From a distance, the wealthy, the healthy, the intelligent, seem to have it all. But if we take a closer look, we may find that those gifts we envy come at a steep price!
Is there someone in your life that sparks that bitter flame of envy? Perhaps they have a nicer car or a better paying job. Let's look at First Corinthians chapter 13.
With our eyes focused on the world around us, it’s easy to look with envy on the things we don’t have. But if we shift our line of sight a little higher, we’ll gain a whole new perspective!
You’ve waited in line for hours. Your feet hurt, your back aches, and as you finally reach the front of the line you’re told, “We serve the people in the back of the line first.” Let's examine this perplexing notion found in Jesus’ teaching.
We’re all born with an innate sense of fairness. Just watch small children line up for a treat and listen to what happens when someone tries to jump ahead! You’ll hear a chorus of “No cuts!” Let's look at the topsy-turvy principle of God’s kingdom that says, “The first shall be last, and the last first.”
The best-trained athlete gets the trophy. The most intelligent student gets the best grades. That’s the way our world works.
If your boss is stingy with you, you’re less likely to give him a fair day’s work. But if he treats you well, your work will reflect your gratitude! Let's discuss the nature of grace. An encouraging study on the goodness of God.
Basking in the benefits of God’s blessings, we often feel a sense of gratitude. But when God chooses to bless others with those same gifts, our reaction isn’t always thankfulness.
In Matthew chapter 20, Jesus told a parable that explored two characteristics of God, His impartial justice, and His unmerited grace. Let's study both aspects of God’s personality, and suggest we need a healthy balance of these two views in order to see God clearly.
The rallying cry of the world is “Look out for number one!” But Jesus told His followers, “Put yourself last.” Let's discuss the practical side of the paradox, “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”
To be successful in our society, it takes persistence and willpower to claw your way to the top. But to be successful in God’s kingdom, it takes humility and sacrifice to make your way to the bottom! Let's look at Jesus’ interaction with two ambitious disciples to illustrate this important distinction.
The world’s formula for power is this: push your way to the head of the line. But Jesus’ model for successful leadership looks very different! Hear the challenging study of the parable in Matthew chapter 20.