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    The Reason for Kindness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 1:48

    We've all known kindness. It might have been a Sunday school teacher, or maybe it was Mom listening to our bad day.   But how often do you actually think about the importance of kindness? Is it an active part of your day? If not, you're missing the point.   1 Corinthians 13:4–5 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”   Real love compels us to practice kindness. A daily routine, and for the right reason. What is the right reason?   God tells us to be kind. This choice doesn't depend on what the other guy is doing. Be that person who does a lot of kind things, and his only audience is God. Try it. Try a random act of kindness, don't let others see you do it, then reflect on how good it makes you feel.   That's the best kind of kind.   Let's pray.   Lord, your Word shows us that we are blessed with kindness from you in countless ways. Help us start to give back to those around us. Amen.

    Remembering an Icon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 1:16

    During the summer in Oklahoma, the heat can be oppressive.   When Martin Luther King, Jr. walked into Calvary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City in 1953, few knew who he was. The congregants just fanned themselves and tried not to think about sweating.   The 24-year-old seminary grad preached and then left. He had been looking for a job, honestly, but no offer came.   Years later, a deacon was asked how in the world they let MLK get away. He said, “He didn't have enough gravy.”   In other words, the future icon wasn't old enough. Didn't have enough experience.   1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young…”   MLK had enough gravy to know that Christ's commandment to love one another was desperately needed in the world.   The best part of his life's work is that you don't have to be an icon to do that. Each of us can model this Christ-like love to everyone we come in contact with.   Let's pray.   Lord, we thank you for those who went before us. Help us to pick up their mantle and keep marching forward. Amen.

    One Hot Mess

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 1:41

    A positive in our culture today is that we can admit our shortcomings.    In the past, it was sort of taboo to tell the world you were not exactly all together. Back in the day, a “hot mess” usually referred to an overturned pot on the stove.   But today, the phrase “hot mess” has a whole new meaning. Our lives are often just a mess.   Thank goodness the outcome is not dependent on us.   Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”   Recognizing that you don't quite have it together is a positive first step to moving beyond your circumstances. But the real key is internalizing the fact that God—not you—saves the day.    All we can do is admit our shortcomings, and then rest in the knowledge that God has it from here. That's an attitude the Lord will bless.    God's got you covered and blessed all at the same time!   Let's pray.   Lord, you are so good to us. And you have so much more for us than we can even imagine. Thank you for blessing us and not leaving us where we were. In Jesus' name. Amen.

    God's Grace Sweeps In

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 2:32

    By some estimates, the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace” is performed over 10 million times a year around the world. Imagine not being able to hear this sweet song!   Losing the ability to hear, or being born deaf, is unimaginable for many of us who have never experienced hearing loss, but there are some surprising upsides to being differently-abled in this way.   Deaf people develop keener senses of observation, touch, taste, and smell to compensate for their loss of hearing. What the hearing world may view as a loss, can lead to Sensory Superpowers for members of the deaf community.   ASL, or American Sign Language, is an incredibly rich language, and it's the 6th most common language in the United States   Statistics show deaf people are safer drivers due to their ability to focus on the visual aspects of driving, and actually live longer than hearing people.   Ephesians 2:8–9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”   Sometimes when we lose out on something, God's grace sweeps in to fill up that space with other beautiful blessings in amazing ways.   Let's pray.   Heavenly Father, sometimes we see differences as stumbling blocks, but your grace tells us otherwise. Help us to be noticers of where your grace shines a light in the lives of those around us, and to embrace the differences we encounter. Amen.

    God Wants Better for You

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 2:16

    Have you ever been really angry at someone, and had a tough time letting it go?   Maybe a work colleague let you down, or got you in trouble with the boss.   Maybe family drama is dragging you down, and there are unresolved hurt feelings.   Maybe your spouse betrayed you, and you aren't sure how to move past it.   Unforgiveness in our lives is painful, and as believers, it can affect our prayer life, and even our relationship with the Lord.   Mark 11:25 says, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”   God's amazing grace is one of the most beautiful aspects of Christian belief. He sent His Own Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in exchange for our sins. We are forgiven because of the sacrifice Jesus made, and have eternity in heaven to look forward to because of that forgiveness.   The truth about unforgiveness is it does the most damage not to the party we hold a grudge against — but to ourselves. You can't see it on the outside, but an unhealed wound on our hearts is like a cancer, spreading and growing, and preventing us from experiencing joy to the full.   God wants better for us. If you are struggling to forgive someone, give it to God today, and ask Him to help you let it go.   Let's pray.   Lord, I have a person or situation to forgive that is weighing heavily on my heart, and I need your help. Please give me the strength to forgive, and renew my sense of peace. I give you every aspect of this situation. Amen.

    The Definition of Grace

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 1:50

    Do you ever worry you might not measure up?   Sam was a fourth grader with a big problem: he left his homework at school, and he was so worried he'd be in trouble with the teacher, he could hardly stand to go to school the next day.   In the car on the way to school, Sam's mom explained the concept of grace, asking, “Sam, do you know about the idea of grace? Grace means even if we aren't perfect, the people who care about us can choose to forgive us. I think your teacher will understand about your homework.”   Ephesians 2 verses 8–9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”   The concerns on your mind today are probably bigger than a missed homework assignment. Maybe you're struggling in your marriage, or experiencing financial distress. Maybe things aren't going well at work, or you are battling addiction, or wrestling with sin.   When you begin to worry you are falling short, give it to the Lord. God sent Jesus as a living sacrifice for me and for you, so we could all experience His grace. Grace isn't something we can earn, it's a gift God gifts to us, simply because He loves us. And that's truly amazing!

