How would you fill in the blank in this sentence: "If I had ___________, my life would really sing"? We might be tempted to say the Sunday school answer: Jesus! But if the gospel is true, and you have been born again, you already have him! And yet it's pretty rare to hear someone say their life is really singing. So what is it that could make the difference?
The gospel is good news to real sinners. It's not the powerful, the perfect, the put-together who are shoo-ins to the kingdom of heaven. How do we know? Look at the birth of Jesus!
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a prime candidate for fear, anxiety, and worry. But she was also a prime candidate for faith. You probably are too.
Sometimes we see the beauty of grace immediately. Other times, the beauty remains hidden for a long time. But in either case, grace is still grace – undeserved FAVOR from the Lord.
What is the purpose of church? Is it that we have spotless theology? Is it that love our neighbors no matter what we believe? Or is it both?
Ray Ortland is quoted as having said, “There is a hell before Hell; a heaven before Heaven.” Proverbs warns against death multiple times, but rarely does it point to the actual event. So this discussion of life and death is bigger than simply, “Do you have a pulse or not?”
It’s something we all struggle with; something that lies underneath all of our sin and rebellion… and yet no one thinks they have it.
WORDS MATTER PROVERBS 17:27-18:21 Good morning River City! We’re now just a couple weeks away from the end of our Proverbs series. We have two weeks after today, and then…
Is the gospel like a billboard – inviting, but powerless? Is God like a cosmic business owner, biting his nails hoping we will "stop in" for some of his "goods"? Proverbs 16 shows us the wisdom of understanding God's sovereignty in the world.
Inviting his son to look carefully at the ant, the father in Proverbs points out several life lessons that promote wisdom in making the most of every opportunity.