For all the complaints one may have of social media, it still holds potential as a tool to accomplish good. A small example is Facebook Marketplace, a simple but powerful way to sell items — provided the item you are selling has a market. How do I assess whether an item has a market? It has been said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” yet Jesus also said: “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness…” (Matthew 6:23) What if we trusted God’s judgment of what will make us happy, rather than relying upon our own perceptions and experiences? Trust the Lord to find the blessing promised in the beatitudes.
Ephesians 4:1-6 (ESV) Unity in the Body of Christ 4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you…
Our God knows that believers in Jesus Christ can become very content in focusing on their own personal Christian life and happiness in Christ. This syndrome may be caused by the believer thinking their own relationship to God is private between themselves and Jesus. Another symptom is that to involve other people in their faith may interfere with their emotional satisfaction with knowing Christ. This “Jesus and me” syndrome is demonstrated in behaviors that avoid contact with other people. For example, this spiritual condition results in leaving worship service as immediately as they are able; not being willing to participate in prayer chains or prayer meetings; not attending congregational meetings; and avoiding small groups such as care groups.
1 Samuel 17 English Standard Version (ESV) David and Goliath 17 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. 3 And…
It’s been said that a failure to plan is a plan to fail. Whatever our goals may be, whether walking in obedience to God’s commands or living our fullness in Christ, success usually requires planning. Making plans, when done by faith, are an honor to God. In today’s passage we will learn about God and our plans and how, trusting in God’s sovereignty, we need to make our plans by faith, leaving the results to God. How do we do godly planning?
A nation’s foundation is its story. The story is the nation. The story is a source of pride and inspiration. A revolution has taken place to replace the heritage of the USA as a nation built on protecting freedom of conscience to a nation built on greed and exploiting people. From the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock to the Declaration of Independence to the Statue of Liberty to Martin Luther King’s, “I Have a Dream” speech, the USA has proclaimed the liberty of a free and clear conscience. The USA government protected Jesus’ fundamental message in John 8:34-36 – “if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
None of us likes to lose. In fact, just the inevitability of loss can lead to depression, discouragement, and half-hearted efforts. We ask, “Will it even matter?” A false belief was spreading among the Corinthian church, leaving them with a sense of inevitable loss – the false belief that there was no resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12). In this one belief, they lost their hope in heaven and the immediate consequence was them beginning a pattern of immoral living (1 Corinthians 15:32-34). In order to really enjoy the blessings of God, we need to embrace the fullness of Jesus’ work. We are not left as losers in the game of life. No, Jesus’ resurrection is our victory, something that changes the way we live. Today we want to look at the victory of the resurrection.
What will our bodies be like when we get to heaven? The question only grows in our imagination as our body groans under the weight of our weakness of sickness, injury and aging (Romans 8:23). The Bible promises that every believer shall be resurrected one day to a “glorified body” in the Lord. What will that body be like? (1 Corinthians 15:35) That’s what we want to look at today.
Just as you can’t take apples out of apple pie and still have apple pie, you can’t take the resurrection out of the Christian faith and still have the Christian faith. The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is essential to true Christian faith. Like modern liberal churches, some in the church of Corinth claimed that resurrection was impossible, even as they tried to hold to the Christian faith. Our passage today shows that the resurrection is an essential conviction of the faith, and it is something we must receive, embrace, and live in light of. Why does the resurrection matter?
Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV) Prayer for Spiritual Strength 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you,…