Should we continue doing the same things in the new year, or should we try something a little different? Jesus wants us to be transformed, to be made new. What does that look like in your life?
November 13, 2016: Mercy for the Merciful
Mercy seems to be a foreign concept in today's world. We are mostly focused on justice, which appears to be at odds with the idea of mercy. Is mercy even possible today? How can we see mercy in the model that Jesus presented for us?
November 6, 2016: It's Time to Build
We can learn many lessons from the Jewish resettlement of Jerusalem. It truly took a community to rebuild some of the fortifications, which is a good metaphor for our walk in faith. What type of things can our church community build?
October 30, 2016: Righteous Addiction
We know we are supposed to live our lives in a righteous manner. That doesn't just mean avoiding bad things, however. So what does righteousness mean? How can we live a lifestyle that Jesus would find righteous?
October 23, 2016: Seek to be Meek
Most people wouldn't want to be described as meek. Jesus says the meek are blessed because they will inherit the Earth. What does that mean? How can we be meek in today's aggressive society?
October 16, 2016:: Mourn Your Way to Victory
Jesus says "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." How can people who are mourning, stricken with grief and sadness, be blessed? We mourn because we lose something, which can turn out to be a positive in the long run. How will you see God's blessings in unusual ways today?
October 9, 2016: Poor in Spirit, Rich in Faith
Jesus says the poor in spirit are blessed. What did that mean when he said it, and what does it mean today? How can we show that spirit in our daily lives?
October 2, 2016: Outstanding Courage
Who is the most courageous figure in the Bible? A good case can be made for Zacchaeus, the tax collector found in Luke. It was likely that he wasn't popular to begin with, but he goes out on a limb (both literally and figuratively) to see Jesus. His courage is greatly rewarded.