Counting the Cost

Counting the Cost Part 3

How do I get to heaven? Wow! This question is asked a lot today. Maybe not in the way its written here, but whether you are religious or not, this question always seems to be on our minds. What happens after death? Will I go to heaven? What do I need to do to get there? There are all kinds of religions and beliefs that teach different ways to get to heaven, but how do we know which teaching to follow? Your not the only one who’s looking for answers, Luke 18:18-23 tells us about a wealthy ruler, who sought the answer to one of life’s greatest questions. Continue reading “Counting the Cost Part 3”

Counting the Cost

Counting the Cost Part 2

What is the hardest thing you had to do on the job? Usually doing something that is difficult requires sacrificing something that you desire. For some of us, that could cost us our time and money. But just because something is difficult to do, doesn’t mean it isn’t good for us. In fact, some of the most beneficial things in the world; dieting, exercise, education; are some of the most difficult things to maintain. Luke 14:26-28, 33 teaches us the cost of following the most important priority in life, Jesus, and what it means to be His disciple.  Continue reading “Counting the Cost Part 2”

Counting the Cost

Counting the Cost Part 1

Have you ever felt so passionate about something, that nothing that anybody could say to you could convince you otherwise? Whether its a dream, hobby, or even vacation plans, we all get passionate about something. Our desire to pursue a goal comes from our belief in its ability to make our lives, or others, better. But did you know, that 50% of businesses fail with in the first year of operation, and that 95% of businesses fail within the first five years? Why is that? Planning to pursue something, and actually taking steps of faith to follow-through with those plans, are two completely different actions. Luke 9:57-62 teaches us the importance of counting the cost before making the commitment, especially when it comes to following Jesus. Continue reading “Counting the Cost Part 1”

Sharing the Burden

Sharing the Burden Part 3

How many of you have control over your lives right now? Trying to keep everything in our control feels like swimming across the Atlantic with weights tied around our ankles.  We live in a society where its all about who can get to the finish line first with the most tasks on their plate. Sometimes we struggle just to find some breathing room in our day-to-day lives. When we are so busy trying to keep things under control we forget the one who is in control of everything. Isaiah 40:12-14 reminds us of God’s control over the universe and keeps us grounded in his loving care for us. Continue reading “Sharing the Burden Part 3”

Sharing the Burden

Sharing the Burden Part 2

Have you ever wished there were more hours in the day? Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you work you just can’t seem to get everything done? Last week we talked about the reasons why we keep the heavy burdens of life to ourselves. Whether it’s because we feel like we can’t trust other people, or we don’t want to be a burden to others, it doesn’t change the fact that we feel overwhelmed. As we read through Exodus 18:19-23 we’ll focus on the importance of our God-given task, how we can share the workload, and what it will accomplish in our lives.  Continue reading “Sharing the Burden Part 2”

Sharing the Burden

Sharing the Burden Part 1

Have you ever felt like you had the weight of the world on your shoulders? Or that people were expecting too much from you? The feeling of being overwhelmed is not unfamiliar to most of us, and over time, can leave us feeling tired and ineffective. We tend to start blaming ourselves and others for not meeting up to par with expectations, and we spiral out of control. God understands why we as His children, tend to keep the burden of worry and responsibility to ourselves. Exodus 18 gives us a great depiction of the heavy burden we carry sometimes. Continue reading “Sharing the Burden Part 1”

Our Relationship With Jesus

Jesus Cleanses the Temple Part 2

How many times have we told ourselves to stop a bad habit or to start a good one? How many times have we succeeded? Usually when we make life-changing decisions, most of the progress is measured by the reaction of people. Last week, we learned about how we were always meant to be a temple for God and that Jesus is our defender from the control of sin. This week, we’ll focus on the second part of Matthew 21:12-17 and discover together the life-changing journey with Jesus, and how he is our healer. Continue reading “Jesus Cleanses the Temple Part 2”