Doubt: Just As I Am – Quote

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Doubt: Just As I Am – Introduction

Today we’re going to talk about something rarely talked about in church – Doubt. Whether we’d like to admit it or not, the truth is, we all experience times of doubt from time to time. And because it’s not something usually talked about in church, we may wonder if it’s sinful or wrong to doubt. We may even ask ourselves, does God really accept me Just As I Am?

Spiritual Quote

Faith which does not doubt is dead faith.
~Miguel de Unamuno

Planned Scripture

  • John 6:28-29
  • Matthew 11:2-11
  • John 1:29-30
  • John 1:34
  • Romans 8:38-39
  • 2 Timothy 1:12
  • John 6:37

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Divine Power – Quote

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Divine Power – Introduction

We’ve all heard the saying, “knowledge is power.” This week, we’ll examine God’s Divine Power and, from a Biblical standpoint, we’ll see just how true that statement is.

Spiritual Quote

“Man’s ultimate destiny is to become one with the Divine Power which governs and sustains the creation and its creatures.”
~Alfred A. Montapert

Planned Scripture

  • 2 Peter 1:1-4
  • Luke 22:24-26
  • Luke 10:19-20
  • Romans 8:14
  • Ephesians 2:17-19

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Divine Guidance – Quote

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Divine Guidance – Introduction

Throughout our lives we are faced with choices. Some are yes or no – “should I do X?” Some are choosing between two or more options – “should I do A or B?” These questions aren’t always the choice between right and wrong – we already know the answer to those questions, we just have to have the guts and the courage to choose wisely. More often, we’re faced with choosing between two rights. In those times, we can feel overwhelmed. We may even say, “there a pluses and minuses to both – I don’t know which way to go.” As a result we may feel as if our future is uncertain. However, we don’t have to go it alone. The choices that are presented to us are much easier made when we trust in God, and when, as a result of that trust, we allow Him to provide Divine Guidance.

Spiritual Quote

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
~Corrie ten Boom

Planned Scripture

  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Psalms 9:10
  • Psalms 62:7-8
  • Psalms 25:9
  • Psalms 48:14
  • Isaiah 58:11
  • John 16:13
  • Philippians 4:6-7

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Divine Comfort – Quote

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Divine Comfort – Introduction

Living this human experience we all know both good times and tough times. The ups and downs of life are inescapable. During the good times, all is right with our world. During the tough times we may feel unloved – abandoned, alone. For those of faith, however, it’s important to remember we are never truly alone. We know from Scripture that God will never abandon us, He is always with us. No matter what we are experiencing, through our relationship with Him, we always have access to Divine Comfort.

Spiritual Quote

“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”
~Mother Teresa

Planned Scripture

  • John 14:16
  • John 14:26
  • 2 Corinthians 1:2-7
  • 2 Corinthians 7:6-7

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Courage – Quote

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Courage – Introduction

Who hasn’t faced moments of fear at some point or other? The question before us is, do we live our lives and look to our futures with a sense of dread, or with a sense of wonder, excitement, and hope? Do we let our fears control us, or do we step out and experience life with courage?

Spiritual Quote

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
~Ambrose Redmoon

Planned Scripture

  • Joshua 1:9
  • Deuteronomy 31:6
  • Psalm 31:24
  • Isaiah 41:10
  • Mark 5:36
  • Hebrews 13:5-6
  • 1 John 4:8
  • 1 John 4:18
  • John 8:31-32
  • John 14:6
  • Matthew 22:37-39

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Contentment – Quote

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Contentment – Introduction

In our gotta have bigger, gotta have better, gotta have more society, we tend to look outward for happiness. We generally believe we’ll be happy if could just get “X”…whatever “X” is. We live our lives in search of that illusive “X” that will, when obtained, bring us happiness. Unfortunately, all to often, even when “X” is obtained, the happiness derived from external sources is short-lived – there’s always another new “X” that we believe will bring us happiness. Worse, if we lose “X,” or “X” is taken away, our happiness goes right along with it. Contentment, on the other hand, is inward, and deeply spiritual. And, because contentment spiritual in nature, it’s a choice, a state of being that can never be lost or taken away.

