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.
God loves to stand up for justice and defend the weak.
Can you think of a time when you really wanted something, and you didn’t get it? And looking back now, you think, “Phew! I dodged a bullet on that one!”
God doesn’t say “stay away.” He says “Come all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
So you want to make a difference in the world, but you don’t feel like you have a spare minute in your schedule to add anything. What are you supposed to do? Jesus gave us a great suggestion: “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you” (Luke 14:12-14).