We all seek meaning and purpose in life, but only in Christ can that hope be satisfied. I John 3 offers valuable insights into our identity as God’s children. Understanding our position in Christ will strengthen our faith and witness. If we know Jesus Christ as Savior, God’s made us part of His adopted family. He’s promised an inheritance, an eternal home in heaven and joint heir relationship with Jesus Christ Himself. Not employees, contractors, or slaves, we’re beloved sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. And as only God our Father can do, He loves unconditionally. We can do nothing to make Him love us more or to love us less. May this understanding of our identity in Christ prompt us to love others unconditionally, express gratefulness to God, and model for a world in need His love and the only hope that truly satisfies.
Monday, January 4, 2021 - Identity in Christ Series: Children of God
January 4, 2021
Friday, March 5, 2021 - America's Greatest Problems Series: Truth
March 5, 2021
This week, we've focused on America’s greatest problems, - pride, ungratefulness, turning God’s blessing to judgment, and broken families. But what’s America’s greatest problem? It’s not the economy or education. It’s the need for truth. All problems arise from the lack of knowing and living God’s truth. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Today, America is being destroyed, not by an opposing army, but from within. The ultimate hope for our nation is not found in government, but in God. As we discover His biblical answers to our problems, we can live in a way that is truly blessed. However, if we operate according to a humanistic and pragmatic worldview, we’ll only face increased judgment. Let’s commit together to change our nation, starting with a personal embracing of God’s truth.
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - America's Greatest Problems Series: The Problem of Family
March 4, 2021
Nearly every family in America includes a story of brokenness – another major problem in America. An entire generation’s been damaged by rampant divorce, and fatherless homes. Over 40 percent of America’s children are born into a single parent household. It’s rare to find a stable, godly home. II Timothy 3 says a sign of the last days is disobedience to parents, marriage problems and other godlessness. Yet we’re not without hope. Scripture encourages us to recognize God as our Father. Each of us, with God’s help start anew. Regardless of your past, you can change the future through a faithful marriage and as a godly parent. We need the Lord’s strength to lead well in our family, but it’s not impossible. This is one problem that can be fixed if we pursue God’s plan for the family in God’s way.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - America's Greatest Problems Series: The Problem of Blessings to Judgment
March 3, 2021
Another problem confronting America is God’s judgment. Any time a nation rejects God’s Word and spurns His ways, blessings stop and judgment starts! In Israel of old, God blessed the land with prosperity, good weather, healthy families and security from the enemy. But when they forsook the Lord, presumed upon God’s blessings, became ungrateful and lifted up their hearts in pride, God stopped His blessings and started Judgment. Sound like America today? Despite God’s desire to pour out blessing, because of His justice, He must send judgment upon those who disobey. As you consider your own life, are you presuming on His blessings? Are you walking in obedience which brings blessing or walking in pride and ungratefulness which will bring more judgment? His blessing should be desired more than any other pleasure in this life.