What is the joy of our salvation and what does it mean for us as believers?
Contentment is often tied to happiness. Yet, the apostle Paul's life as an apostle is marked by anything but happiness. If being content is not the same as being happy, what then is it?
Do you know what blows my mind? Jesus tells us "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad" (Matt 5:11-2, NRSV). Paul seems to be saying the same thing in Philippians 1:29. James is telling us that in James 1:2-4 and Peter says it in 1 Peter 3:14. Why is persecution a blessing or a good thing? Well, there are a number of things I can tell you, but one of the positives of persecution is that it bears witness to our faith.
"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.
For years now the church has been focusing on reaching Millennials. This is not a bad thing, as they are now the largest generation in the working force, but what about Generation Z? Generation Z, also known as iGeneration, Homeland Generation, Centennials, and Post-Millennials, is on pace to surpass my Millennial Generation in population very soon. So who is Generation Z and how do we reach them?
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, or so that is what the saying says, Don't wait until tomorrow to act. Act today.
We have grown up hearing for a long time. I know it is something I have been hearing my whole life. But what is the reason for the season that we are remembering? Should we remember our best gifts we have given or the best we have received? Should we remember time with our family or the food which we ate? Should we remember the lights and decorations or the American traditions? Should we remember Santa Claus or sweet baby Jesus? And should we remember Jesus coming down to earth or should we be awaiting his second coming? To make the answer simple, yes. These are all good things to remember. Christmas is a great time for family and the American traditions we have are not bad. But we also should remember that there is no Christmas without Christ and he cannot take the backseat in our Christmas holidays.