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.
Last night I watched the heart of man. A person speaking in the movie said, "Shame drives my compulsive behavior... I’m never going to be enough so I’m entitled to do ________." Shame is a trap. It speaks a number of lies to us.
Despite how everything may seem to say otherwise, you are loved. You are more loved than you will ever know.
There is a lot of church language that we use in church and toss around. Among those words, the terminology surrounds salvation and "being saved" may be the one of the most common, but also most important. The foundation of the Christian faith is that the God of the world sent his son Jesus Christ to the earth to die and offer us this gift of salvation. When is this salvation for?
Belief is a word we often throw around in Christian circles, and it is not a bad thing. However, I believe there is a fundamental difference between believing and accepting. This difference may be subtle, but I think it is a huge part of our faith as we are following Christ. So what is the difference?
Last week, I was in a Christian bookstore when I saw Craig Groeschel's book The Christian Atheist. Now let me preface this by saying I have not read this book, but it caught my attention and had me thinking all day. Why is the pastor of the largest multi-site church in the country, Life.Church, writing a book about Christian atheists? Or even more, what is a Christian atheist? Because I would hazard to say that Christian atheism may be the most dangerous thing facing our church today.