Who should be characterized most by gratitude? Luke shows us. On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus happens to stop in a village. There he encounters ten lepers. They crying out for mercy. Jesus responds with instructions to go initiate the steps of sacrificial cleansing. As they go, all ten are cured of the disease. One of them, only one out of ten, returns to say, “Thank you.” Who should give thanks? All who are cleansed, and restored to wellness should give thanks to God. Text: Luke 17:11-19; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 9:15
What do we do with all of the pain and the horror of wrong doing that has been committed against us? In a short, memorable parable, Jesus shows his disciples (and us) the profound secret and pathway to total forgiveness. For followers of Jesus, unforgiveness is not an option, but how does one find a place of authentic forgiveness? Text: Matthew 18:15-35; Leviticus 19:18; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13
Jesus poses a most forthright question, “Why are you harboring evil thoughts?” The human heart has capacity to harbor blessing—or cursing. In #5 of this series, consider Christ’s healing touch reaches even the dark harbors of our heart. Text: Luke 5:17-26
Questions like, “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” and “Where am I going?” are foundational to human existence. How we answer these questions powerfully shapes who we are, and how we view ourselves and the world. Consider how God’s pursuing love demonstrated in Jesus powerfully shapes, and re-shapes, how we view ourselves.
Text: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Jeremiah 1:5a; Genesis 1:27; 2 Corinthians 5:17
The restoring grace of God redeems every area of life, including the the most intimate of relationships in the home. This Scripture text (letter) invites us to consider how following Jesus shapes marriage, family life, and children. Text: Ephesians 5:21-6:4