Who has made a New Year's resolution only to watch it dissolve within the first few weeks of January? I think we all have. One thing that a New Year's resolution does, it causes us to assess or evaluate our lives. We usually see habits in our life that are out of balance or we are missing disciplines that we need to start. Either way, we have a tendency to be out of balance, unhealthy. Now is a good time to check in on our spiritual health. Are there areas in your life that are out of balance spiritually? Paul gives some examples of healthy habits to Timothy. All of them have to do with our service & life lived for Christ.
As 2015 winds down, maybe it's time for a little reflection on your walk with the Lord. We are looking at a very familiar set of verses in Psalm 23, but hopefully they will be seen with a fresh set of eyes. Our souls are often in need of a period of restoring. Most of the time, we don't even know we are depleted spiritually. Listen in. I think you may need to access your emotionally healthy spirituality. Redeeming Post Christmas is done when we stop & rest.
Today we unfold the final word of Advent in our series, Redeeming Christmas. Joy is the confident expectation that I can be satisfied in Jesus. There is a joy that is deep, satisfying, & perfect. There is a joy that is not swayed my circumstances, my past, others or anxious thoughts. Joy is found in a person. Jesus is the great joy of Luke 2.
Love. Usually when you mention that word, some are tempted to shut down and not pay attention. Just like hope and peace, love is often misconstrued. Love is a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit. If we as Christ followers long to obey God then we demonstrate that belief by showing love to others. The nature of God presses in on us to action.
What in the world brings you peace? In John 14:27, Jesus makes a claim that the peace He offers is different than peace the world has to offer. Today we explore those differences as we come to grips with what biblical peace is.
"Redeeming Christmas" is our Advent series leading all the way up to Christmas. Each week we will be prayerfully breathing new life into some pretty common words that are used around Advent: Hope, Peace, Love, & Joy. This week, we answer the question, "Where do you find hope in a broken world?"