Continuing our series on Psalm 23, we see David switching from describing the Lord as a shepherd, to describing Him as a host, and learn how community is solidified by showing Biblical hospitality to each other.
When we are walking through "the valley of the shadow of death," we can see our shepherd more clearly, a shepherd who has experienced the deepest darkness and separation from God.
Continuing our study on Psalm 23, we see that if we apply the metaphor of sheep to ourselves, our deepest need is to know our Shepherd and be led to rest.
Starting a new series on Psalm 23, we take a deeper look at the familiar words, seeing that whatever we believe about God's character will shape how we view the trials and anxieties in our own lives.
What happens when we face times of adversity, even as we experience new life in Christ? Jay Traylor looks at what to do when God disciplines us, and how we discipline ourselves.
In these verses Paul unfolds what the new nature in Christ looks like, and presses that reality into our relationships at home and at work.
What does a new identity in Christ actually look like in our day-to-day lives? We see it in the peace of Christ, the word of Christ and the name of Christ.
Colossians 3 shows how the resurrected power of Jesus Christ has an enormous impact on our identity.
Now that our life is hidden with Christ, how do we live focused on Him as the "true north," and not the numerous distractions that try to pull our focus away?
What does it mean to be a "good person" and how does the resurrection of Jesus impact our understanding of that idea?
Amid the competing voices and philosophies weighing in our lives, we must compare our interpretation of fact against the plumb line of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, because only then will we know what is really truth.
Paul urges the Colossians to not let the structure of their faith be battered by the cultural climate, but to protect their foundation, being rooted in Jesus Christ.
Though our culture does all it can to eliminate any feelings of pain, Paul shows how suffering causes growth and brings us closer to Christ, and offers hope for those that are suffering as they follow Him.
These verses compel us to ask ourselves, "what does it mean to be a Christian?" and invites us to be honest about who we are, and who God is, and who we were made to be.
These verses in the first chapter of Colossians reveal how Jesus was fully human, and yet fully the creator and ruler of the universe, and ask us to examine what we are allowing to have lordship over our lives instead of Him.
Beginning our new series, Dan Beilman looks at Paul's letter to the church at Colossae, where the apostle cautions members of the church not to exchange the riches of the Gospel for the rags of other idols.
The reality of the Gospel means Christians can face tremendous suffering without losing hope, and tremendous blessing without losing touch.
As we conclude our series on Advent's vision and values, we examine what it means to have a faith that is communal, integrated and public -- that is not compartmentalized from the rest of our life, but living every part before the face of God.
Spiritual formation is the process through which we're inwardly transformed such that the characteristics of Jesus flow out of us -- converting faith into fruit.