Generosity is not something you do, but something you are. When you give, you acknowledge God as the center of your life. Just think what it would look like if we led the way with extravagant generosity, not only as individuals, but as the church?
Have you ever prayed for something risky? Maybe you've prayed for God to use you or to test you. These prayers can be life changers, and that kind of change can be scary. What if God answers our prayers in ways we aren't prepared for or didn't plan for? Are you willing to take the risk?
In Jesus’ time people would travel great distances from their homes to make sacrifices at the temple in Jerusalem to atone for their sins. The need for forgiveness and restoration overwhelmed them to the point of making a long and difficult physical journey. What about today? We all hurt others or stray from the path through our words and actions. Would you be willing to make the journey to find or give forgiveness? It has been too long. The time is now to free your heart. It’s time to Repent!
Life throws all kinds of things our way. No matter how careful we try to be, we will still inevitably face things like failure and heartbreak. We can't avoid these challenging aspects of life, but with God's help our hardships can be an opportunity. It's time to grow.
There are certain verses or parts of scripture that we have probably heard many times: "Ask anything in my name and you shall receive it", "Don't judge, lest you be judged", etc. We think we understand what they mean, but without the full context are we getting it wrong? What is Jesus really trying to teach us?
There are times when we feel so close to God, but other times when he seems distant from us. We can't understand his plan for us, or it feels like he's not paying attention. We wonder why he's letting bad things happen, or if he is even hearing our prayers. What do we do when we can't hear his voice or feel his guiding hand?