As we celebrate a very special day, Thanksgiving, with family and friends, let us remind ourselves that Christ has called us to have a “thanksliving” lifestyle. Thanksgiving day comes and goes; but thanksliving is a way of life, which pours blessings upon others.
The escalation of violence through terrorism is a reality that is upon all our minds. The spiritual reality behind these events takes me back to a story in 1 Kings 18. Elisha called on king Ahab of the Northern Kingdom to summon the prophets of Baal and Asherah for a contest. As the crowds gathered Elijah declared, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
During our recent trip to the Holy Land, wherever we traveled in Israel, from Masada to the Golan Heights, we were acutely aware that it is a divided land. This land is marked by conflict, war and religious strife. Even as we grieve the tragedy of the attacks in Paris, my heart and mind go back to Jerusalem.
It takes more than one eye to have unified sight. With only one eye, there is the inability to have depth perception, and overall vision is limited. It takes two eyes to create ONE functioning unit.
Our group of 44 persons from Asbury had the trip of our lives during our pilgrimage to Israel. We bonded strongly as a community of mutual care giving, as we drank deeply of the stories of faith in the land where Jesus and his ancestors lived. Though surrounded by enemies, the Jewish people are committed to this land.
Sometimes it's hard to know what to do when someone we're talking to seems interested in a relationship with Jesus but still not quite 100% sure if they believe. Here's some help on how to lead them in a simple prayer to ask God to open up their heart to receive His grace.
Jesus came to the earth with a mission. Now that we are the body of Christ, we share this mission. There is nothing more satisfying than being part of a family that knows who it is and what it is about. We have been created to be an echo of the never-ending love that exists between the Father and the Son, through the Holy Spirit.