Remain near

February 23, 2017

When we follow Jesus we want to draw near.  We want to experience a life with him to the fullest.  The Lenten season affords us the opportunity to be near and remain near for an extended time.  There is a richness in the lingering.  Experience it.  Don’t miss it.

Missed opportunities

February 20, 2017

If you have ever been guilty of missing the point then you may understand how the disciples of Jesus often felt. It is not easy to remain fully engaged. There is so much to understand and even when we are seeking we rush past teachable moments.

One of the things that might help prepare for meaningful moments is to recognize the seasons and the opportunities afforded us to focus our attention on spiritual things.  The Lenten season is one of those opportunities.

Create for yourself sacred space this season where you can experience God in this moment.  Look for habits to develop, practices to embrace or places of solitude for thoughtful reflection.

 

Reset your service

February 13, 2017

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he writes, “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to to good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”–Ephesians 2:10.

When we walk with God we begin to discover our uniqueness as a part of creation.  We then use our gifts to contribute to the story of God in the world.  Like all gifts, our spiritual gifts are meant to be shared.

Find your expression in the ways that God had created you.  For more information on serving you can check out Sunday’s Conversation on iServe.

 

Reset your financial health

February 6, 2017

Our financial health much like our physical health should never be taken for granted. In each case we take responsibility for how God has provided for us.  With our physical health it is easy to make excuses and for a long time do nothing without any consequences.  Not so with our financial health.  It only takes a short time for one to big in over their head.

Investing was the theme of the story we shared on Sunday-the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. Three were given the responsibility to care for the owners resources.  Two invested and received a good return and were blessed.  Another hid the resources and was condemned.

 

 

The rule of investment provided for more resources and more responsibility.  As we care for the resources that God has entrusted to us we do well to take ownership, learn to invest in God honoring ways and look for opportunities to assume more responsibility.

Reset your physical health

January 30, 2017

When we think about our health do we ever consider that our health may be one more way God can use us as a part of telling his story?  When Daniel was chosen to be a part of the King’s service, his convictions about health changed the way the men were trained for service.  Daniel’s influence grew and it started with him sharing his convictions.

There are many ways we have the opportunity to be God’s voice to the world.  If health is important to you let this be one more way that you can share God’s voice.

 

Reset your community health

January 23, 2017

It seems like community is a word that has emerged most notably in the last generation.  It gets a lot of conversation time but not always with a common understanding of community as celebrated in the early church.  Most likely it is a theme that will continue in future faith generations but may look different as our social experiences shift.

The strength of community as demonstrated in the early church is life together.  When we think of ways that we can experience community in our culture we ought to be thinking of how we can develop and deepen our faith.

Make it your priority this new year to explore and expand your community experience.

Reset your relational health

January 16, 2017

God created us in his image where we might be in relationship with him. Our need for relationships with God and one another is vital to a healthy relational life.

Many of our defining moments in life are marked by meaningful relationships. Through good times and bad we need others that can listen, encourage or celebrate with us.  Handling relationships well is a part of our path to growing in the fullness of Christ.

Let’s be thankful for the relationships that we have.  Let’s strive to develop new relationships where we might grow and help others.

 

Vision 2017

January 9, 2017

When we think about the role of the church in regard to the work of God we would hope that we would be people of vision. In addition, let’s entertain the thought that vision is ultimately measured by God and not by us.  As you develop vision over the next part of your journey consider these ideas regarding vision:

  • vision is given by God to the people called by God.
  • if our vision is only big enough for us to accomplish, it’s not big enough.
  • God’s vision requires God’s hand.

When vision becomes a reality then it’s time to go to work.

Life Together

January 9, 2016

The picture of the early church is one of doing life together.  Regardless of the culture, Christian faith grows stronger together.

On Sunday we will begin a new series on 213Life where we examine our life together at 213 E. 3rd–First Baptist Church, Sweetwater.  Our first conversation will be Life on Mission.  Using the words of Jesus in the great commandment, we will be challenged to discover our mission through loving others.

 

New is Normal

January 6, 2016

I have tried to curb my enthusiasm for the New Year but I can’t. I go through this each year but it seems optimism doesn’t get any better than this.

This is the time of year where impossible seems possible.  Where I can’t meets I will.

I’ve determined that I like the New Year because it is the place where new is normal.  Now I have something to strive for-to make new the norm the year around.

That’s my resolve and I’m sticking to it.