Jesus assured his disciples just before his crucifixion that He would build His Church. If we let Him, Jesus will build His Church around us. By His Spirit, He will unite us, inspire us, and empower us to build His Church. His Church is much like His Blessings, we get the most out of it when we let Him do the planning and the doing. We are the tools in His hand, the sustenance of His Body.
Jesus asks: Who do you say that I am? His disciples had just told him others say he was John the Baptist, others that he was Elijah, and others that he was Jeremiah. But the important question for us: Who do we say that Jesus is?
It's the only question on our final exam. Answer it right and we have an eternal future in God's new heaven and new earth. Answer it wrong and it is eternal torment.
God, Himself, through His Spirit, opens our understanding to whom Jesus really is, just as Peter answered that Jesus is the Son of the Living God.
There is only two ways to live on this earth: Our way or God's way. God's way is far more satisfying and fulfilling than any way that we can dream up. In Christ is the only way to live it. God's way is the only way that automatically puts us in the new heaven and earth for our abundant and eternal life--our life with no disappointments, no sorrows, no pain or suffering; a life of eternal fellowship with God and with all who will live there.
Three traits that make a good mother in the sight of God. She was rightly related to God; rightly related to her husband; and rightly related to her family. Childless for so long, but God honored her faithfulness and blessed her with Samuel. Later, she was blessed with other children.
When you are rightly related to God through Jesus Christ, Everything that happens to you will work out for your good. Everything may not be good, but if we love the Lord and respond to His leadership, He will make it all be for our benefit. Heaven will be worth it all!