Jesus said many things that caused trouble by not being what people wanted to hear. Among those are when he told Peter that he was free from taxes, but to go pay them anyways. Christians are to bear witness in their lives by living exemplary lives as Christ did.
Stop living for the moment and start living for the miracle. True life and happiness does not come from right here and now, but it comes from something bigger, something greater, something more. Live for the miracle.
To put it simply, we are to be encouraging each other. We are to build each other up, not tear each other down. We are to lift each other up, not erect walls that separate us. It is not wonder that encouragement is one of the spiritual gifts which Paul mentions in Romans 12:7-8.
I know what you're thinking. "Woah, Josh, slow down. Lessons from hip-hop in the church? Have you heard the lyrics in music?" I know what you're thinking, but hear me out.
Would you believe me if I told you that out of 393 teens who have gone through the "Last Mile" Juvenile Detention program, there is a ZERO percent recidivism rate (compared to the nearly 50% rate among other teens)? The program aimed at disciplining minors for their mistakes, and not punishing them has prepared them to not make the same mistakes twice. What is the difference between discipline and punishment and how can we instill this in our children?
Schedules are crazy. Between work, extracurricular activities, church, hobbies, meetings, and whatever other chores and things you have going on, often times family takes the back seat in our schedule. Our family will be the one constant throughout our lives though whether we ruin these relationships or not. How can YOU protect your family time weekly and monthly so your family does no suffer at the hands of your schedule? Here are 5 ideas I recommend to protect your family time together
"True relevance is measured by the distance between what you say and what you do. If your actions fail to line up with what you say, preach, or believe, then your message is irrelevant." As a united church, lets be relevant. Lets walk the talk we preach from stage for our communities to see.