The Bible tells us that as a child may not always understand the reasons of a parent, we may not always understand God’s reasoning for things, however we are still called to trust Him even if we don’t get it. God’s Word may not always make sense but we know that He can be trusted, and so when He makes promises that declare His love for us we can cling to those promises in the midst of trials and pain.
The Bible tells us that we will face suffering and persecution merely for living godly lives, but that our relationship with God is more valuable than avoiding that suffering. Everyone suffers, but the difference between the world and us is that we have the power of God in us and His presence surrounding us at all times.
Worry and anxiety are things we all feel when faced with a difficult circumstance. When we find ourselves worrying about things, we are not able to trust God in the situation at the same time. We need to go to Him in prayer, release our anxiety, rejoice in His faithfulness and trust Him to take care of the situation.
The sin of prejudice in all of us keeps us from being the unified Body of Christ that God calls His Church to be. We need to let go of our differences and love each other equally so that the world looks at us and sees that there is no way we could be unified like this unless God is at work. When we love each other and worship together, it is as if we are practicing for the way it will be in Heaven.
The thief on the cross next to Jesus who acknowledged Jesus as Lord and asked to be in His Kingdom was given what He asked for. God offers us a ticket to paradise free for the taking, but when we take it for ourselves we must also tell others that there are plenty more tickets for them, too.
There is a difference between humble confidence and fake humility, and confidence is rightly available to us in Christ. There is nothing wrong with seeing ourselves how God sees us, and once we realize He loves us and we grow to love Him, we can then love others just as we love ourselves.
Rather than focusing on the things we don’t like about a church, we need to step in and serve where God has called us to serve and do our part. When our focus shifts to serving and obeying God, the problems will work themselves out rather than if we sit in our discontentment and complain.
Though many people believe that the good things they do can outweigh the bad things they’ve done, the only way that a person can be reconciled to God is through Jesus Christ. He died to pay the price that we all owe because of our sin, and if we believe in Him and accept His forgiveness then we can stand before God debt free.
Just as people who work for a certain company represent that company, we, as Christians, represent Christ to everyone we meet. When we interact with someone, we need to make sure that we are always offering a sales pitch, showing them what it means to follow Christ and extending the invitation to them.
God is always at work and wants to use us to accomplish what He wants done. If we make ourselves available to Him so that if at any moment He calls us we respond, we become a more useful tool for His work. As servants of God we are all called to be available, prepared and useful for Him.
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About Richard Ellis
Authentic... Genuine... Sincere... This guy is the real deal. He loves God. He loves his wife Rebecca and his 3 daughters. He loves people. He loves his job. He loves Texas BBQ. He loves an occasional round of golf. And he loves the Dallas Cowboys (but don’t hold that against him!).
Richard grew up as a missionary kid in Brazil, coming back to the states to ﬁnish his education. He graduated from Baylor University in 1982 with a BA in Oral Communications, and earned his MDIV in 1985 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, making him the sixth generation of pastors in his family. His early days of ministry included serving for three years as the Single Adults Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Dallas.
Then in 1997, Richard Ellis founded Reunion Church, a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, non-denominational church in the heart of Dallas,Texas. Dallas needed a church like it. And it would need a pastor like Richard. So Reunion Church was born. And now the radio show and the website (www.RichardEllisTalks.com) join the Reunion Church community under the leadership of this guy. And we’re all the better for it!