
There’s a Glory coming and it is not going to be in the next election or the next job. It is in Jesus.
A common cultural belief is that God is a bad dad. A look at Luke 15 shows us God as the greatest dad there ever was.
Many think that God looks like me, sounds like me, and thinks like me. And if you disagree with me, then you disagree with God. Instead of being formed into his image, we are forming God into our own.
Culture comes up with ways we think we can make God “better” by judging Him by our standards. The Bible calls us instead to see God as He really is and recognize how He is far better than any “god” we could dream up.
When the Gospel advances, it always advances past me and my preferences and past my “Old Time Religion.” The Holy Spirit isn’t done with His mission when He’s reached me; instead, He invites me to join in His mission.