Articles Tagged 'Mercy'

Why Shepherds?

Why Shepherds?

Of all the people to announce the coming of heaven's glory, why did God choose this bunch?

Phil Ware looks at the birth of Jesus and asks the very simple question: why did God reveal the birth of his Son to shepherds first?

Thankful for the Mercies

Thankful for the Mercies

Here's something you don't want to forget at the table of thanks today!

Rick Brown reminds us to be thankful for God's mercies.

He Did Not Retaliate

He Did Not Retaliate

How did he hold back his power?

Tom Norvell reminds us that Jesus had the power to get even but did not retaliate in word or deed when he was reviled, mocked, belittled, mocked, and ridiculed.

Just One: One Note

Just One: One Note

How can help when I overwhelmed with the need?

Phil Ware introduces many of us to the principle of doing for one what you wish you could do for everyone and how it helps us know whom to help with so many needs around us!

A Promised Pardon

A Promised Pardon

Billy the Kid is still waiting

We all need a pardon from God, forgiveness for our sins. But He won't make us wait.

I Understand This

I Understand This

There are simply things I don't get!

Phil Ware continues his series on Sagrada Familia and the children of the Community and relates it this time to the words he prays in the Lord's Prayer.

Let Jesus ...

Let Jesus ...

What do these words mean and whose words do we trust?

Phil Ware weaves in the 7 sayings of Jesus on the cross with the sense of forgiveness and mission that should be ours in the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

More Than Mere Words

More Than Mere Words

How do we make our faith more than mere talk?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that religion has to do something and not just talk about a lot of things -- it must walk the talk, practice what you preach, and put your life where your mouth is.

SH!FT my Life: LIVE_holy

SH!FT my Life: LIVE_holy

What is my life really about?

Phil Ware continues his series on Shift My Life and talks about what it means to live holy!

Tell Them How Much!

Tell Them How Much!

So what do we do now that we've left the table?

Phil Ware begins his series on God's Riches for Us at the Table of the Lord and reminds us that we are called to share with those close to us what the Lord has done for us.

Don't Go Fishing?

Don't Go Fishing?

It's time to fish or be bait!

Phil Ware continues his series on Light on the Dark Side of the Mountain and shares the story of Jonah with us.

Even When the Rain Falls

Even When the Rain Falls

Are you washed by the water?

Tammy Marcelain shares her experience at a recent baptism and reminds us of the mercy and grace that are ours in Jesus.

Limitless Mercy

Limitless Mercy

How could He love us so?

Tammy Marcelain talks about Henri Nouwen's book and also about the prodigal son and the great love of God.

Catch & Release: Witnesses

Catch & Release: Witnesses

Why would he choose this bunch to be his plan?

Phil Ware continues his series on Catch and Release reminding us that we are chosen to be Jesus' witnesses specifically because of who we are and what he has done for us in our lives.

Created to Do Good Works

Created to Do Good Works

Why do we have such a strong urge to do good?

Tom Norvell talks about our desire to go good and how strong it is and how we battle against the desire to do evil.

Catch and Release: THE First Thing

Catch and Release: THE First Thing

Caught to be released into life, community, and purpose by the grace of God!

Phil Ware begins a series of articles on sharing Jesus in word and deed with others called Catch and Release and focusing on following Jesus.

The Measure of Success

The Measure of Success

How do we define what is so easily distorted?

Bill Sherrill reminds us that the measure of success in Jesus' eyes is whether or not we helped those in need who are around us.

Good without God?

Good without God?

So who do you need to be good?

Patrick Odum sees a billboard by an atheistic and agnostic group that says many are good without God and he decides he is barely tolerable with God, so there's no hope for him without God!

God's Twin Grace

God's Twin Grace

Why do we often emphasize one, but forget the other?

Phil Ware writes about the grace of God to save us from sin and for holy living.

He Died for Me!

He Died for Me!

How are we to respond to such an extravagant gift?

Phil Ware thinks through the implications of Jesus' death for us.

Captured by Grace

Captured by Grace

Can you be captured by freedom and grace?

Phil Ware uses the climactic moment in the movie "Saving Private Ryan" where he is told to "earn it" to emphasize the difference between grace and obligation.

The Smell of Sheep

The Smell of Sheep

What did it smell like at the manger?

Phil Ware talks about the significance of shepherds being found at the manger of Jesus.

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid

How can we not be afraid in times like this?

Russ Lawson reminds us that even during these troubling times that God is at work to take care of us.

'Fantasy Jesus' vs. 'Real Jesus'

'Fantasy Jesus' vs. 'Real Jesus'

Each year during the holiday season we witness nativity scenes

Perhaps because of the familiarity of the depiction of the birth of the Savior we fail to focus on just what an impact it had on the lives of all mankind.

Our Eyes Look to the Lord

Our Eyes Look to the Lord

Where can you go in times like this?

Tom Norvell shares insights into Psalm 123, especially reminding us to look to God before we get angry, try to get even, go on the attack, or give up in despair, for mercy comes from God!