like a boss: love like jesus
Love Like Jesus
May 31, 2020
At the Pentecost, the message and promise of God through Christ Jesus went into overdrive. No longer was Jesus bound by earthly life and no longer was He teaching something that would happen later. Now, the proof of His message had become eternal and was given for any and all who would hear it. And it was the message of the love of God so intense that He sent His only Son to bring abundant and eternal life to all who would believe it. That love is now shared through us, enabled by the Holy Spirit within us. We must love like Jesus, putting aside self and fear to share Him with those who need what we have found in Christ!
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”’
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
like a boss: share like paul
Share Like Paul
May 24, 2020
You might say Paul was a “One trick pony.” He had one message, one goal, and a single-minded dedication to seeing his mission accomplished. While it is true there were many parts to Paul’s mission and he indeed served in many ways, his central theme never wavered…to preach “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” to everyone who would listen and respond. Are we that single-minded in our faith? Or do we allow our own opinions, wants and needs to cloud our ability to share Christ with everyone?
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
Like a boss: lead like moses
Lead Like Moses
May 17, 2020
So…God called Moses to deliver His people from bondage in Egypt…and Moses went. But between the call and the obedience came a whole lot of excuses as to why Moses felt he was the wrong man for the job. Does that make Moses a weak leader? Certainly not! Moses, like us, knew his weaknesses and limitations and knew that on his own he would never be able to do what God was calling him to do. So, he was honest with God, but he was also willing to trust God. It is that trust that enables great leaders of the faith. All of us are too weak and limited to do what God calls us to do, but in His power and at His leading we can go forth in His name!
Exodus 3:7-10, 4:18
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”
Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”