08/05/2022 Surprised and Perplexed
Jesus confronted an affluent and up-and-coming young man who wanted to ensure he would inherit “eternal life.” He [Jesus] recited the commandments given by God. The young man said: “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth” (Mk. 10:20). But when Jesus asked him to sell all he had and give to the poor, the young man went away disheartened and sorrowful. For him, possessions were more important than “eternal life.” What has it cost you to follow Jesus? What are you still giving up today in obedience to Him?
07/29/2022 Do I Have Memory Loss?
When we read the Bible, we give Israel a hard time for being so forgetful about God's goodness and provision, but what about our own spiritual forgetfulness? I’m not nearly as forgetful when: I recall God’s goodness, prioritize God’s desires above mine, discover that obedience is more beneficial than convenience, and clean out the idols in my life to make room for God!
07/22/2022 Your Prayers Matter
Do you ever feel unheard by God? Or wonder if the things that matter to you are actually important to Him? Your prayers and gifts of kindness offered to God in worship may (at times) seem to be ineffective. But never discount that God not only hears and receives your offerings, God remembers you.