The classic cartoon, G.I. Joe, always ended with the same phrase: "Knowing is half the battle," which certainly confused an entire generation....because so many other people in their lives told them that "Ignorance is bliss." Which is it? Last Sunday's sermon will help end the confusion.
When was the last time you were disrespected? Do you remember what came to mind, what your natural reaction was? Probably something like this: get even! It's OK, we all have that reaction. We come by it rightly, given the age-old adage, "What goes around comes around." The problem with that cliched way of thinking? It just perpetuates a cycle that keeps going around.
Odds are you've had someone tell you something like, "God helps those who help themselves." And maybe you've lived your entire life working and being diligent, being a strong and independent person, only to be frustrated because you feel God isn't helping you at all...like it's all on you alone. Maybe that cliche is a bust. Maybe there's a better truth we should stake our lives on...
Have you ever felt guilty for what you have? Maybe it's because someone told you that "money is the root of all evil." So, good Christians shouldn't have much of it, right? Not exactly.
Busting the cliches we all love to hear! You've heard these statements your whole life. But guess what...they aren't true! According to the Bible, they are actually Bad Advice, the title of Josh's new five-week message series. This past Sunday, he explored what the Bible teaches about Trust Your Heart, the first cliche to be exposed as the false statement it really is.
What made Jesus so amazing way back when, still makes him amazing today. Here’s why: he’s not dead. If he were, we might be tempted to doubt what happened before we could see it with our own eyes. Perhaps Jesus knew that. Maybe he knew that part of being human would be to question and doubt something that happened so long ago. So, he refused to stay in the past. He walked out of the tomb and continues to do the amazing in the present. Our greatest questions today are answered in the fact that Jesus lives today. He is the answer.
There comes a moment in everyone’s life where they feel like they can’t do it. It doesn’t matter what “it” is...it’s just too hard; too big. That’s not in our comfort zone. That’s not in our wheelhouse. Most of the time, following Jesus is the “it.” He’s constantly calling us to step out of the shadows and into something bigger than we think we’re capable of. But the good news, is that while you don’t feel capable, he is able.
What happened to us? We used to be full of vitality; full of energy. But then life happened. Life broke us; it warped us and changed us. That’s been the story from the beginning, really. Everything started good for humanity, but a cancer of sorts, robbed us of joy and peace. Reality is, humanity is sick and somehow we’ve accepted that as normal. But it’s not, it’s not normal. And Jesus came to restore it all. He came to heal us and make us whole again; taking us back...to normal.
You feel the weight. You feel it holding you back. That weight might be family history, emotional scarring, insecurity, secrets, anger, bitterness, or an endless number of other things. What’s certain though, is that you aren’t living up to your fullest potential because of the demons in your story. You exhaustedly make your way through life, carrying all of that baggage with you. But Jesus wants you to know you don’t have to; he’ll carry it for you. And, he’ll carry you too. He’ll carry it all, so you can be free.
We’ve all been there. We’ve been in the pit of despair; hurting, hopeless, and alone. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that someone’s heart breaks for you? Wouldn’t it be nice if your pain moved someone else, and that that someone could actually help you? Perhaps one of the most incredible things about Jesus, was how his heart broke for real people in the throws of real life. What’s most incredible though, is that he could and actually did something about it.