Posts Tagged ‘Jesus

24
Jul
17

I’m Glad I’m Not Like…

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Luke 18:9-14.

18
Jul
17

Love And Hate

Solomon wrote about the difference between love and hate in Proverbs 10. He said:

Hatred stirs up conflict,
    but love covers over all wrongs. – Proverbs 10:12 (NIV)

The Apostle Peter wrote something similar in his first letter:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)

I pray that we can someday get it right. Hate doesn’t change anyone. You cannot hate someone into God’s Kingdom. We should be loving people – all people – into a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Hating people who are different than you never works. Hating people who hurt you makes you bitter and resentful. Only the love of God coming through His people can transform this world. God’s love sent Jesus to the cross and it covers our sins. When we truly love people the way that Jesus loves us, we can forgive offenses against us. If God can forgive us for all that we’ve done because of His great love, then we can love and forgive other people who have offended us. It’s not our job to hate anyone. It’s our job to spread God’s love to everyone.
11
Jul
17

Embracing The New

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.

16
Jun
17

The Search

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Luke 15:1-10.

08
Jun
17

Patiently Waiting

No one enjoys suffering. The Christians of the first century suffered persecution at the hands of those who opposed the church. James told them:

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. – James 5:7-8 (NIV)

Just as a farmer must wait for the rain to water his crops, so too must Christians wait for Christ’s return. The farmer knows that the rains will come and we must know that Jesus will come back. It requires patient endurance. No matter what others may say about us or do to us, we have to remember that Christ will return and those who stand firm and remain faithful to the end will be rewarded. Jesus said that we should not be surprised if the world hates us. After all, they hated Him first. My encouragement to you today is to resolve yourself to remain faithful to Jesus no matter what. The world is getting scarier and scarier for followers of Jesus. Will you patiently stand firm until He returns?
23
May
17

Who’s Your One?

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.

04
May
17

Breaking The Law

We sometimes believe that sin is not really all that bad. We’ll attach greater weight to some sins more than others. While some sins have greater consequences than others, they’re all the same and Jesus had to die for them all. James wrote:

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. – James 2:10-11 (NIV)

Sin is a big deal. Our sin sent Jesus to the cross. Unforgiven sin sends people to hell. Sin is no laughing matter. Whether you commit one sin in your entire life or 10,000 sins in a week, we are all sinners in need of a Savior. God sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment and to pay the penalty for all of our many sins once and for all. Put your faith and trust in Him to forgive your many sins and by the grace of God, He will.



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