    On Sin and Slippery Floors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 1:36

    “Mom — I broke something! I'm so sorry!”   Benjamin had slipped on the wet bathroom floor and managed to take down the shower curtain and the curtain rod, in one fell swoop.   His mom's concern wasn't the state of the shower curtain, but whether the broken something was an arm or leg. Thankfully, her son wasn't hurt, and fixing the curtain was a lot easier than mending a broken bone. A reassuring hug from mom was all the boy needed to mend his hurt pride.   None of us are perfect, whether we're 8 years old or 80. Slips and trips happen in life, and beyond accidental mishaps, we also slip up and sin, making choices that disappoint the Lord, and send us on a detour from the path He has planned for us.    1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”   God loves us dearly, and while our sin makes Him sad, He is ready and willing to forgive us; we only need to ask Him to. God's love for us is so deep He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins because He knew we'd need forgiveness. That's amazing grace!   Let's pray.   Lord, you love us through our imperfections. Thank you for the incredible gift of your forgiveness. Amen.

    Modern Evangelism

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 2:02

    If you wonder what is the best way to share your faith and defend it in the modern world, it might help to look at past examples.   In the Bible, the husband-and-wife team of Priscilla and Aquila shared Christ with Apollos, who would become a famous early evangelist. In colonial England, the abolitionist, William Wilberforce, shamed his own government into freeing slaves.   Jude 1:3 says, “Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.”   Today more than ever, truly, it is really important that Christians prepare to defend our faith. The world is hurting and dying. People the world over desperately need the love of Christ, and they will have questions. They might wonder about the divinity of Jesus, or ask you specifically how to be saved.   Be ready to answer, and do so with a heart full of love and compassion. And don't be afraid to be bold!   Let's pray.   Lord, give us a spirit of courage in this chaotic world. Help us to love as you love. Amen.

    Meet The Defenders

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 1:53

    We think of a “defender” as a muscular guy wearing a suit of armor. He raises his sword and takes swings at the enemy.   A defender can be that guy. No question. But a defender of the faith is simply a person who loves Christ enough to share Him with others, and answer questions along the way. The truth is, a defender of the faith can be a serene grandmother, or a mild-mannered accountant. It could even be you!   Our Defender of the Faith series focuses on what it means to stand up for your Christian faith.   Jude 1:3 says, “Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.”   The reality is, we live in a fallen world, and not everyone has kind things to say about our King. Some people are skeptics. Others really challenge our faith, and because others are watching us, it is necessary for us to be alert and watchful.   Don't feel inferior if you don't regularly wear armor and do battle for real. Christ made you the way you are, especially for the time and place you live. When it comes time to defend the faith, you'll be ready.   Let's pray.   Lord, help us stay engaged in the fight to share your Gospel with a hurting world. Amen.

    Follow His Lead

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 1:59

    Keeping things simple is usually the best path forward. For Christians, that means following Christ's lead in everything.   This includes sharing and standing for our faith.   The Bible is full of examples of how Jesus did this. Occasionally he got mad, as when he threw out the moneychangers. Other times he just quietly sat and taught what His Father had shown Him.   This is our model. When you share Christ with someone and that person believes, you have been given the privilege of watching the most important moment in his or her life. Ever. To get to this moment, it will require you to be knowledgeable about your faith, balanced enough to be gentle in sharing, and sometimes edgy enough to pushback when someone mocks our Lord.   Jude 1:3 says, “Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.”   God gave us a job to do, and one of his prophets, Jude, told us to be ready to defend the Gospel. This we are happy to do.   Let's pray.   Lord, your wisdom is enough for us. We are always ready to defend the Good News.

    A Disciplined Approach

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 1:29

    Defending the faith can sometimes be a subjective thing. As examples of extremes, we have seen the Crusades, and the modern form is perhaps an aggressive “pitch” to someone who isn't a believer.   The thing is, it's great to be zealous for our faith, but let's also be disciplined. We don't want to alienate a person who might otherwise listen. To put it simply: an angry Christian is usually a lonely Christian.   Jude 1:3 says, “Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.”   We can defend our faith in a strong way. We can be bold in what we believe, sure of our eternity with Jesus Christ. But our messaging is all-important. It could be that having a conversation with someone is the right approach. Don't feel pressure. Don't press. Jesus has the job of saving; we just have to be available to share about Him.   Let's pray.   Lord, please always remind us to share the Gospel with love. Amen.

    Ready to Answer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 1:30

    In every generation, it falls to believers to spend some time in defending our worldview as Christians. Honestly, it's not the nicest part of the gig, but it's necessary.   Usually, it involves simply explaining what your faith is all about. Followers of other religions do the same thing, but for us, we are sharing the person of Christ with those who don't know Him. That makes it a big deal.   Jude 1:3 says, “Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.”   It's exciting that God has entrusted this to us. It's a privilege. Even if you find yourself in an adversarial conversation, (and — they're not all adversarial), but if it is, remember the main thing: you get to share your faith and see someone else find freedom in Christ!   Let's pray.   Lord, thank you for allowing us to tell others about you. Help us always be ready to give an answer when asked about our faith. Amen.

    Be Still And Know

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 1:30

    In a world full of manmade gods and goddesses, the Creator God stands alone. He is a King of the first order, and everything was made by Him. His majesty and power are awesome.   Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”   Usually when people are in the presence of royalty, they get nervous. Kings and queens make us uneasy, and we obsess about how we approach them.   Not so with our great God. Yes, He is all-powerful, and the Bible does describe Him sometimes as fiery, but He also loves us with true love and compassion. It is a privilege to worship Him, and acknowledge Him for who He truly is.   Not all people and nations recognize God, of course. But the day is coming when they will. On that day, He will remember His people.   All hail our King!   Let's pray. Lord, you alone are worthy of praise, and we do praise your Holy Name. Amen.

    Rest In God's Timing

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 2:26

    Where are you today? I don't mean on the way to work or your kitchen or a doctor's office. I mean, is your life stable? Are you on the right road? Our topic this week is the perfect timing of God. You might be in an okay place, or you might be free falling. As usual, God's Word speaks to this.   Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”   Wow. That is a description of how your Creator is managing your life. You see it as a disaster. He sees you as beautiful. He is smoothing the path in front of you.   Can I give you some advice? If today is rainy and gloomy for you, quiet your mind for a few minutes. Meditate on our verse for today. If you can't really see where your life is going, you're not alone. All of us see through a glass darkly, as the apostle Paul said.   But God sees everything, and He sees it clearly. He knows where you are going and just as important, He knows where you are now. God's got this.   Rest in that today.   Let's pray. Lord, we are deeply grateful that you are in charge and that you love us. We love you, too. Amen.

