Description Today we begin a 4-week Back To Church series entitled Together. The church is like Legos - a collection of invididuals of various sizes, shapes, and colors. When we come together the way God intended, we from the church. Together we are on this journey of transformation. Over the next four weeks we will discover Together - we find peace, we experience love, we grow stronger, and we can change the world. Join us on this journey.
This week's focus - Together We Find Peace
Peace in Unity The church is our place of belonging. All believers are of the same status - sinners in need of grace. Recognize that it is grace that has saved us. Grace brings us together in unity. Jesus broke down the deepest divisions of eternity between God and man and the deepest divisions of humanity between God's covenant people and others. Jesus brought peace.
Peace in God's Presence Christ Himself is our peace. We experience peace as a fruit of God's Spirit living in and through us. Peace is the presence of God in His people.
The Way of Peace Through Jesus death and resurrection, He made the way of peace available to us. When we surrender to His power and accept His life, we embrace the way of peace. Our peace goes beyond a circumstance or feeling. The Holy Spirit is our source of peace. We fit together to form the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills and enables us with the peace of Christ.
Description God is everything we will ever need, but do we believe it? That will determine our path. Realize God is our provider, no matter how things appear. Don't be anxious about anything. Stand firm with Jesus.
Description Stewardship of time, talent and money is thinking too small. Stewardship is about shared ministry. It involves the whole person. God wants us totally. God wants everything that makes us gloriously unique. Why? Because He is sovereign. The "I" and "me" fights against God.
All things are a gift from God. Happiness, love, joy, peace, security and significance all flow from our relationship with God. The focus and energy of our life, thoughts, time and talents are going to be where ever our treasure - our heart - is at.
What is it that I manage? Whatever God has placed in my hand. God can take the ordinary and make it extraoridinary when we see with spiritual eyes.
God has placed opportunity in our hand to evangelize, empathize, and energize. He has given us talents and abilities that He enables. He has given us power to demolish obstacles and to accomplish. There are natural and spiritual giftings. Natural giftings would include talents given before birth, personality, unique experiences or hurts. Spiritua gifts are given when we become a believer from the Holy Spirit. Every Christian has atleast one spiritual gift. The reason for gifts are to equip the saints for ministry, to build up the body of Christ, and to bring each other to maturity.
If everyone does not bring or exercise their gifts the body of Christ suffers, is not fully equipped, and lacks in maturity. To be a good steward, we must identify our gifts, understand and develop our gifts, excercise our gifting, encourage and assist others.
Description No one really likes to hear a sermon about money, but in Scripture there are more than 2,000 verses that deal with money or possessions. So based on that it is a subject that needs to be talked about. In 1 Timothy we read that the love of money, not money, is the root of all kinds of evil. We all realize money is needed to live, so money in itself is not evil.
What you do with your money shows what you value with your heart. According to Luke 12, where your money goes your heart goes. So money is an indicator of where your heart is at. So let's talk about a some things you should do in regards to money.
Make a budget. Proverbs says the plans of the diligent leads to profit. A budget is simply a written plan. Track your spending, see where your money goes, and establish a budget.
Save for the future This is what Proverbs has to say - He who gathers little by little makes it grow. The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends everything. Ask yourself, "Am I saving money?"
Avoid debt The rich rule over the poor and the slave to the lender. We are better off to avoid consumer debt.
Put God first in your finances Honor the Lord with you wealth and your first fruits. The generous never seem to go without and are characterized by an joyful, loving spirit. Tithe simply means 10%. Why should we tithe? Out of gratitude for the past, to keep priorities straight for today, and demonstrate faith for tomorrow.
Money will not make you happy Instead of looking to wealth for fulfillment, look to God. Make sure your heart treasures God!
Description Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12. The hardest thing to hand over to God is our time.
Walk Circumspectly To look round about on all hands; to be every way watchful, wary, and cautious, in order to avoid danger and discern enemies.Questions: Have I faithfully served God with the time He has given me? Have I shown God to those around me? The average Christian spends less than 15 minutes a week in prayer. Our day also should be invested in neighbors. We must prioritize our lives.
Redeeming the Time To buy up those moments others seem to throw away. Seizing opportunities to rescue or recover our time from waste. Let time be your chief commodity. Time is that on which eternity depends.
