“It’s more blessed to give than receive.” This is a saying we might expect to see above a kitchen table, nicely cross stitched in a matted frame; but few of us would think of it with the seriousness that Paul used it on the day he bid a final farewell to his dear friends in Ephesus. For when Paul used it he wasn’t talking about a plate of cookies or a large and impressive sum of money, he was talking about his life. Jesus says that it is a blessing to receive; but that it’s an even greater blessing when we learn how to give. Paul explains why. Click the link below to download.
From the day of our birth, we have a deep need to be seen...to be noticed, valued, and ultimately loved, by others. "You are the apple of my eye." It's a familiar line, even a cliche, but how many of us realize that it's more than three thousand years old, a phrase that comes from the pages of the bible; a phrase that speaks not just of human love, but of the love -- one that can heal our deepest hurts and fulfill our deepest longings. Click on the link below to download.
These days, no one wants to be a scapegoat, unfairly blamed for the sins and failures of others, but everyone wants to have one. Let's face it, we are pretty much all masters of "the blame game" and the evasion of responsibility. Many are not aware that the word 'scapegoat' comes from a ceremony in which Aaron as High Priest confessed over a goat all the sins of Israel before leading it away into the wilderness (Leviticus 16: 20-22) as a sign of God's mercy. Followers of Christ believe that this foreshadowed the day when the Messiah Jesus would come to be the final scapegoat and our High Priest (Hebrews 10: 1-14), as he was led away to the cross and freely accepted blame for our sin. Jesus accepted blame even though he, of all people, was justified in blaming others. He forgave when he could have condemned. By the power of his Spirit, he has set us free to stop blaming and start loving as he loved us (1 John 4: 1-12). Click the link below to download.