Well friends, we’re all one week into the national emergency due to the COVID-19 virus. How y’all doing? I’m sure the answers are all over the board. And our answers say much about us — things like where we work, what personality type we have, where we gather our information. But most importantly, this is a great time to find out what we truly value. Testing has a way of making some things clear to us that we can’t see when life is easy, when nothing is asked of us. And what is testing but a time of being asked for things? Let’s dig in this week and see how Jesus handles this, and what it has to teach us, and let’s see why his answers let the crowds utterly amazed.
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” — Hebrews 10:24 (NLT) “Acts of good works” is a mantra that gets thrown around in Christian circles. What does it mean to you? Do you believe it is like a merit badge of honor, that you must do good works to earn salvation? Maybe your thought is that we are saved by grace alone, and good works have no bearing on our salvation. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8-10, “For it is by grace you have been saved
They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. Acts 2:42, The Message ‘Why do we have to go?’ ‘Because they’re family that’s why.’ They’re weird, there’s always lima beans, and I would rather stay home. I only say this in my head about the family reunion because it’s rude as a child to say the thing everyone is already thinking. Bound by blood, obligation and corn casserole to be together, we go. And there we me