The Christmas story is told from four perspectives- all of which enlarge our understanding of what God was doing through birth of Jesus. Ultimately, their goal is more than information, but to lead us to a place of belief.
In the Christmas story darkness is represented by Herod, who works to extinguish the light coming into the world. But as John reminds us, darkness always looses to the light.
Holidays can hard for many reasons. If you’re in a difficult season John has some great encouragement about the light that overcomes the darkness.
Is it a tragedy when a young missionary is killed serving abroad? Or is there a greater tragedy? Paul’s mission work in a difficult city provides a framework for how to think about current events.
Tim & Diane Castro readily admit, “We never would have imagined being in church leadership.” But God calls unlikely people for His mission. Listen for God’s subtle promptings to obedience as they tell their story.
What would it be like to receive an invitation from God to a party, but turn it down because you had something better to do? Jesus tells a story that exposes our excuses as a cover for different priorities.
Our sometimes ridiculous excuses are a way we minimize our sin. But if we are always minimizing, we are never growing from it. This message is a challenge to stop excusing and start killing our sin.
When God asks seemingly impossible things of us, he isn’t trying to set us up for failure, but lead us to obedience in his strength. Moses had a hard time getting that (and most of us do to!). We must learn to trust in God’s ability more than our sufficiency.
We think “if I had more, I’d give more.” But the opposite if often the reality. Paul reminds a young church that it is joy that fuels generosity, not wealth.
It’s easy for good drivers to be judgmental of those who have careless wrecks. Jesus tells a story that challenges our hearts for those whose lives have gone off in the ditch.