Relationships Require Our Time Time with people: We are not meant to be solitary creatures. We are to be social creatures. Godly relationships are important to our maturity as Christians. Having relationships requires time. Relationships are intentional. Time with God: We do not learn to walk with God in five minute devos. Devotions can't take the place of the Bible. The early church was continually devoted to the apostles' teaching and fellowship.
We all have 24 hours a day. Let us use our time wisely.
Description What is stewardship? Managing something that is entrusted to your care. An Old Testament steward held the highest position in a household and was in charge of it. In th New Testament stewards must be found trustworthy, exhorted to be faithful and wise--To whom much is given, much is required.
We are to be stewards of God. We don't own anything. Everything we have belongs to God and has been given to us to manage for God's glory. When we grasp this principle it changes how we perceive our use of God's resourses--time, energy, money, creativity, talents, spiritual gifts, and relationships. One day we will give an account of what God entrusted to us so we will know, and He will know, if He can entrust us with all things. We are called to be joint heirs with Jesus.
God has sown something in you and I. The good soil produces fruit from the seed God has placed in us, some 30, 60 or 100 fold. The amount of return matters not, what is important is that we use what He has placed in us.
What is God's expectation? That we bear fruit by doing the work of the ministry. The use of what God has given us yields fruit, and because of that fruit we are given more. The seed of Christ is planted in us. Will we allow it to mature in us.
The challenge: Live life in god, walking with Him. Be a minister. Grasp your calling. The God of the universe will take notice and reward you openly. Be a good steward of all that God has given you.
Description Do you ever wonder if your life has amounted to much? Do you ever rehearse a lifetime of regrets, and wish you had one big do-over, to go back and live life differently? What kind of life should we live if we really want a life worth living?
A life worth living is productive in things that count. "Bearing fruit in every good work." The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Focus on what matters - loving God and loving people.
A life worth living is growing ever closer to God. "Growing in the knowledge of God." A growing awareness of who God is. Know God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is relational knowledge.
A life worth living is able to handle the unexpected with grace. "Be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience." Endurance - refers to trying situations or difficult problems. Stay the course, don't give up. Patience - literally translates "long suffering". Putting up with trying people. Slow to anger.
A life worth living is thankful to God. "Giving joyful thanks to the Father." Thankful for rescue, salvation, and forgiveness.
Description Love God and love your neighbor...Jesus made it simple. Focus on what matters.
In this passage in Mark 1, look at who Jesus chose as his disciples. Jesus continues to choose people others would cast off. God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks. Everything we have - right thinking, right living, a clean slate, and a fresh start - comes from God by way of Jesus Christ.
Remember Who Did the Choosing Despite our unworthiness, Jesus added us to His team. It should fill our hearts with joy! He first loved us. It should fill our hearts with humbility! He chose us while we were sinners. Remember feelings are unreliable in matters of faith.
Chosen Leads to Choices We are chosesn disciples of Jesus. The #1 choice we must make is to obey. Disciples make decisions in spite of feelings - they simply obey. It's that simple, disciples obey. Our level of discipleship will be determined by the depth of our obedience. Weigh every choice in light of our choice to obey Jesus! Let Jesus become Master of our lives!
Description Scripture tells us that nothing can drive a wedge between us and God's love. Do you know who you are and whose you are? As God's children we have to lay hold of all God has done for us! Surrender all to Jesus daily.
Look towards the future - let go of the past. Jesus overcame and His love for us conquered all. We have been forgiven completely. Jesus sacrifice took care of the past once and for all. There is nothing God is not willing to do to help one of his children. We must be willing to put on what He has given us every day and walk in it.
Forgiveness offers freedom from condemnation. God's laws guide us towards His grace. All the blessings we enjoy freely today were made possible by Jesus' finished work on the cross. The One who died for us, who was raised to life for us, is in the presence of God this moment sticking up for us. Don't let your past keep you from your future.
God thinks of you the every same way He thinks of His son Jesus. Come on over to God's marvelous and miraculouse way of thinking! Learn to walk in God's blessings and realize that you are worthy of them all.
