This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. – 1 John 5:14
God responds to prayer – but not without action on our part. Grace is free, yet God has expectations for those who bear His name, just as parents’ guide and discipline the children they love. To experience the forgiveness and healing we desire, we must bow to the power of God, long to know God and eliminate those things that separate us from God. Walking with Him is a journey in partnership. God does His part – each day we must strive to do ours.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13(NIV)
Paul was telling the Corinthians to press on to maturity in Christ. Once becoming Christian, we have a zeal to please the Lord, but we have to remember that God looks at our hearts not our acts. If our hearts are not filled with faith, hope and love then the acts we do will be hollow, empty attempts to earn His love. Reach past the actions to the One who can empower them. Stop trying to do what is right and focus on the One who is right. When it comes from your heart, then you will please the Father and truly know who Jesus is.
And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. – Joel 2:28 (NIV)
The children of Israel would have a prophet among them. Someone right there to be the megaphone of God – telling them what to do, how to do it, and what will happen if they don’t! History shows us that being “spoon fed” did not keep them from continually doing the wrong things over and over again. How frustrating, saddening and maddening for the prophets! So God sent Jesus, a new strategy – personal responsibility. Now it would be our job to study the Word of God, discern what it means for our lives, practice it daily, and learn how to become what God wants us to be and do. It is up to us.
This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. -1 John 4:16
Ours is a God of love, sacrifice and grace. All He is and all we strive to be, all began with love. Love created a beautiful world for us to live on and a family relationship to walk in. Love cannot stand separation, provides an escape and lives on forever. It is a love story of God and His creation, of Father and child, of the immortal and mortal. For God so loved, we must do likewise.
Join us at CBF Sunday April 3, 2016 at 10:30 am for special worship in music and the Word with Cindy Magzig and Surrendered Heart worship.
Before TV, before the internet, radio used to be the medium by which we got our news, reached across the country, and were invited into every home. Those days seem far away.
Long before video phones, YouTube and “reality” shows, important events were documented by scripted reenactments and recorded by actors in a studio. Carefully crafted productions brought the drama of each event to life for the listener who could only see it live in their imagination and their minds’ eye.
There is no more important or gripping landmark event than the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, celebrated by Christians around the world. Join the actors and technicians in the WWJD Studio as they resurrect the Messiah’s story for the radio airwaves once again. Get a look “behind the scenes” and see the Gospel message unfold in an old way made new.
The Messiah’s Story on Air ©
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Community Bible Fellowship
5209 Duval Rd, Austin
And in whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through Him. -Colossians 3:17
Do we ever thank God for what we have the opportunity to do? We have the chance to make a difference in people’s lives. We have the opportunity to introduce people to the love of God through Jesus. We have a calling to touch the lives of people with love and fill the needs that they have.
Thank you, Jesus, for trusting in us to do Your work.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. – Colossians 3:13 (NLBT)
We are so anxious to receive forgiveness for ourselves and yet we often neglect to forgive others. Holding hard feelings, grudges – the sin of UNforgiveness – can easily separate us from God. It grows and festers. The bitterness it leaves will eat at our souls, infect our attitude, and steal our peace.
The Lord did not suggest that we forgive, He commanded it. If Jesus could pardon the actions of those that crucified Him – in the very midst of His death – how can we do less?
…We will not neglect the house of our God. -Nehemiah 10:39
When the Israelites returned to Jerusalem, they confessed their sin and made a new start – rededicating themselves to the Laws that had been given to Moses. The temple at Jerusalem had been destroyed and now, with the opportunity to rebuild, they were not going to lose it again.
What about us? We have the comfort of worshiping without fear of being barred from our church building unlike the Israelites, unlike some people in other countries even today. Are we taking this blessing for granted?
Then Eliashib the high priest and the other priests started to rebuild at the Sheep Gate…People from the town of Jericho worked next to them, and beyond them was Zaccur son of Imri. -Nehemiah 3:1-2
Everyone got involved with rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. People came from miles around to work side-by-side with the People of God to bring this once great city back to life. That’s how it is with God’s Kingdom. There is room for everyone to build where they can, with the resources they have, in cooperation with brothers and strangers alike. Whether we give by the strength of our arms, the inventiveness of our minds, or the wealth of our treasury – our work for His Kingdom is acceptable.