1. Working Out Our Salvation?
    14 Aug, 2018
    Working Out Our Salvation?
    Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.  Philippians 2:12-13 Yesterday, I wanted to remind us that God is at work. Today, I want to encourage us to think about how that fact moves us to action. If God is the one at work in us, both to will and to work for his good pleasure, then we work
  2. God at Work
    13 Aug, 2018
    God at Work
    But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I am working."  John 5:17 Sometimes it doesn't seem like God is at work. But if we make that assumption, we would wrong. God is at work.   In all kinds of ways. We may not have eyes to see it, but we can rest assured that he is working. Think about this . . . Many of the religious leaders in Israel didn't think God was at work.  At least not in and through Jesus. In John 5, we read how Jesus healed a man who had been unable to
  3. The Food of Jesus
    10 Aug, 2018
    The Food of Jesus
    Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work."  John 4:34  I like food. I like to eat. And honestly, I don't know many people who could say otherwise. After all, we need food to be nourished.  To live. That's what makes Jesus' words so powerful. He said that his food . . . not only what he enjoys, but what he does for nourishment and life is doing the will of his Father. Wow! More than actual food, Jesus' pleasure, nourishment, and life
  4. John 3:16
    09 Aug, 2018
    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16   John 3:16 is probably one of the most famous verses in the Bible. It's easy to see why. This verse tells us about God's love for the world, not just one type of people. We hear about how God is a giving God . . . a God who would give his own Son for the good of people all over the world. We see the promise that whoever believes in Jesus, God's only Son,
  5. Love is Central
    07 Aug, 2018
    Love is Central
    And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  Colossians 3:14  Just how important is love? I'm sure we would all say that love is important on some level.  But how important is it to love others? In John 13:35, Jesus said, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."  Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13 . . . If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging
  6. The Winding River Still Flows into the Sea
    06 Aug, 2018
    The Winding River Still Flows into the Sea
    And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6  In his book, You Can Change: God's Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions, Tim Chester gives the following illustration . . . The Mississippi River twists and turns, sometimes in inexplicable ways.  But inexorably and inevitably its water reaches the sea.  Sometimes Christians flow away from God, but still we move downstream toward the