What's the message of Christmas? We have a God who is in control of history. Zechariah's story shows us how the first Christmas began and what it meant for him to experience God's presence revealing his plans. Our God is in control and we are called to trust him with everything.
Worship is not about the outside, and it is not just about feelings. Worship is authentic and holistic and it is done in community. We are to worship in rest. Worship is a response to who God is. Who is God to YOU? Today's message inspires us to think deeper of who God is to each of us so that our worship can be more authentic.
Today we are starting a new series of messages- Worship as a Response. How do you know that you are a true worshiper? Today's message is the story of the ten lepers that received healing, but only one turn back to praise and to worship Jesus. Every blessing that we receive from God should prompt our hearts to worship him.
Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment. Even positive changes can cause stress. Stress can be manage by practicing community, rest, and by coming to Jesus to listen to him.
In Genesis 3, we see how Adam and Eve use hiding to cope with their fears, guilt and shame. God continues to walk towards us to seek us out in our hiding places. At the center of any unhealthy coping mechanism there is the need to hide from facing the pain of our wounds, failures and sins. Today's message challenges us to face our fears and shame by letting God find us where we are at.
Codependency is an unhealthy attachment to another person in order to make yourself feel whole. At the root of it is a fear that push us to the edge, feeling rejected and abandoned. Jesus calls us to have healthy relationships and codependency is an unhealthy behavior that cripples the opportunity to live freely.
Abuse has the power to destroy and distort how we see ourselves and what we believe about ourselves. It twists self-perception and self-understanding. God is our redeemer and there is hope for healing for those who have experienced abuse in their lives.