Father's Day is a day filled with different emotions for everyone. For some people it's joy and celebration, but for many people it's a day filled with pain due to broken relationships with their own fathers. Unfortunately, sometimes we view our Heavenly Father through the lens given to us by our earthly father. But even the best fathers can't love like the Heavenly Father, because His love is perfect.
Everybody wants to be happy, right? But happiness is temporary and fleeting. What we really need is joy. Deep, abiding joy. Joy can get us through the best of times and the worst of times, but it's hard to find. This week we learn the things that block joy in our lives and how we can overcome them.
Relationships are the key to life. Whether for better or for worse, they never leave us the same. This week we learn five characteristics of the kind of people you need in your life if you're ever going to live the full, abundant, purpose-filled life God has for you.
Walking through the right doors in life can be difficult. How do we know which doors are the ones God has put in front of us? How do we know which are just great opportunities? In trying to find God's plan for our lives, walking through the right doors is key. In part two of this two part series we discover the second guardrail that keeps us in the center of God's plan for our lives, and makes sure we always walk through the right doors.
God's will seems like an elusive thing sometimes. So often we know our lives aren't where they're supposed to be, but finding and living in God's will seems so difficult. Simply by asking ourselves three simple questions and being honest with ourselves we can get our lives back on track and live God's plan for our lives.
"I want to believe in God, but I don't feel him in my life..." This is such a common thing for people to say, but feelings are not the best evidence of God's presence. Why? Because feelings are hard to interpret. How do we know when we feel God? When we don't feel God who's fault is it? In part three of this four part series we talk about why we don't feel God in our lives sometimes, and what we can do to change it.
In an on-demand world we want an on-demand God. The problem is On-Demand God doesn't exist. This causes us to question and doubt whether God is real at all. In part one of this four part series we'll learn how the real God is actually better than the false On-Demand God and answer tough questions about times when God doesn't seem to answer our prayers.
Easter isn't just something to celebrate, it's something to experience. In the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Easter story we see the same journey we go on in our own lives, from pain to confusion, and ultimately to victory. But we can only experience that victory through the resurrection power of Jesus! There is no death His power cannot resurrect!
No matter who you are there are seasons of life filled with pain and heartache. Sometimes we call these times times of "fire". Often we can't see past the flames, but when we're in the middle of the fire God is doing things we never could imagine, and if we can have the strength to stand firm in the fire our lives will never be the same.
At moments in our life of prayer and faith, it can feel as though no one is listening, our prayers are not working and God is not responding. The truth is that God hears us from the first moment we pray, and He is at work even when we don’t see result yet. Stand Firm in Faith that God is at work! Keep praying and you will see Gods response in His timing.