Love

Today’s passage is known as the love passage. Typically this passage will be read at weddings; however, this is not a passage limited to marital relationships. Paul makes it clear that if we do not have love, we are nothing. Love should be behind everything we do and everything we say. Love should be our … Continue reading Love

Mutual Concern

As we have been moving through 1 Corinthians, we have been seeing this common theme of interconnectedness. Today is no exception. We read in 1 Corinthians 12:25-26: “He has done this intentionally so that every member would look after the others with mutual concern, and so that there will be no division in the body.In … Continue reading Mutual Concern

Permanent Access

Today’s verse is a great reminder for us all. Romans 5:2 says, “Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvelous kindness that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory! (TPT). Grace. How amazing?!? We have … Continue reading Permanent Access

They Rejoiced With Her

I love the picture of Luke 1:58. Imagine this woman who desired a child for so long. Imagine what she went through for so many years as a barren woman. She likely gave up on having a child. From reading Luke 1, we can see that Zechariah and Elizabeth were praying for a child. Perhaps … Continue reading They Rejoiced With Her

Uncontained Joy

When you think of uncontained, what do you imagine? I think back to the unrestrained flood waters after the torrential downpours of Hurricane Sandy. I picture the uncontrolled water shooting out from the burst pipe during the one frigid winter I forgot the turn off the outside water line. I remember the uncontained pool water … Continue reading Uncontained Joy

Rejoice and Reflect Outline

12-24-2016 Christmas Eve Sermon   Expectation leads to preparation (for what is to come)   Expectation leads to intense focus (on what is to come)   Expectation leads to positioning (for what is to come)     For the last 4 weeks, we have been celebrating the coming of Jesus We had great expectation for … Continue reading Rejoice and Reflect Outline

Whatever Happens

The Bible tells us to rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16, Philippians 4:4). This is very difficult, because we often find ourselves in circumstances that are not so delightful. Nonetheless, no matter what is going on in our lives, our heavenly Father is always deserving of honor, glory, and praise. This does not change with circumstances. … Continue reading Whatever Happens

Practice These Things

One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:8; Paul tells us in this verse where we are to focus or to dwell. The Greek word for dwell is “logizomai” which means to count, to decide, to think, to reason, to take into account. In today’s passage, Paul tells us what to practice, and he also … Continue reading Practice These Things