Articles Tagged 'Jesus'

Made to Be Complements

Made to Be Complements

In the Lord, we are called to complement, complete, and bless each other so that each can be what she or he is created by God and re-created in Jesus to become!

Phil Ware continues his series on how God values women as seen in Scripture, this is part 2.

The Holy Family, Incarcerated!

The Holy Family, Incarcerated!

Christ Church takes the story of the flight to Egypt and uses it to make us think about what the “old, old story” of Jesus tells us about this very contemporary issue.

Patrick Odum challenges us to think critically and lovingly in light of our new-found awareness of baby Jesus' status as a refugee from violence.

I Won't Let You Go!

I Won't Let You Go!

What is this peace? What is this overcoming Jesus talks about?

Phil Ware reminds us of the great truth of Jesus' steadfastness and faithfulness, he won't let us go.

Why Forget Verse 17?

Why Forget Verse 17?

For many people, verse 16 is the most beloved verse of the Bible. Why not also verse 17?

Phil Ware asks us to think about a simple, but important question: why is it that we love to quote John 3:16 but leave out John 3:17?

I'm Not Called to That?

I'm Not Called to That?

Called. Sometimes, I think we use that word as an excuse to not do scary things.

Jordan Harrell reminds us that there are some things we are all called to do because that is what Jesus wants from us.

A Tabulated List of Grace

A Tabulated List of Grace

Registered forgiveness! No humiliation! No shame!

Max Lucado shares a short anecdote on forgiveness and grace.

Hanging on Every Word

Hanging on Every Word

The question the Holy Spirit left on my heart after reading this whole chapter was as convicting as it was clear.

Phil Ware discovers a verse in Luke 19 that the Holy Spirit uses to confront him about an important question.

Surely!

Surely!

A hardened elite soldier in Rome's army comes face-to-face with the Son of God.

Phil Ware looks at the Centurions in the New Testament and reminds us that they often believed in Jesus.

This Collision of Grace

This Collision of Grace

Greatness and grace reveal themelves in a world so real we can smell the manure and hear the breathing sounds of the Son of God.

Phil Ware reminds us of the discontinuity, the absolute collision, of the grime of our world and the glory of God in the birth of Jesus.

Upside-Down Kingdom

Upside-Down Kingdom

Our groups and our churches must be the arenas where Jesus' upside-down kingdom comes to life.

Phil Ware shares Jesus' teaching that is upside-down to the world around us in terms of status, wealth, power, position, achievement, and importance.

The Good Life: Following the Way of Jesus

The Good Life: Following the Way of Jesus

Jesus went up on the mountain and taught his followers to live the good life — to live as Jesus did!

Phil Ware and James Nored, through word and video, remind us of our need to return to the Jesus-styled kind of life.

Adopted into the Family

Adopted into the Family

We come with bad habits, wounds, and all sorts of unfortunate baggage. It takes awhile for us to unlearn them!

Phil Ware shares a powerful story about his foster grandson and how that helps us understand what it means to be adopted into God's family.

Now What?

Now What?

Easter is over, so

Now that Easter has passed, what are we going to do with Jesus? How about spending time with him in the gospel of John so we can know him for ourselves?

Seed, Towel, Promise, and Torchlight #1

Seed, Towel, Promise, and Torchlight #1

Yes, the seed is still enough of a mystery to keep me interested while I wait for the full blessing of its secrets to reach full bloom.

Phil Ware begins a four week series on seed, towel, promise, and torchlight as he looks at Jesus' last hours on earth and what they mean for us.

This Brutal World

This Brutal World

Life is a dangerous endeavor. We pass our days in the shadows of ominous realities.

Max Lucado reminds us to be courageous in our times of trouble for we have put our faith in the one who has conquered.

Always!

Always!

How can we deepen, strengthen, and become more aware of our Lord's constant and loving presence?

Phil Ware reminds us of the Lord's nearness, four ways we can experience that nearness, but most importantly, he reminds us to seek the Lord's presence in our lives, always.

Be Mindful of the Words You Hear

Be Mindful of the Words You Hear

You don't have to listen to the noise around you!

Tom Norvell reminds us that we don't have to hear the messages and noise around us, we can follow Jesus' example and withdraw from the situation.

How Can I Grow to Be More Like Jesus?

How Can I Grow to Be More Like Jesus?

I want to grow spiritually — to be more like Jesus — but can I really do that?

Phil Ware answers a question he is often asked by those who are new followers of Jesus or people whose spiritual lives have stagnated: "How can I grow spiritually?"

More than the Outskirts of His Ways

More than the Outskirts of His Ways

If there is a God and he's out there, why doesn't he just get it over with and show himself to us? Why this need for faith?

Phil Ware and James Nored share in word and video an idea about how we can truly understand God's greatness, glory, and grace even though we cannot understand everything about him.

Finding Jesus!

Finding Jesus!

How do we get started on rebuilding our relationship with Jesus, a relationship He yearns to have with us?

Phil Ware shares a message he has shared privately many times about how to experience Jesus, how for Jesus to be real in our lives, each day.

Do Not Let Baby Jesus Become Baby Lite

Do Not Let Baby Jesus Become Baby Lite

Do you like to keep Jesus in the manger? Sort of a Jesus lite. Don't

Jesus did not stay a baby. He grew up and died on a cross for you. Do not leave him in the manger.

Every Heart a Manger

Every Heart a Manger

Have you invited him in?

Max Lucado reminds us to make our heart a manger and every day Christmas.

The Story of Our Savior's Birth

The Story of Our Savior's Birth

Sometimes we just need to hear the familiar story told simply with fresh words.

Jesus' birth stories from Matthew and Luke are shared in straight Scripture from The Voice Bible.

Jesus Came to Be One of Us!

Jesus Came to Be One of Us!

We desperately need to push past the glitz of the season and remember the gritty grace of the manger and the glory of God incarnate in a helpless baby who came to be one of us!

James and Phil continue their series on The Story of Redemption by focusing on the birth of Jesus and what it means for us.

Jesus or Religion?

Jesus or Religion?

Am I more like the wise men who passionately sought to find Jesus or the religious leaders who chose their traditions, positions, and power over Jesus?

Phil Ware reminds us that in the familiar story of the wise men is a challenging and life-changing question we must all answer with our choices and with our lives.