    A Permanent Anchor

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 2:37

    When you think of ships, whether you're thinking of the Titanic, pirate ships of yore, or trading vessels crossing the vast ocean to bring goods and services from one country to another, you probably picture them with an anchor — a heavy metal hook designed to catch on the ocean floor and keep a boat or ship in place.   Wikipedia says this about anchors:   There are two main types of anchors: temporary and permanent. A permanent anchor is called a mooring block and is not easily moved. A temporary anchor can be moved and is carried on the boat. When people talk about anchors, they're usually thinking about the temporary kind.   Hebrews 6:19 says, "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”   When you think about your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, what kind of anchor binds you to your Lord and Savior? Is it a permanent anchor — not easily moved? Or is it a temporary anchor, dependent more on where you want to steer the ship, carried aboard your boat until you feel like a temporary stop?   God wants the hope we've found in Jesus to be a permanent fixture in our lives; our faith is meant to hold us steady and secure as we follow Him, being a constant source of reassurance in every circumstance — not a temporary stopping place.   Let's pray.   Lord, whether we're sailing calm seas or fighting to keep our heads above water in the midst of a storm, you are with us. You are truly the anchor for our souls. Help us to remember to moor ourselves to you, instead of following our pride and settling for a temporary anchor. Amen.

    The Secret of Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 1:56

    Solomon was one of the most amazing men in all of history. The King of Israel, the son of the famous David, was so rich he got bored. In fact, some believe he was the wealthiest man of all time. In terms of money, he was the Jeff Bezos of his time.   But the Bible tells us his story, and doesn't spare any truth in doing it. Solomon accomplished great things, but at great spiritual cost.   After a while, he discovered the secret to real success, and that is what we're talking about today and all week: finding our Source.   John 16:24 says, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”   Solomon, you see, had wealth, power, fame, and relationships. But he saw that nothing really satisfied except knowing God. In fact, he asked God for wisdom!   Think about that. The king of an ancient empire could have had anything. Imagine a powerful being grants you three wishes. Most people in Solomon's place would have asked for the usual.   Yet Solomon asked God first for wisdom. And the rest, as they say, was history. God gave him that wisdom, then added riches beyond measure.   Do you see? We are to ask for the right things, then other good things will find their way to us.   Let's pray. Lord, your wisdom is the well we draw from. Thank you for not leaving us to our own solutions. Amen.

    Rest in His Shadow

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 1:47

    From the time he was a young shepherd in the wilderness, David had a deep relationship with God. He escaped enough dangerous situations to know that God was always with Him, and was his deliverer.   Psalm 91:1–2 says, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'”   This psalm is famous for its descriptive language. We can see a picture of this in our minds. And the specific things listed in this passage are very personal for each of us.   We are not to fear.   When we call on God, He hears us.   His angels watch over us.   One of the most beautiful images in the Bible is found in this psalm, as God, like a strong eagle, covers us with his wings so that we are protected.   Remember the words of Psalm 91 and call on Him day or night.   Let's pray.   Lord, your protection for us is just one of the things that separate you from anyone or anything else. We are grateful for your wings that draw us near and cover us. Amen.

    The Birth of Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 2:55

    The Birth of Jesus as told in the book of Luke, Chapter 2, Verses 1–20.   In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.   So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.   And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”   Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,   “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”   When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”   So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.   Let's pray.   Heavenly Father, the greatest gift ever given arrived not with ribbons or wrapped in fancy paper, but in the form of your Son, baby Jesus. Thank you for loving us so much you sent Jesus to save us. Amen.

    Silent Night

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 1:58

    Over 200 years ago, “Silent Night” was first heard by villagers attending Christmas Eve mass in St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria. Joseph Mohr, the young priest who wrote the lyrics, played the guitar and sang along with Franz Gruber, the choir director who had written the melody.   How did this simple tune, with its quiet words of comfort, become a beloved hymn of peace throughout the world?   An organ builder and repairman working at the church took a copy of the six-verse song to his home village. There, it was picked up and spread by two families of traveling folk singers, who performed around northern Europe.   The composition evolved and was eventually translated into over 300 languages. It was sung in churches, in town squares, even on the battlefield during World War I. During a temporary truce on Christmas Eve, soldiers sang carols from home, including "Silent Night." Known around the world by the wartime Christmas of 1914, the song was sung simultaneously across the trenches in French, German, and English.    Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight! Glories stream from heaven afar; Heavenly hosts sing Al-le-lu-ia! Christ the Savior is born! Christ the Savior is born!   Let's pray.   Lord, thank you for inspiring us to share the Gospel of peace with our neighbors across the street, and around the world. The miracle of Jesus' birth is a story worth telling again and again, and we ask you to give us the opportunity, and the words, to share the Good News. Amen.

    A Joyful Gift

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 1:53

    God gives us good gifts all the time. All through the year, not just at Christmas.   One of the truly joyful gifts is the ability to be kind to others. It sounds simple and maybe to some even quaint, but there is power in choosing to be kind.   Choosing to be kind. That's one of our themes this week.   1 Thessalonians 5:16 tells us to, “Always be joyful.” Paul uses this chapter to describe the heart of a Christian. We are also to “encourage the disheartened,” and “be patient with everyone.”   Although there are studies that prove this, we don't have to read a study to know that our decision to spread cheer in this world is really important.   Honestly, it also just feels good. Doesn't it? Have you done this lately?   Minnie Pearl was a fixture on the Grand Ole Opry. Her silly hat and goofy jokes helped make her famous, but the native of Tennessee is remembered for her joyful heart. People who knew her especially felt lifted up just by being around her.   It's always the season to spread cheer, but especially so during this season of goodwill.   Try it. You'll help others lean into joy, and it will help you catch the spirit of joy, too.   Let's pray. Lord, the joy we feel as believers is a good, good gift from our Good Father. Thank you for giving us hope. Amen.

