When Jesus ate His last meal with His disciples, He took a moment to encourage them to remember the death that He was about to experience. It is in giving thanks that we remember the benefits that God gives to us, and so we must be thankful in all things and remember what He has done.
When we call out to God to help us we must be ready and willing to obey whatever He tells us to do no matter how crazy it sounds. When we get His answer to our call and obey what He does, we must never forget to thank Him for the blessing that we receive.
If we are not faithful to give when we have very little, we will not be faithful when we have a lot. God wants to help us live a life that is pleasing to Him which in turn brings us joy and satisfaction, but we have to let go of our possessions to let Him take and give as He pleases.
Jesus prayed for future believers that they would be united together as one. When the Church is unified as one Body, it is made clear to the world that Jesus is the One that holds us all together and we reflect the true nature and love of God.
While we can see only a part of the work God is doing, we must be willing to submit to His authority and the authority He has placed over us in the church, trusting that there are others who see the big picture. We will never be able to lead well in any place until we learn to follow and obey.
The significant parts of our lives may not be the most happy times, but rather the moments when we chose to be faithful to God in the midst of trial and pain. The Bible tells story after story, highlighting people who were faithful to God and chose to obey Him no matter what and God honored that.
The Christian life only begins with giving our lives to Christ and it is continued in and through us every day. We cannot live it out by ourselves which is why God designed the Church so that we could do this together.
The Bible tells us that we all have wicked hearts and struggle with sin. As a loving Father, God does not want us to continue living in sin and so He brings about the necessary consequences until we submit to Him.
While ministry can be a very draining career, it makes all the sacrifices worth it when we see lives changed and transformed by the Gospel. We need to allow other people to see our progress in the Christian life so that we can be an encouragement to those who have poured into our lives.
There are a number of issues that each person struggles with where the answer to solve their problems is easier but the application is near impossible. We are not alone when it comes to facing our greatest challenges because Jesus has given us His power through the Holy Spirit to overcome anything.
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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!