Saturday, October 27, 2018

Context and Love

All scripture speaks to us. God is speaking and when we open scripture we can expect God will have something to say. Sometimes we miss the point of what God is trying to say. Sometimes we are not sure what the point is of what God has to say.

God is always speaking. He is searching to save the lost and bring a message of the love of Jesus to those who listen.

Love is the ultimate Christian virtue. One of the easiest ways to spot the misuse of scripture to see when scripture is used without a lack of love.

The Devil tempted Jesus from scripture, but he did not love God or Jesus. That the Devil was tempting showed that he hated and the use of the text was not in accord with the will of God.

God comes in love to save us and bring us to himself.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Building Up

As people of the church we strive to build up others. Building others is the central focus of going to church. The church is a body and we care for others in the body of the church.

It is easy to focus on ourselves and forget that the church is for others and to up-build others. We build up others and others build up us.

Alone we are weak, but together we are strong. Working together the church can bring grace and healing to the world through the gospel of Jesus.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Faith is about Joy

Faith is about finding joy in God.

When we have joy in God our lives will spill forth into blessing the world. This is why Augustine says "Love God and do what you please."

We often ask "Where will we be of must use in serving God?" Often we can best answer this question by asking "Where are we most happy when serving God?"

Our joy in service is the most authentic validation and effective spreading tool of our witness. To serve Christ is to have joy.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Love of God

God is always with us even when we do not see his presence. We are often to close to things to see the hand of God.

When we do not see what God is doing we are called to live by Faith. Faith that God is at work even when we do not see it. Faith that God is at work even when we do not see how God could be at work.

God is always for us and working for our good. It is often not easy to see, but though Faith we trust in God and that God's ways our better than our ways.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Perseverance

Perseverance through hard times can be difficult. God calls us to perseverance in our faith. Fortunately for us any task God calls us to do God also gives as assistance to do.

The assistance can be in many forms: the Spirit of God in us, prayer, scripture, the church, friends, or family. Whatever God has called us to perseverance through God has also provided us resources to succeed. Our Father in heaven loves us even when we go through struggles.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Listening to Scripture

At times we are tempted to think Scripture is hard to understand. There are certainly passages which challenge us.

It is important when approaching Scripture to focus on what we do understand. We can always seek greater understanding of many mysteries, however, we should never feel that Scripture is a mystery to us.

God has revealed a multitude of truths about himself and the world to us in the bible. If we do not understand all of scripture that should not discourage us from understanding and learning what we can.

As we grow more and more of the message of scripture will become clear to us.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Thought and Feeling

Living for Christ requires thought. It is easy to think of living for Christ as living based off of feeling.

Certainly we must live for Christ with the feeling from our heart, however, without the assistance of thought our direction will easily end off. Living for Christ, by feeling alone often causes living from good intentions with little impact.

To have impact for Christ we must live from our heart and our mind. We must feel what we do, but also think and know why we do what we do. We live most fully for Christ when we use both our heart and our mind.