God's Heart for the Poor
As we continue in our Advent Series "A Thrill of Hope," Clarence Hill helps us examine the heart of the Father concerning the poor in our community.
How can we be more aware of those in need around us? What are ways that we can identify, in our own lives, the need to reorient around the things that Jesus made a priority?
The Advent season brings with it both a warning and an invitation. There will come a day when God will move and the question will not be, "How do I feel about this?" but rather, "Am I ready?"
Are you ready?
How many of us would say 2018 came with a few surprises? At the beginning of 2018, none of us could have predicted the transition that God would have us go through. Now we are in new wine needing new wineskin. What does that look like now for us who are doers of the word?
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. [Matthew 5:14-16]
“Kids in crisis don’t have the luxury to wait on the church to sort through every legitimate excuse, count the cost and wait for the right time. It will cost you. And the time is now.” - Megan Doke
Think about the 3 1/2 year of Christ’s earthly ministry and the eternal impact that it had on the world since then. If the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us, what then should we expect from our earthly ministry?
What will our lives look like in 20 years? What do you want your life to look like in 20 years? The level of maturity and authority of the people around you might play a larger role in what that looks like than you may believe.
Running away from sin is not a matter of willpower but of wisdom. If you are playing with and struggling with sin, you have already lost. How can you have guaranteed success against sin?
We are not immune from failure just because we wave a Bible around and wear a cross on our neck. How can we have guaranteed success? We start off with the question, "What is God's definition of success versus our own?”
If God has forgiven us for our sin, what else will he do for us? If we have been forgiven of our sin, what should we do next?
We should ask ourselves, "What do I value most in my life?" because something is going to call for your devotion? God is willing, are you prepared?
We try to spend our Christian walk laying down our lives for Christ and rightfully pray to God, 'Not my will but your will be done' in the name of obedience. But does God want our obedience or is He after something much more from us?