With any church, family, or organization there will be redefining moments. Why? Everything gets blurry! I fear that the Christian life gets blurry when personal preferences are substituted for living out the life that Jesus died for us to have
I love this time of year, when life begins to emerge out of its lifeless status. Brown turns to green and green turns to vibrant colors of Spring. God provides warmer temperatures and the tempo of life begins to beat a little faster and people begin to emerge from winter hibernation. I realize that Spring happens every year and it has happened for a long, long time, but we need to be reminded of the emergence of life within us, because God created us to live with Him.
Nested between two celebrations, Palm Sunday and Easter, was a day of devastation. The day was Friday when Jesus was arrested, tried and sentenced to be crucified. A day that would be the center point of the Christian Life. But it seems out of line and a little twisted to be celebrating the horror of a crucifixion; I think that is the point, the celebration comes before and after the crucifixion; we are called to remember a horrific day in order to fully celebrate the day of Easter.
I love the way Scripture describes the People of God: we are living rocks (1 Peter 2:5)…that explains a lot, a temple in which the Holy Spirit dwells (Ephesians 2:22), we are the resurrected body of Christ (Colossians 1:18), we are the branches of the vine that bear fruit (John 15:5ff). These are but a few of the images that describe the relationship between God and His People.
Happy New Year! It is time to begin. This is the time of year that people make, with good intentions, New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately, there is another part of the year where the resolution seems to fade away.
God’s design is perfect because God created everything to exist in relationship to Him. Sin distorts our ability to relate to God, but God has called us back to His perfect design of seeing everything in relationship to Him.
Prayer has always been an intricate part of relating to God. After the resurrection of Jesus, the believers prayed and they experienced the unimaginable; even more reason we should continue to pray today.
Because Jesus rose from the dead there is a deep-seated hope that is planted within our hearts. This hope becomes the next step of relating to Jesus as we growth in the reality of the life that Jesus died and rose from the grave for us to have.
When we try to live the old and new life at the same time we scorn the sacrifice and new life that God has graciously given us. Jesus taught that we should not worry, but should seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness.
Jesus died on the cross, resurrected from the dead and has ascended on high. “Now What?” Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus who is the way the truth and the life, who is the resurrection and the way to the Father. When we fix our eyes on Jesus we take hold of the resurrection and the life that it can give.
The disciples had just experienced a life changing miracle, the resurrection of Jesus. This life changing event has left the disciples with a question, "Now What?" Jesus calls Peter to a Redeeming Love that should be evident in our lives and the life of our Church.