Monday, November 27, 2017

10 Practical Lessons - Preview (Zero of 10)

Preview of a 10 Week Series:

We often focus our attention on attaining success in life – having a good job, saving up plenty of money, and having a nice house, car and other possessions might be long-term goals, but we might start with having lots of friends or winning at video games.

The prevailing culture indoctrinates us on this path from an early age. The world is already training up children in the same way.

But is this how we should live? Is this how children should live?

There’s a world of difference between success – which is often an external definition of our lives for public consumption – and happiness – which is more about how we truly feel on the inside.
Because the world encourages us to seek success so diligently, we almost need to have an entirely different mindset in order to find happiness.

Along those lines, we'll take 10 weeks to talk about things we should tell students – and ourselves – about how to find true happiness in life – even if financial success never comes your way.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

IC XC NIKA - Jesus Christ Conquers

In Christ, two of our greatest enemies—sin and death—have already been defeated.

By dying on the cross and being raised from the dead, Christ conquered death and made forgiveness of sins possible. Christ rescued us from the darkness of our sin and guilt and the power of the devil, giving us victory over what we could not defeat ourselves.

"It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!" (1 Cor. 15:56–57)

"God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating." (Col. 1:13-14)

If God can conquer death, he can conquer anything, from the powers and authorities of this world to our own fears.