People have become wary of churches asking for money. TV evangelists have become the butt of jokes because of their begging for people to give their money, while they promise blessings to the first 100 people who give $1,000. But this is about as far as you can get from what God really wants from us when it comes to giving of our resources, of which perhaps the smallest part is monetary. Let's dig in together today to understand what it means to really give of ourselves and our resources to God Himself, and His kingdom.
Here's a reality: most of us are pretty busy. Here's another reality: most of it is a choice. Today we need to challenge ourselves to consider whether it is "our time" and God gets some of it, or is it God's time and He should direct all of it? And if we determine that it is God's time, what things does He ask us to spend the time on? Dig into that with us in this message.
Talents vs. spiritual gifts: what's the difference? And are spiritual gifts things that don't show up in the daily life of the average Christian unless they have that particular spiritual gift? We tackle these and other questions today as we wrap up our two week look at spiritual gifts.
Spiritual gifts; lots of folks talk about them. Some folks abuse them. Some folks totally misunderstand them. Some folks avoid them. But regardless of where you stand regarding spiritual gifts, and regardless of whether you have studied them much or just totally ignored them...they're still there. The question is "What is God's view and God's plan regarding spiritual gifts?" This is what we dive into in part 1 of our review of spiritual gifts.
Hey...listen up! Yeah, we've all had someone tell us to stop and listen, or focus and listen. Even God wants us to stop and listen to Him. But when we listen, do we find ourselves then being obedient to what God tells us?
Life throws us a curve, but God. Our job takes a bad turn, but God. Our health does downhill, but God. Our finances seem headed for a crash, but God. There are lots of things that don't go our way, but God has something to say about all of them. He steps in, He leads us through the dark moments, He upholds us in our moments of weakness. Life happens...but God does too!
We often ask God to show up in our lives, jobs, relationships, homes, and other situations. But we also usually have an idea in our head of what we think that should look like. What if God shows up in an unexpected way? What if it doesn't look like, sound like, or feel like what we thought it would? That's what we talk about in this message today from John 6.
5 loaves. 2 fish. One Savior. Like us, Philip struggled with being able to grasp that Jesus was able to do something miraculous. So many times we also struggle with believing without seeing. But God works in the realm of the supernatural to effect the realm of the natural where we function in this physical life.
John's followers really took offense to people starting to follow Jesus. Their focus was on their leader (John), but they weren't really understanding his message. John had always pointed everyone to the coming Messiah, but John's followers were missing that John was saying "Here he is!"
Jesus ran moneychangers out of the temple. The amazing response of people around this event was not about whether it was just...but rather, what authority did Jesus have to do this. Are you allowing God to have authority in your life?