    Small Town, Big Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 2:07

    Phillips Brooks was the minister of Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia and visited Bethlehem in December of 1865.   When Pastor Brooks traveled to the Holy Land, the journey included a horseback ride from Jerusalem to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Back then, it truly was a small village, far removed from the bustling city it would later become. By nightfall, he was in the field where, according to tradition, the shepherds heard the angelic announcement. Then he attended the Christmas Eve service at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.   Years later, the pastor recalled that first visit to the place of Jesus' birth. “I remember especially on Christmas Eve, when I was standing in the old church in Bethlehem, close to the spot where Jesus was born, when the whole church was ringing hour after hour with the splendid hymns of praise to God, how again and again it seemed as if I could hear voices I knew well, telling each other of the ‘wonderful night' of the Savior's birth.”   He wrote a poem about his experience, asking the church organist to set it to music for the children's choir to sing at Christmas time.    O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by   Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight   Let's pray.   Dear Lord, what a gift we were given long ago in the form of baby Jesus. The birth of our Savior in a small town stable changed everything, and we are so grateful for His legacy of hope. Help us to focus on the true reason for this season of celebration. Amen.

    Starshine and Shadows

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 1:19

    Jerry wasn't very good at a lot of things. He was shy and his grades weren't stellar. He was bullied at school.   Then he was given a part in the Christmas play at church. No one ever gave Jerry a part, but his Sunday school teacher took God's Word to heart and knew that if she could help this shy boy, it could change his life. She knew that Jerry was good with mechanical things, so she put him in charge of raising and spotlighting the famous Star of Bethlehem. The result of that defines our discussion this week of letting your light shine bright.   Philippians 2:15 says, “Shine...like the stars in the sky.”   When the time came in the play for the Star to be raised, the gleaming silver took everyone's breath away. There in the shadows of the stage, where no one was looking at him, Jerry did his part. He shined that night, and afterward pats on the back replaced the taunts.   Think of someone you can help shine today.   Let's pray. Lord, we are all weak vessels, yet you use us to tell others about Jesus. Thank you for that. Amen.

    No Strings Attached

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 1:25

    If you're like most people, the more chaotic life gets, the more you need a solution broken down in easy-to-understand concepts.   We've been discussing what happens when people move away from God, and the consequences that impact us.   Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”   Besides the soothing beauty of the language, notice that God gives us several elements to meditate on, as we walk the road to peace.   We are clearly told here to hope in the Lord. He will then strengthen us. After this comes the fun part! Close your eyes and see yourself floating on the winds of peace, high above the chaos and troubles below. Finally, we are told that our strengths in the Lord will not wear out.   When God redeems, He does it completely — and with no strings attached!   He loves you that much.   Let's pray. Lord, you actually make it easy for us to leave the chains that confine us. We praise Your Name. Amen.

    Share the Gift

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 1:30

    If you've ever been to a trade show, you know that products for the Christmas season are presented and pre-sold in July! Sort of like the Laurel & Hardy film in which they sold Christmas trees in summer!   Hopefully, we have better marketing than the comedy duo, but there is one superb gift we can make people aware of year-round.   Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”   If you've found faith in Jesus Christ, you know how good that feels. How peaceful. You naturally want to share this with everyone you meet. This free gift from Jesus is available to anyone, no matter their circumstances.   Now that you've been on the receiving end, you truly will understand that it's not exactly better to give than receive—this is eternal life, after all—but the joy you'll feel in sharing Christ is a feeling that cannot be matched.   So get out there and share the Good News year-round, not just during the Christmas season!   Let's pray. Lord, Jesus gave us His all, and we are eternally thankful for that. Please give us many opportunities to share Him with others. Amen.

    Let Go and Let God

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 2:24

    Solomon was king after his famous father, David, in ancient Israel. He also became insanely wealthy. According to the world's standard, he had everything.   Everything except peace later in life. In this way, he was like a modern person, because truthfully, people's natures never really change over time. It's one of the things we have talked about this week.   Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”   Solomon came to some conclusions later in life, after he became bored with bad relationships, money, and fame. It was only then that he figured some things out.   The book of Ecclesiastes contains this wisdom that King Solomon found in his later years, and he tells us clearly that God is infinitely smarter than we are, and knows what is best for each of us.   So, if you've been trying to figure things out for yourself—and failing miserably—listen to the ways Solomon describes God. You'll find that the One that made you knows just what is best for you all your life.   Doesn't that take some pressure off?   Let's pray. Lord, please take our burdens and fix the problems we have created for ourselves. We love you for that. Amen.

    Spiritual Peace

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 2:07

    We live in a broken world, and humanity is the most broken and imperfect of all God's creation.   The world has a permanent OUT OF ORDER sign on it, and as a result, most of us are looking for answers to our questions, and solutions to our problems, in all the wrong places.   We place our trust in ourselves, in shallow standards of beauty, in money, and in our relationships with other people, hoping for meaning and completion we will never find in these sources.   We are lost people, following false gods, hoping for the elusive spiritual peace that only God can give us.   Our deliverance won't come in the form of a blank check, a beauty treatment, self-empowerment, or even the most fulfilling relationship with a parent, spouse, or child; the fulfillment we seek will come to us only when we choose God, and put Him first.   Joshua 24:15 says, “Choose this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”   For thousands of years, worldly things have called to humanity, offering false promises, and failing to deliver. From the very beginning, and before this world was even created, the one true God was. He is. He always will be. And when we choose Him, He promises to give us lasting hope, peace, and love for all eternity.   Nothing in a jar, box, or bank account can come close, and no relationship means more.   Let's pray.   Heavenly Father, we choose you. Only you are worthy above every false god, above every temptation, above our relationships with people, money, or things. We choose you, and ask you to guide us in putting you first, in all things. Amen.

