May 19, 2019
Forgiving
As followers of Jesus we are always asking, “What is my purpose?” We ask the question, but do we really want the answer? What if the answer is to forgive that person who has wounded you deeply? What if the answer is to put down your self-righteous stones that make you feel better than others. What if Jesus is calling His followers to be known for what they are FOR than what they are AGAINST?
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  • May 19, 2019Forgiving
    May 19, 2019
    Forgiving
    As followers of Jesus we are always asking, “What is my purpose?” We ask the question, but do we really want the answer? What if the answer is to forgive that person who has wounded you deeply? What if the answer is to put down your self-righteous stones that make you feel better than others. What if Jesus is calling His followers to be known for what they are FOR than what they are AGAINST?
  • May 6, 2019RLC: Being
    May 6, 2019
    RLC: Being
    Before we are called to do anything for Jesus, we are called to spend time with Jesus. However, in our desire to follow Jesus we often jump into action and forget that our DOING flows out of our BEING with Jesus. In the coming weeks, Jesus will call us to Forgive, to Serve, to Give, and to Go. None of these are possible unless we first learn to abide in Being with Jesus.
  • Apr 28, 2019RLC – Introduction
    Apr 28, 2019
    RLC – Introduction
    More than half of the words in the Gospels come from the mouth of Jesus. These are the Red Letters of Scripture. We memorize them, we quote them, we write books about them, we post them on social media. Jesus called us to do none of these things. He called us to do them!  God’s Word is living, active and life-changing for those who read, mark, learn and inwardly digest it.  Let us open our hearts to the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we embark on this 40-day challenge.  
  • Apr 21, 2019Consider Jesus
    Apr 21, 2019
    Consider Jesus
    Series: (All)
    Consider that this morning we celebrate a victory - Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was slain for our sins, but He has risen from the dead! Through baptism and faith in His Name we have forgiveness and eternal life. That means that because He has risen, we too will rise. That’s something to celebrate! … Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
  • Apr 18, 2019Love is the Greatest
    Apr 18, 2019
    Love is the Greatest
    Series: Love Is
    The night before He dies, Jesus shows His disciples how great His love is for us by doing the work of a servant and washing His disciples' feet. Love is so great, it moves us to do sacrificial things!
  • Apr 14, 2019Love is Fulfilling Promises
    Apr 14, 2019
    Love is Fulfilling Promises
    Series: Love Is
    Jesus knows He will soon die when He rides into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Yet, He goes to Jerusalem anyway. Matthew says He does so, in part, to fulfill a prophecy from Zechariah. Jesus keeps this promise in the prophecy out of His love for us.
  • Apr 10, 2019Love is All Things
    Apr 10, 2019
    Love is All Things
    Series: Love Is

    Forgiveness and love are intimately connected. You will never be able to love someone well if you are not able to forgive them for the times they do not love you well. We should seek, on the one hand, never to lead someone we love into sin while, on the other hand, forgiving others when they tempt us into sin, or sin against us.

  • Apr 7, 2019Love is Truthful
    Apr 7, 2019
    Love is Truthful
    Series: Love Is
    Achan’s lie hurts not only Achan, but the whole Israelite community. To love someone is to tell the truth, even when the truth embarrasses us, or is tough for them to hear!
  • Apr 3, 2019Love is Forgiving
    Apr 3, 2019
    Love is Forgiving
    Series: Love Is
    Forgiveness and love are intimately connected. You will never be able to love someone well if you are not able to forgive them for the times they do not love you well. We should seek, on the one hand, never to lead someone we love into sin while, on the other hand, forgiving others when they tempt us into sin, or sin against us.
  • Mar 31, 2019Love is Not Irritable
    Mar 31, 2019
    Love is Not Irritable
    Series: Love Is
    In Jesus’ parable, a judge gives a woman what she wants because she won’t stop bothering her and it irritates him! Jesus promises that, no matter how many times we “bother” God, He will never become irritated with our pleas!
  • Mar 27, 2019Love is Not Self Seeking
    Mar 27, 2019
    Love is Not Self Seeking
    Series: Love Is
    In a culture that is selfish, we are called to be selfless. Being selfless helps us connect with others better because it focuses us on them and their needs.
  • Mar 20, 2019Love is Not Arrogant
    Mar 20, 2019
    Love is Not Arrogant
    Series: Love Is
    The ancient Israelites relied on themselves and their own spiritual desires rather than on God and His revealed spiritual order. Solomon reminds us, “An arrogant spirit comes before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). How can we humble ourselves under God?
  • Mar 17, 2019Love is Not Envious
    Mar 17, 2019
    Love is Not Envious
    Series: Love Is
    It was envy that got Jesus killed. The religious leaders were jealous that Jesus was smarter than them and had a more devoted following than them. Their envy led to death. Envy always kills – it kills joy, it kills fulfilment, and, many times, it kills achievement, because it’s so busy complaining about what it doesn’t have that it forgets to grow into what it could have.
  • Mar 10, 2019Love is…Patient
    Mar 10, 2019
    Love is…Patient
    Series: Love Is
    Saul was not patient in waiting for Samuel to make a burnt offering and give him a word from the Lord. Because of Saul’s lack of patience, Israel’s kingship was lost to his family. Impatience results in loss. This is why God is so patient with us – because He wants to keep us (cf. 2 Peter 3:9)!
  • Mar 3, 2019Gracious Giving, Generous Living
    Mar 3, 2019
    Gracious Giving, Generous Living
    Series: (All)
    The Apostle Peter is known for “stepping out of the boat” on faith (Matthew 14:22-33). He was able to do that because it was Jesus who was calling Him out of his position of relative security to one of apparent danger. Our leaps of faith aren’t as risky if God is the One calling us to leap. Truthfully, Peter was never in danger because Jesus was right there with him. Likewise, God calls us to step out of our safe comfort zone, into the seemingly dangerous water of generous giving. May we, like Peter, trust God to allow us to do what we ourselves are unable to do – give graciously and live generously!