Spiritual Quote

“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
~ Socrates

Planned Scripture

  • Proverbs 15:16
  • Philippians 4:11-13
  • Philippians 1:21
  • Philippians 3:13
  • Philippians 4:19
  • Philippians 4:13
  • Hebrews 13:5

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The Process of Change – Quote

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The Process of Change – Introduction

Last week we spoke about four aspects of following the Christian path – Seeing how Jesus Saw, Speaking as Jesus Spoke, Loving as Jesus Loved, and Serving as Jesus Served. We also discussed how, for many, truly living up these ideals may require a change in our behavior. We also discovered that many of our actions and behaviors are basically habits and, in order to truly live as Christ lived, we may need to change some of those habits. The question then became, How? This week, we’ll examine habits, how they’re formed, and the Process of Change. We’ll also share ideas on how we might go about making the changes we desire.

Spiritual Quote

“We are what we repeatedly do.”
~Aristotle

Planned Scripture

  • Proverbs 23:7
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • Philippians 4:13

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Transforming Power of Christ’s Love – Quote

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Transforming Power of Christ’s Love – Introduction

Must we change before God will love us? Or, is it His love that inspires us to change? As Christians, Scripture is our guide – and Scripture is clear. God loves us – period. And when we choose to truly follow Jesus, we experience the Transforming Power of Christ’s Love.

Planned Scripture

  • John 14:27
  • Matthew 15:10-11
  • Colossians 3:8
  • Colossians 4:6
  • Ephesians 4:29
  • Ephesians 5:4
  • Matthew 9:36
  • Mark 2:13-17
  • Matthew 9:10
  • Luke 7:36-50
  • Matthew 8:2-3
  • John 8:11
  • John 15:12-13
  • 1 John 3:16
  • Acts 20:35
  • Matthew 20:28 & Mark 10:45
  • Luke 22:27
  • John 13:14-15
  • 1 John 2:6
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Romans 12:2

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Backsliding – Quote

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Backsliding – Introduction

We all go through times when we don’t quite live up to our desired relationship with God. When we do, we slide back into “old ways” and we may even feel disconnected from Him. There are things we can do, and signs we can watch for, to keep our relationship with Him strong; and to keep us from backsliding.

Spiritual Quote

Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.”
~Augustine of Hippo

Planned Scripture

  • Proverbs 22:24-25
  • Proverbs 13:20
  • Lamentations 3:51
  • Psalm 101:3
  • Revelation 2:4
  • Psalm 78
  • Psalm 1:1-2
  • Proverbs 14:12
  • Proverbs 14:14

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Answered Prayer – Quote

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Answered Prayer – Introduction

Everything in our lives is a result of prayer because God, through His Holy Spirit, always answers. Whether we perceive our situation as “good” or as “bad,” our thoughts, our prayer, becomes our reality. Every thought, every action, is a form of prayer – and what we experience is always, whether we realize it or not, Answered Prayer.

Spiritual Quote

“Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.”
~Joyce Meyer

Planned Scripture

  • Proverbs 23:7
  • Jeremiah 33:3
  • Pslam 91:15
  • Matthew 7:7-12
  • Luke 11:9-13
  • Matthew 21:22
  • Mark 11:24

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Our Moral Compass – Quote

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Our Moral Compass – Introduction

Over the last four weeks we’ve examined points raised in the movie, “God’s Not Dead.” Today, I’d like to take a look at one subject that wasn’t addressed in the sermon
series that accompanied the movie license – Our Moral Compass.

