Today, we look at the famous parable of “The Prodigal Son”. It is a moving story that teaches us about God’s love for us and his willingness to forgive us no matter what we have done. But there is more to the story than meets the eye . . . much more.
After the Dallas Cowboys had won the Super Bowl, Tom Landry made this observation. “The overwhelming emotion–in a few days, among the players on the Dallas Cowboys football team–was how empty that goal was. There must be something more.” There is nothing else but God that will fill the emptiness in our soul.
What is it that you are substituting for God? It will disappoint you. This Sunday, we look to the scriptures to see that God uses empty vessels to fill with His desires for you!
Today we focus on just one of the things that happens when believers die. The verse we are focusing on this morning is in 2 Corinthians 5 verse 10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
We talk about why Jesus came but very few people ever thought about how Jesus came to us. How did he come? We know why he came. Today, I want to show you how he came. You might argue, “Well, he came preaching or teaching or healing.” If you did, you would be right. I want to show you another how that will help even bring context to the why that Jesus came. Luke 7:34 tells us one of the ways that he came. “The son of man came eating and drinking.”
Is there someone you wish to be saved— someone you love more than life itself? Maybe you have poured out your heart to this individual. You have prayed that he would decide to be baptized or be restored. You have shed tears. Years may have gone by, and he apparently remains unmoved by the story of the cross. By now, perhaps your hope has faded. Look at the thief, and let your hope be renewed!
There’s so much pain and hurt in the world, sometimes it’s hard to see anything else. But what if, when we looked around, all we saw was love? The greatest sacrifice in history shows us how to make it happen. Let’s learn to Love Like Jesus. In this three-part series, we’ll look at three main ways that Jesus loved the Church: by washing feet, forgiving sinners, and breaking bread.
This morning, we welcome back Pastors Branden and Veronica Heskett. They became the Lead Pastors of Christian Life in January of 2018. They have been in ministry for 10 years and served all throughout northern CA. We are excited to hear what God has been doing in and through them!!!
This morning, we look at 1 Corinthians 2:1–5. Paul had spent about 18 months in Corinth on his first visit there. Now he writes his first letter to warn the believers against basing their faith on the wisdom of men instead of God’s power. One of the ways he does this is to remind them of what his aim was in first coming to them and how he came.
Why the Gift of Prophecy Is Not the Usual Way of Knowing God’s Will
What I want to try to show today is that this gift of prophecy is not meant by God to be the usual way we should make decisions about the will of God. If God really speaks today, then surely this is the way to know his will about jobs and mates and investments and purchases and travel plans. And pretty soon we tend to forsake the language of wisdom and insight and reason and persuasion, and instead use the language of “God told me to do this,” and “God told me to do that” about almost everything.
Last week I tried to show that 1 Corinthians 13:8–12 teaches that the gift of prophecy will pass away when Jesus comes back—the way a dim mirror image will give way to the living face. And I argued that therefore the gift of prophecy is still valid in the church today. I promised that today we would take up the questions: What is the gift of prophecy, and how is it to be exercised?