Monday, August 11, 2014
Shouldn't our lives be better because of our Christian faith? Shouldn't our lives be easier because of our Christian faith? Better yes. Easier no. As a Christ-follower, the Bible tells us that we will be tested. In this talk from 1 Peter 1:6-9, I talk about WHY we are tested and the resulting benefits to our faith.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
In this talk from 1 Peter 1:3-5, Pastor Mark takes us behind the scenes and considers our Christian lives from God's perspective. We discover that God gave us new life, provides an inheritance not subject to entropy, defends us, and will come back for us.
We begin our study of 1 Peter, chapter 1, with just the first two verses. Here we discover 5 characteristics of who we are in Christ as Christ-followers.
Faith is believing that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do. Trusting God usually takes us out of our comfort zone. I tell the story of the Empty Jar and the Widow and, along the way, we learn about 4 steps that take us outside of our comfort zone.
Our time on Earth is so short compared to eternity. We all want to make our time count. But how do we do that? What matters most is not the duration of our lives, but the donation of our lives. In this July 13th talk at Church Requel, I teach the A,B,C's of time management.