Sunday Collectives 8/04/14 – 8/10/14
By Mark Luker
God loves an underdog. Everyone loves the story of an underdog. You know, someone with the odds stacked against him or her but somehow they rise up to win – the classic Hollywood script. But if you think about it, we are all underdogs. If you are a Christian, you are already, by default, an underdog. If you choose to live a “good Christian life” you will be an underdog to the world. The only difference is that being a Christian means we are promised all the things we need to win the fight.
By Latasha Ransome
Recently, I heard a song on the radio that mentioned the beauty of having an incomparable friendship with God. The singer sang wonderful words of worship that captured the essence of the Lord’s immutable nature. My heart rejoiced as I began to ponder on the goodness of the Lord and I thanked Him for His unfailing friendship.
Life is short. The bible says repeatedly that it’s like a vapor, a mist that is quickly gone. We are here for just a few years and then…..we are gone.
So, what do you want? What do you want to do? What do you want to be remembered for? What do you want to accomplish? These are questions I’m visiting again as I near the last third. What do I want?
By Jody Neufeld
Do you believe in evil? Do you believe in Satan? Scriptures does mention Satan in the book of Job and, my personal favorite, in Revelation I am told Satan will meet his end in the lake of fire (Revelation 20). If you put “evil” into a word search on your Bible software, it will bring up many, many verses throughout the Bible. But however many references there are to Satan and his evil in Scriptures, there are a “ba-zillion” more about God and His goodness and power over evil and Satan. And that is where we should put our focus.
This video reminds us of what we should do when we have offended someone.
Using Matthew 5:23-24 as the Scripture reference,
we are commanded to do four things
when we realize we have done harm to another.
Stop, Go, reconcile and then return.
Through it all, we should have a servant’s heart.
By Pastor Pat Badstibner
When you read that…it seems almost impossible, doesn’t it? When we are suffering, depending on the level of suffering, it will seem hard enough to just put one foot in front of the other. Serve others? Are you kidding. That is why our Sub-Title is:
What possible motivation can we find to serve others when life is hitting us in the stomach with a baseball bat?
Truthfully, how does one find the motivation to not be completely focused inward during those times when life just keeps piling it on? When the days feel like a sweltering 150 degrees because of the trials….
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