Many of us pray with other people: we pray at church on Sunday mornings, we pray with our community group, we pray with our family before dinner. But how much time do we spend alone with God, depending on him?
It had been 400 years since anyone’s heard the voice of God, and then out of the blue it came out of the sky like thunder: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
The story of Christmas is that God had to keep lowering himself as much as possible so he could be as approachable as possible.
Jesus came for dysfunctional people like us. He descended from the dregs of society, so he can handle whatever we throw at him.
When God gave us his son Jesus, he was basically saying, “You losers can’t deal with life any other way!” That’s a pretty offensive gift.
This time of year we call the Christmas season has only been around for about 100 years. Before that, we celebrated Advent.
God’s taking you to the top of a mountain. How do you get there?
What’s the difference between a personal ambition and a holy ambition?
There’s a group of people somewhere in the world with a broken-down wall. Like Nehemiah, God wants to empower you to help fix it.
When we pray “forgive us our debts,” we’re saying, “Lord, help us to see the enormity of your forgiveness.” God didn’t just wave a magic wand in the air to forgive us. Jesus had to go through the agony of the cross, the horror of God’s wrath, and the soul-crushing loneliness of his heavenly father turning his back on him and abandoning him.