the time is now
November 24, 2019
The Time is Now
We see it all around us…the signs that the world is in chaos and in need of a Savior. In our faith journeys we are not preparing for something that will happen later, but for what is happening now. So the message we have received…the message of hope and salvation that we have been given to share…cannot wait for another day. You might have heard the old saying, “Ready, aim, FIRE!” But the urgency of the gospel often looks more like “Ready…FIRE…aim!”
Matthew 24:32-35 New International Version
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
candles and floodlights
November 17, 2019
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: Candles and Floodlights
The parable of the Lamp shows us an important part of how we share the message of hope with the world…by being a beacon of light to the people in our lives at home, school, work, in the community and around the world. If we keep the light we have gained to ourselves, being inwardly focused to our own needs, we cannot live out the challenge God gives us to share Him fully with others. The fact is, it is not all about us and we cannot keep it to ourselves.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Together or apart
November 10, 2019
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: Together or Apart
The Pharisees accused Jesus of using the power of Satan to do the miraculous things He did. Jesus reminded them that He served God, and that it would be ridiculous for Satan to allow Jesus to defeat Him as that would not serve Satan’s purposes at all. So comes the famous line: “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” What about us? If we serve the Kingdom of God and the household of faith as followers of Christ, can we truly thrive if we allow division among us? God calls us to unity and harmony as we serve Him in community.
24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.