Now what? Ever ask that question? You've left your old life behind, but you don't know what your new life will be like. It's called "being in transition." And it is a vital part of how we become like Jesus.
What will it be like when we open our eyes for the very first time in God's new creation? Paul gives us a glimpse as he brings us to God's final victory over death itself. And that makes all the difference in the life we're living right now.
God has a plan to completely restore and renew His wonderful Creation, including you and me. It began with raising Jesus back to life. It won't be completed until He has fully defeated the last enemy: Death. Only then will God be "all in all."
Fake News. It's all over the internet. And often it is a clever mixture of the true and the false, designed to mislead the reader. Fake News has been around as long as people have been telling each other stories. Take a look at how Paul dealt with an outbreak of Fake News that threatened to undo God's Good News in Jesus.
Resurrection! We celebrate Jesus' rising from the dead on Easter Sunday. But what does it really mean for you and me? Paul helps us see that Jesus' resurrection is the basis of absolutely everything else. It is nothing less than the beginning of God's New Creation.
God is building His people to be His House in this world. But in order to do so, He had to first of all deal with all that ruined and destroyed that house since time began. That is what brings us to the Upper Room.
Jesus' final journey to the cross began in a little village called Bethany. Every stage of this journey was a test: a test of Jesus' love for us and faith in His Father in heaven, and a test of whether or not we will follow Him as King.
There is only one way to describe the end of our journey into God's New Creation. We will see Him "face to face." And there is only one thing that will carry us all the way to that destination: God's powerful and matchless love.
We were made to be a vital part of something much bigger than ourselves: The Body of Christ. Just as our bodies have various organs and parts but are all part of the same body with the same DNA, we, with all our differences are part of Christ's Body here on earth. And that means finding our place of service.
God created you so that His light and presence could shine through you into His world. Each of us is like a little piece of stained glass that the Holy Spirit places to make us -- together -- God's image bearers. We are God's Rose Window.
What is the most important thing you can ever do? What is your "grand vocation" in this life? It all comes down to one thing: reflecting God into His world. When we fail to do so, we give our power to counterfeit gods which are all too happy to come into our lives and make us their slaves. Time to get back to Our Grand Vocation!
You have been called to play a part in God's grand performance: the unveiling of His New Creation. He knew you long before you were born; He chose you for your role. And right now He is working in and through everything that happens in your life to make His purpose a reality.
The Christmas Story is full of names that tell a bigger story. Meet Mary, whose name goes all the way back to Exodus and Moses' big sister. Both sang a song of God's salvation. Both can help us find our own new song.