Aug 12, 2018
When You’ve Lost All Your Fizz
The Christian life sometimes becomes dull and void of passion.
 
We may be indifferent to God because we are indifferent toward sin.
 
In the presence of a holy God, we ought to be acutely aware of our sin.
 
Come to Jesus as one returning to your first love. Ask Jesus to soften your heart towards your sin. Then, receive the gracious forgiveness that only Jesus can provide.
 
As a result, the Christian life can be full of passion and zeal for the Lord. 
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  • Aug 12, 2018When You’ve Lost All Your Fizz
    Aug 12, 2018
    When You’ve Lost All Your Fizz
    The Christian life sometimes becomes dull and void of passion.
     
    We may be indifferent to God because we are indifferent toward sin.
     
    In the presence of a holy God, we ought to be acutely aware of our sin.
     
    Come to Jesus as one returning to your first love. Ask Jesus to soften your heart towards your sin. Then, receive the gracious forgiveness that only Jesus can provide.
     
    As a result, the Christian life can be full of passion and zeal for the Lord. 
  • Aug 5, 2018When God’s Way Gets Tough
    Aug 5, 2018
    When God’s Way Gets Tough
    When it comes to God's plan for our lives, we either love it or hate it, especially as He leads us down a road marked with suffering. When it comes to God's commands, we either love them or hate them, especially when they conflict with what we really want to do. 
     
    We can see this principle playing out with respect to the ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus in Luke 7:18-35. Some people were sincere but unsure about them and their message. Some people embraced them and their message as truly coming from God. Some people rejected them and their message out of pride.
     
    When God's way gets tough, come to Jesus as a sincere seeker. Don't try to conform God to your way, but rather, ask God to help you conform your way to His. When God's plan for your life isn't making sense, bring your questions to Him, seeking understanding. When God's commands are difficult, bring your struggles to Him, willing to obey. 
  • Jul 29, 2018When Life Leaves You Empty-Handed
    Jul 29, 2018
    When Life Leaves You Empty-Handed
    Some problems in life are relatively small, being resolved by spending a little money, investing some time and energy, or just going to bed and starting over again tomorrow. Other problems in life are much bigger, leaving us empty-handed and wondering what we should do, where is God, and does He even really care.
     
    In Luke 7:11-17, Jesus' compassion extended to an empty-handed widow. She lived in Nain, an insignificant little village off the beaten path. This fallen world had left her empty-handed after having lost her only son. However, when Jesus came upon the funeral procession for her son, Jesus saw the woman. He cared about her. He spoke comforting words to her. He acted within His ability to help her. 
     
    In doing these things, Jesus exemplified the timeless truth that God's compassion extends to the empty-handed. The Scriptures testify to this again and again. God cares when you're empty-handed. He sees you; He has compassion towards you; He speaks comforting words to you; and He is acting from His infinite resources to help you.
     
    So, come to Jesus when life leaves you empty-handed. This principle is true if you find yourself physically empty-handed like the woman in Luke 7. It is true if you find yourself spiritually empty-handed on account of your sin. However, this principle also informs how we respond to others in our lives or in the world who find themselves empty-handed. For, the primary way God ministers to the needs of the empty-handed is through His faithful people. So, be Jesus' hands and feet to the empty-handed