Articles Tagged 'Restore'

Skipping Communion?

Skipping Communion?

Jesus didn't pray for unity just so Christians could sit in a happy circle, hold hands, and sing Kum Ba Yah around the campfire at church camp.

Phil Ware reflects on the words of Jesus, the actions of the apostle Paul, and the example of a couple of men in his life, all focused on the theme of reconciliation.

To the Least, Like Jesus

To the Least, Like Jesus

Largely, in the days when Jesus came, children were only valued if they were wanted.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that we not only must become like children, but as Jesus' followers, we must value children.

Shape Your Worries into Prayer

Shape Your Worries into Prayer

In those times of restlessness and anxiety, where do we turn for relief?

Tom Norvell reminds us to take our worries, our concerns, our troubles, and turn them into prayers and praises.

Whatever Happened to the Gift of Affirmation?

Whatever Happened to the Gift of Affirmation?

What I had missed was the human element of this event in Jesus' life. The heavenly Father was affirming his Son!

Phil Ware shares insight into affirmation of God's leaders from the life of Jesus and the ministry of Paul.

Through Every Storm

Through Every Storm

Jesus wants us to invite him into our storms so he can speak peace to our panic and hope to our dread.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that the storms of life can engulf us, surround us, buffet us, and even terrify us, but Jesus will not abandon us in our storms and will eventually bring us to safety, peace, and calm.

Free to Become

Free to Become

Thoughts of freedom permeate the thoughts of the people of our world right now.

Phil Ware reminds us on the eve of Independence Day in the U.S. and movements all around the world striving for freedom, that the Holy Spirit gives us the greatest freedom of all!

A New Heart

A New Heart

Jesus wasn't calling us to keep a list of do's and don'ts; he was challenging us to obey the Father from our hearts, in love.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and that he was not giving us a list of do's and don't do's, but was calling us to put into practice the way of God from the heart.

Resurrection 2.8: With Christ

Resurrection 2.8: With Christ

Maybe you're like me and have imagined these kinds of things as you've read the story of Jesus.

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 and focuses this week on a way we can share with Jesus in his saving work even if we were not present when it happened years ago.

In His Steps to Share His Light

In His Steps to Share His Light

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.

Resurrection 2.7: Let the Clouds Remind You!

Resurrection 2.7: Let the Clouds Remind You!

As followers of Jesus, the clouds hold a message of hope for us, not just a warning.

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 and focuses this week on Jesus' return in the clouds which is guaranteed by his resurrection from the dead.

Our One Defining Note

Our One Defining Note

Do we realize the grace of getting to tune our lives to Jesus?

Phil Ware and James Nored remind us that the core of our faith is Jesus, that Christ is our defining note around whom all of us must tune our lives and recognize the grace of being called and transformed to be like him.

Resurrection 2.6: The Lord of Fresh Starts

Resurrection 2.6: The Lord of Fresh Starts

Wouldn't life be better if we could have a fresh start after making a mess of things?

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 focusing on Jesus' loving confrontation of Peter about his arrogance and failure and then restoring him back to ministry.

Desert of Trial

Desert of Trial

Because he knew the true and living God, the heart behind the Scriptures, he could recognize the forger, the fraud.

James Nored and Phil Ware discuss the temptations and trials of Jesus and why they are important to us and what they have to say to us as people who are part of God's story.

Resurrection 2.5: Sarcastic Ridicule

Resurrection 2.5: Sarcastic Ridicule

Jesus knew the sting of sarcastic ridicule and unbelief from his family

Phil Ware continues his Resurrection 2.0 series reminding us this week that Jesus' own family did not believe until after his resurrection.

In the Footsteps of Jesus

In the Footsteps of Jesus

Jesus said this was the right thing for him to do!

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of an important reason to be baptized: Jesus was and said it was the right thing to do.

Resurrection 2.4: When We Hear His Voice

Resurrection 2.4: When We Hear His Voice

Mary heard his voice call her name and that one word changed everything for her!

Phil Ware continues his series on Jesus' resurrection called resurrection 2.0, this week focusing on Jesus' word to Mary!

U-Turn to Walk in God's Will

U-Turn to Walk in God's Will

Before we can be useful in living for God, we need to have our U-turn moment!

Phil Ware and James Nored look at what the ministry of John the Baptizer meant for people in his day and call on us to share in this move toward the kingdom of God today.

Resurrection 2.3: Unless...!

Resurrection 2.3: Unless...!

If Jesus was truly raised from the dead, then this new reality would call for Thomas to radically re-orient his life

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 and focuses this week on Thomas.

Jesus Came to Be One of Us!

Jesus Came to Be One of Us!

How can God know experientially how hard life can sometimes be for us?

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us to push past the glittering lights and see that God came to be one of us in the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

Resurrection 2.2: Sometimes, I Doubt!

Resurrection 2.2: Sometimes, I Doubt!

Do doubts mean I don’t believe?

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 focusing this week on the doubts of early disciples, and our times of doubting sometimes in our world.

One Like Moses!

One Like Moses!

Moses brought down God's Law from his mountain. Jesus demonstrated God's love on his mountain.

James Nored and Phil Ware move from Abraham and Moses to Jesus in God's great story of redemption.

Love the Family

Love the Family

Your church can be that kind of family, and it can begin with you being that kind of family member.

Patrick Odum reminds us that we can be better at loving the family of believers than we are doing now and that this change, this commitment to love, can make all the difference in the world.

Resurrection 2.1: In the Breaking of the Bread

Resurrection 2.1: In the Breaking of the Bread

What if this song speaks the truth about Jesus' promise to meet us in our world today?

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 and the vital importance of Jesus' resurrection for our life as his disciples today.

God's Character Shapes His People

God's Character Shapes His People

God alone had earned the right to speak truth into their lives, compassion into their hearts, and righteousness into their behaviors.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of the importance of the 10 Commandments and the two divine principles of God and Jesus and call us to live them in our daily lives.

Resurrection 2.0: The Empty Tomb

Resurrection 2.0: The Empty Tomb

They stood there, stunned and perplexed.

Phil Ware begins his series on Jesus' resurrection appearances called Resurrection 2.0