Each Christmas the cute Nativity scene of Jesus’ birth fills us with warm fuzzy feelings of love and bliss, but we completely overlook how scandalous, shady, humiliating, and shameful it really was. He understands our shame and humble beginnings. The self-humbling and self-emptying of Jesus began before he was even born, all because of love.
Roadmap to God’s Will; Walk with Confidence and Humility
We’re not on a search to know God’s will; we seek to know God, who graciously reveals His will. Worry is to be replaced with an earnest search to know God, His kingdom and His righteousness. While there is debate about how God shows us His will and how specific it may be, we can know that the ultimate calling for us as His children is to know Him and His desires.
Hosanna and Reflection on Ash Wednesday (Lent Series Week 1)
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Reading this today, on Ash Wednesday, seems a bit ironic at first. On Ash Wednesday, much of Christendom is focused on confession, repentance and sorrow over sin. However, in this reflection for the beginning of Lent, Chris shares with us the powerful intersection of joy and humility, reflection and hosanna.
Saying “Thank You” is a Gift to Others
As Christ-followers, everything we do should be of the Lord. Jesus said, “For without me you can do nothing.” John 15:5, but we often think without Jesus we can do less, and our words can reflect this poor understanding of our relationship with God. Giving each other genuine compliments, telling others that what they did touched us, and saying thank you - these are acts of kindness God wants us to do, acts which share his generosity and gentleness with others.
The Epic Story of the Bible, Part 4: Blessed to be a Blessing
Abraham demonstrates faith in God and reminds us that we also have hope and life in Christ! “God will bless you; you will be a blessing... all peoples on earth will be blessed through you!” What an amazing honor to be welcomed into God’s family, blessed and able to bless others as we follow him.
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.