From time to time, it is good to look back and be reminded of “the big picture” so that one remains focused on what is important. Today, we do just that! Guest speaker, Herb Taylor, from Baptist Church Planters, reminds us of the five foundational essentials to every successful ministry.
God’s merciful love affects the way we think and respond to our Savior, Jesus Christ. If we truly know and have experienced God’s merciful love, we will have a different outlook on Jesus and our response to Him will be evident to others in three specific areas.
Neighbors! So many things could be said about them. We all know what neighbors are; and we all know what we think neighbors should be. Paul tells us in Romans 13 that it is more important for US to have a right attitude because WE are someone’s neighbor! The right
The life that is surrendered to the gracious mercy of God finds that God’s love impacts every area of living. We have seen that it affects our relationship to God, to others, to those traveling the Pathway of Hope with us, and those yet to set foot on the pathway.
Paul has fixed our compass to point toward God’s mercies on the Pathway of Hope. We are urged to make our living hope a living sacrifice by transforming our thinking and living by the Word of God. With our eyes and attitude pointed firmly in the demonstration of God’s good,
We come to another stage in the Pathway of Hope. We have seen the FAITH God rewards, heard of the HOPE God gives, and now find the ENCOURAGEMENT for life along the way. Paul begins to show how the person made righteous by God travels the Pathway of Hope. The
Paul discusses the FAITH GOd gives to those who turn to Him for righteousness. While discussing the benefits of peace, hope, and love that are generated by God’s gift of righteousness, Paul remembers many of his own people have not experienced this gift. He then starts discussing the HOPE for
This morning, our missionary to Albania, Norman Brewer, shares thoughts from the book of Colossians about Paul’s ministry to a place he had not personally visited. The parallel is interesting! We, too, can have a heart for people whom we have not yet met!
A branch signifies growth. When a plant has sufficient growth, it branches out. Paul uses that illustration to continue his discussion of just how gracious God is in His plan for making His fallen creation righteous. Notice how God’s plan branches out!