When it comes to sex, Jesus raises the bar. Every other commandment stops at our actions, but in matters of the heart, it’s what is in our hearts that matters. Jesus calls us to radical faithfulness.
Jesus’ movement is not doing well these days. In many places where his name appears, Jesus’ people lack their founder’s passion. Where do we go to get it back? Let’s go to the source—the person of Jesus. Watch Jesus’ dazzling people skills as he loves people and makes them believe there is actually a God who knows us. Take a walk with Jesus. Would you have followed him?
God can replace our fears and faithlessness with a yearning for new adventure that can only be known with a spirit made bigger by Christ’s redeeming act on the cross.
SCRIPTURE: John 21:1-22
When his ship ran ashore, the apostle Paul learned anew how life is often beyond our control. Yet even in storms that bring damage, God remains faithful and supplies both provision and joy.
SCRIPTURE: Acts 27:27-44
In spite of its reputation for castle-building, sand is not a good manufacturing material. Jesus points out what is obvious to a five year old with a bucket on a beach: It’s not easy to make a good foundation out of sand. It is unstable.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:24-28
Like a desert sand dune that overtakes a landscape, sin can bury our best intentions.
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 2:11-15
When forged under heat and pressure, sand transforms from impermeable earth to translucent glass. Similarly, the Holy Spirit has transforming power for our lives.
SCRIPTURE: Mark 4
Sand-formed shorelines are a beautiful image of the greatness of God’s creation, marrying land and sea. Such is the beauty of the thoughts of God.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 139
We go to the beach to get away from our hectic lives and recover a right pace. But it is only Jesus who is capable of washing away our worst afflictions and forming our hearts and lives.
SCRIPTURE: Mark 5:1-20
You could spend a lifetime counting the grains in a single cubic foot of sand and still fail to grasp its greatness. Likewise, God loves us so much that He wants to bless us, and our families, beyond our ability to understand.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 22:17
When we’re dehydrated, we grab a can from the fridge or fill a water bottle. But the cure is temporary; soon we’re thirsty again. What if our thirst isn’t just physical, but a sign of a deeper need? Jesus teaches a woman getting some water that there is a source that never runs dry, if we will only obey our thirst.
SCRIPTURE: John 4:4-19
You get rid of the bad things in your life not by focusing on getting rid of the bad things in your life but by falling head over heels in love with Jesus.
SCRIPTURE: John 12:1-9
Matthew and Simon, two key disciples of Jesus, were natural born enemies. Yet they ate together, worked together, and prayed together. These unlikely friends were united in Christ, and they became a model for the early church.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 9:9-13
Sometimes we try doing it on our own and find ourselves at the knot on the end of the rope. Two people, hanging on to their rope for dear life, turn to Jesus, and in their desperation find help and peace.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 8:40-56
Jesus treasured, cherished, and defended women, especially his mother, in a time when it was taboo to strike up a conversation with a woman in public.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 15:21-28
How will we deal with the "needy" people around us? We often try to avoid people like Bartimaus who seem to be a bottomless pit of need.
SCRIPTURE: Mark 10
On the path of discipleship Peter discovered his true identity. As we follow Christ's call in our lives we discover our true selves.
SCRIPTURE: John 1:40-42; Matthew 16:17-19
SCRIPTURE: John 5:1-15