    Inward Peace

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 1:50

    We all want to feel secure. We can look fine on the outside, but be something much less on the inside.   And the first step to overcoming vulnerability is to feel okay with who we are.   Psalm 62:5–6 says, “Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.”   The tension comes when we balance healthy self-esteem with our sin-nature. Can we feel good about ourselves while recognizing the need for a Savior?   The answer is, yes, we can. In fact, Jesus flat-out loves us, and values us so much that He came to Earth to pay the penalty for our sin. Modern psychology might get it wrong sometimes, but recognizes that humans must overcome shame and self-doubt in order to thrive.   Jesus knew that all along. What does the Word say? “God gives us inward peace.”   That is the essence of healthy self-esteem.   Let's pray.   Lord, I don't want to get too full of myself. I also know that I can see me the way you see me, worthy of your love for all time. Amen.

    How God Sees You

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 1:58

    We all screw up. We all fail in some way. We fall short of goals, or get embarrassed in some kind of career implosion or other event. It's easy then to feel like we'll never win again.   That is not how God sees you.   Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”      Hope and a future. That's what's ahead, not depression and failure. The Bible is full of stories of people God would not allow to slip away. Peter denied Christ, and the Savior forgave him! Sarah mocked the idea that she would ever have a child, but God let her be a mother late in life!   This is the world God created. Not one of misery and losing. Does it make sense that He would create you in very specific ways, uniquely gifted as you are, and then just give up on you?   Don't let that be your story.    Your part in it is refusing to believe the enemy when you hear that voice that tells you it's all over.   God knows the plans He has for you! Remember that.   Let's pray.   Lord, thank you that you don't let us sink out of sight. Thank you for setting us on our feet, and helping us move forward. In Jesus' name. Amen.

    A Wonderful Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 1:56

    Let's think about something deep today:   What is the end game?   In this context, we're talking about what comes after this life we are living now. Believers of course look forward to an eternity with the Living God. And even unbelievers wonder about what comes next after you draw your last breath.   It's the most important element in our discussion this week.   Romans 5:3–4 says, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”   Like snowflakes and other beauty in nature, no two lives are alike. Each of us is unique. God made us that way. The Psalmist said that you are fearfully and wonderfully made!   And in your unique life, you face singular challenges. If you believe in Christ, you are well aware that in this life there is pain, and struggle, and obstacles.   But all through Scripture, the Lord lovingly reminds us that He is always with us and when we pass to the next life, He has prepared a wonderful future for us. One that will never end and will never be tainted by sin.   If you endure in your faith, that is what is waiting for you. Think about that today!   Let's pray. Lord, your Word tells us that eternity is joy beyond our understanding now. All glory belongs to you. Amen.

    Hope in the Lord

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 2:13

    There's a reason the Bible uses so many metaphors. The wisdom God has for us lends itself well to short narratives, and we learn much from stories.   A famous passage from Isaiah we've been discussing this week uses a powerful mental image to convey deep truths from God.   Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”   The sight of a majestic eagle, flying high above the ground…well, it can just make us feel good. It inspires. Gliding on the wind, the eagle dominates the place we'd like to be.   This gorgeous creature is exactly where God wants it to be. Free and sure of its place in the world, the eagle uses its extraordinary eyesight to see the big picture.   This is the place God wants you to be, and why He uses this verse in Isaiah to let us know our aspirations are not limited to the ground, not dependent on gravity.   Like the majestic eagle, let God free you to fly in every area of your life.   Let's pray. Lord, your beautiful creation inspires us. Put us to flight so that we go to the place you have prepared for us. Amen.   __________________________ Connect with a community of believers who share your faith in Jesus! Find us at Facebook.com/Kerusso.

    Clinging to Hope

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 1:23

    Whenever we have to overcome an obstacle in our lives, we are thinking about a million different things. Our minds race. We might even be aware that our Creator is there to help.   But have you ever considered that even when life gets tough, you can still have joy?   Romans 12:12 says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”   Sheila Walsh has said that what got her through a bout of depression was the knowledge that God the Father loved her and wanted the best for her.   Today, one of her missions in life is to help others recover their joy, by pointing them to the Lord. The truth is, this life sometimes beats us up, but those circumstances don't have to win. It isn't inevitable.   It's when we learn to rejoice while clinging to hope that true joy comes.   Let's pray. Lord, in our lowest moments, we cling to you and your promises. Thank you for that joy.

    A Thrill of Hope in Weary Times

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 2:04

    O Holy Night is a well-known Christmas carol that began as a French poem celebrating the opening of a new church. The beloved song we know today was translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight, an American minister and abolitionist, in 1855.   This poignant carol reflects on the birth of Jesus as humanity's redemption.   O holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior's birth Long lay the world in sin and error pining 'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn   A thrill of hope...what a poignant, moving way to describe the feeling in our hearts as we approach the date we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.   Right now, you may be feeling a weariness you haven't experienced before. Concerns about the health and well-being of your family, and worldly troubles beyond your control, maybe weighing heavily on your heart this year.   We invite you to join us as we approach Christmas Day in rejoicing in the Lord. A new and glorious morning is on the way, and our hope is still, and always, in Jesus.   Let's pray.   Heavenly Father, we confess this year has made us weary. We pine for your holy presence, and we rejoice in your gift of Jesus! Be present among us, Lord. Bring peace to the chaos of this world and renew our hope for the coming year. We ask these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

    The Secret of Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 1:33

    There's a movement in our society for a return to simple living. We might not want to give up all of our technology—much of it is wonderful and helpful. But it is true we want to quiet our minds and find some peace. This week we are talking about the simplest, sweetest truth around: Jesus saves.   With that knowledge in hand, we can all find peace that the Bible says is from another world.   Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”   It seems at times we are moving at near the speed of light through this amazing Information Age. Constant access to that much information can bring with it tired minds and weary hearts.   With that said, wouldn't you like to be able to grab hold of the secret of life?   We just read it. God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth as a man, to take on our sin and pay the penalty for those sins. When he was crucified, God raised Him from the dead three days later. This is what believers call the Good News. You can believe it or not. Those of us who follow Jesus believe God has proven Himself many times over.   We love our Jesus.   Let's pray.   Lord, you have given all of us the hope of a joyful eternity. Your Son's sacrifice has saved us, and we are all eternally grateful for that. It's in Jesus' name that we pray. Amen.

