Posts Tagged ‘Grace’

We like roads that are easy to travel. We often take the “easy road” However what happens when God has a different plan? Tune in as we explore the question of taking “the Road Less Traveled.”

Do you believe in second chances? Maybe you’ve made a mistake and you’d love to go back and do things over again. Maybe you’ve said something to someone that you now wish was never spoken. God offers second chances. Tune into the 02/28/2016 worship service as we explore and celebrate the grace of second chances.

Have you ever judged someone for their actions? Have you ever been judged by someone else? It is safe to say that most people can answer both of these questions in the affirmative. Tune in as we explore a gospel story about judgement. You my think that there is only one sinner, but stay tuned!

Have you ever been tempted? If you are honest you’ll have to answer “of course! We’ve all been there!” Tune in to this episode and learn how we can deal with temptation. It is something we all face throughout our lives.

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to believe again that greatness lies within you and that every dream that is in your heart can be realized.

WHAT ARE YOU DREAMING ABOUT?

The agricultural school dean was interviewing a freshman. “Why have you chosen this career?” he asked.

“I dream of making a million dollars in farming, like my father,” replied the freshman.
The dean was impressed. “Your father made a million dollars in farming?”
“No,” the student said. “But he always dreamed of it.”

All right. That was corny. But at least this student has a dream, even if it is only a dream about money.

I prefer the story of a man who was discussing with his wife a trip he wanted to take to Alaska. He told her he’d always dreamed of such an adventure. He wanted to travel deep into the wilderness. He wanted to rough it. He talked about how exciting it would be to stay in a log cabin without electricity, to hunt caribou and drive a dog team instead of a car.
“If we decided to live there permanently, away from civilization, what would you miss the most?” he asked his partner.
She replied, “You.”
His dream; not hers. A better dream might include her.

This is a time of year we often examine our dreams and goals. I’ve found a couple of questions helpful when I consider which dreams to chase and which to leave alone.

First, does my dream have deep meaning? Or put another way, is it significant and important enough to commit my time and energy toward? What will it ultimately mean if I accomplish this thing I think I want? Probably the pursuit of prosperity alone will not bring the kind of meaning you desire at a deeper level.
The second question is similar. Does my dream spring from the best that is within me? Does it come from a place of love or altruism? Will my life and the lives of those I love be better for it? My best dreams include those I love.
What are you dreaming about?

By Steve Goodier

Sin is such a negative – and almost forgotten word in our modern vocabulary. We don’t like to call things we do wrong, “sins”. They are simply “mistakes.” Tune in as we explore this concept.

I hope this message ministers to your heart to see that God’s grace is a gift that we all need in our lives. It is a gift that will nurture, strengthen and enable us to walk with Christ.

A MORNING GIFT

Every morning when I wake up I find a neatly wrapped gift lying on my chest. Now I have to admit that in my past I always pushed this gift aside without even looking at it. I was too rushed and determined to get things done to even consider opening it. I was working, pushing, and trying so hard to make my life work out with so little progress at the end of each day. I trudged through all of my pains, challenges and difficulties while things went from bad to worse. I kept crawling through my life until I was too exhausted to go on. Then one morning I finally noticed that beautiful gift lying there and opened it for the first time.

These days when I open my eyes and see the gift waiting for me, I smile. I carefully and happily tear off the paper and open the box. I take out the gift and hold it in my arms. I give thanks for it and bring it with me wherever I go all through the day. This gift makes my life so much better. I meet people with a smiling face and a loving heart. I laugh easily, sing often, and feel my spirit dancing even when my feet don’t. I face life’s struggles, challenges, difficulties, and pains with hope, determination, optimism, and joy. I know that whatever I must face and whatever I must do that this glorious gift will carry me through.

This gift is Grace. It is the unconditional love of God. It is the unmerited help of our Heavenly Father in all we do. Grace is waiting for us each and every morning of our lives. It is waiting to make a home in our hearts and minds. It is waiting for us to share it with the world. Grace is there ready to help us live our live with love every single day.

What are you going to do when you wake up tomorrow morning? Are you going to shove this gift aside and struggle to make it on your own? Or are you going to thank God for this precious gift, take it in your hands, and place it joyfully into your soul?

By Joseph J. Mazzella