When Jesus asks us to let go of everything and follow Him, that's scary. As believers it’s our responsibility to care for our non believing friends who share the fear that they will lose everything in following Him.
When we consider the people that God has allowed to be in our lives, our schools, jobs, families, etc, do we judge them just like the Pharisees did or do we embrace them in whatever journey they are in their lives? Are we clear demonstrations of Jesus?
We are called to slow down, to pray, to listen, connect, affirm, and ultimately welcome our neighbors.
The word “evangelism” is not necessarily a word we use in everyday conversation, even among Christian circles. Why? Because it lies at the intersection of all the things we try to avoid the most: lack of control, waiting, and uncertainty.
Jesus died on our behalf, because God knows our every wrongdoing, and there had to be a punishment for the sin. And although we often submit again and again to a yoke of slavery (see Galatians 5), acting from our flesh and not in newness of the Spirit, God will not condemn us in the end.
Jesus’ sacrifice is what gives me the freedom to live my life as he would, without having to prove myself to either the Christian or the non Christian. The certainty and the authority to live out that life unapologetically has only been granted to me by the Holy Spirit.
None of us get saved to sit, we get saved to be sent.
Because Jesus ascended we have power, an advocate, and hope.
Because of the Resurrection, we are free from the bondage of sin, free from oppression, free from injustice - and we have a hope that anchors our souls even when we don’t fully experience that freedom in this life.
Jesus gives a voice to our suffering, the posture of the woman who is clearly portrayed as an outcast, and how He is concerned for not only the confessing sinner, but even the arrogant and proud who justify themselves by their religiosity.
The First Love series takes a look at how different individuals in the community keep Christ the first loves in their lives. Meet Paul and Laura Wynn, a couple who has been married for 31 years (they were married when they were 5) who have 3 kids ages 28, 24, and 23.
The First Love series takes a look at how different individuals in the community keep Christ the first loves in their lives. Here is a the story of Bryan and Sasha, a couple that is engaged to be married.
The First Love series takes a look at how different individuals in the community keep Christ the first loves in their lives. Meet Jairo Martinez and Adalis Martinez, a couple who has been dating for a few years.