A ‘From-To’ Salvation

One of the greatest things about being a Christian is how Christ set us free. Salvation is a from/to dynamic. If we’ve given our heart to Christ that means he’s not only saved us from a life of sin, but he has also delivered us to a life of victory. Life before the cross was hard work. Sure sin is fun but the fun only lasts a little while. Eventually the fun wears off and we’re left with a spiritual hangover. These are the worst. The devil comes and heaps shame on us which makes us feel worse than we did before we sinned, and even more worse, it makes us avoid God (remember Adam and Eve running from God in the garden???). Talk about feeling hopeless and running from the only One who can help us! Its tough carrying this kind of spiritual baggage. Its hard work. It’s a hard life. That’s why Paul says that the wages of sin is death. Life before the cross is laborious and the only thing we ever got out of it is a one-way ticket to death. When Jesus gets ahold of us and when we turn our hearts over to him, he saves us from this hard life. He delivers us from a life of anguish and he delivers us to a life of victory. He delivers us from captivity and delivers us to a life of freedom. Freedom is so nice! Here’s the thing about freedom: Freedom is not license to do what we want; freedom is empowerment to do what we...

“A New Era: Why Children Matter”

Are you needing to find God in your life? Pastor Jeff reminded us Sunday that we can look to the children to show us the way. The Bible tell us that the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. The important truth is that children matter to God. God has a heart for those who cannot live without receiving help from others. These are the kind of people who are least susceptible to being overcome by pride, and God hates pride because it keeps people away from Him. Jesus said in the sermon on the mount, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”. Mother Theresa understood this as she spent her time in places like Calcutta with her Missionaries of Charity. She knew that where there was a great need, there was also God, ready to supply. If you want to find God, go to the places in your own life, in your own heart, where you cannot live without Him and you will find Him. The places where you are desperate and in need of help,where you are hopeless, go to the places where you are not going to make it on your own, and there is where you will find God in ready supply, there to meet all of your...