There may be nothing new under the sun, but we serve a God who is not contained by our solar system. He can create something out of nothing and do things never seen before. As we approach the start of a new year, let him give you hope for something new.
We can only give what we possess. If we are full of anger, it will overflow onto those around us. If we have a healthy love for ourselves, we will be able to give that love to others.
To draw near to God we just need to understand these basic truths: One – God exists. Two – He is listening. Three – When we seek him we will find him (he is the reward).
Sometimes we find ourselves dry, tired and worn-out. This is a prayer to save for moments like that.
How would your relationship with God change if you actually believed that he didn’t remember your sins? You would probably pray with more confidence and stop beating yourself up for your past mistakes. In other words, you would be freer and closer to God than ever before.
There are many whose greatest good is “grain and new wine,” i.e. prosperity. But there is a joy that comes from something greater than the passing circumstances of life.
Today we celebrate an event that took place over two thousand years ago, and we also celebrate a present reality: God is with us.
In a rapidly changing world where almost nothing is certain, Matthew 28 reminds us that there is something we can be sure of.
Jesus was walking with them, but they didn’t recognize him. This makes me ask the question: how often do we live our lives unaware that Jesus is right next to us?
Jesus doesn’t seek perfect people in whom to dwell, but those who are simply willing to open the door. He’ll take care of cleaning up our mess.
In most paintings and other depictions of Jesus he seems so calm and collected. So unmoved and above it all. But the only problem with the unfazed and unemotional depiction of Jesus is that, frankly, it isn’t biblical.
Jesus did, of course. Go to the bathroom, I mean. And that is the glory of the incarnation: he dwelt among us, as one of us.
Let’s establish a crucial fact: God made the first move. He didn’t wait for us to get our act together. He didn’t wait for us to be perfect.
Today, in this season of Advent, let God give you a holy expectation. Expectation that God will interrupt that person you’ve been praying for like Paul on the road to Damascus. Expectation that he will turn that seemingly impossible situation around.
Esther was a refugee, living during the period when the Israelites were held in captivity far from their own land. She was also a woman in a highly sexist society. Not exactly the person you would expect to change the course of history.