We all want to look good to those around us. We sometimes dress to impress people and even show-off our jobs or cars . . . positioning ourselves around anything or anyone that will make us look good.
Sometimes it’s difficult to understand the meaning behind the stories Jesus told. They seem so foreign to the world we know today. Their historical description brings new life and meaning to one of Jesus’ most profound parables.
Sometimes we take the gift of God’s only Son lightly, don’t we? We know the right words to say and the right things to pray, but we don’t take to heart the true miracle of Jesus’ sacrifice.
It’s difficult to let go of the past. No matter how much it hurts to remember, loosening our grip isn’t easy. Weighed down by guilt, shame . . . maybe remorse?
Sin is such a familiar word for a follower of Christ. We hear it in church on Sundays, in books we read, but when it comes to admitting our own guilt, we can brush sin off as nothing more than human error, or a mistake.
Repentance is a term frequently used in Christian circles. But how many of us really understand what repentance means?
As parents, we know the heartache that comes when a child has chosen the wrong path. Whether they’ve walked away from the faith, or are simply making poor choices, we long for them to return to the safety of our home.
We enjoy celebrating special occasions and accomplishments, such as anniversaries, graduations, and weddings. But what about when someone repents and comes home?
For the person who’s messed up big time in life, God’s grace provides relief and forgiveness. But what about the person who hasn’t made any major mistakes and has done everything to abide by the rules?
Love is an over-used word these days. We use it to express our affection for a spouse, or to show appreciation for a really good dinner! But what does it mean to truly love someone?