Jesus told us the two greatest commands are “Love God, love people.” The way to love God is love people, they are the Temple we are to invest in.
Love is at the core of holiness. That love is not driven by the pursuit of our own desires or hoped outcomes. This love drives pursuit and is the hope that comes from a heart completely devoted to God, being filled with the Spirit.
No matter how good the preaching, how clear (or old) the bible translation, worship style, and amount of love invested in a person, they may still choose destruction. There is nothing we can do, as bad as it hurts, to alter this decision. Does this mean we give up at some point? Never.
Some sermons you don’t want to preach.
…those sayings in scripture, calling us to be perfect is how God created us. And the whole point of salvation is our restoration to that original design. You and I were created to be perfect.
“If Peyton Manning does all that for a game, what are you doing to prepare for my people?”
You have heard about Puff the Magic Dragon, who lives by the sea; Puff the Magic Christian is just as mythological.
What am I to make of that jealousy? Was I wrong to have that feeling? Could I help having it?
It never occurred to me that before I could discover who I wanted to be, I had to know who I was.
When someone else confronts us with our sins and mistakes the natural tendency is to kill the messenger. Why are we that way?