When the first church began, it was shaped by the teaching of several leaders. God spoke through them to inform His people of what it meant to be part of this new movement on earth. It was a movement for all people. Everyone was welcome to join in. What can we learn from these first sermons in that very first church?
Jesus is the best gift of Christmas! During Advent we will embrace Jesus as the Word, Servant, Friend, Savior, and Child that we are waiting for. He changes things in our lives, and He is the gift that we share with our neighbors and friends.
Each of us is invited to become part of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom that Jesus spoke about often. This Kingdom is active right now, yet not in its fullness. Every day we can decide to be part of the Kingdom finding real expression and movement in our lives and the lives of those around us. God's Kingdom is God's people in God's place under God's rule.
Finding mental stability is a daily struggle for most of us. Our moods and emotions are untrustworthy guides to the inner peace we seek. Maintaining mental health includes anchoring our identity to Jesus, actively entrusting God with our lives, connecting to healthy/loving people, growing our capacity for hope, and seeking the healing work of the Spirit.
Living the life God invites us into requires wisdom. Each day we make choices that are either wise or foolish. How you choose matters. This summer we'll focus on wisdom and what God has to say about it.