Fairness is something we all want, so when we feel there is no balance in the equation in the way we are treated, we are often disturbed. Life is not fair is something we know is true, but when it is applied to us in the moment, then we seek equal treatment. Did someone cut in front of you in line? Did someone cut in front of you in traffic? Sometimes we feel we have followed the rules and regulations but then others who do not, get rewarded.
Unfair is when you are waiting to take a parking spot in front of you, then someone just pulls in and takes your spot, leaving you to go round and round looking for another spot. These are just simple examples, but there is more. People who have so much resources and people who have nothing at all.
In this passage, Jesus uses the parable of the owner of a vineyard who hires some workers at the start of the day. They agree on a set wage and put in their time. As the day goes on, he goes out at noon, three and five, and even at the eleventh hour to hire more workers. He agrees to pay them what is fair, but when they all went to get their pay slips, those who started in the morning and those who started at the eleventh hour realized they got the same amount.
Join us this week as we learn the lessons that God has for us. Human standards are different from God's standards.
"Christ is Risen!"
We make this declaration every year during Easter. But what does it mean? What difference does it make? How is this story about a man named Jesus who was crucified, dead, and buried, and then came back to life, important today? The church in Corinth had similar thoughts and questions. Some of them asked the "so what" question. That is why Paul had to answer their question and also give them the implication of the resurrection for their lives and faith.
The resurrection is key, it is essential to all we do as Christians.
So join us this Easter Sunday as we examine why the resurrection is vital to our life and faith. You don't want to miss it!
Do you remember your favorite stories when you were young? Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Green Eggs & Ham...? Our son Sammy likes Just Go To Bed, Green Eggs & Ham, The Best Nest, and Mr. Tickle. Before he goes to bed we have to read some of them one more time. What is it about children and reading their favorite stories night after night? Parents all over the world are sure the story has been read enough but the children know better. They want it read one more time, before they go to bed.
Some of us find it difficult not only to move on from our sorrows but also from our mistakes. However, if we are not careful, the mistakes of the past can hang around our necks and feet like chains, which hinders our progress. There is a tendency to think that we may never succeed again because we failed in the past. Learning the lessons of life from our failures, mistakes, and missteps is a common theme in Scripture, from the Old Testament into the New Testament.
Every day we all have to make choices, some major and some minor. We must understand that even the minor choices are very important. Some of these choices are a matter of personal preference, like clothes to wear, what to have for lunch, movies to watch. And some of these decisions may not have a significant impact on our lives, however, some choices have significant ramifications for our lives. Choices like our career, marriage, and where to live. And because these have long term consequences they require proper consideration and wisdom before we choose.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8
This week we will consider Paul's famous chapter on love, 1 Corinthians 13. In this chapter, Paul shows us that love is greater than all the other spiritual gifts, because without love our gifts are empty.
We are going to focus on verses 4-7 where Paul describes how love acts. Paul outlines some characteristics of love to show what it looks like in our everyday life.
Please join us this week as we remind ourselves on these characteristics again.
Luke 10:25-37; Mathew 25:31-46
Do you know of any good Samaritans? Or are you a good Samaritan? When did you help someone in need? Every act of kindness, they say, is an act of sacrifice. We call people "Good Samaritans" because they are those who find people in need and help them in unusual ways. They sacrifice something to help the person in need. It may be their time, their talent, or their treasure.
As we continue our Great Commission Series, we are going to look at one of the most famous stories of the Bible, called the parable of the Good Samaritan, and I know most of you are familiar with it. However, I want to share a few things that amaze me about it in a fresh way.
This is a story of compassion and generosity and I believe we have to relearn these virtues over and over again. By the way, a Princeton researcher has concluded a new research about why some people are generous and compassionate and why others are not.
Join us this week as we look again at the lessons this story has to offer us.
What do you do when you have great news? What do you when you are so excited about something? Furthermore, what do you do when you experience something wonderful and exhilarating and awesome? Well, we go and tell people about it, especially the people we love the most.
In this week's story, Philip was converted to Christ and realized that Jesus is truly the Messiah that the prophet had talked about. So he seeks out his best friend Nathaniel, who is also called Bartholomew, to tell him about it. However, Nathaniel was a skeptic and reacted condescendingly to where the Messiah came from. His response was, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"
Philip showed us an example of how to share our faith, not by arguments or by coercion. He was just calm and filled with hope, and told Nathaniel to come and see for himself. Nathaniel follows him and in doing so, meets Jesus the Messiah and becomes one of the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Join us this week as we continue our Great Commission Series, learning from Philip to "Tell" others about what God has done for us, especially those closest to us.