So…. Did what you do make any difference in your life?
For those early Christians, it turned their life around. They could never be the same.
At the time of the crucifixion, there was no one to stand up for Jesus. Within 70 years, there was an estimated 500,000 people who were willing to claim their trust in Jesus Christ. As “Followers of the Way” they often paid for their faith with their lives.
Could we respond in the same way?
We are blessed to live in a nation that allows us all great freedom, including the freedom to believe
what we choose.
The sad part of it all is that we often choose beliefs that are lukewarm at best and often ignored because of our busy lives.
For example, our faith tells us that it’s the greatest honor in the world to stand in the presence of God with other faithful people.
And our faith tells us that our God is so awesome, that every prayer is listened and responded to. (We may not always like the answer, but God never fails to respond.)
Our faith tells us that we no longer have to go it alone, that God’s Holy Spirit will be with us no matter what we have to face.
So why is it that we feel so alone so much of the time? Why do our inadequacies get the best of us? Why do we often feel “trapped” in life?
This Sunday begins a series of three sermons on “The Chokepoints of Life” and we’ll be exploring how much of these “prisions” happen to us. We hope you will be with us.
In the meantime, Here’s an article that shares some good ideas about how to deal with loneliness from a Christian perspective. http://www.emerge.org/ggl/article.php?articleid=58
I hope and pray that you take the opportunity to be with the people who look to God to end their loneliness.
Come and join the rest of us in the prayer, worship and inspiration that we all find in Jesus Christ.
How have you lived closer to God this day?
How goes it with your soul?
Grace and Peace, Pastor Terry