As I have been preparing for the upcoming sermon series I have been reminded of the beauty and simplicity of the gospel. The promise we receive from the gospel—the good news of Jesus—is that when we encounter the love of God and bring it into the core of our hearts, it changes us. The power of the gospel begins to reshape our hearts and transforms us into the likeness of Christ.
Have you ever thought about the metaphors in the Bible used to describe Christians? Christians are identified as temples, living stones, priests, and first fruits, just to name a few. I think one of the most interesting in Scripture was written by the apostle Paul when he called believers “jars of clay.”
I love the Psalms of scripture. One reason is that they put words on our experiences, and teach us ways to cry out and trust the Lord. The Psalms contain the balance of being specific about struggles, but broad enough to stay away from specific details. Psalm 13 demonstrates that David is in anguish and it seems like the Lord is silent to his pleas.
Many organizations throughout history have made the mistake of drifting away from their initial course. Growth has the potential to shift our plan in directions that can be devastating. Admittedly, as the organization grows there are essential elements that must change. For example, in the life of a church, it is impossible to function with the congregation of 200 the same way you would operate with 50 people. Many of those changes deal with the day to day operation of the group.
"Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God." 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
Three weeks back I wrote a blog entitled Miscalculations. In the article, I outlined eight areas as a church that we must not neglect as we advance the gospel in Goose Creek.
I’m not sure if you are a golf fan but chances are even if you have never watched a round of professional golf you know the name Tiger Woods. Here is guy that has faced many obstacles throughout his life but he has battled back from those adversities and this past weekend he won the Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA. Not only did Tiger win this tournament but this makes his 5th time winning the Masters. The highest win count for the Masters is 6.
I am amazed at how our personal comfort can often lead to deeper levels of contentment. We see this in almost every aspect of life. I reach a certain level or achieve a specific goal and my emotions delight in satisfaction. I would argue that the apostle Paul is a great example of a person that lived in the zone of being “contently-dissatisfied”! In his personal life, those areas where we typically wage war to experience contentment and never seem to find it, Paul was completely content. He expresses this in Philippians 4 where he says: Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. Philippians 4:11
On the morning of September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines Flight 007 took off from Anchorage, Alaska and set its course for Seoul, South Korea. Captain Chun Byung- set the wrong cordonance, less than a few degrees off course. A little over five hours into the flight, his small miscalculation put the airliner over sensitive Soviet airspace. Two Soviet Flagon Interceptors shot down the Boeing 747 over Sakholin Island. All 269 passengers were killed.
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