Sunday Collectives 6/08/15 – 6/14/15
Does the Bible promise us prosperity? Does is it say if we live a righteous life then we will be prosperous? Some would even teach that sickness is evil and, as a result, sickness is from the Devil, and we in fact sin when we say God is responsible for sickness. Are those teachings right?
Often, people use certain passages to say such things as “we are not to be sick” or “while living here we should always prosper.” Do such statements contradict or conflict with other verses in the Bible?
God gifts our children with unique personalities. Sometimes we love the way emerging personality traits shape our child’s behavior, but other times they can drive us crazy.
The overly talkative child, the bossy child, the child with endless energy, the child who collapses in tears at the smallest upset, the child whose imagination means homework never gets turned in – these are a few of the personalities….
I love promises don’t you?
When I was a kid, promises meant the world to me.
Promises from my Grandfather that he would take me fishing –
Promises from my Grandmother that she would buy us an ice cream cone when we went to town.
So many wonderful promises – so much hope!
Enjoy this excerpt from Walking in God’s Grace…
A despondent Prince Hamlet in the opening of the “Nunnery Scene” in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet utters these words “To be, or not to be…” as the pains of life have beat him up and he ponders whether it is even worth living.
We would echo this and say that this really is the question each individual who has chosen Christ as His savior must make to live as Christ’s or not.
Individuals can be effective leaders even after a life-altering failure. Read Acts 2:14-40.
In John 18 during Jesus’ trial and just prior to His crucifixion, Peter, one of Jesus closest friends and most trusted disciples had a failure in his character. Peter demonstrated disloyalty and cowardice when Jesus seemed to need him the most. The Bible does not specifically tell us, but in all likelihood Peter may have felt he would never be trusted again…
“Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the Good News about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.