You Were Made For This

Initiate

Some people have given up the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.  Hebrews 10:25 (CEV) We can have some long-term relationships with deep roots of friendship.  Some of our…

Sever

A mirror reflects a man’s face but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.  Proverbs 27:19 (GN) When pruning a tree, we remove specific branches or stems to benefit the whole tree. We remove the dead, damaged and diseased branches to help prevent insects & decay from entering…

Restore

Do not repay anyone evil for evil…If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:17-18 (NIV) Every day we have a choice of how we want to interact with others. We can choose to look at other people as if they are out to get us.…

Nurture

…the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Colossians 2:19 (NIV) Ligaments and sinews have a common purpose. They are for connecting parts of the body together. When they are damaged, daily living can be painful and our body does not function properly. We…

Made for Community

There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth… Ecclesiastes 4:8 (NIV) We were never meant to live life alone. While we do need time apart from the rest of the world at times, we were…

Driven By Eternity – Part 3

This week we talked about a legacy, where your life lives on beyond you. We learned that we need to give to something that will outlive us and to live so your life outlives you. We do this by giving what we have and serving others with our time, talents, and resources. We recognized that…

Driven By Eternity – Part 2

Yesterday we learned to live intentionally, driven by eternity, we need to give what we have (and not what we don’t have) and serve others with our time, talents, and resources.  The third and most significant piece of living intentionally driven by eternity is to share Christ with others. We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is…

Driven By Eternity

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) We were made to live eternally. God’s original plan was to be with His people forever. Once our salvation is established (when we accept Christ into our lives), our eternal life and home are secure.…

The Two-Question Test

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I John 5:12 (NKJV) You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “‘As…

Serve Others

Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. Psalm 112:5-6 (NIV) All of us want our lives to matter even after we die. This is simply considered leaving a legacy. Your legacy is…

The Blessings of My Life

Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. Luke 16:9 (NLT) We are commanded to worship the Lord with all our heart and to love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). Worship is how we live our lives…

Deciding How to Use our Gifts

I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Philemon 6 (NLT) Generosity is an action and making the plan for how to be intentional with it can sometimes be difficult. How should we evaluate…

Intentional Generosity

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop… God loves people who love to give… God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things…

Seek God First in Life

Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.  Matthew 6:33 (NCV) Seeking God should be your first response, not your last resort.  It’s interesting how we will try a variety of other solutions before consulting God who created heaven and earth.  God wants to provide…