Kingdom of God

Make Time for Joyous Occasions

“Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.” – Matthew 22:1-3 Jesus’ sermons are full of life with teachings about the Kingdom of God, and in them, He used two types of parables to describe believers’ lives. The first concerns judgment, like the parables in the book of Matthew dividing the sheep and the goats, or the story of the separation of the wheat and the weeds. As believers, the good news is you don’t have to worry about judgment because Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection have brought us salvation. We are loved, called, and forgiven and can now experience God’s joy in our lives. Speaking of joy, Jesus talks about

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The Price to Get In

“…strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. ‘We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,’ they said.” – Acts 14:22 Today I was reflecting on how much I love going to the gym. It has lots of amenities to help you stay in shape and keep your body healthy. My gym also has hard-core battling ropes and chain equipment, which can be challenging and uncomfortable at times, but yields great results. I was thinking about the similarities between this and our walk as Christians — when we are called to get out of our comfort zone, but in the end, it’s worth it.  There’s another spiritual lesson here I want to share. I’m always curious how my gym can afford to operate a huge facility when not many people go. A fellow gym patron shared some wisdom: “Bobby, many people pay

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Faith Builds Dreams

“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.” – 1 Corinthians 3:10 We’ve all had dreams for our future, whether it’s regarding our businesses, careers, ministry, and of course our families. But the question is, how can you build these God-given dreams and aspirations? Faith opens our whole life, much like a hand opens to embrace a friend. Similarly, faith opens our hearts to the Kingdom of God to pursue our dreams, and to love and serve our neighbors. How can you have an idea that’s bigger than you if you don’t have faith?  Our dreams give us a reason to wake up in the morning and also something to live for. I know there is something you can picture in your mind that if you were able to

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A Kingdom of God Need

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” – Matthew 25:35,36 Today, we acknowledge this Patriots Day marking the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. We honor in prayer those whose lives were lost, and the unparalleled changes to the families personally affected, along with our citizens, and our nation.  Yesterday we encouraged you to put your Jesus glasses on, so you can see where your calling is. Be directed by asking yourself, “Where is there a need in the Kingdom of God that begs to be fulfilled?” God will utilize all your unique skills, experience, and perspectives as you answer the call.

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God Calls Us Stewards

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10 As a believer, did you know God calls us stewards? In the Greek language, this word is also translated as manager, overseer, employee, or agent, responsible for business affairs. The focus of stewardship includes households, people, land, and government. Imagine you hired a financial planner, but they carelessly managed your portfolio. Would you trust them with your money, expecting all your financial woes to go away? No, we would ask the question, “Where did it all go and who is responsible?”  When you become a believer, you don’t own anything. It’s all Gods, including money, time, resources, gifts, and talents. Each of these wonderful possessions represents God’s goodness, and we are given the care of managing them. There are so many people that

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What is Your Calling?

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45 Today I want to answer the question that so many people ask: What is my calling? In this series, we will unfold many aspects concerning this important topic. It’s a question you may continually ask, especially when you feel like you’re in a rut, in a middle or gray area, or maybe you just lost your job. Or, perhaps you’ve been at your job for a long time and you used to love it, but now you no longer enjoy it. It still pays well, but you’re unsatisfied and maybe you’re ready to do something else. You pray, “God, I’m thankful for this assignment, but was I born to do this? What is my true calling?” The heart of this question signifies

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Life Without Lack

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,” – Psalm 23:1-2 As we begin our series on eternal living, the first thing that stands out to me is this: eternal living is a life without lack. This is the life that Jesus describes is made available to us in the Kingdom of God. Immediately, many of us think wealth equates to an expensive automobile or a big house. Can I tell you there are many people who have means, but have very little meaning? There are people of wealth who have all the things that everybody else desires, but they don’t contain any significance. Many people around the world have an abundance of food, but no nourishment, and some have plenty to drink, but are still thirsty. With all these assets, many still don’t feel fulfilled

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Jesus Has Pity

“While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.” – Matthew 9:10 For so many believers and even myself at times, it’s important to remember that our walk isn’t just about being holy, but it’s about following God’s calling to reach out and help people who are struggling. Jesus shows us that we can serve people who may not have similar thinking, beliefs, or even know God. Jesus taught and demonstrated to his disciples how to have pity and compassion for another’s misfortune or suffering. Jesus’ ability to extend this grace was a true representation of the Kingdom of God. As Jesus is talking with His disciples, He says “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees.” This text is found in Luke Chapter 12. In today’s mindset, the Pharisees had a bad reputation based on their opposition to

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The Kingdom of God Needs You

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?” – Luke 15:8 Jesus, as he often did with his followers, used parables to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. One in particular describes a woman who lost a valuable silver coin. In this story, Jesus referenced a Jewish bride who wore beautiful, traditional wedding attire that included a distinguishable headband adorned with 10 coins. In a normal day’s activities, like going to the market and whatnot, she would have kept the headband on, along with its ten coins. This stunning headband was just as symbolic as the modern-day wedding ring and showed she was married.  In this parable, she lost one of the valued coins. She looked through her whole house and couldn’t find it. She looked everywhere in every nook and cranny

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Wordly Knowledge vs. Godly Wisdom

“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.’ ” – Matthew 11:25,26 Have you ever known someone who was really educated and smart, but at the same time, not that wise? If you have spent a significant amount of time at a university or place of research, most likely you have encountered this kind of person. One with a big ego and who is wrapped up in their IQ, their published studies, and their clout. Because of all that they have learned on a worldly scale, they are saturated. In their eyes, they don’t need advice from anyone. As the old Zen proverb goes, their cup is so full that they have no room for tea.

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