Sunday, November 28, 2021 - "Thank You, God, that I am not like them." WE think we;re being humble, but are we? Or are we judging? "I'm not judging," is such a common statement that, the moment we hear it, we know the person is judging. But do we hear ourselves? In Luke 18, Jesus tells a parable of a Pharisee and a tax- collector. One was so busy being humble - he couldn't hear his pride. The other was so broken he had no pride at all. The raw truth about us is that we often take great pride in our humbleness.
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - Thrill me, God! Do a big thing! We want God to show Himself in power and might. And we want it so much that we can often miss when God will speak in big ways. He will give us a mountaintop experience - an undeniable experience with His presence. Other times, He will communicate tenderly and more quietly. The raw truth about us is that God speaks to us as we need - not as we want.
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - We hide from God. All of us, it’s a part of the human condition. When we hide from God, we relinquish the promises that He would have for us. We can’t find peace, we can’t find joy, we lack self-control and we are frustrated, to say the least. Instead of running, open to the Father Who has our solutions, we hide from Him and try to fix it ourselves. We blame, we justify, and we keep our attention on the symptoms rather than the cause. By now, we should have enough examples of how this tends to work out for us. It’s time for a change. It’s time to quit hiding.
A man pleads with Jesus to heal his daughter. While on His way to heal her – they are told the girl is dead. Everyone gives up. But Jesus doesn’t give up. And because of that the parents don’t give up. How often do we give up on people before Jesus does. We should be seeking healing for the people in our lives, no matter how desperate the situation may seem.