As soon as Jesus rises from the dead he starts doling out presents - the best of which is faith. Only by meeting Jesus personally do you get faith, and then a sackful of additional presents - peace, purpose, joy, hope and more.
Celebrate the passion of Jesus, from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the shame and suffering of the cross, to the glory of resurrection morning.
As believers, we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. Life in the clouds gives us the strength to throw off the sin that so easily entangles us. As we fix our eyes on Jesus, we can run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 12:1-2
Some of the most popular editions of today’s Bibles have red letters for the words of Jesus. These red letters beg a question: Who is this Jesus? When we look at the red letter Jesus, we’re forced to decide, will we let his words change our life? Jesus said, "But what about you? Who do you say I am?"
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:13-18
On the cross, Jesus remembered his mother. Seeing his dear friend, he said, “Take care of her, John. Behold your mother.” Jesus expresses his inexpressible love for his mother in a simple act of remembering. Moms want to be remembered. Vic Pentz completes his ministry at Peachtree by remembering our church’s founding mother, a bereaved mom, Ida Honour, along with his own mother, Frances, who shaped his life and faith.
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 20:12
Sometime around 2100 BC, the God of the Universe appeared to a man living in the city of Ur and said, “I want you to trust me. Pull up stakes. Leave where you are, and go to the land I will show you.” Without even asking where this land was, Abraham went, without maps. Ever since, when God wants us to show faith, he points us to a road, and as we go, we move from certainty to trust and from security to vulnerability. What a journey of joy it is.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 12
Most of us have such a puny view of heaven, we'd rather spend a wet weekend in Waynesboro. Pearly gates, jeweled crowns, and roads paved with 24-karat gold? Heaven seems so boring, our great literary minds have done a better job depicting the other place. Somehow we have allowed Satan to rob us of what God intends to be the sizzle and salsa of the Christian life--our view of heaven.
SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthains 4:16 - 5:10
The self-helps tell us we're special and destined for greatness. But what if greatness isn't measured by our possessions and status, but by the size of God's kingdom in our wake? God's rule isn't just for our benefit, but a power that endures for all generations. The best life worth celebrating is the one in which the next generation speaks the power of God's awesome deeds.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 145
The fleetingness of time explains much of our puzzling behavior. We dash for the express lines and say, “Hurry up, I haven’t got all day.” The sand is draining through our hourglass! We want to stop time. Why? Psalm 90 says it’s because our earthly lives are like the grass of the field, like lawn cuttings in the sun on a hot afternoon. Therefore, says God, “Be wise. Number your days. Seize the moment!”
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 90
Most people picture their life like a bell curve. You go up, up, up until you peak, then down you go until you die. Our world's dream is to be young forever. But in the Bible, the view of life is a gradual ascent all the way into eternity. God is filling you with more and more wisdom until at last you may discover the true meaning of life is not competing and accomplishing but knowing and enjoying God’s presence.
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 12: 1-8, 13
Accusation is in the middle of all that is broken in our world. From political arguments to fractures within the family, we all feel its sting. Accusation inspired Adam and Eve’s deviation from God’s plan in Genesis 3 and accusation sent Jesus to the cross. What we see in Jesus’ act on the cross, however, is God’s unwinding of accusation with a stunning display of affirmation. Following Jesus is a “yes” to life, not a “no.”
SCRIPTURE: John 12:12-19
Recent research shows that two weeks of not using your legs can cause a loss of more than 30% in muscular strength. Inactivity leads to a rapid decline in flexibility, strength and fitness. What is true for our physical body is true for our spirit. Here is a great way to get spiritually stronger.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 25:14-30
Athletes stretch their bodies to the limit in order to keep themselves lean and fit. The Apostle Paul asks, Why can’t you Christians be more like an athlete—focused, dedicated, and willing to suffer for the cause?
SCRIPTURE: Luke 5:17-26
We all know the physical benefits of a good workout, but knowledge alone is often a poor motivator. Staying on track with our fitness, requires meaningful goals. Likewise our faith requires us to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and press on toward the finish.
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 3:7-14
Worship is literally the breath in our lungs. Because of Jesus we have the privilege to experience God’s presence in worship. Such worship is like being connected to a machine that fills us with pure, life-giving oxygen.
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 10:19-25
Solo Christian is an oxymoron. In the body of Christ, our hearts beat in community. But Paul wouldn’t pray and preach on unity so much if it was easy.
SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:42-47
For a time, Cain was the only child on the face of the earth. Life was good - until he had to share with his brother Abel. We're all descendants of Cain. Envy and anger is part of our daily struggle. How do we tame this tiger?
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 4:1-16
We're made for connection, and one way God gave us for being connected is through sex. But the fallen world twists God's gift by mixing sexuality with hurt and insecurity. The good news is that Christ can restore us to the purity of Eden.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 2