22
Mar
2015
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Sunday Morning Thoughts: TWHS Edition

Today we will be wrestling with the central question of Jesus in the book of Matthew of “What Good Is It?” As we prepare for that today, here are a few quotes and thoughts to start piercing your mind and soul as you get ready to wrestle through scripture today.

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Mar
2015
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Do You Want To Get Well?

If you missed this past weekend, or know someone who desperately needs to get well…and not just physically…then send this along to them. Remember physical healing will fade, but eternal healing gets better with age.

 

 

15
Mar
2015
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Sunday Morning Thoughts: TWHS Edition

Every Sunday I gather thoughts and quotes from different authors and perspectives for us to wrestle with as we prepare to gather and worship together. Let these spark your heart and soul with thoughts on today’s topic of “Do You Want To Get Well?”

12
Mar
2015
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Do Baby Steps Count?

I will never forget watching as she stood at the end of the coffee table. She had pulled herself up and shuffled here miniature legs the six feet from one end to the other. I watched as her eyes saw a toy roughly five feet away from the end of the table she had worked so hard to get to. We watched with great anticipation as she contemplated how she could get to that shiny little apparatus. Then it happened!!! She let go of the table and took four very tiny and wobbly baby steps. These were her first steps and we were witnesses to them. We filmed them. We took pictures. We praised her for taking her very first steps as a human being. Now today, my daughter does not wobble and guess whether or not she is ready to take the leap of faith to walk four steps. In fact she doesn’t think about the steps she is taking at all…she simply takes them. Most of the time she actually runs, twirls, prances, and leaps them.

Now what if in that moment that she took those four steps we dismissed those as steps? What if we would have said that those steps don’t really count? What if we told her that baby steps are not really steps? First of all, what kind of parents would we be? Secondly, we would have squelched her little soul from ever wanting to take a step of faith again. She may have just continued to hold onto the table hoping that she could one day reach that toy. She would have probably come to resent us as parents for not allowing her to really step off the edge of the tables safety. I know one thing for certain, her steps, although small, were steps.

A lot of times in our faith with God we think that faith has to be massive in order to ever live by it. We think that it means that we have to trust God and sell everything and move to another country. Don’t get me wrong, there are many people I know that have done that and I would agree that it takes a large amount of faith to do so. However, their faith did not start there. To get to a place to make a massive faith step such as that, they had to start by taking baby steps of faith. You don’t just start taking massive faith steps overnight, you take small steps that lead to bigger steps over time. Eventually, you start taking steps of faith without even thinking that much about it, because you have been walking by faith for so long.

Recently, I have been compelled by the way Jesus looked at how people had faith in him in scripture. It was not usually the person that did not waver in their faith that he healed. It was usually the person that believed he could heal, but they were still struggling with their faith. I think that is why the apostles were chosen the way they were. They were constantly questioning Jesus. They were continually working out their faith. They were seemingly always screwing up what Jesus had laid out so plainly. Yet…Jesus still used them and invested in them. Jesus says if we have faith as tiny as a mustard seed we can move mountains. Notice he does not say if we have faith as massive as a mountain…he says if we have faith as tiny as the tiniest of seeds. In other words, baby steps…

Today take heart and know that if you take a baby step of faith away from the coffee table of life, eventually you will be leaping, twirling, running, and dancing your steps of faith without even thinking. What about you? What is a baby step of faith you need to take today that could lead to some bigger steps?

10
Mar
2015
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Do You Really Think God Is Able?

This past weekend we talked about what it really looks like to trust that God is able. A lot of times we go through life hanging on for dear life, but God has called us to do things that we cannot do on our own because he is more than able to them through us. If you missed this past weekend go check this out. If nothing else, watch me try to stay on a balance beam without dying.

 

8
Mar
2015
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Sunday Morning Thoughts: TWHS Edition

Last week we kicked off our sermon with a bang as we talked about really believing Jesus is who he said he was. If you want a brief synopsis to catch up, watch the video at the bottom of this post this morning. With that said, this morning we talk about whether or not we really believe that God is able. Here are some quotes to get us thinking this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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