Spiritual Quote

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as
ever you can.”
~John Wesley

Planned Scripture

  • Exodus 20
  • Deuteronomy 10:17-19
  • Matthew 5:16
  • Romans 2:14-16
  • Jeremiah 31:33
  • Matthew 5:21
  • Matthew 5:27
  • Matthew 5:38-39
  • Matthew 5:44-45
  • John 15:12-13
  • Matthew 22:36
  • Matthew 12:1-13

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Take a Stand – Quote

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God’s Not Dead 4: Take a Stand – Introduction

This week we conclude our series based on the movie, God’s Not Dead. So far, we’ve examined “Where is God when everything goes wrong?”, “Is our faith blind?”, and “How do we respond to critics?” In the movie, through all of the challenges thrown at him, Josh never turned away from his best friend, Jesus. He chose not to give in to the pressures of those around him – his professor, his girlfriend, etc. – and he chose, instead, to take a stand – to take a stand for Jesus. Like Josh, we are often faced with challenges to our faith. In the midst of those challenges we, too, have a choice. So today, we’ll take a look at what it might mean for us to Take A Stand For Jesus.

Spiritual Quote

“Friendship should, like a well-stocked cellar, be continually renewed.”
~Samuel Johnson

Planned Scripture

  • Peter 3:15
  • Proverbs 17:17
  • Proverbs 27:5-6
  • Proverbs 18:24
  • Romans 5:8
  • John 15:16
  • 1 John 3:16
  • 1 Samuel 18:1-3
  • Matthew 22:34-40
  • 1 Kings 19:6
  • 2 Samuel 1:26
  • Philippians 2:3-4
  • Matthew 28:20

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Is Our Faith Blind? – Quote

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceIs Our Faith Blind? – Introduction

God’s Not Dead – Is Our Faith Blind?

This week we’ll continue our series based on the movie God’s Not Dead. If you haven’t seen the movie, it deals with a scenario which plays itself out on college campuses all over our country – the debate about God, His relevance in our lives, and whether or not He actually exists. In the movie, Josh, is forced to defend God’s existence in his philosophy class at the insistence of his professor, who considers Josh’s faith nothing more than blind superstition.

Last week, we took a look at the question, “Where is God when everything falls apart.” This week, we’ll examine a second question with which Josh was faced – Is Our Faith Blind?

Spiritual Quote

“A God who let us prove his existence would be an idol.”
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Planned Scripture

  • Matthew 5:18
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Isaiah 46:9-10
  • Deuteronomy 18:20-22
  • Ezekiel 26:3-5
  • Ezekiel 26:7
  • Ezekiel 26:12
  • Ezekiel 26:14
  • Ezekiel 26:16
  • Acts 4:13
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Hebrews 4:12
  • Romans 1:20
  • Matthew 16:18

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Adversity and Affliction – Quote

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceAdversity and Affliction – Introduction

One thing in life is certain – we will all face adversity and affliction. It’s not the events in and of themselves that define us, it’s how we choose to respond. Do we let the trials and tribulations of life move us away from God? Or, do we allow adversity and affliction to move us closer to God; taking comfort in His love, and in His guidance – knowing that we will come out of whatever situation we find ourselves in stronger – perhaps more loving, a little kinder, or a little more forgiving?

Spiritual Quote

“That which does not kill me makes me stronger.”
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Planned Scripture

  • John 16:33
  • Ecclesiastes 3
  • Romans 8:28
  • Genesis 26:12-28
  • Matthew 28:20
  • Philippians 4:13

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Attractive Christians – Quote

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceAttractive Christians – Introduction

Due to Rev. Alan’s absence to celebrate the birth of his granddaughter, Michael (Mikey) Harris will serve as guest speaker. His topic this week: Are we Attractive Christians?

Spiritual Quote

“Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective, and valuable than words.”
~Francois Rabelais

Planned Scripture References

  • Matthew 5:9
  • John 13:34-35

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Abide in Christ – Quote

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceAbide in Christ – Introduction

Christians often talk about abiding in Christ. And Scripture uses the term “abide” numerous times. What does it really mean to “Abide in Christ?”

