glorifying God

A Vision-Driven Church

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24,25 Yesterday, we talked about how stifling it is to meet the demands of a religion that requires us to give something up without understanding why. This is the reason it’s so important to let Jesus be our vision. If I’m a runner, there are certain foods I’m not going to eat since I want to move faster. My motivation for speed gives me the will to abstain, because winning the race is more important than satisfying my appetite. The same is true spiritually. I love

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What’s Your Harvest?

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” – Galatians 6:7 Now more than ever, it’s important to remember that as Christians, we are seed planters. The Bible says that we will reap what we sow, and while this is often looked at in a negative context, it’s much more powerful when we consider the positive. We recently talked about Joseph of Arimathea, and his life is a perfect example of what happens when we plant seeds of selflessness and sacrifice, despite it being unpopular, costly, or risky. While everyone else walked away from Jesus, even His disciples, Joseph clung to his Lord, pulled the nails out of His wounded hands, wiped the blood and sweat from His now-cold brow, and dressed His body for burial. He gladly offered what he assumed would be a final act of sacrifice for the One he so

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