    Who Is Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 1:42

    When we as Christians talk about the saving power of Jesus, what exactly do we mean?   In our discussion this week of this all-important topic, are we clear about who Jesus is?   Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”   The facts are that Adam and Eve broke their faith in God by disobeying Him. Some dispute that this even happened in history, or some are just upset that God would demand complete obedience. But if we believe He is the Creator, we understand that He set the rules.   Because of that original sin, it became necessary for someone to pay the penalty for sin. God hates sin, and so He sent Jesus to earth as a human to save mankind. Eventually, He would be crucified and in this way, paid the blood penalty that God demands. As we read in Romans 10:9–10, Jesus is the path back to God.   He longs to save us.   Let's pray. Lord, there are competing views in this world, but you have set Jesus as the standard. Help us pass on this knowledge. Amen.

    God Stands Alone

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 1:45

    Of the many gods throughout world history, almost none of them seem to care about individuals. They might alter the weather so that crops can't grow. Or cause some global upheaval.   But only one claims to care about you.   Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”   Isn't that amazing? The story is that Jesus left His place of royalty in heaven to come to Earth as an innocent baby, then grow into a man ready to carry our sins for us. He came to find you! You! God sent Him on a search-and-rescue mission.   As we continue our look this week into the Good News—or, the True Story of Jesus—we begin to see that He is powerful: so powerful He can concentrate fully on each of us. That is astonishing. And comforting.   We can say that we choose Christ, but it is more accurate to say that He looked for us and found us. He sees the heart. He spends time healing your heart and your life. It's why the imagery of a shepherd tending to his sheep is used so often in Scripture.   Our great God stands alone as the champion of the individual. Praise God!   Let's pray. Lord, your love for us has no limits. We are given your grace and mercy every day. Thank you so much for that! Amen. _________________________  Follow us on Instagram! Use the hashtags #kerusso or #ikerusso to share your world-changing style on the street, and for a chance to be featured on our website or social media pages.

    What Will You Do

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 1:37

    As we talk through the Good News of Jesus this week, we must always make it personal. In other words, deciding to believe in Christ is a very personal thing.   We all come from different backgrounds and belief systems. In the end, though, what will you do with the story of Jesus? Do you believe it is true?   Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”   Over and over in the New Testament, Jesus talks to the individual. He knew us before we were born, and knows all the things that keep us up at night, or burden us.   In Matthew chapter 11, Jesus tells us that if we are tired and just beaten down by life, we can tell Him that, and He will hear our cry. Have you tried that before?   Have you ever said to yourself, “I have nothing to lose??” This could be the most exciting and important day of your life, depending on what you choose to believe about Christ as savior. If the claims of Christ are true, then your story just got way more interesting!   Let's pray. Lord, you care so much about us as individuals. Thank you for loving us this much! Amen.

    What Do You Believe

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 1:33

    One reason people use for rejecting the claims of Christ is that there somehow isn't enough evidence to prove that the events in the New Testament actually happened. In other words, some say the Bible isn't true.   We're talking about the life of Jesus this week. So what is the true story?   Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”   There are more than 25,000 ancient copies of the books of the New Testament, in various languages. There are only a handful of accounts of Hannibal crossing the Alps 200 years before Christ was born. Yet no one doubts that it happened.   There are plenty of reasons to believe the biblical accounts of history are true. The apostles gave up their lives claiming that Jesus lived, and was resurrected from the dead. That narrative says salvation comes through Jesus, and He is the path to being reconciled to God and eternal life.   But only one thing matters: What do you believe?   Let's pray. Lord, your Word promises us that Jesus saves us from our sins. We thank you that you provided a way of escape from judgment for us. Amen.

    Grateful in All Circumstances

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 3:09

    Psychologists and self-help gurus will all tell us that a grateful heart and a positive outlook will do wonders for health and relationships. A person with a heart of gratitude will be seen by others who will want to follow, and see what he has going for him.   Such a person is a magnet for sharing the Gospel, and the greatest source of wisdom has much to say on the subject. Dozens of times in the Bible, we read about the value of gratitude. Paul mentions it several times, including in the account of Elisha healing a woman's sick son.   We read in 2 Kings 4:37, “She fell at his feet and bowed before him, overwhelmed with gratitude. Then she took her son in her arms and carried him downstairs.”   To be overwhelmed with gratitude, is an emotional reaction to kindness.   Lamentations 3:22–24 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.'”   This is especially interesting because to lament means a person is sorrowful about something. In this case, it's the prophet, Jeremiah. But notice, even in his grief he focuses on God's love and care for him. He is grateful in his circumstance. In modern language, Jeremiah was being intentional about his gratitude.   The Bible tells us there are many variations of gratitude. In Second Corinthians, Paul even expressed his deep gratefulness to God for allowing him to participate in sharing the Gospel. You see, a truly grateful heart transitions from selfishness, to concern for others. And we can do the same thing today. When we focus on others, gratitude follows.   In Philippians 4, Paul also passes along a profound life lesson. Here, he says that we can learn to be grateful in all circumstances. Think about that. Grateful — whether in distress, or good times. Abundance, or poverty.   A few years ago, a youth missions group was repairing homes damaged by storms in Louisiana. A girl entered a house that was missing part of its roof, and she found an elderly woman rocking in a chair in a bedroom. “Oh, I'm just so happy to have a dry place to sit,” the woman said. She literally had no other dry areas in her home to be until help could arrive. Yet she didn't complain about her circumstances. Instead, she gave thanks to the Lord, and in so doing — inspired that 16-year-old girl.   Gratitude is a perpetual gift, to us, and to others.   Let's pray.   Father God, you are good. You're good to us every day, and we are thankful for that. We're grateful that you didn't leave us in our sins, but you sent Jesus. We're grateful that you sustain us always, in body and in spirit. In Jesus' name. Amen.