Spiritual Quote

“As fragrance abides in the flower
As reflection is within the mirror,
So does your Lord abide within you,
Why search for him without?”
~Guru Nanak

Planned Scripture

  • John 15:5
  • 1 John 2:28
  • John 10:30
  • John 17:21
  • 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
  • 1 John 4:13
  • John 13:34
  • 2 John 9
  • 1 John 2:24
  • 1 John 4:7-8
  • 1 John 4:12
  • 1 John 4:16

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Fans or Followers – Teaching

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceFans or Followers – Introduction

Those familiar with Facebook are familiar with terms such as “Fans” and “Followers.” In the Facebook world, “Fan” has been replaced by “Likes” – someone who “Likes” your page, your business, what it is you do or offer. But, as a Fan you may not see all of the posts. You’re not that invested. On the other hand, a “Follower” is someone who, after “Liking” your page, is interested enough in your page, your business, what it is you offer, to receive your content. After “Liking” a page, you can turn off the “Follow” aspect, thus minimizing the impact to your News Feed or Pages News Feed. In essence, you can then like a business and then choose not to pay attention to what they have to say.

For many Christians, we treat our relationship with Jesus the same way. We’ve clicked the “Like” button in our hearts, and then we’ve turned around clicked the “Unfollow” button. The question before us is, “are we fans or followers?”

Spiritual Quote

“Following Jesus isn’t something you can do at night where no one notices. It’s a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That’s not the small print—that’s a guarantee.”
~Kyle Idleman

Thoughts

Our discussion today involved sharing some thoughts from Pastor Shannon Blosser. You can read his thoughts for yourself in his sermon.

We also spoke about Kyle Idleman’s question posed in Pastor Blosser’s sermon:

“If following Jesus cost you everything, would it be worth it?” If following Jesus and accepting the invitation to “come and see” cost us our plans, our desires, our hopes, and our dreams, would the Lord’s grace and salvation be worth it?”

That’s the question I’d like for us to ponder, pray over, and answer. Scripture, especially The Book of Acts (9:2, 18:26, 19:9, 19:23, 22:4, 24:14, and 24:12), uses the term “Followers of The Way” to describe the first Christians. These weren’t people who simply liked what Jesus had to say. They were people who were deeply devoted to His teachings, understood Him to be the Son of God, the Messiah for whom they had been waiting, and who were willing to give up everything, including their lives, in pursuit of a relationship with Him.

Scripture also tells us: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Closing Thoughts

Are we truly changed? Have we allowed our faith in Jesus to transform us? Are we, as those first Christians, Followers of The Way, true Jesus Followers? Or, are we simply Fans – liking much of what He has to say, but not really willing to truly let His teaching change us?

Following the message, we had a very fruitful discussion of what it means to each of us to be Followers rather than mere Fans. I invite readers of this message to think about it,  read Pastor Blosser’s message, and discover what your heart tells you about your relationship with Christ.

Scripture

  • Acts: 9:2, 18:26, 19:9, 19:23, 22:4, 24:14, and 24:12
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Fans or Followers – Quote

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceFans or Followers – Introduction

Those familiar with Facebook are familiar with terms such as “Fans” and “Followers.” In the Facebook world, “Fan” has been replaced by “Likes” – someone who “Likes” your page, your business, what it is you do or offer. But, as a Fan you may not see all of the posts. You’re not that invested. On the other hand, a “Follower” is someone who, after “Liking” your page, is interested enough in your page, your business, what it is you offer, to receive your content. After “Liking” a page, you can turn off the “Follow” aspect, thus minimizing the impact to your News Feed or Pages News Feed. In essence, you can then like a business and then choose not to pay attention to what they have to say.

