HOPE Association @ The Well

"For You are He who loosens the bound and uplifts the fallen; the hope of those who are hopeless and the help of those who are helpless; the comfort of the fainthearted and the harbor of those in the storm."  Excerpt from Liturgy of St. Basil

If you missed The Well yesterday, you missed out!  HOPE Association gave a special presentation and showed us all the different projects and initiatives that they're kicking off this Fall.  Not only that, they also reminded us of the great impact that we - the Body of Christ - can have on this world through simple acts of love and kindness and sacrifice.  It really touched my heart and there was a barely a dry eye in the room by the end.

Check out the video and see for yourself.

BLESSED Part 2 - The Blessed Test

"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.  Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?"  (Luke 16:10-11)

Did you know that right now God is testing you? He's testing you to see if you are ready for more blessing. He wants to bless you and bless your life, but He can't/won't unless you pass the test.

What's the test? That's the topic of Part 2 in the BLESSED.  In it, we talk about a verse from Luke 16 which explains why we might not be living with as much blessing as we'd like.

BLESSED Part 1 - The Life That's Blessed

Who wants to be blessed?  Be honest. Raise your hands/mouses. How often do you pray “please God bless my life” or “bless my career” or “bless my family” or just even plain old “BLESS ME!" We all want to be blessed but the problem is that the path to get there is often a mystery.

That's why we started a new series called BLESSED.  The goal is to figure out how to live a life that's full of blessing.

I Am the Good Shepherd (I AM Part 2)

 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep." (John 10:11)

In the first message of the I AM series, we heard Jesus declare His power and His divinity.  In this message, we heard how Jesus plans to use that power and divinity - that is, to lay down His life for us.

In a world where power corrupts even the best of people, come see how Jesus uses His power for the sake of His sheep.

Follow Me = Forsake All

Today's post was inspired by a book I read recently called Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus. If you like the post, you'll love the book!

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the whole idea of "following Jesus” and what that really means.  Am I a follower or not?  Sometimes I wish Jesus would just make it simple and say “Following me = __________.”  Just tell me what to do God and I will do it and then I’ll know I am fine and I can go on with the rest of my day.

But following Jesus is about more than just doing a task or finishing a chore.  It is about life and how we live it, every single day.  It is a conscious decision to follow Him at work, at home, at the gym, in front of my computer, behind my friend’s back, even while stuck on Route 66.

So how then do I know if I’m on the right track?


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