Turn off your devices
September 15, 2019
Ready for Take-Off: Turn Off Your Devices
When the flight attendant tells you to turn your devices off on take off or landing, it is so the random signals of many devices won’t interfere with the signals of flight control. Likewise, in our spiritual lives there are the influences of the world that can keep us from focusing on the main pursuit of bringing honor and glory to God and on the life in Him we are supposed to live. So lets stay focused on the main thing, our relationship with Jesus Christ, where we will find true joy and peace and strength for the journey of life.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Following Paul’s Example
15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Fasten YOur Seatbelt
September 8, 2019
Ready For Take-Off: Fasten Your Seatbelt
When the flight attendant tells you to fasten your seat belt, it is to keep you secure during take off and landing, and when there is turbulence along he journey. Our faith in Jesus is where we find that security in our lives as Christ Followers. At the beginning of our journey, it is faith that helps us turn away from the world and its sorrows and o turn to the hope and promise we have in Christ. At the end of our journey, it is Jesus who leads us home for all eternity. And along the way, it is the security of our relationship with Him that enables us to face anything that comes against us, for we are His and no other power can change that.
Romans 8:31-39 (NIV)
MORE THAN CONQUERERS
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns?No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
September 1, 2019
Life Changing Purpose: Mission
We all know that the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ. Jesus, himself said so: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through Me.” (John 14:6) But the Romans passage reminds us that this does not happen by magic. It takes people who are willing to live out their purpose in missions, either by going or by sending. We go when we commit ourselves to service, among the poor, the marginalized and the unbeliever. And we send when we give so that others can go. It takes all of us to fulfill the purpose God has in using us to bring mission to the world.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”