Is unity easy? No. Jesus warned us of “wolves in sheep’s clothing”. The rest of the New Testament alerts us to the dangers Jesus’ followers would continually face. Christian unity would be challenged by smooth talkers, worldly minded leaders, vain philosophies and false doctrines. Unity with those who promote such things is not what Jesus wanted. So, can Christian unity be a reality? It can and is absolutely required. How? Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
God’s character is all-encompassing, but we generally think of Him as having four main attributes that everything rests on: Justice, Love, Wisdom and Power. How do those attributes work together? How does God's plan tell us more about who He is? Watch this short video to learn a little bit more about our amazing Creator.
Loving your enemies is to want good and not harm to come to them. Jesus mapped this out for us, especially in the last days of his life before his crucifixion. Jesus not only taught us in detail how to love our enemies, he showed us in living color how to profoundly care for them. He literally "walked the walk" – all the way to Calvary. As we look back upon the death and resurrection of Jesus, we will see how he was the instruction manual for loving your enemies. How did Jesus show devotion to those who were devious and hostile, attachment to those who antagonized him and affection for those who became his adversaries? For an in depth bible study listen to our inspiring podcast of the same name.
Whether we think about it or not, we all leave a legacy behind us as a result of our life and experience. Sometimes that legacy can be rich with wisdom, accomplishment and example, and other times our legacy can be a sad tale of unfulfilled potential, broken dreams and a trail of “if only” and “why didn’t I?” What advice do you want to leave your loved ones so that their lives could blossom with fulfilled potential and with true contentment? Watch this 2-minute vlog and then listen to the complete podcast to recenter your thinking about the influence you have on those closest to you.
All you have to do is look around – what do you see? There is knowledge, there is technology, there are people, places and things. We rush and we are impatient. We want what we want now. We text, but we don’t talk – we type but we don’t write. We have “friends,” but we don’t touch – we have families but we are not familiar. We build our dreams around ourselves, but we are lonely. Why is there such a massive and growing disconnect between our lives and our contentment? It is because we are not wise… We know we are smart, we are even savvy, but we are not wise and this is a problem!
Wisdom! When I hear that word I conjure up a number of images in my mind. A long white beard. A slow and deliberate response to a question. Thoughtfully sitting back in a chair, elbows on the arms of the chair with the fingers from your left hand touching just the tips of the fingers from your right hand. Thoughtfully stroking your chin. When I hear the word wisdom, I think of Gandalf, from Lord of the Rings. My grandmother. King Solomon – in his early years. Abraham Lincoln. The Apostle Paul. Jesus. God himself. When I think about wisdom, I look around and wonder – where is it? Stay with us this morning as we look into what wisdom is and how it can change our lives!