This week, we are highlighting trust - trust in God’s goodness, His faithfulness, His provision, His Church, His plan for our lives and His ability to handle our questions. Whether you read this today as a long-time believer or a skeptic, we hope you’ll see an authentic look at how difficult but rewarding trusting God can be - because He is worthy of our trust.
How to Love Our Neighbors (Take Five)
As we strive to follow Jesus, we know that we are called to love our neighbors and the many people we encounter in the world. But what does that mean practically for us? What are the real ways we can share our faith with others? In this week’s Take Five, we explore some ideas and inspiration for our journey of loving our neighbors and the world, in Jesus’ name.
What’s Your Response When Gossip is Served?
How will you respond next time gossip is served? We’re all guilty of it eating and serving gossip. We dress it up sometimes, making it look presentable. Sometimes we even say it’s a prayer request. After all, everyone needs prayer, don’t they? There are reasons why we take part in these tasty morsels, but maybe being aware of them can help us to push away from the table.
My Challenge: Pray for and Thank your Pastor
Today, I want to propose something counter-cultural: I want to challenge myself and you to pray for and appreciate our pastors. I'm not talking about unearned accolades for celebrity pastors or unchecked sin, but real, thoughtful gratitude and prayer for the pastor who serves your community.
Does Fruitfulness = Exhaustion?
So what does the call for fruitfulness mean for my tired heart? Does God call me to exhaustion and disarray in order to be fruitful for his glory? As I wrestle with this, I realize that I’ve taken the burden of fruitfulness on myself. I have to be the best writer, best mom, best wife, best volunteer, best worker, in order to prove my worth to myself and to God.
Lessons from Egyptian Christians, Part 3: Extreme Hospitality
Let us be a church that is known for hospitality, for how we love our family and our enemies. Let us be a church that is hospitable to travelers from around the globe and neighbors from around the corner. Let us be a church that sets out to heal those hurting in our community without any hesitation.