There are over two billion Christians in the world today. Imagine if we all worked together? Imagine the gifts, the dreams we could accomplish, the visions for a better world. There is so much we could be as the body of Jesus Christ if we could simply learn how to come back together.
You can optionally write a description for the category here.
There is so much that demands our time and energy and resources in this world. Everything is clamoring over each other to say, “We are the most important thing. Make us top priority” And I admit, sometimes the church even gets that way. We think the most important thing is our tasks, our music, our preaching, our budget, our numbers. And we get so wrapped in all of those things, we forget the core of the gospel. We forget to love one another and love God.
Our job as Christians is to share that message of grace. It is to break down barriers and let the world know that your class, your wealth, your status, your ethnicity, your background, none of that is what defines you. None of that can keep you away from God. What ultimately defines you is the fact that you are beloved by God. You are beloved by God so much that God came into our world and died and rose again for you.
The message of the cross is strange. It is a message of foolishness to those who believe they have made themselves to be wise and worthy. But it is also a message of hope for those who have been called hopeless. It is a message of value and worth for those who have been called nothing. It is a message of strength for those who have been told they are too weak. It is a message of life for those who have only seen death.
“The only command God gives to those three disciples on that mountain is to listen. Not to build. Not to make sense of it all. Not to create a religion or rules or buildings or lists of things to do. But just “Listen!” Pay attention. See what Jesus is doing in front of you.”
In our scripture reading for today, Jesus tells us directly who we are. “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.”
“How can four men walk away from everything – to follow a carpenter who says only a few words to them?”
Psalm 121:1-4 John 4:3-15 For those of you who don’t already know, my name is Alyssa Queen. I’m Karen and Eric’s daughter. I’m currently a sophomore at Pfeiffer University, which is a small liberal arts school in North Carolina. I’m a Religion and History double major at Pfeiffer, and I’m truly grateful for the opportunity […]
“We are called to live in faith, not just when it is easy. Our faith is needed actually the most when it is challenged. When the world seems the darkest, that is when we most need the light. And those are the moments when our continued faith, when our witness to love and hope, grace and healing can be the most powerful.”
One of the first songs I learned in church was “Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man.” I liked singing the song as a child. I like the word “wee.” I liked the idea of climbing a sycamore tree. I liked looking out for Jesus. I liked the thought of Jesus coming to my house for dinner. I liked all the motions that went along with it. But there is one part of the song I never liked, and I still don’t. When we sang “Zacchaeus, you come down” we pointed our fingers up to him and we gave a stern look. And as a child, I knew what that finger meant.