Description The church family James shows the importance of each one of us carrying our share of the workload in the Kingdom of God. Whenever there's a job to be done, a class to attend, or a meeting to attend, one name on the top of everyone's list: "Let Someone Else do it." Today I am here to say, "Someone Else is no longer with us." So it is up to each of us to pick up the slack and accomplish the work. There is no one to accomplish the work that God has called us to do.
Our actions provide concrete evidence of true faith. Faith must be visible in the way we live our lives. Genuine faith is always put into action. James is not advocating that salvation is based upon works. The works that James is writing about are done because of faith. James seems to imply that God is going to hold each of us accountable.
When it came to placing our trust fully in the Lord, it seemed only Someone Else was willing to do it. The area this is most evident - stewardship. This involves money, time and talents. True faith requires that we trust God completely. True faith always has a direct effect upon a believer's attitude and behavior. Two essential ingredients: commitment and right actions.
Almost every Christian will say they want the church to grow, but their actions say something different. When there is a need, God expects action. God will never look kindly on us if we keep passing our own responsibilities on to Someone Else. Empty words say we are concerned, but never do anything. Do something.
A living faith is always active and productive. A faith that moves mountains is always a working faith. Action is the proof of living faith. Display faith that is never concerned about receiving the credit, but wanting God to get the glory.
Faith will take us places where we have never been before!
Description "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind." It is time for our thinking to be changed.
Committed to God's Word
God's Word is truth Commitment requires agreeing in your mind. Paul appeals to our will - make a choice in the way you live for God. Believe the Word is truth and act on it.
God's Word is Life One thing that is constant - God's Word.
God's Word is Power Romans 10:14,15, Hebrews 4:12
Committed to God's Work
In You You are a work in progress. You are being changed into His image from glory to glory. "Present your bodies a living sacrifice, it is our reasonable service." God's work in you is a spiritual work, but it begins in the mind. You can accept or refuse it.
In the Church Proverbs 3:9-10 First fruits refer to your tithe. Everything else is offering above and beyond the tithe.
In the World God is working in the world convicting people of their need for a Savior. God opens doors for you and empowers you.
Committed to God's Worth
Knowing that God is Merciful
Knowing that God is Just
Knowing that God's Will is Perfect
Are you committed to change? Are you commtted to God's Word, His Work, and His Worth? Take that first step.
Description Holiness is our calling. God has called us to be saints. Holiness has two components: the call to God's special purposes, and the call to purity.
Grace is the gift to be free from the slavery of sin. This gift leads to holiness. Holiness makes us eligible to reap, or receive, eternal life. Unholy behaviors bring us misery, corruption, and death.
God has called us out of the ranks of mankind. "Church" means called out ones. Holiness has to do with calling. We care called even before our behaviors are cleansed or changed. Holiness exists by degrees. So holiness is a separation to God and service to Him.
Holiness as moral purity. Holiness is our response to God, righteousness is our response to people. A holy personality can distinquigh between that which pleases God and that which displeases God. Some acts, like lying, are both unrighteous and unholy. The closer we draw to the Lord, the more holiness becomes an issue.
What if someone called to be a saint continues in unholy behavior? Consider Amos 3:2. Holiness is a sign of a circumsiced heart. The church is not about how many come on Sunday, it's about discipleship, cross-carrying obedience, and offering up our lives as a living sacrifice. In order to be true and faithful witnesses of God we must be growing in holiness each day.
Do we desire holiness? If the desire is not there, ask God for that desire and passion. As you are made aware of unholiness, confess it, renounce it, resist it, and ask God for strength and help.
On Memorial Day we mourn the loss, remember the lives, and are thankful for the sacrifice. As we prepare to remember those who died for our country, it is important to remember the One who died to set us free from our sins.Jesus fought the armies of Hell so that we might have liberty in His name.
So first, as we mourn the loss of Christ, we realize that we are the guilty ones. If there was only one sinner who was lost, He still would have died. His love is that great.
Next, we remember the lives. On the road to Emmaus in Luke 24, the disciples were remembering Jesus. Part of our emotional healing in the process of grief is to remember the lives of the loves ones who have passed. What must we remember about Jesus? He set an example of how to live and love. Our life should reflect that love.
