Have you ever felt like caving in? What's the use in such continued suffering? The prescription for discouragement isn't alcohol or shopping or vacations. It's a glimpse at God's majesty in worship.
God is right here. Closer than you ever dreamed--as near as your breathing. He's waiting to be touched. That makes prayer so simple. All Adam has to do is lift a finger. Any time, day or night, you can too.
At Christmas, we long to transcend typical consumer trappings. The Christmas story is based on such an experience - the appearance of the angel, bringing good news of a great joy. The catch is that an angel's appearance is but a glimpse of the ultimate experience, God made flesh in a baby.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:8–15
Think of the keepsakes and heirlooms you treasure. How carefully do you protect them? How much more God protects us, when we belong to Him. But the fine print is that we have to be willing.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 43:1-7
John, who called people to return to the wilderness where Israel first became a people, is the best friend you could have to start the Christmas season. Only when we understand that we're lost and hopeless on our own does the coming of a Savior make any sense at all.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 3:1-20
The most common trait of the latest National Merit scholar students? Family meals, at least three times a week. Eating is central to God's family, too. Move from tablet to table and discover God's grace.
SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:46-47
The church is familiar with responding to crises. But what about the margins of chaos and violence, where few are equipped to respond? Jesus has called us to a life of justice, mobilizing His church to the most fragile of places. What if we were to take on the greatest needs of our day?
Christian marriage isn't really traditional marriage. It's a shining ideal of lifelong fidelity by two sexually different humans in mutual surrender. We cannot define Christian marriage. It defines us.
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:21-33
The feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle repeated in all four gospels. It's a story of how we can become channels of God's power. All we need to do is offer our meager resources to Jesus.
SCRIPTURE: John 6: 1-14
At the heart of life with Jesus, we freely give to others what we have graciously been given from God. In forgiveness, grace abounds and transformation ensues. How do we learn to apply the value of forgiveness in our most precious community - our family?
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 18:21-35
How do we explain the silence of God? Jesus' own prayers went unanswered. How can Jesus' own forsakenness on the cross help me with unanswered prayer?
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 22
The Bible says this universe is ruled by the mighty will of a sovereign God. On the other hand, it says our prayers make things happen. How can both of these things be true? God is deeply affected by our prayers.
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 32, Matthew 5
Prayer is a spiritual discipline. If you're going to be a disciple, you need to exercise discipline. Discipline isn't like eating your broccoli as much as it is creating space in your life for God to work.
SCRIPTURE: Mark 1:32-39
God wills that you pray; God delights in it and really wants it. Prayer is as central to the meaning of the created universe as you can get. He's near as your breathing. Just lift a finger.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:1–13
You can have a faith as orthodox as a bishop and still be a train wreck. Does the Christian life promise more than it can deliver? Learn the key to happiness, according to the Bible.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 1
The Christians at Thessalonica decided to opt out of the work force, pray and wait for Jesus to return. The tentmaking Apostle Paul was not amused. One of the most Godlike things you and I can do is get up and go to work in the morning.
SCRIPTURE: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Tolerance was perhaps late Roman culture's highest virtue. Jezebel, a member of the church at Thyatira, thought she should help the church evolve to a changing world. Sound familiar?
Ephesus was a big, bold and upcoming city, and its church was the most effective church of the New Testament. Peachtree has also had a big impact on its city. But is it good enough?