Articles Tagged 'Holy'

Not a Patch, but a Whole New World

Not a Patch, but a Whole New World

Pursue Jesus. Completely pursue him. You will notice that while you are not religious, you are being drawn to a holy character and gracious compassion that religion longs to impart, but cannot!

Phil Ware continues looking at the gospel of Mark and reminds us that Jesus isn't a patch on religion or a new joy to infuse old and stale religion; he is an altogether all new thing.

Dinner with Abba

Dinner with Abba

Communion is a reminder of why we belong at the Father's Table of grace.

Phil Ware reminds us that the cross was personal to Jesus and to us and because of it, we come to God as our 'Abba Father.'

Is Anything Sacred?

Is Anything Sacred?

Why do we try to change God's standards?

Max Lucado reminds us that God's holiness standards do not change and that we must not compromise on what we feel called to do.

The Whole World

The Whole World

Why is our sight so short-sided that we cannot see the whole world at Jesus' Table of grace?

Phil Ware continues his series on 'Beyond Bread and Wine' focusing on Jesus' death for the sin of the whole world and a special Sunday in Bangkok, Thailand.

I Doubt It: World Changers

I Doubt It: World Changers

Despite early Jewish opposition and later Roman persecution and martyrdom, their passion, conviction, and impact could not be stopped.

Phil Ware continues his series called 'I Doubt It' and focuses today on Jesus' call and promise that his eleven apostles and those that followed them would turn the world upside down with their message of good news and hope and grace.

In Our Hands

In Our Hands

The Father has given us a simple way of remembering the significance of this Supper: our hands!

Phil Ware continues his series of Communion devotionals called 'Beyond Bread and Wine' with a reminder that our often taken for granted hands can lead us to a profound grace!

Until He Comes!

Until He Comes!

The Lord's Supper is our regular reminder that Jesus is coming for us to share in his victory!

Phil Ware continues our focus on the Lord's Supper called Beyond Bread and Wine: this week our focus is on Jesus' return in glory!

Worthy!

Worthy!

How can I take this bread and wine as someone worthy?

Phil Ware reminds us that we share in The Supper, not because we are worthy of Jesus' sacrifice, but because we've been made worthy by his sacrifice!

I Doubt It: The Well

I Doubt It: The Well

Phil Ware invites us to join a weary woman who is all alone at the well in the middle of her daily grind and whose life was changed by a divine encounter!.

Phil Ware continues his series on Jesus and series of encounters where people say to him or heard him and thought, 'I doubt it!'

Greater Things

Greater Things

Anchored in the context of the Last Supper, Jesus promises greater things!

Phil Ware reminds us that Jesus made great promises in the context of his Last Supper and one of them promised that we would do greater things than he did.

Longing for Home

Longing for Home

As we share this bread and drink this cup, let's be reminded of our home on the horizon and the joy we will share when we arrive!

Phil Ware talks about longing for home and the food of home and challenges us to see Communion as our taste of home while we are away.

Made Out of Love

Made Out of Love

Why in the world did the Creator make us and give us such a beautiful place to live?

James Nored and Phil Ware continue their series on Finding My Story in God's Story and listening to what the Bible says about our world, about us, and about where to find life.

Broken Bread

Broken Bread

Why is it so important to recognize that the bread is broken? Because we are broken, too!

Phil Ware continues his series of Communion Devotionals called Beyond Bread and Wine that focuses on all the depth, meaning, and significance to the Lord's Supper.

Touchable Hope

Touchable Hope

What the resurrected Jesus gave to his shocked disciples who disbelieved for joy was tangible proof he had risen from the dead!

Phil Ware begins the new section with a reflection on the Lord's Supper and what it can mean for us.

Resolutions or Life-Quest?

Resolutions or Life-Quest?

Phil Ware challenges us to look beyond the New Year's resolutions on to a life pursuing Jesus.

Phil Ware challenges us to look beyond the New Year's resolutions on to a life pursuing Jesus.

Drought Buster

Drought Buster

With the Holy Spirit, there never has to be a spiritual drought!

Phil Ware reminds us of Jesus' promise to send us living water in the Holy Spirit, water that would never run dry and would well up in us to eternal life.

His Power Becomes Our Power

His Power Becomes Our Power

When we wait on the Holy Spirit, we are anticipating God's power to work through us to God's glory!

Max Lucado reminds us to wait on the Holy Spirit to come with power.

The Lord is Near: Assurance

The Lord is Near: Assurance

No matter what life, Satan, or circumstances suggest, we will never be forsaken by our God!

Phil Ware shares his message focused on Paul's promises that the Lord will always be near us, focusing on Jesus' promises to his early disciples and to us!

Wait!

Wait!

If the apostles needed to wait on the Spirit, shouldn't we?

Max Lucado reminds us that the Holy Spirit is essential to all we do and are as followers of Jesus, so let's wait on the Spirit to lead us and empower us before launching out too hastily into the unknown.

The Lord is Near: Doubts

The Lord is Near: Doubts

How do we hang onto God's promises when they seem too good to be true?

Phil Ware shares his third in a series of 6 messages on the promise that the LORD is near; this time focusing on our doubts.

Tug-of-War over Grace

Tug-of-War over Grace

Is grace a gift or does it come with conditions?

Phil Ware reminds us that people make up their own definitions of what grace means all the time, but Jesus defines grace, exemplifies it, and pours it out upon us and he should be our example and definition of grace.

Strongholds

Strongholds

Where does the Loch Ness monster of your soul dwell?

Max Lucado reminds us of what we don't want others to know about us and we don't want to admit ourselves -- we have strongholds that require drastic action to tear down and we have to invite God into every area of our lives for that to happen.

Like Michelle!

Like Michelle!

How do we have an infectious love of people and life that it changes us and those around us?

Brian McCutchen reminds us of the joyous and infectious virtues of a heart gladly surrendered to Jesus, like Michelle's.

Cruciformed Disciple

Cruciformed Disciple

If the Lord can transform Peter with his failures, imagine what the Lord can do with you.

Phil Ware finishes his four part series on Peter and following Jesus by focusing on Jesus transforming and cruciforming him into a great servant for the Kingdom of God.

Let's Experience What the Lord Has Told Us About!

Let's Experience What the Lord Has Told Us About!

Does it ever feel like that we've reduced Christianity down to something less than Jesus wants us to experience?

Phil Ware challenges our settled notions about church in the box and wants us to realize that Jesus has so much more in store for us if we will make the moves necessary to experience Jesus and his story for ourselves.