Finally, we are thankful for the sacrifice. We take communion to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us. His body was broken and his blood shed for each one of us. As Americans, we have the luxuries of this country because men and women gave their lives for it. Similarly, the price Jesus paid afforded us salvation. We have the promise of salvation and we did nothing to afford this luxury. For this we must be thankful.
Description My God, my God, why have you forsaken me...Have you ever been there? In Psalm 22, this is exactly where David found himself. After saying this, he goes on to say, "But You are holy, O You who are enthroned in the praises of Israel." He declares that his fathers trusted and God rescued them.They were not disappointed or ashamed. When we ask, "Lord, what can I do?" The answer is simple - Praise the Lord!
David tells how he feels and it wasn't good. You get the feeling he was almost at the point of giving up, but he did not. There are many biblical examples of praise. Psalm 150 gives us different reasons and ways to praise. Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing. When praise came first the victory was won.
God inhabits the praise of His people. Russ Taff wrote a powerful song titled "Praise the Lord" that speaks of our struggles and the urge to submit to earthly fears dropping powerless behind us when we praise the Lord. God is enthroned on the praise of His people!
As believers, God is always with us. When we praise God, we announce that presence of God to ourselves. When we praise it places God first in our lives.
What does God being enthroned on our praise really mean? When God is first in our lives...when we praise Him...when we announce His presence to ourselves...we have a closeness...an intimate relationship...that we cannot have when we are in opposition to the will of God.
Description The Hand of Herod
In the Scripture today we see that Herod the King stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. He had the power of the Roman army behind him. The Jewish religious leaders hated Herod since he was not a Jew. He used his power to destroy the church.
The Place of Help
Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. The spirit of Herod lives on in attacks made against the church and against God's people. We respond in many ways when we find ourselves under attack:
We can retreat
We can hide
We can fight back with words or physical force
We can do what the early church did - pray
How did the early church pray? Without ceasing.
Where did they pray? Anywhere - there is power in corporate prayer.
What did they pray? Boldness to speak the word, power to heal, miracles to confirm the truth.
The Open Door
During the night a light shone in the prison, the Lord struck Peter on the side and raised him up, his chains fell off of his hands. Once Peter was free, he went where people were praying. They were praying people, but they were realists. They were praying, but they didn't know how God would answer.
Description The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most powerful event of all time. If it weren't for the resurrection, there would be no need to celebrate the birth of Jesus. If Jesus didn't rise from the dead, our faith is futile.
What difference does Easter make?
Our Sins are Forgiven - Jesus paid the full penalty for our sins and accomplished what God had planned. "It is finished." There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
Our Lives Have Purpose - Our faith is alive and vital to abundant life. God had a plan for our lives all along. We are His workmanship prepared for good works. We are God's masterpiece, a work of art. We are all different and that's okay. God's purpose is for us is to bring the "Good News" to those around us. How? Through the power of Jesus Christ in us. He gives us the power to change what we cannot.Through the promises of Christ. All the promises of God are yes and amen.
Our Future Is Secure - One day we are all going to die. Only a fool would go through life and not prepare for something we is going to happen. Sincerity, good works, giving up stuff, rituals, heritage, and comparison will not get us to heaven. It's only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. There's only one way. It's not about what we know, it's about who we know.
Jesus is our Living Hope. Make it right. Give Him all. Let Him transform your life today.
Description Joshua summoned the Israelite soldiers and commended them for being faithful until the job was done. It had taken seven years. He only makes one request to them - remain faithful to God. There is peace and prosperity, and all is well. Then, one side did something that the other side misunderstood and they are about to fight each other. Most conflicts start with a misunderstanding. Let's look at what happened? There are some valuable lessons we can learn from this story.
Expect tension in your relationships at times. Good communication can alleviate much of that tension. Communicate (explain) intentions ahead of time. Leaders never like surprises. Don't startle people.
Express truth in love. Communicate facts with truth and grace. Avoid responding in anger. Making false accusations in anger is no way to resolve conflict. James 1:20 says, "The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God." Avoid wrong assumptions. Respond with respect and grace. If you are falsely accused, avoid a retaliatory attack - speak the truth in love.
Exalt the Lord together. Resolving conflict is not about who is right or wrong. It's about God getting the glory. It is better to "suffer wrong" than to bring disrepute to the cause of Christ. Christ died on the cross to bring reconciliation not only between us and God, but also between us and the other believers.
