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
Each year, Black Friday shopping events bring amazing deals that create excitement for shoppers. During the holiday season we get excited about stuff and events, but do you get excited about Jesus?
There were a few people that saw the birth of Jesus like some of us might see the ultimate Black Friday deal. The shepherds, Simeon, and Anna; they were the Black Friday shopper’s for Jesus. The shepherd’s spontaneously went into Bethlehem when they heard the ad for the best deal in town. Simeon came to the temple for the door buster deal. Anna camped inside the store for the once in a lifetime event. The tragedy is that they didn’t have to push and squirm through a crowd. They were the only ones.
We can become so wrapped up in everyday life that we can be like the other people at the temple that day who had no idea or care who that little baby was. The Creator of everything was in the temple and only two people noticed.
As you prepare for Christmas, listen as Evan encourages us to find ways to be excited about Jesus. Jesus’ coming should excite you.
Scripture references: Luke 2:8-38; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
We are often told in the Scriptures to “wait on the Lord”, but what does that mean? What does that look like? King David wrote many psalms that reflect a lifestyle of waiting on God. Also, the famous story of Job provides deep insight into an attitude of waiting.
The story of Job is often used as an explanation that bad things happen to good people under God’s supervision and control. But his story also teaches the why it is important to always wait on the Lord. Although Job never cursed God to his face, as Satan wagered he would, Job did stand on the edge of the cliff of despair.
Job experienced a turning point in his faith that each of us will come to. Under the weight of affliction Job cried out that God was good to him yesterday, but today he is not. He reached the point where he began to believe that God had stopped being good to him.
Maybe you’ve stood on that same cliff. If you haven’t, know that even the smallest of trials can take you there.
What God wants us to know is that while times are good we must dwell on the truth that he is good, loving, faithful and strong so that when times are bad we can cling to that same truth. Waiting on God means learning to be still in order to see the goodness of God around you.
Scripture Reference: Psalm 27, Job 29:2-6, 30:9-10 and 19, 38, 40:4-5 and 42:1-6