Do you remember when you started going to a new school and lunchtime came. You stepped into as cafeteria and didn't know a soul. You wonder to yourself, "At which one of all these tables will I be welcome." As the days pass, thins change and we have a table. The people at our table like you and are like you as well. Now that we are out of school, figuratively speaking, who is at your table?
When people use the law of God to dishonor people made in His image, Jesus is quick to remind them they are on the wrong side of God.The Pharisees felt that God loved HIs law more than He loved His people. That is the essence of legalism. If you want your life to be pleasing to God, it's all about people.
God is the one who Pursues us. He never stops reaching out to us with an extravagance that is unmatched at any level. This morning Pastor Nate Devore encourages and inspires us to remember that God gave everything, and pursues relentlessly after us. By taking a look at the story found in Luke 15 we can see the heart of our Father and the life that he has called us to.
What are you hungry for? What drives you? What is it that makes LIFE worth living? Everyone feeds their soul on something and finds their purpose and drive somewhere and today the passage of scripture that we unpack highlights this very thing. People searching for LIFE but somehow missing it completely. Have you ever felt that way? You just can't seem to attain the very thing that you think will finally bring fulfillment.
Following the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus began assembling the people who would constitute His inner circle. Today we see Him choosing nameless people who except for Him calling them, we would never have heard of. They had no idea what their decisions would mean to them.
This week we start a 70 day journey toward Easter. 10 weeks. During this time we will be reading through the gospels as a church, and be looking at the life of Christ in our Sunday services. We invite you to come with us on this 70 day journey, whether it is by joining us on a Sunday morning, reading along with us in our reading plan through the gospels
Nobody likes to be uncomfortable. We avoid discomfort at all costs if we can. We are creatures of habbit. Whether we are in church, a class or our favorite Starbucks we will go to the same seat if it is open every time. Why? Because that is familiar, it is comfortable. We have been told by every commercial we have ever seen that their product or service will bring us more comfort in our lives.