Description Why is Encouragement so important? People get tired of the weight of responsibility. People feel taken for granted. People have self-doubts.
How to do it:
Be specific - "I appreciate you because_____" or "Thank you for __________." Big compliments can be great when they speak to the heart of who we are, but small compliments let us know people appreciate the little things we do.
Be sincere -
Look at Spiritual Things - Encouragement is rare, but encouragements about spiritual things is even rarer. What would this look life? Look for the spiritual heart beneath the action.
Description Spiritually speaking, there are too many Christians who are walking in circles. God will lead you to your destiny! Do you need victory today? God has requested that you be the one to move this time. You are worthy to have complete victory in your life. Jesus paid the price for your life and no one can take that from you.
From Jeremiah 29:11-13, understand you have great value to God! God has a masterpiece of a plan to provide you with a continual hope and a future. Have you ever tried to help God? It's time to step aside and let God start giving you all that He has for you.
Seek the truth and the truth will set you free. God knows all about us because He made us. We can do all things through him who gives us strength. We can make it through anything in the One who makes us who we are. In the story of Joseph we see that the Lord made all he did to prosper. God is not a respector of persons, God is a respector of faith! He rewards it.
It's time to move into the new. Be willing to step out of the box of mornalcy. There is no situation God cannot turn around. What do you want God to do in your life? Ask Him to reveal His plans for you. He who started a good work in you will be faithful until the day He completes it!
Description Keep focus. Take care of the things God has called you to take care of right now. Don't let people drag you away from the task at hand.
Partnering When we feel that we're not alone, we get the work done. What might prevent partnering? Jealousy, pride, and slander. The benefits of partnering: friendships, protection, and strength. More is accomplished.
Persistent Dpn't give up. Look up: Ask God to help you. Look back: See how far He has brought you. Look around: You are not alone.
Description For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. What does this mean? How did we die? What part of our life is now hidden with Christ? Let's talk about it.
What is life? Our will, relationships, desires, memories, plans, dreams, ambitions, treasures, pride/dignity, justice/judgment, values, knowledge, wisdom, energy, awareness, money, power, emotions, trust in the world, pleasure, decision making, growth, movement, and drives to sin. All of this, and more, make up life. When we die to self, we die to this list of things that comprise life. This doesn't make us very happy. Who would do this?
How do we die to our life? Note, we are not to attempt to do the crucifying, God alone will do the crucifying. God will not crucify the old man unless we give Him permission and allow Him to do so. So we have to have the desire.
How does God put to death the old man and our self-will? He puts us in prison, so to speak. He denies our most fervent desires for a season. We learn obedience through suffering. In order to move forward in God we must be willing to let God crucify our will. There can be no holding back.
What does it mean to be dead? More importantly, what is the result of being dead to self? We gain our life back in vastly superior eternal form. We get what satisfies. Our life is redeemed. Our will becomes one with God's and we are totally fulfilled.
In conclusion - We understand how God crucifies our old life. We are not deprived of anything of any real value. We trade our thread-bare garments for royal robes. Ask yourself, and the Lord, who is in control of my life? Give God permission to crucify the aspect of your life that comes to mind. Remember the three rules for spiritual success: pray, pray, and pray some more.
Description There are many ways Satan keeps us enslaved, but God wants his people to be FREE!
Jesus tells how to be free of worry. "...do not worry about tomorrow..." "Each day has enough trouble of its own." The problem with borrowing from tomorrow is: You lose strength to deal with today's burdens, you fail to properly do your God-given responsibilities today, and helping others today becomes difficult.
Don't add troubles of tomorrow or yesterday. When you are full of worry and anxiety, PRAY. Change your thought patterns. If you can, resolve the burdens of yesterday. Forgive yourself.
Freedom from bondage. Without Christ you are under the bondage of sin. Jesus, the Son of God, paid the penalty for your sin. Jesus will free you from the bondage of sin and give you eternal life.
Description Does anybody write anymore? What has happened to the art of writing? Here's some good advice for writing: Make it clear, make it brief, make it accurate, and make it simple. Let's write more! Writing can bless others if we let it. Let's not lose this art that God gave us. In today's passage, let's consider the different groups to whom John wrote and what he wrote.
