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Sun, Dec 06, 2015
Duration: 26 mins 33 secs
We shouldn’t be surprised when people try to shame us for standing with Jesus and His gospel. People of the world try to avoid shame at all costs, but as believers in Jesus, we will face it at times as we share the gospel with a world that doesn’t want to hear. What does Jesus teach us about dealing with shame for doing God’s will? He purposely endured ultimate shame on our behalf. Hebrews tells us Jesus looked forward to the eternal joy on the other side of the shame, and that we need to keep our eyes fixed on Him. We need to let the Holy Spirit show us, through the Bible, the hope, glory and joy of eternity coming after we run our race here on earth. It’s a spiritual battle and we owe love and grace to the people who would try to shame us. We are not to scorn or despise people, however they treat us, rather respond humbly and hopefully: God is working in hearts as we share His good news. Additional Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 11:23-30, Mark 14:41-42, Mark 14:60-65, Mark 15:31-32
Sun, Nov 29, 2015
Duration: 36 mins 11 secs
God wants us to praise Him with our whole being. Do we have a hunger for God to turn our whole life upside down? Do we have a hunger to praise and worship Him? We can’t impress God, but if we let Him transform our lives and then present them back to Him, that is sincere praise and worship. Psalm 103 speaks of many provisions of God, including the privilege and ability to worship Him from the depths of our soul any time, and forgiveness lavished on us generously. Have you moved into the provision of worship with all your heart? As we step into the full provision of God’s benefits listed in Psalm 103, it opens up our hearts to praise Him more fully. Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 13:15, Isaiah 64:6, Acts 13:22, Hebrews 11:1
Sun, Nov 22, 2015
Duration: 47 mins 26 secs
Jesus the Son of God came to earth to do His Father’s will. He was 100% God and became 100% man, to represent us, paying the penalty for our sinfulness on the cross. He had a huge mission and carried it through to completion without ever once sinning, even when He was overwhelmed by the heaviness of the burden, as we see in the Garden of Gethsemane. His response of ultimate obedience and of choosing the Father’s will over His own as a human is an example for us. As A.W. Tozer says, "Outside the will of God, there's nothing I want. Inside the will of God there's nothing I fear.” We need to trust God, and receive strength, faith, courage and guidance from His Holy Spirit so we can walk in His plans for us, knowing they are better than our own. Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 4:15, Luke 22:39-46, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Matthew 6:9-10, John 4:34, Romans 12:1-2, Matthew 2:19-21, Hebrews 5:8, Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 4:1-11, 1 Peter 5:8-9, Matthew 12:46-50, John 8:28, Matthew 14:23, John 7:30-31, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Matthew 26:36-45.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015
Duration: 46 mins 40 secs
God is our ever-present help in times of trouble, and He is sovereign. How relevant are we as Christians in the troubled times in which we live? Much of scripture speaks out of difficult situations like we have been facing lately, and Jesus warned us what would be coming. God is sovereignly working and moving, and promises never to leave us: The Holy Spirit is with us now, and Jesus is coming back for us. We must know and remember who God is, and be aware of His presence with us. Sometimes we need to take our hands off the situation and let God have His hands on it. “Be still and know that I am God.” Additional Scriptures: John 10:10, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:20, John 14:16-18, Matthew 5:44, 1 Peter 4:1-2
Sun, Nov 08, 2015
Duration: 29 mins 32 secs
Even Jesus was a refugee. Niklaus inspires us to be a people of hope, letting God fill our tanks full of faith, hope and love for refugees flooding into Europe. Faith that God is at work and is in control; knowing He has a plan gives us peace. Hope that the Kingdom of God will come through the current situation as it unfolds. Love that must be shown in action, which will look different for each person. Ask the Lord how you can put your faith and hope into practice with love. Lift is collecting donations to pass along to three well-organised, trustworthy refugee programs in Switzerland, Sicily and Greece.
Sun, Nov 01, 2015
Duration: 28 mins 32 secs
Transplantation can cause beautiful things that would not otherwise have been possible. Just as many of us have been plucked out of one country and replanted in another, God often transplanted people back in Bible times. Daniel is a prime example of this: marched from Jerusalem to Babylon, he faced new languages, a new landscape, and an enforced new religion. Even his name was changed. But God was in control and had a great plan and purpose for Daniel, to do something beautiful in him, and also in his new location. Two things kept Daniel strong to stand against the pressure to conform to the local culture: regular prayer and a believing community of friends. Additional scriptures: Daniel 6:10, Daniel 2:17-19.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015
Series: Jonah
Duration: 34 mins 11 secs
In the book of Jonah we see the gospel illustrated vividly. Where the gospel is, there is always hope for transformation. Jonah knew this but didn’t want the people of Nineveh to benefit from it! The gospel message is for us and for those around us, not to be kept to ourselves. When the Gospel is present, God and His power are present, hope is present, and we must be present, too! The Gospel is the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Let us be the ones to bring this good news! Additional Scriptures: John 1:1, Mark 16:15-18, Romans 10:8-15
Sun, Oct 18, 2015
Series: Jonah
Duration: 39 mins 20 secs
Jonah knew God’s gracious and compassionate character, but didn’t rejoice in the good news of it for others. He focused on his own comfort more than on the need of others and the mercy God wanted to extend to them when they had the chance to repent through Jonah’s preaching. Aren’t we just like Jonah sometimes? We can’t just repent and be saved and then stay as we are — we need to let the Lord change our hearts to become more like Him in His mercy and concern for each human being, no matter how lost. Let us move away from self-pity towards compassion for others, as we grow in Christ and make peace with our past and present. We need to catch the heart of God. Additional Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, Matthew 6:34, Ephesians 6:6
Sun, Oct 11, 2015
Series: Jonah
Duration: 29 mins 18 secs
It all started when God wanted to offer the Ninevites a second chance. Jonah lost it all when he decided to disobey and run from God. But he found it all again when he accepted the second chance God also offered him. Jonah asked God for help, accepted God’s discipline, trusted God’s promises, and accepted God’s will. God even provided a miracle to save Jonah from his own mess. God offers you a second chance, too! Will you follow Jonah’s steps of repentance? Jesus is the miracle of salvation for all of us who ask for it, and continues to rescue us throughout our lives as we call out to Him. Additional Scriptures: Jonah 1:8-17, Revelation 3:20, 1 John 5:17, 2 Corinthians 1:20
Sun, Oct 04, 2015
Series: Jonah
Duration: 34 mins 15 secs
Jonah was a prophet who had it all, lost it all, and found it all again. Obeying God brings blessing, while disobedience brings discipline. Sin makes us act stupidly. Jonah was a respected voice in Israel, but then chose to run away from God when he was told to warn the people of Nineveh so they could repent. It cost him dearly (and cost those around him as well), but repentance and asking our compassionate God for help brought him back from the edge again. Are we ready to do God’s will on His terms, instead of on our own terms? Are we willing to surrender totally to the Lord? Additional Scriptures: Jonah 4:2, 2 Kings 14:23-25, Matthew 12:39-42, Genesis 12:1-3, Hebrews 12:5-11
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