Do you have everything you need? What would it take to make you feel rich? What's the proper attitude to have as you think about such questions? These are the answers Jesus gives us when he teaches us to pray, "Give us today our daily bread."
That's what Jesus said the night before he died, and that's what's at the basis of these first three petitions of the Lord's prayer. What are we praying (and just as importantly, what are we NOT praying) in each of these three phrases?
Hallowed be your name
Your Kingdom Come
Your will be done
Find out in the sermon!
Jesus was going to leave, and he had to tell his disciples. He had to tell them the reality of what life would be like the he was gone. He had to tell them so they'd be ready...prepared to face what was ahead. And armed with Jesus' promise of "the Advocate," they would be. And you are ready and prepared, too.
Everyone looks somewhere to get...peace. To get that calmness, freedom from worry and anxiety, to get that stability that we crave. There are all sorts of places to look to get it, but only 1 where we can actually get it--because of the difference between actually giving and just suggesting. Many places makes suggestion. Only One gives.
Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy...popular wedding verses. Beautiful, soaring, poetic, feel-good....right? Ehh. It depends. Fill in the blank with the right thing, and you'll truly rejoice in 1st Corinthians 13, the "Love Chapter" of the Bible.
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.