I Write to You Children. I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. (1 John 2:12) I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. (1 John 2:14) John is probably writing those who are young in the faith. New converts are more acutely aware of their forgivenss. New converts are aware that God is not only God, but also their Father.
I Write to You Young Men.I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:13) I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:14) John is talking about those who are strong in the faith. Trials can make us stronger in our faith. When the Word of God lives in us through reading, meditation, memorization, etc. we will overcome the evil one.
I Write to You Fathers. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. (1 John 2:13) I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. (1 John 2:14) Be a father of faith. This is the faith we need: To know Him and to know Him well!
Description When Rudy Gulliani became mayor of New York City, he embraced a social theory called "Broken Windows" to fight crime and attempt to improve the overall living standard of the city. This theory holds that a seemingly minor matter like broken windows in abandoned buildings leads directly to more serious deterioration of neighborhoods. Basically stated, if one window is already broken, it is easier for a person to just go ahead and break another. The theory was developed in the 80's, but it's seems to be exactly what Paul was saying in the passage from Ephesians we will look at today.
The key verses are Ephesians 4:22-24 and 5:1-2. Put off your old self and put on your new self. Be imitators of God. Paul is speaking here to people who are aldready Christians. In other words, reject what destroys community and promote what builds community. Repair the "Broken Windows". The windowpanes that need fixing are our mouths, our hands, and our hearts.
Speak the truth. Lying is destructive behavior. Jesus Christ said, "I am the truth." As Christians we are to be the truth of Christ personified. Lying is sin.
Misuse and abuse of our mouths. Proverbs warns against gossip. Don't grieve the Holy Spirit. Get rid of gossip, backstabbing, foul language, and verbal abuse.
Let's use our mouths for righteous purposes. Build each other up with encouraging words. Be kind and compassionate. Forgive one another.
Contribute to the community. Use your hands for something useful to benefit those in need.
Laziness, procrastination, and consumer Christianity are all subtle sins.
Giving is a lifestyle.
Use your hands for holy and righteous purposes - for construction and not destruction.
Two Areas - Anger and Love
Anger - a self-centered emotion. It's a choice. Anger must not take up residence. Anger is not a sin as such, but can become a foothold for the devil. Do not hold on to your anger.
Love - the most challenging to repair. God says, "Be holy, becuase I am holy." Love following the example of Jesus. Jesus promised to be with us as we seek to reach that goal. The sacrifice of Jesus is pleasing to God because: Jesus was obedient and it restores people into relationship with Himself. Our response to this passage requires obedience.
Consider the "Broken Windows" in our lives. Seek God's help to make the repairs that need to be made.
Description When Foundations Crumble Spiritual earthquakes occur when life takes an unexpected and cruel twist that rocks our nicely built world. Loss is something every one of us has experienced. The power of God's grace and love are more than enough to help us survive. God cares, comforts, hears and delivers.
How Do We Rebuild Through Jesus Christ our Cornerstone. Our lives are to be built and based upon Jesus. He understands. Through other believers. Show love to others the way we want to be loved by being there and helping with reconciliation. Through creating a new normal. Life will never return back to normal. Resist the temptation to be bitter over the loss. Resist blaming others. Resist focusing on what's been lost and instead focus on what is left. Count our blessings. Let go of the "why" and start looking for those reasons to move forward.
Description Little Town God chooses to use small things to accomplish great purposes. The population of Bethlehem was about 150. The references to Bethlehem in the Bible are interesting. Jacob's wife, Rachel was buried there. She died giving birth to Jacob's youngest son, known as "son of my sorrow" and "son of my right hand", both terms used to describe Jesus. Then in the book of Ruth, this town was where Ruth was "redeemed" and married Boaz. In prophecy Micah 5 declares, "though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one hwo will be ruler over Israel." God's greatest gift came to a little town.
Big Light Jesus is the light of the world. As we look at the qualities of physical light, we see many similarities to the spiritual light Jesus brings to our life. Light brings sight and understanding. Light brings ilfe. Light cheers. Light gives security. Light removes stains and purifies. Light heals.Light brings hope. Jesus is the "Big Light" that will transform you, if you allow Him to.