Earlier this month, a team from Life’s Journey joined other Christian teams in Haiti to bring help and love to people in Haiti. The team was able to provide help with many needs ranging from practical needs like mother and infant care to fixing water pumps all the while giving encouragement in Jesus Christ to everyone they met and worked with.
Be encouraged as you listen to the stories experienced by the team.
Jesus says that the Christians must learn to abide in him in order to bear spiritual fruit. Abiding has a deep meaning of being unified, being at rest, and being connected. The word carries the ideas of visiting and encountering, but it is so much different than visit and so much deeper than encounter.
Even though abide brings a connection to resting, Jesus also says that abiding makes you a branch of the vine (Jesus) and that when you abide God the Father will prune you. Resting in Jesus naturally produces an opportunity to change.
Listen in as Cortney shares deep insights into this idea of abiding and how it relates to Christian growth and relationship with others.
St Patrick’s Day is not just a holiday to celebrate Irish culture. It is a day to remember the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The light of God came to a whole nation of people because of Patrick’s desire to take the gospel to Ireland. Sixteen hundred years ago, Patrick was stolen from his home as a child and made to live as a slave to tribes in ancient Ireland. Through a miracle of God he escaped and returned home to ancient Britain. Why would he go back to the land of his captivity to help the people who cared nothing for him?
The story of Patrick confronts us with the question, “How is your love for others?”
Do you only love the people you like? Are you willing to forgive the people who have failed to love you? Can you, like Jesus did, love the unlikable? St Patrick’s day is a reminder for us to love like Patrick because Patrick loved like Jesus. Be encouraged as Evan shares how Patrick’s story can inspire to love God more and love others well.
Scripture references: 1 John 4:7-21; Romans 5:5-11; John 3:16; Matthew 22:35-40
God desires that we delight in him. So many problems in the world would be solved if we delighted more often in him. God promised that if you “Delight yourself in the Lord…he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). As you delight in God, your desires begin to reflect his desires. The desires of your heart will align with His desires. One of the primary desires God has for his people is to be unified together. At times we must agree to disagree but a group can still unified in disagreement because the foundation that holds the unity together is a love for God and commitment to love each other. The secret to unity is to listen for God’s desires; to desire him and always be willing to align with his desires.
Listen as Sherry shares experiences in her life that confirm delighting in God brings forth the desires of your heart.