Sunday Collectives 11/28/16 – 12/4/16
Often Hebrews 10:24-25, which says that we should not neglect to come together and encourage each other, is used incorrectly to make people feel guilty if they are not in church every time the doors are opened. Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior are the Church, no matter where they are or happen to worship. The Church is not a building or an organization, but an organism, a living group of people who share common beliefs and one mind regarding Jesus Christ.
By Tricia Goyer
God, the Master, The Holy of Israel, has this solemn counsel: ‘Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me—the very thing you’ve been unwilling to do.’” Isaiah 30:15 (MSG)
One of my clearest childhood memories is when I was five. My stepdad was running errands for my mom and dropped me off at a birthday party…
By Chad West
Like God, shame is omnipresent, especially in our culture. Thanks to social media, our voice is everywhere, and even the slightest unintentional misstep is torn into by the ravenous wolves; the gatekeepers of the politically correct. But the ubiquity of baseless shame does not exclude a place for earned guilt. It doesn’t mean there aren’t times we should all crouch in fear at the knowledge that we deserve the sharp yellow tooth of the wolves in the cradle of our necks.
God is said to short-circuit that process. Not by covering our throats, or even lopping off the heads of the wolves…
By Jessica Dixon
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14
It is the season, when we walk the streets or go into the grocery store and hear the words, Happy Holidays, and we as His children sometimes forget to say Merry Christmas and will just say Happy Holidays…
At first, when we want to share our faith, we may feel overwhelmed as we may not know how exactly to do it or we feel somehow under-qualified.
This is quite common, but the real problem is we do not yet know the Word of God. When we become more familiar with God’s Word we will find ourselves more comfortable in sharing the truth of God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
Someone may ask, “Why does your church spend so much time every Sunday reading the Law and confessing their sins?” To many, this practice is odd, for they have not seen it regularly done in their religious circles. To some, this practice is even unseemly, for it seems to deny the Good News promised by Jesus Christ. Sadly, they see corporate repentance as a remnant of their former Fundamentalist or Roman Catholic days. It reminds them of “walking the aisle” or “entering the booth.” Therefore, in their eyes, serious repentance accompanied by grief is unnecessary, oppressive, and out of accord with the Gospel…