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.
When it’s all finished, what will you have? Pictures on the wall and days you’d take or leave? Or will your life be worthy of a celebration? Through Jesus, our life is not dust, but a set of beautiful things that builds, serves and changes lives of those to come.
He wanted to believe. After he'd put Daniel and the others in with the lions for the night, the king couldn't sleep. He was anguished. He'd laid down the gauntlet, and he had to know the answer. Was Daniel right after all? Would Daniel's God come through?
SCRIPTURE: Daniel 6:16-28
Sometimes our relationship with God can feel like a wrestling match. We sense God's presence, but resist. We ask for God's favor, and when he doesn't respond, we keep on asking. The story of Jacob encourages us to keep on wrestling, even when it hurts.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 32:22-32
Jesus said, "Don’t be afraid; just believe." 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?
SCRIPTURE: Mark 5:36
Jesus said, "Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people." Who is this Jesus? When we look at this words, we’re forced to decide, will we let his words change our life?
SCRIPTURE: Mark 1:15-20
Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." Who is this Jesus? When we look at his words, we’re forced to decide, will we let him change our life?
SCRIPTURE: John 10:10
Jesus said, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it." The words of Jesus beg a question: Who is this Jesus? When we look at Jesus, we’re forced to decide, will we let his words change our life?
SCRIPTURE: Luke 9:23-25
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
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
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.
SCRIPTURE: John 20:1-8
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