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Is it possible to be a faithful follower of Jesus while living in a culture where your beliefs and values are rejected and challenged? Absolutely! And, you can even show love, serve others, and influence people as we live for what is right in a world that is going wrong.
Each individual represents a unique set of gifts, desires, preferences, and background. However, just like our body is made of many unique parts, so is this thing we call church. With all our differences, we are called to be ONE! One Body, One Church, One Mission.
Each new year so many of us make commitments to change. We are determined to lose weight, read more, eat healthy, and quit something. We can look to self-help books, advice blogs, and even read up on how to be successful. Truth is, none of these changes usually last and our commitment and determination tend to fade away.
The birth of Jesus ignited something that had been prophesied and promised for generations. When He was born in the manger, everything changed, everything came to light. The flame of our hope, love, joy, and peace were all wrapped up in those swaddling clothes. This Christmas we take a look at what lights now shine because of Jesus.
Hebrews takes the truth of the Old Testament and New Testament and unifies then under the powerful message of Jesus. We are challenged to commit, persevere, and run the race.
A parable; a teaching aid cast alongside the truth being taught. The Greek word literally means a throwing or placing things along side of each other, for the purpose of comparison.
Jesus used many Parables to teach. This was not an attempt to entertain, but to introduce the people to truth. Let’s look at His stories and find the truth He desires for us.
As each of us travels through life we all gather baggage. We pick up bags filled with unresolved expectations, unfulfilled dreams, unhealed wounds, and unrepented sin. We think we can handle it, but it just keeps getting heavier. Wouldn’t it be great to be free from all of it?
Nehemiah is all about building. Building a wall, building endurance, building unity. After receiving reports of the terrible condition of the walls and the state of the people, Nehemiah was moved to action. However, he didn’t travel to Jerusalem just to visit. He arrived with a plan to build something that would stand the test of time, something that would change the lives of the people. As we spend the coming weeks working through Nehemiah, the question is simply this, what are we building? What are we building as individuals and as a church? Are we building something that will last?
What if this year were to be different? What if this year, all the changes and improvements didn’t come from self help books and the internet, but rather from Jesus himself? What if there were changes available to be made that you didn’t even know about? Over the next 5 weeks we will take a deeper look at the Beatitudes and discover how this year can be different.