Friday, April 18, 2008

Living Incarnationally in the Dash

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

One of the greatest things about being a Christ follower is that we are on the receiving end of the tangible and intangible blessings of God. But the best thing about being a Christ follower is that God has a “custom” plan for each of our lives. No two people have the exact same purpose in life.

God has different plans for each of us because there are specific things that he wants to do through us that no one else can do. God doesn't just bless us for our own enjoyment and satisfaction. He wants us to experience great things in our lives so that it can have a ripple affect in the lives of those around us.

If great things are happening in your life, people are going to notice. And if you are reflecting God's glory though those things, those people will begin to think, "What does she have that I don't?" or "Why does he always seems so happy?" They may even ask you about it, which opens up the perfect opportunity for you to tell them about your relationship with God.

God wants us to tap into the amazing plans that he has for our lives because it has the potential to benefit the world. He wants us to tell others about the hope and future that he has already promised us. Live what you believe and be the ripple affect that spreads the promise of God's plan to everyone around you.

A Prayer for Today
Lord, thank you for thinking enough of me to create such a great plan for my life. I pray that you will guide me in the right direction today. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Living in the Dash: Rock #1 that Holds Us Down-Anger

We come face-to-face with anger as often as any other feeling. And yet, anger is one of the most misunderstood and distorted of all human emotions. We all get angry, but do we really understand what anger is? This past Sunday, we tackled this subject head-on to not only learn where anger originates, but how to handle it. We learned there are two types of anger: sinful anger and justified anger.

Sinful anger is when our anger causes us to sin. Justified or righteous anger (or what I like to call righteous indignation) are things that anger us that also anger the heart of God. One kind of anger is good, one is wrong. We have to learn that when we deal with anger God’s way, it can actually help us discover a fulfilling life--a life that is lived in the "dash."

If you want to dig deeper into this topic, download the "Rock of Anger" Study Guider HERE.

This next Sunday, we're going to look at the Rock of Envy. I hope to see you all there.

Living in the Dash


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