    An Attitude of Thanksgiving

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 1:51

    Thanksgiving isn't just a holiday — it's an attitude we can choose to fill our hearts with every day.   The Bible shares many examples of gratitude in the midst of challenging circumstances.   Imagine Mary, a young Galilean girl given the news that she was to be the mother of the Messiah. She didn't panic or protest. Instead, she embraced the news and nurtured the One who would bring healing to the whole world.   The story in Luke 17 tells us that of the 10 lepers who were healed, only one returned to thank Jesus.   Luke 17:15–16 says, “One of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned with a loud voice glorifying God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.”   Whether He was blessing food given to thousands by a miracle, or giving thanks at the Last Supper, Jesus modeled an attitude of gratitude for us; knowing His death was imminent, Jesus still thanked His Heavenly Father.   What can you find in your own life to be thankful for this week?   Let's pray.   Lord, thank you for the marvelous gifts you give us on a daily basis. Help us be mindful of this always. Amen.

    Weed Out Negativity

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 1:52

    The lack of gratitude in our world can be contagious. It's kind of like a negative “pay it forward.”   How did we get to this place?    Are we too prideful to thank each other, or even to thank God? Too busy? Too self-absorbed, maybe?   As believers, we know life is a rich blessing from God. The clearest path to becoming a person of gratitude is to choose it. If we don't choose gratitude, we choose ingratitude.   Psalm 107:1 says, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”   Yes, we're busy. Yes, life gets us down in legitimate ways. But research proves being intentional about gratitude on a consistent basis, can bring positive benefits to almost every area of our lives.   Realizing we're too negative is a great first step, but keep going by actively counting and considering your blessings each day. Before long, you'll be amazed how little you think about what you don't have. You'll be too busy enjoying what you do have!   Let's pray.   Lord, you never leave us. And along the way, you bless us with big and small acts of kindness and mercy. Thank you for the grace in our lives! Amen.

    Thank You Notes to God

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 1:50

    Do you ever feel like life is passing you by, or worse — running right over the top of you?   When we focus on unpleasant circumstances or people, life can really bring us down. And this perspective is a downward spiral — not a place we want to dwell.   Author John Kralik was there, once. A long hike one day led him to an emotional crossroads; there he decided to devote the rest of his life to being thankful.   His life changed dramatically.   John began to write thank you notes to everyone he could think of. Not emails or texts, either. Taking the time to send a hand-written note really connected with the other people. Pretty soon he was so aware of his blessings, that there was no room for depression anymore.   Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”   Consistently thanking others will enrich them, and it will enrich you. Try it!   Let's pray.   Lord, your Word is a love letter to us, and our gratitude to you is our thank you note. Help us to spread your Good News to all we come in contact with. In Jesus' name. Amen.

    God Is the Source

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 1:56

    You've heard that every good thing comes from God, right? It's true. He is our example, both of how to live and how to react to others. This week we're talking about practicing gratitude, and as usual, God shows us the way.   Psalm 107:1 says, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever."   Often, we can become disappointed if we don't get everything we think we should have. But that's a dead-end when it comes to true happiness and peace. And those are things that we all really, deep down, crave.   The ultimate gratitude comes from the Lord Himself. We learn in Psalm 149 that “the Lord delights in His people.” He first loved us, and that love flows down and through us. Truly, believers should be the most grateful people on the planet, because we know that God has given to us His Son, Jesus Christ.   Honestly, the Christian should go through each day so happy he or she can barely stand it. God has given us what we need, much of what we want, and He has already created a future for us that is so wonderful, humans can't even perceive it!   Remember, God is the source of gratitude. He shows us how it's done because He knows us completely. Remember as we go along with this topic that practicing gratitude is a huge key to finding peace.   Let's pray. Lord, your goodness overwhelms us. Thank you for giving to us just because. We love you. Amen.

    Help Wanted

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 1:55

    Humans have a problem asking for help. We can probably chalk it up to our proud hearts.   Often, when we are really up against it, that's when we resist seeking help.   Jesus does away with all that.   Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”   Ask yourself: is my pride keeping me from asking for help? If so, mull that over. And then, take a step toward the Lord and ask for what you need.   God opens doors when we ask Him to. And sometimes what we find on the other side isn't what we expected. When that happens, we choose patience, and we remain open to His good plans for us.    When you've asked God to help and your prayers are answered, share the Good News with people you meet. Tell anyone who will listen that the Lord of the Universe cared about you and delivered you from a problem no one else could solve.    And if the answer He gave was totally unexpected and sent you in a different direction — share that, too. Accepting God's plan when it doesn't match up with our own best-laid plans is what faith is all about.   Let's pray. Lord, please give us a heart that seeks you. God, we want to be obedient, and we know that your blessings, whatever they look like, will follow. Thank you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

    Targeted Grace

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 1:28

    You've heard of heat-seeking missiles. They are weapons so sophisticated that they appear to have a mind of their own. The missile is launched and finds its target and destruction happens.   What if a heat-seeking missile could be used for good? What if one has been launched…in your direction?   Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”   If you open your heart to God—even if you aren't a believer—then it's as if Jesus is now the missile launched and He is coming toward your still-beating heart. The heart that has been wounded. He finds you and connects in such a powerful way, but the connection is for life, and not for destruction.   The Word tells us to simply ask Him and He will find us.   Let's pray. Lord, your unwavering promises to stay with us during trials is unique in history. Thank you for loving us that much. Amen.

    We Are the Prodigal Child

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 1:54

    The story of the Prodigal Son is one we can all relate to. The Bible tells the story of a brash young man who leaves his home after asking for his inheritance. His loving father complies and let's just say the son learns some valuable lessons on his travels.   Eventually, he humbles himself and comes home; he needs his father and his family.   It is really a story of Jesus and us.   Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”   We screw up sometimes. Maybe it's so bad we can't see a way back.   That's when Jesus stretches out His arms and welcomes us home. He isn't as concerned with where we've been as He is where we end up. His perfect love and forgiveness are the only real ointment for our self-inflicted wounds. If you think you've screwed up too much, put that out of your mind and simply tell Jesus you need Him.   Let's pray. Lord, your willingness to welcome us back to fellowship is something to behold. We are grateful for your grace. Amen.   How can we pray for you today? Members of Team Kerusso meet on a regular basis to pray, and we would be honored to pray for you. Visit Kerusso.com/pray to submit a request.