For many Christians, we treat our relationship with Jesus the same way. We’ve clicked the “Like” button in our hearts, and then we’ve turned around clicked the
“Unfollow” button. The question before us is, “are we fans or followers?”

Spiritual Quote

“Following Jesus isn’t something you can do at night where no one notices. It’s a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That’s not the small print—that’s a guarantee.”
~Kyle Idleman

Planned Scripture

  • Acts: 9:2, 18:26, 19:9, 19:23, 22:4, 24:14, and 24:12
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Back to Basics – Quote

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceBack to Basics – Introduction

Everyone has struggles, challenges, and issues. Sometimes, our challenges and issues cause us to feel alone…lost. What do we do when something or someone is lost? We seek. We seek answers…we seek hope…we seek comfort. In those times, we must remember to Get Back to Basics.

Spiritual Quote

“You can’t find what is lost by standing still.”
~Carole Johnson

Planned Scripture

  • Matthew 6:33
  • Proverbs 3:5
  • Philippians 4:13
  • Matthew 7:7

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Honoring Our Fathers – Quote

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceHonoring Our Fathers – Introduction

We should honor our fathers and mothers, always. But this Sunday is the day we set aside each year specifically for honoring our fathers.

Spiritual Quote

“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, singers of songs.”
~Pam Brown

Planned Scripture

  • Exodus 20:12
  • Psalm 103:13
  • Ephesians 6:4
  • Proverbs 13:24
  • Hebrews 12:11
  • Ephesians 6:4
  • 1 Timothy 5:8
  • Ephesians 4:6
  • Psalm 27:10
  • Deuteronomy 31:6
  • John 8:43

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Reaching Out – Quote

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceReaching Out – Introduction

Lots of churches, like most businesses, have a tagline. Ours is “We Are A Community Of Spiritual Growth and Healing Where Everyone Is Welcome!” The question isn’t whether a business or church has a tagline. If they do, the question becomes, “do we live up to it?”

Spiritual Quote

“Reaching out to others makes you reachable.”
~Carole Johnson

Potential Scripture

  • Psalms 133:1
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10
  • 1 John 4:11
  • Romans 12:4-5
  • Ephesians 4:3
  • 2 Peter 1:3–8
  • Galatians 5:19-21
  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • 1 Corinthians 12:9
  • Matthew 9:6-8
  • Romans 2:11
  • Romans 15:7
  • 1 Peter 2:17

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Seeds of Opportunity – Quote

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceSeeds of Opportunity – Introduction

We all face challenges as we travel along the journey of our lives. As the seasons of our lives change and unfold, do we view those difficulties as obstacles, or do we view them as Seeds of Opportunity?

Spiritual Quote

“Every adversity contains, at the same time, a seed of equivalent opportunity!”
~Napoleon Hill

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Way of Life 1 – Teaching

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceWay of Life – Introduction

Christianity is not about a religion of rules and laws, it’s about a relationship…a deep, spiritual relationship with God, with His Son Jesus the Christ, and with the Holy Spirit. Far beyond being a simple belief or faith system, being Christian is who and what we are. When we aspire to truly live the teachings and principles of Christ, His light shines through us; and we become living examples of His love. Following Jesus, “being a Christian,” is more than something we do, it is our Way of Life.

Spiritual Quote

“You’re not likely to err by practicing too much of the cross.”
~Alexander Whyte

Thoughts

We’ve talked of some of this before, so our message today is brief. And, though brief, I believe the topic is one worth repeating. I hope that, perhaps because it’s briefs, it’s a message you will take with you, think about and pray over, and let the transformative power of Jesus’ love become your Way of Life.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord, our lives should be transformed by His Spirit living in and through us. Let’s take a look at just a few Scripture passages that speak to how we should live our lives when we proclaim ourselves to be Christian:

  • Proverbs 14:29 – “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”
  • Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
  • 1 Peter 3:15 – “…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy…yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
  • Ephesians 4:31-32 – Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, quarreling, and slander be put away from you, along with all hatred. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”

When things don’t go our way, do we respond with anger?

