June 30 & July 3, 2016 - How You View Others, How Others View You
1 Samuel 16:1-13 & 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
We form our opinions of others based on many factors: how they look, how they speak, how they act. These same criteria shape how others view us. This can lead us to believe that God operates the same way. But God’s standards are different than those of the world.
July 7 & 10, 2016 - Here Comes the Son
Colossians 1:1-14 & Luke 10:25-37
We are often caught up in this world and forget about the light of Christ. In our passage from Colossians, we are reminded that as saints, forgiven and empowered, we are called to the light of Christ. From the light, we bear good fruit as we walk with the Lord.
July 14 & 17, 2016 - One Thing is Necessary
Luke 10:38-42 & Genesis 18:1-10a
Serving each other is good, very good. But there is one thing that is necessary, even beyond service to each other. The one thing is the blessing of being served by the Lord. Even though Jesus may feel sometimes like a stranger in our lives, He always comes to serve us with His Word of life.
July 21 & 24 - Persistent Prayer
Luke 11:1-13 & Colossians 2:6-15
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus encourages us to be persistent in prayer. Being persistent in prayer means that we are faithful to God by having a long obedience in the same direction. Since Jesus has bound us to our Father God through His work on the cross, we have every reason to expect God to hear our prayers and to grow spiritually as we share our hearts with Him.