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June 19 (Sunday) - August 7 (Sunday)
This summer connect with others who share similar interests in a fun and inviting way! Make new Grace friends while creating natural environments to engage those not yet connected to Grace. Summer Affinity Groups can form the basis of long-lasting friendships and community that point you and others to Jesus. To browse and join groups or to sponsor your own group, visit GracePolaris.org/SummerGroups.
“I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me—just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My life for the sheep” (John 10:14,15).
Spiritual light is essential for genuine life.
Jesus is greater than you think.
God loves the person you don’t! Our compassion should reflect God’s compassion for lost people.
God delights in the clarity of obedient ambassadors and repentant people.
God commands his people to display courage by obeying him, even with difficult assignments.
The Church embodies the temple of God to worship and witness to His glory.
The Church pictures the ultimate marriage of the ages.
The Church should be deployed in every way for victory. Is your life mobilized?
I would absolutely love being a contestant on The Amazing Race with my wife, Kim, but I’m not so sure we’d fare very well. While we are both very confident and competent finding our way around, we have an amazing capacity to speak two mutually exclusive navigational languages. We were reminded of this twice in the first 90 minutes of our 11-hour trip home from vacation just last week. “Which way!? I’ve got to know in 30 seconds!” This isn’t the best strategy for traveling safely.
Because of the amazing grace we’ve been given by God, we have an opportunity to be dispensers of grace to others, both through the Gospel message of Jesus, and in how we live our lives in relation to others.
Christians are tempted to use lawsuits to satisfy covetousness or seek revenge. But, using lawsuits for that purpose would leave us feeling like the Rolling Stones used to sing, “I can’t get no satisfaction.”
“What did you do?” This is one of the most difficult questions to answer when returning from Haiti. The better questions may be “What did you learn?” or “Who did you encourage?” or “How did you serve?”
For most of us who have come to faith in Jesus, learning to walk closely with Jesus is something you only learn by experience. We joyfully and enthusiastically embrace the wonder of salvation but find ourselves struggling to live a victorious Christian life.
Have you ever been so upset and angry at the world around you that you wished you lived in a different culture? I’m talking about more than just a desire for time travel, I’m talking about a longing to run because you are doubled over with disgust and can’t take the smell of society anymore.
It is an excellent question, given that there are many needy places in the world today, and many people groups who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus.
Every follower of Jesus is called an ambassador for Christ, which means we have the privilege of representing Him to the people all around us who are far from God.
God offers sobriety and wisdom in a drunk, lost world. Not because He’s anti-happiness and fun, but because He wants a deeper satisfaction for us that is more than cheap thrills and empty pleasure.
A prayer from 1 Timothy 2:1–7 for citizens of heaven who find their presence firmly on planet earth: I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— Thank You for the privilege of being heard, Lord, by our Creator…