Sunday Collectives 12/26/16 – 1/1/16
By Wendy Alsup
I am going to be raw and honest in this post. And I hope I’ll be a little bit encouraging too. I am emerging from a brutally hard season in life. But even as I emerge with my feet on more solid ground than I’ve felt in a long time, I still face a life that was not the one I envisioned as an earnest Christian teenager in youth group and then Bible college.
God has many qualities and gifts, but of all His qualities none express His character or does He have a better gift than His grace.
All grace originates with God. Grace can be classified into two main categories. These categories are often classified as common grace and special or what we might refer to as transforming, saving grace. Common grace is that which everyone experiences whether they believe in it or not.
By Tricia Goyer
What do you think?
I remember the first time I really thought about God. I was in the second grade, and my mother and grandmother had just become Christians. I started attending Sunday school and vacation Bible school. The stories the teachers shared were about how God loved us and answered our prayers. I believed what they told me, and even though I was young I saw the change in my family. I thought this God person was pretty cool.
By Lynn Cowell
“Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, ‘God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars.’” 1 Samuel 23:7 (NIV)”
Stuck somewhere between numb and exhaustion, I stared out the window. Lord, how did I end up here? Please forgive me.
I had grown up hearing, “Pray for God to open a door.”
We love to talk about obedience as though we are capable of living the law. As though we can impress God with our faux obedience.
However, how are we really doing? The first commandment is that we should not have any other God’s, how are we doing with even the first commandment. Today we look at some hard questions as we look at the answer to that question.
Do you know how much you are loved? Well, this might blow your mind, but you have been eternally on God’s mind and heart. Yes, you have been the apple of his eye and the subject of his conversation for millenia. You were made in his image. You were made to commune with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Therefore, while you have been created to make much of God, God has created you to make much of you. While you should spend yourself enjoying God, he spends himself enjoying you. And while you exist to glorify him forever, God exists to glorify you.