August 20, 2019
We are so good at living life for ourselves. It’s human nature to look out for ourselves and our own and to strive for a life of comfort. But Christ calls us to die to ourselves and live a life led by faith in Him (Galatians 2:20).
Living the Christian life is not about living life for yourself and satisfying your own needs, it’s all about loving God and loving people. So how do we achieve that? By learning to get over ourselves so that we can share God's love and the good news of the gospel.
July 15, 2019
It’s one of the “be ... attitudes” – “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7). Mercy it seems isn’t a one-way street. It’s not just that God is merciful to us. We’re to be merciful to others.
One definition of mercy is – “love in action”.
It’s illustrated in Jesus’ healing the leper who came to Him and said – “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Mark tells us that Jesus was “filled with compassion … reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said, ‘be clean’” (Mark 1:40-45).
Here, mercy is more than talk, emotions, feelings, pity … mercy is compassionate.
We’re called into mercy by entering into people’s pain and helping to lift them out of it.
May you be blessed as you live a merciful life.
Led To The Lost song:
July 1, 2019
Isaiah 1:16-17 NIV
Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong.
Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
Most of us in church are aware of the need to avoid sin & to live lives which are pleasing in God’s sight by confessing and repenting of our sins. ie. sins of “commission”.
Generally we are not so aware that we shall also be judged by God for the things He requires of us that we have left undone. ie. sins of “omission”.
Chief among these sins of “omission” is His requirement throughout scripture that we minister to the orphans, widows, the poor and the oppressed.
How are you, how am I, how is our church being responsible before God for these ministries?
This morning we will look at scriptures in both the Old and New Testament which enjoin us to carry out this ministry & at our possible response.
June 17, 2019
We all wear masks for so many different things in life. We can often be afraid to really let people know where we are at, so we just default to the "I’m all good" when really we could be dying on the inside.
Paul challenges us to take off those masks and not pretend. He challenges us to a genuine love that is much deeper than the masks we can often hide behind.