The people encircled Jesus and demanded that he answer them plainly. And plainly answer Jesus did. And his answer shows us just what we need, and what is more: his answer shows us that we have exactly what we need.
No one was expecting it, least of all the man himself. But everything changed when Saul saw Jesus. His life...the complete opposite direction. His allegiance...turned. His purpose...a 180. When it comes to causing change, God's power knows no bounds.
What's the difference between waking up mourning and waking up with joy? Between being full of pressure and having peace? Between striving but never reaching and rejoicing in victory? Easter. Easter is what makes all the difference. It did to the women who were going to bury Jesus, and it does for us as well.
"Turn to me and be saved, for I am God." - God.
The questions are: "Why wouldn't we, and why would we?" You'll find the answers if you know the greatest truth.
We've all got it, every one of us. Everyone in the world. Nagging, eating way, bothering us on some level. Guilt. How do we get rid of it? in this sermon you'll hear 4 bad ways to get rid of it, as well as the only way guilt is truly gotten rid of.
The people of Israel knew the drill. They'd be in trouble, and they'd cry out to God, and he'd rescue them. Except...for the time he didn't. Did his forgiveness run out? Did he decide the people had gone too far? Did he just get tired of saving?
The Roman governor Pontius Pilate needed to know the truth about Jesus. Was he guilty? Innocent? Lying? Or were the Jewish people lying? Who was this Jesus guy, anyway? We all need to know the exact same thing.
It's perhaps a miracle that Jeremiah did NOT feel like giving up, considering what he was going through...but what makes us feel like giving up, and what happens when we do? Where do we turn? God tells us, through his prophet Jeremiah.
Good things are good....but too much of a good thing can be bad. Bad for you. Giving a good thing too much weight in your heart can destroy you. And inevitably, that's what we do--we fall into the temptation, we lose the battle. What happens then?
People have always known that it's good to love one another. Everyone knows that. But Jesus said it's no longer about simply loving others as you love yourself. He said, "Love one another as I have loved you." And that's a command that truly new.
How do you answer the question, "Is it worth it?" Jesus had told his disciples that followers of him would necessarily deny themselves and be willing to daily bear many crosses. 8 days after saying that, Jesus would show them the whether (and why) following him was worth it.
Jesus didn't just say "love your enemies" because it felt like it. He commanded it because, well, loving your enemies just what people do who recognize the difference between "were" and "are." Because how could you not?
#blessed is used as a label in over 106 million posts on the photo-sharing platform Instagram. But what does being blessed really look like? What situations, what types of life circumstances, merit the descriptor "blessed"? God gives us his answer through Paul, as Paul reflected on his "thorn in the flesh."
"Because you say so," was the reason...the only reason that Peter decided to do what Jesus suggested. And when Jesus' instructions paid off, all Peter could say was, "Get away, I am a sinful man!" But Jesus didn't get away--and what is more, he refused to leave, and instead came even closer. Does he do the same for you?
In short, the answer is “no.” And that’s a good thing, because it heals you of worry and anxiety about yourself, and your accomplishments, and you're standing. Instead, you’re free to simply rest in how special Jesus is.
The people were sitting at rapt attention as Jesus sat down and said, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." Turns out Jesus was the one promised to announce good news to the poor in spirit, to free the prisoners, and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. What this all means for you and your relationships? It means forgiven people...forgive.
It was Jesus' first public miracle: he created 900 bottles of the best wine out of water at a wedding celebration. But why? What was the point of his miracle? What should the headline have read in the Daily Cana Chronicle?