In our text for today, the apostle Paul calls the followers of Jesus a piece of work, or pieces of work. In Ephesians 2, Paul seems to put this whole idiomatic discussion into perspective by comparing the relative value of the product to the One who is doing the making. It’s a “before and after” […]
The Ten Commandments are pop-ups that we should never turn off, especially since they tend to pop up whenever we are facing temptation. God put these commandments in place for our benefit and the benefit of the community of faith. We need to heed them, and update our consciences with them, every day. It’s the […]
Today we celebrate the addition of a new brother and six sisters to the family of faith. This congregation nurtured Piper, Sterling, Tessa, Madalyn, Ashlyn, Emily, and Natalie and taught them the covenant promises and responsibilities inherent in faithful discipleship. Today they profess for themselves their faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior, call […]
Our souls and our spiritual health are things worth protecting. Often, our spirit is revived and strengthened by finding a culture or location where it can best grow and develop. At any time when the forces of existence weigh upon us so that we feel we are in a deserted place, we can and should […]
Our faith is a journey, and never complete at any one moment. After the death of a loved one or our own illnesses or infirmities, even strong faith can be shaken. But may we always be on the lookout for the positive virtues, like faith, hope, and love.
If we are faithful to God, acting as true disciples of Jesus, listening to and working with the Spirit of God, then our words and our lives will preach the gospel loudly and clearly. If we say one thing, but do another, then the work of the congregation and the impact of the gospel is […]
What is waiting for a start in your life? Is there anything about which you even wonder if it could be God giving you a nudge? Have you tested it? Is it possible God is calling you to get training for something? To start something? To begin the walk of faith? Are there discouragers or […]
Lots of people spend their whole lives hoping one day to hear the voice of God. They yearn to have that one, unequivocal proof of the reliability of faith. Yet, we need not wait for an advancing wall of sound to overtake us like an auditory tsunami. We can hear the voice of God in […]
So, as you can see, heaven being opened is a pretty big deal. The baptism of Jesus marked the beginning of God’s Kingdom on earth. God came in human form to begin the transformation of the world, and what God began, God will bring to completion, for the God who promises is faithful.
If you are willing to faithfully apply these spiritual practices, you will find your rock moved in some surprising and wonderful ways. So, one final question: Are you willing to have God move your rock? Are you willing to do the things necessary to open your life to the Spirit’s promptings? Are you ready to […]
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