We can think about this as a Chrysalis phase. We were caterpillars, now we’ve all got hulled up in our cocoons. Depending on the work we do, we have to opportunity to emerge as beautiful butterflies. Take this time and look to the eternal investments you can make, both in yourself and in other people.
we cannot underestimate the value of the way we share the Gospel by the way we live… whether faithless or true, the gospel according to you. What does your life proclaim about the Good News of Jesus Christ? Do people see the truth and love of Jesus in your life? Hope? Peace? Joy? Grace?
A ton of good came out of an incredibly difficult situation. Most of the new testament is written by Paul in the form of letters to churches and people. Many of those letters come while Paul is quarantined. Maybe it was called prison, but still. This is giving us a bunch of time to do something different. What are you doing with your time?
We don’t know what the future will hold, but we know God, through the Holy Spirit will be with us. Now I’m not thinking about 5 years down the road, I’m thinking about tomorrow, next week. And there is the potential for all of this to bring an incredible amount of stress to all of us. We can find hope and rest in God.
When my girls were little and said, “I can’t.” We tried to teach them Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We are being faced with a lot of “can’ts” right now. One of the great things I have learned walking with God, is that our obstacles are simply opportunities for God to show off. None of this is a surprise to God, our job is to pray and find the path through it.
There is huge part that is an ongoing, growing, learning relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. I can’t explain that in a short video. For that, you’ll have to come to church this Sunday. What do you need to do to start devoting yourself to the Apostles’ teaching? It’s a life-long process. What’s your next step?
Churches can be like tribes too. Can we really let The church be a real “nation,” a real community, and not just an idea we assent to or a place we go.
Can it be a real family. People we grow, struggle and share with? People we do life with?
Faith is the belief that God is who the Bible tells us he is, and that if I answer Jesus’ call to “Come, Follow me, and be a fishermen, I mean fisher of people.” I will be joining God in the grand plan to help the whole world come back into a relationship with God.
When we can be at peace in the shade of God’s love we find pure peace because we know the Holy Spirit is with us. We can face the future unafraid because we know that even our sufferings can make us stronger. We know God loves us no matter what and that God can use all things to his glory.
Even when it looks like there is no hope, you can hope in Jesus. The one who calms the storms, the one with whom, all things are possible.
The essence of faith is complete trust. We can have faith in our things like cars, or people.
What about faith in God.
We can have faith that God exists.
We can have faith that God will bring about his promises in our life. Part of that promise is heaven when we die. But what else.