How do we heal when we have been deeply wounded by others? Can forgiveness be solution to the pain and anger we feel towards those who have hurt us? Joseph's story in Genesis shows us that forgiveness heals the heart.
We all have been in that place where we the heart is so wounded that we fear that the relationship with that other person would never be restored. Forgiveness is not easy and the goal is to be Better not Bitter. Today's message challenges us to practice forgiveness towards those who are hurt us.
There is a difference between real gold and fool's gold. We all are treasure hunters, we want to achieve or find something that have a high valuable to us. It came be, education, a perfect family, ideal job, or material possessions. The question is, are we looking for true treasures? The Bible speaks of the type of treasure that is rare and beautiful.
Imagine God giving you feedback about the worship that you bring to him and that at the end of the conversation you realize that it is not exactly what he asked of you. Romans 12:1-2 paints this picture of the worship that is pleasant to God. Today's message is a call to align our idea of worship with his to enjoy all the goodness that comes out of experiencing God's presence in our lives.
As the church seeks to make an impact in the community, we need to keep in mind that we are in a spiritual war. Sometimes we end up wounded and lose these battles because we tend to disregard the importance of a holy life. God STILL cares for the sacred. Today's story is from 1 Samuel 4:1-11, and it shows how Israel was experiencing defeats against their enemy because of their resistance to obey God's command.
God's desire is to bless his children but, what would it take for us to experience his blessings? What are you willing to do in order to see God blessing your life? Even though there is not a formula to become prosperous in life, delighting in God's Word is essential to experience abundance of peace and joy.
God lead those who he loves through circumstances that, at first, are very hard to understand. While he many times allows those challenges and takes us through it, he is also available to us so we can come closer to him and experience his care, love and guidance. Today's message highlights the unconditional love of God and the incomparable gift of his presence to his children in times of need.
For Small Groups to be encouraging, inspiring and disciple-making, we need to learn from Jesus' way of relating to people in different settings. Today's story is from Luke 7:36-50, and in it we find key principles for small groups. A pharisee that challenges everyone in the room, a loving leader, and a broken woman who understood how grace, love and truth work.
Small Groups are intended to be a place to rest, to connect and be part of what God is doing in others. However, we struggle to find small groups inspiring and encouraging because we tend to see them as another program or another thing in our calendar. This message encourages us to think of small groups as a family that is organically learning to love each other beyond the meetings.
Today's message encourages us to learn from the New Testament church in how they interact with their faith. The Book of Acts show us that the church was excited and dedicated to the gospel, meeting throughout the week with a clear purpose. What can we learn from them?