You will play like you practice. It is a statement that almost every coach in the world has said, at one time or another. It is common, because it is so true. This truth applies not just in sports, but also in our spiritual lives. We need to practice being thankful.
One way of looking at life is that it is a series of lessons that we must learn. We know that the Lord teaches us lessons. The question is, have we learned the lessons that God has tried to teach us?
Anger is such a destructive emotion, especially when that anger is directed toward God.
The Gospel is the mission of the church. The question is whether or not we are sharing the Gospel message. Are we convinced? Are we consumed by the Holy Spirit? Are we aware that we are commanded to share? These are the questions that are brought before us by Chris Davenport, pastor of The Bridge Church in Fredericksburg, VA.
Life is somewhat unforgiving, we rarely get a second chance at something when we fail the first time. Well, unless we’re dealing with Jesus…
What should our prayer sound like when we come to the realization that our best laid plans have gone completely sideways and we need to seek forgiveness? We get to “listen” to Jonah’s prayer when he finds himself in this position.
When we choose to disobey God, we are faced with the response to that decision. The response of God, the response of other people, and our own response. Sadly, we often fail to realize the unintended consequences of our sin and our own response.
We love to make plans. Plans for vacations, weddings, and even retirement. However, when our plans include disobedience they are doomed to failure. We begin this series from the Book of Jonah looking at what deliberate disobedience looks like and why its a bad idea.
Our calling is radical, at least, it is supposed to be. If we’re going to follow the steps of the master, it is radical!
One thing most American Christians are guilty of is being self-indulgent. We want the music, lighting, and sermon our way. We want air conditioning and heat for a comfortable worship experience, and we want cushions on our pews or chairs. Are any of these things necessary for the gospel? Do we need to practice a little self-denial?