When someone gets something we wish we could have, do we get jealous?

How do we respond when someone cuts us off in traffic…do we pound our steering wheel, flip them off, or curse at them?

How about when others don’t behave in ways we think they should…do we call them names like idiot or jerk…or worse?

Do we swear like a drunken sailor?

How about when someone has wronged us…do we hold on to hurt, anger, and thoughts of vengeance?

Do we truly treat others as we would like to be treated? (Matthew 7:12 & Luke 6:31)

Though it doesn’t make me proud, I’ll be honest, I’ve done (or failed to do) all of these, and more. By the grace of God, over time, as I’ve grown in my faith, I’ve gotten much better. Am I all the way there yet – have I reached perfection? Absolutely not. I’m still on this journey. But I know I’m further along today than I was yesterday.

I’m sure the same can be said of each of you. But, think about it. Are you still plagued by anger, hate, jealousy, rudeness, unforgiveness, quarreling, filthy language, etc. How are these feeling, and the actions that result from them, ever helpful? How do they demonstrate we are followers of Christ?

The short answer is – they aren’t and they don’t. In fact, as Jesus said about the Sadducees and Pharisees, when we allow these thoughts, feelings, and actions to invade our lives we are hypocrites. We are not living the faith we so proudly claim. Which is why we must be ever mindful of these feelings and behaviors as they occur. And we must strive to replace them with thoughts, feelings, and actions that are an example of Christ at work in our lives. The more we do, the more it becomes ingrained in us, and the more truly living our faith becomes a part of who we are…it becomes our Way of Life.

Closing Thoughts

James 1:19-26 – “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.”

As our opening hymn declared of His love – is our love for one another so genuine, so much a part of our lives that it is vast, unmeasured, boundless, and free? Does it roll like the ocean over us?

If we claim ourselves to be Christian, it must be more than a faith system. Christianity is about developing such a strong relationship with God, through His Son, that our lives are transformed. Following Christ, practicing the way of the cross, is so much more than a religion – it is a Way of Life.

Scripture

  • Proverbs 14:29
  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • 1 Peter 3:15
  • Ephesians 4:31-32
  • Matthew 7:12
  • Luke 6:31
  • James 1:19-26

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Way of Life 1 – Quote

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceWay of Life – Introduction

Christianity is not about a religion of rules and laws, it’s about a relationship…a deep, spiritual relationship with God, with His Son Jesus the Christ, and with the Holy Spirit. Far beyond being a simple belief or faith system, being Christian is who and what we are. When we aspire to truly live the teachings and principles of Christ, His light shines through us; and we become living examples of His love. Following Jesus, “being a Christian,” is more than something we do, it is our Way of Life.

Spiritual Quote

“You’re not likely to err by practicing too much of the cross.”
~Alexander Whyte

Potential Scripture

  • Proverbs 14:29
  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • 1 Peter 3:15
  • Ephesians 4:31-32
  • Matthew 7:12
  • Luke 6:31
  • James 1:19-26

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Through Earth’s Loveliness – Quote

Innocence, Gentleness, PeaceThrough Earth’s Loveliness – Introduction

For some, Mother’s Day is a special time filled with happiness and love. For others, the day is more difficult. Perhaps we didn’t have a loving, caring mother. Perhaps our mom has passed on, and the day is bittersweet – filled with memories, but also a touch of sadness. This Mother’s Day, I’d like to talk about a different Mother – Mother Earth (Mother Nature); and how it is Through Earth’s Loveliness we can be one with God.

Potential Scripture

  • John 4:24
  • 1 Corinthians 8:6
  • Ephesians 4:6
  • Genesis 3:19
  • Luke 3:21
  • Mark 1:35
  • Mark 6:46
  • Luke 5:16
  • John 18:1
  • Matthew 26:36
  • Psalm 111:2

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