Read/Listen: John 10: 11-18 Summary: The Good Shepherd calls us to be a member of God’s family. However, the problems of life continuously distract and confound us. We are called by the Lord to lay down our distractions and burdens, and walk alongside Jesus to witness our faith.
Read/Listen: Mark 11:1-11 Message: “Following the Right King” Summary: People calling themselves leaders tickle our ears with promises of something better. Leaders whom we make ruler over our lives sometimes lead us on the right paths; somethings they lead us into a worse wilderness than where they found us. Jesus, our true King, leads us in all the right places to the Promised Land when we follow, not our demands from Him, but His demands of us to love God…
Read or Listen: John 12: 20-33 Summary: The easy way is not so easy, nor does it allow us to become all we can be. Jesus demonstrated what life in God entails: people willing to die in this life for the attainment of true success: to be reborn in Christ, to glorify God. In God’s view, this is living a sacrificial life, a successful life: a life offered to God and others.
Read: John 3: 14-21 “ . . . from the Dungeons beneath the Castle of Despair” Sinners! We are all lost in the darkness and despair of our lives because we have loved our broken ways. But Jesus came to free us. Jesus offers us freedom through the cross, which elevates us from the gloom of guilt and despair, inviting us into His love and the light of healing grace. Listen to a reading of John 3 14-21
Read: Daniel 3:1-30“Is It Getting Hotter in Here?!” While responsibilities are helpful and necessary, too often we allow the demands of life to increase and ultimately, rule our hearts. It is getting hot in the furnace when we let down the false gods which sometimes rule our hearts. But the Living God, the Creator, walks with us when we FULLY trust in God! Listen to a reading of Daniel 3:
“Don’t Worry! “ Beginning our Christian journey mirrors Jesus as He initiated His ministry: We leave the old life behind in Baptism, we are tested and strengthened by our experience in the wilderness, and we believe and repent to proclaim “The Kingdom of God is near.”
“Why Not”! Excuses plague our lives as we attempt to maneuver through the demands and responsibilities of life. Unfortunately, the most common excuse we have is to not tend to our spiritual life. Jesus calls us up the mountain to encounter God . . . to be revived and renewed. “Why not?” follow Jesus up the mountain and away from those things which overwhelm us?
“Are You in Need of a Fresh Start?” According to Paul, building our lives on the foundation of Jesus does not necessarily mean we are the right sort of lives. Are we selfishly building our Christian life which ultimately satisfies our own self and is temporary? Or, conversely, are we building the community of God by being Jesus to the world: offering love and aid to those in need, thus building a structure which is eternal?
Demands and Distractions So many demands and distractions today compete for our undivided attention! Paul reminds us that the most important goal, the most necessary target, is the pursuit of God through the Son, Jesus Christ. All things are finite and WILL pass away. Still, many of these things can be enjoyed, and loved, when experienced first through a relationship with the Eternal God.
“My sheep hear my voice . . . and they follow me”. John 10::27 John 10:1-5 John 10:24-29 Psalm 23:1-2 1 Peter 2:25 Numbers 27:17 Psalm 95:7 . . . more
Remember, God is Omnipotent. He is with us all the time … through both the Good & Bad times. He assures of that fact many times through-out the Bible. Following are a few of those references. Let the words of the quoted Scripture be absorbed by your soul as you listen to our Church Service this 3rd Sunday of Easter. God is Good all the TIME Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened,…
Top 5 Scriptures That Banish Fear Jessica Kastner, Contributor When I think about the root cause of so many mistakes and spiritual pitfalls in my life, the source seems to be the one and only, the ugly, fear. Fear will cause us to buckle and settle for less than God’s best. It’ll cause us to disobey after diluting our trust in Him, and even when do stay strong, it’ll rob us of our peace and joy. Here are some of…