Back to the Basics – Jesus
Have you ever tried to get involved in a movie after missing the first thirty minutes? Have you ever started reading a novel and skipped the first three chapters? I doubt seriously if any of us would consider going to a movie thirty minutes late or reading a novel beginning with chapter four. Either one would be hard to understand without the beginning. The same is true with the life of Christ. To get a true understanding, we need to start at the beginning. Fortunately, the Gospel of John provides us an in depth look at the life of Christ from the beginning, so that we can truly appreciate and fully understand all that He came to do.
Battle Tested Worship
In our Scripture reading (Genesis 22:1-19) we find Abraham in the test of his life. He had failed during previous tests and God was once again wanting to see what he was really made of. It has been said untested faith is really untrustworthy faith. God wants to see what our faith is going to do when the wind blows contrary to us. When the storms of life come our worship has a deeper meaning, it takes on an entirely different dynamic, because that's when we begin to offer up the sacrifice of praise!
The Midas Touch
As we continue to look at the life and times of Abraham we see that he was really a fairly ordinary man. What made him extraordinary was his faith and desire to honor and serve God. If we can learn anything from Abraham would be to allow our life to be a conduit of God's purpose. Abraham was so blessed because he allowed the favor of God on his life to spread to all those around him, seemingly everything he touched turned to gold.
Ask, Seek, Receive
Stephen and Bailey Kuert, missionaries to Africa joined us today and preached a message on the Holy Spirit. Stephen is a third generation missionary who grew up as a missionary’s kid in Africa. Stephen Kuert has lived most of his life in East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, and Madagascar. His experience with other cultures and religions will show you how to build relationships with others, even if you don’t see things from their perspective. Bailey (baileykuert.com/meet-bailey/) is also the founder of Kibibi Design, an artisan company empowering and benefitting women in East Africa.