"But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, "Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well."_ - Luke 8:50 Like 8:50 could be read a number of ways,
Passive - as a soft declarative statement,
Please don't fear
As a moderate command,
You shouldn't fear
Or as a definitive command
DO NOT FEAR
"Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth." -Matthew 10:34a
The ‘sword’ was the division between believers and unbelievers: In the matter of belief in Christ, the whole world was divided against itself; each house had its believers and its unbelievers; and therefore was this holy war sent, that an unholy peace might be broken through.
"If you are serious about reaching the goal, go and sell your possessions, give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me!"_ - Matthew 19:21
The Rich Young Ruler was challenged about his wealth and good deeds as a way to reach heaven.
The King has come to turn around the course of human existence and to turn over new possibilities for our being and becoming. The Gospel genealogies illustrate that Jesus is not ashamed to be identified with people impacted by human failure.
The truth of the Word of God is greater than the facts of our circumstances. Acknowledge the facts, but realize that God cares and has something to say about it in His Word. Find out how God addresses it in His Word and let the Holy Spirit bring it to life in your heart.
You have been divinely shaped for relationships. Relationships, which may have been the greatest source of your fear and pain, are originally designed by God to be your greatest place of safety and joy. This is an example where if you don’t intentionally learn the truth, you will unintentionally believe a lie.
When a person experiences actual heart blockage, the heart will grow new blood vessels around a blocked one. Similarly, when we have “relational heart blockage”, we “grow” alternative and “unhealthy” ways to meet our needs.
If the Corinthians are as keen as they seem to be on having the spirit work in and through them, the thing they ought to be longing for, praying for, and working towards is that they would all be able to do and say things which make the body of Christ work together in harmony and be built up in love.
"It is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than to get into the Kingdom of Heaven." - Ever wonder what Jesus was getting at with this statement. Well, he was talking less about money and more about identity.
By means of the faithful obedience of Israel’s representative, the Messiah, not only has all the glory, all the inheritance, of Adam accrued to the people of God, all the evils that accrued from Adam’s disobedience are undone. - NT Wright
Our church exists to bring people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that empowers and equips them to become who they were created to be through an authentic life of faith.
The mission of Grace Family Church is to be a strong, positive, spirit-filled, legacy building organization/ministry; that believes in the power of Christ to transforms lives, is contemporary in nature and so compassionate that people are drawn from every area of culture to a loving circle of hope, where answers are found, and acceptance is given.
Self-image and Self-worth often show up in our fears. Where fear grips our heart has a lot to do with how we see ourselves. We know we are free from fear when we are in Christ. Scripture admonishes us to "not fear" well over one hundred times. Depending on the translation, as much as 365 times, If you look to general passages about concerning fear
We all have a need to LIVE, LOVE, & MATTER
LIVE - Truly know your life has Purpose
LOVE - Connect in real relationships in Purposeful interaction
MATTER - Have true significance through Purposeful action
More and more people are shying away from tongues. You may hear folks say, "Speaking in tongues is only for emotional religious folks. No real intelligent people would fall for that." Today, We will have an intelligent conversation on the topic. I expect you to use your reason and brain.
As an extension to his primary mission, the Holy Spirit is at work as God through us. Paul explained, "Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you." ( 2 Timothy 1:14) The power of the Holy Spirit, who lives in us, calls us to guard what we have been entrusted.
How should we, everyday believers, be Charismatic? In our reading, there is an assumption; it can be done, it should be done it Must be done. Being Charismatic is necessary and vital. So then, how should everyday believers be CHARISMATIC?