March 9, 2014
It is not uncommon for us to misunderstand what we see. In essence, we still see through the eyes of a citizen of this world. Paul gives us an example of how to shift our vision and see things through God’s eyes. We don’t have to live with the world’s perspective—God is willing to give us his own!
March 2, 2014
Belonging to a family gives us identity. Not the identity we have, but the identity of a member of a new community—a new nation—a new family. Our new identity isn’t just about who we are, but how we live. Those who belong to Jesus live appropriately.
February 23, 2014
One of the most attractive aspects of Christianity is the promise of resurrection and eternal life. But is resurrection only something that happens after we die? And which death is this? In reality we who are in Christ have already experienced resurrection.
February 16, 2014
If prayer is talking to God, what should we talk about? If we ask God to intervene in our lives, what should we ask for? Health? Safety? Protection? Success? Paul prayed for the people he wrote to, and told them what he prayed for. How does his prayer compare to ours? What does the Apostle see as important to pray for?
February 9, 2014
Christians talk about belonging to a “family”. The Bible tells us that, when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are adopted by God, the Father. We become heirs with Jesus of the spiritual blessings he gives—and he gives us a “deposit”—the Holy Spirit.
February 2, 2014
Sometimes, to stand by someone requires addressing uncomfortable issues. When this happens we learn whether we care enough about that person to confront issues that are harming them. But we don’t have to confront people! In this study we look at how (and why!) to confront issues while standing by and encouraging people.
January 26, 2014
We never have to make a choice between one friend and another. If we’re talking to one friend and another comes up, we can invite them to join us–maybe even introducing two people we care about to one another. It is the same in our relationship to Jesus. We don’t have to be with him–or his people–OR be with someone else. We can invite anyone to join us, and maybe even introduce them to the Lord! Today we explore how to do that, and what to expect when we do.
January 19, 2014
Sometimes it is more important to just be with someone than to say anything–but at other times we need to speak up. We need to talk to people, and about the things that are most important in their lives. In this study we look at how to talk to people whether we feel like it or not, and to do it in such a way that we help!
January 12, 2014
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Paul uses one word ten times. Why? Because it is so important! The word is “Parakaleo”, which means “called to stand by” a person. In this four part series we take a look at the fact that we are called to care about one another by standing by one another–and others we don’t even know. What we do when we stand by one another varies from situation to situation, but the most important part is simply to stand by them!
January 5, 2014
We have all experienced those frustrating times–our computer or phone just doesn’t do what it is supposed to do. Why? Because something has happened that makes the system fail to operate properly. When this happens, the guys who know always start with one thing: Reboot. Rebooting starts the system over, and whatever “glitches” have happened are hopefully removed. From time to time we need to reboot spiritually too. It involves starting with our commitment to the Lord and going from there. For the first Sunday of the year, we need to consider rebooting and starting fresh with the Lord!