    He Will Find You

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 1:36

    Have you ever seen the film, “Saving Private Ryan?” If not, it's about a group of American soldiers sent into enemy territory during World War 2 to find one lost soldier. The order comes from top leadership.   This small group has single focus the whole mission. Eventually—at great cost—they locate him and return him to his loved ones. Much of it is difficult to watch, as we see the incredible sacrifice the many make to find the one.   Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”   Long ago, Jesus did the same thing for all of us. God sent His Only Son to find those that are lost.   If you feel totally lost, call on the Lord. Just tell Jesus you really need Him.   Then you'll have your own memorable story to share! Jesus loves you and will find you if you call on Him.   Let's pray. Lord, thank you forever for the sacrifice Your Son made for us, to take our sin. We love you for it. Amen.  

    The Last Place You Look

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 1:23

    Have you ever hunted and hunted for something, maybe your car keys, and you finally find them? The old saying goes (it's very unhelpful!) that you find them in the last place you looked. There's a lot of truth to that, though.   It also is very relevant to our walk with Jesus. Often we work really hard to solve our own problems, then we finally give in and ask Jesus for help.   Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”   As with every other promise in the Bible, the really cool thing about this is, it is true. The promises Jesus has made are literally true. So, for example, if you're looking for a solution to an impossible situation, ask Him.   It works!   Let's pray. Lord, forgive us for not placing our trust in you all the time. You are our sustainer. We need to remember that. In Jesus' name. Amen.

    The True Source of Victory

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 2:13

    On a recent Summer morning, 75 years after he landed in France to help the Allies liberate Europe from Nazi control, Russell Pickett stood at attention as the President spoke.   A private in 1944, Pickett was now receiving the adulation of a grateful nation. He knew firsthand the reality that there is very little glory in war death. Yet here his country was honoring his service in that memorable conflict. The President even hugged him!   He stood with several of his comrades, men now in their 90s, and they shook hands with heads-of-state and the famous milled around. But a little-reported story is that many of the veterans spoke of their reliance on the Almighty. They knew their Source of victory.   Psalm 115:1 tells us, “Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”   There have been many brave men and women in our nation's history. Many of them fight today in places we'll never know about. But we have only one General, only one true Commander-in-Chief. The Lord of History is the only One truly deserving of our adulation.   One day, when we achieve our final victory, it is Him we will see face-to-face.   What glory that will be.   Let's pray.   Lord, you are always on the battlefield with us, never leaving us. Your kindness to us is eternal. Glory belongs to you alone. Amen.

    Self Sacrifice in Action

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 2:24

    When we think of bravery and self-sacrifice, we usually think of heroic acts during war. We focus on famous battles and epic outcomes. As we consider what it means to sacrifice for others, it's fitting that we spotlight a woman who gave up much to save many.   John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."   Florence Nightingale was born into a rich family and lived in Tuscany. Not exactly a training ground for self-sacrifice!   Florence, though, made a decision to dedicate her life to helping others. By making this choice, she gave up her own personal dreams.   During the Crimean War, she made the rounds at night to check on wounded soldiers. Later, she used her writing skills to build support for better nursing techniques and hospital facilities. Today she is known for her innovative ideas that saved countless lives.   In this way, the girl born into wealth and a life of ease became a symbol of self-sacrifice. While traveling in Egypt once, she wrote to her sister that she felt “Called to God.”   It was the perfect description of a woman who thought of others first, and last.   Let's pray. Lord, please give us a heart for people like Florence Nightingale! Help us love others more than we love ourselves. Amen.   How can we pray for you today? Members of Team Kerusso meet on a regular basis to pray, and we would be honored to pray for you. Visit Kerusso.com/pray to submit a request.

    The Ultimate Warrior

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 2:22

    We are inspired by epic war stories. Great battles over time become so epic, they almost seem a part of myth. We put warriors on a pedestal and usually, rightly so. They make it possible for the rest of us to live in peace and freedom.   Have you ever considered there is only one perfect warrior? His name is Jesus.   1 John 5:4 says, “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”   From King Leonidas to Oliver Cromwell to George Washington, warriors have led their people to freedom. All were epic, all pivotal people in history.   And none hold a candle to our King Jesus. He is the ultimate warrior, the One that came to this world to rescue all of it. His sacrifice on the cross waged war on the enemy of our souls, and He won the final victory then.   He has charged us as believers with the task of telling others about Him. Our Ultimate Warrior is calling us to make disciples in His name. If you want to be inspired by someone, be inspired by the Warrior that has no peer.   Let's pray. Lord, Your Son Jesus did battle for us long ago. Thank you for His victory! Amen.   Did you know the average message-based T-shirt is read over 3,000 times? We believe if you change your shirt, you can change the world! Be part of the movement at Kerusso.com/subscribe.

    Calm In Battle

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 2:07

    When Richard Winters stood in the doorway of a huge glider in the pre-dawn over Normandy, France, he thought about a lot of things. The young Army captain was preparing for the invasion of Europe, to free the continent from the Nazis.   He knew one thing first: he couldn't survive on his own skill.   Proverbs 3:5–6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”   A disciplined soldier, Winters literally took these verses to heart. Each night after the invasion, he would pray and thank God for the good things in his life, and he only asked that he survive the next day. His prayer life and the calming effect of attending church in England during his training saw him through.   When battle came and chaos was all around him, Richard Winters stayed calm.   Are you calm? Do the stresses of life's battles overwhelm you?   Stop relying on your own ideas and wisdom! Some of it is good and some of it is just plain bad.   God's wisdom is only good — all the time. Ask Him for that wisdom in your life!   Let's pray.   Lord, we have to stay steady in this life. Please continue to remind us that you are in charge and that you will see us through. Amen.

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