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Thu, Dec 31, 2015
Duration: 38 mins 4 secs
There is no need for us to lose heart, because God has given us everything we need to live a godly life with Him. God is for us and backs us. We’re made good only through Jesus’ goodness. Now that we’re in His family, we want to reflect well on our family name. How can we do that, and keep our faith vibrant? Acknowledge that God’s power has transformed us from darkness to light. Walk in His promises, starting by reading and studying them, then trusting them. Nurturing our faith will result in fruitfulness, the ability to see farther, and more security in life. Additional scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-10
Thu, Dec 24, 2015
Duration: 16 mins 54 secs
Christmas is not only about hope, joy, love, peace and faith — it is really about Jesus, "God with us," who gives us all these things, by giving us Himself. Our greatest need as humans is forgiveness, so the perfect gift from God to us at Christmas is our Saviour, Jesus. Jesus is both the Son of God and the Son of Man, representing us on the cross. He doesn’t just give us things, He offers us Himself in full commitment, as a husband to a wife.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015
Duration: 52 mins 17 secs
Jesus defends His friends when they are attacked. Jesus not only cares for us and about us, but has also made provision for us, and is able to deliver what He promises, because He is simultaneously Prophet, Priest and King! Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and our Advocate before God the Father. In order for Jesus to stand up for us, sometimes we need to sit down and let Him do it. Additional scriptures: Romans 8:31-34, Mark 2:23-28, 1 Samuel 21:1-6, Hosea 6:6, Colossians 2:16-17, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Corinthians 13:12, Matthew 7:1-5, Hebrews 12:24, Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 5:27-28, Hebrews 10:30, Luke 22:31-32, 1 John 1:9-10, Matthew 12:20, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57, Acts 7:55-60.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015
Duration: 45 mins 26 secs
At Christmastime we celebrate Jesus’ birth and the peace he brings us — Christmas is not only history, but His Story, and now becomes Our Story as we put our trust in Jesus to bring us true and lasting peace, as prophesied by the angels to the shepherds. From the manger we look on to the cross and Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and his second coming which is now approaching. Only in Jesus can we find real peace, firstly in being reconciled to the Father, and then also in an ongoing way every day as we bring all our worries to Him and let Him guard our hearts and minds from the enemy who wants to steal our peace. Outward peace in the world will not happen until Jesus returns as ruling King, but we can have deep peace in our hearts right now as we trust Jesus for every detail of our lives. Additional Scriptures: Malachi 4:5-6, Luke 1:38, Jeremiah 1:12, 1 Timothy 2:2, John 14:27, John 14:6, Philippians 4:6-8, Colossians 3:15, Proverbs 3:5-6
Sun, Dec 06, 2015
Duration: 26 mins 33 secs
We shouldn’t be surprised when people try to shame us for standing with Jesus and His gospel. People of the world try to avoid shame at all costs, but as believers in Jesus, we will face it at times as we share the gospel with a world that doesn’t want to hear. What does Jesus teach us about dealing with shame for doing God’s will? He purposely endured ultimate shame on our behalf. Hebrews tells us Jesus looked forward to the eternal joy on the other side of the shame, and that we need to keep our eyes fixed on Him. We need to let the Holy Spirit show us, through the Bible, the hope, glory and joy of eternity coming after we run our race here on earth. It’s a spiritual battle and we owe love and grace to the people who would try to shame us. We are not to scorn or despise people, however they treat us, rather respond humbly and hopefully: God is working in hearts as we share His good news. Additional Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 11:23-30, Mark 14:41-42, Mark 14:60-65, Mark 15:31-32
Sun, Nov 29, 2015
Duration: 36 mins 11 secs
God wants us to praise Him with our whole being. Do we have a hunger for God to turn our whole life upside down? Do we have a hunger to praise and worship Him? We can’t impress God, but if we let Him transform our lives and then present them back to Him, that is sincere praise and worship. Psalm 103 speaks of many provisions of God, including the privilege and ability to worship Him from the depths of our soul any time, and forgiveness lavished on us generously. Have you moved into the provision of worship with all your heart? As we step into the full provision of God’s benefits listed in Psalm 103, it opens up our hearts to praise Him more fully. Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 13:15, Isaiah 64:6, Acts 13:22, Hebrews 11:1
Sun, Nov 22, 2015
Duration: 47 mins 26 secs
Jesus the Son of God came to earth to do His Father’s will. He was 100% God and became 100% man, to represent us, paying the penalty for our sinfulness on the cross. He had a huge mission and carried it through to completion without ever once sinning, even when He was overwhelmed by the heaviness of the burden, as we see in the Garden of Gethsemane. His response of ultimate obedience and of choosing the Father’s will over His own as a human is an example for us. As A.W. Tozer says, "Outside the will of God, there's nothing I want. Inside the will of God there's nothing I fear.” We need to trust God, and receive strength, faith, courage and guidance from His Holy Spirit so we can walk in His plans for us, knowing they are better than our own. Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 4:15, Luke 22:39-46, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Matthew 6:9-10, John 4:34, Romans 12:1-2, Matthew 2:19-21, Hebrews 5:8, Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 4:1-11, 1 Peter 5:8-9, Matthew 12:46-50, John 8:28, Matthew 14:23, John 7:30-31, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Matthew 26:36-45.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015
Duration: 46 mins 40 secs
God is our ever-present help in times of trouble, and He is sovereign. How relevant are we as Christians in the troubled times in which we live? Much of scripture speaks out of difficult situations like we have been facing lately, and Jesus warned us what would be coming. God is sovereignly working and moving, and promises never to leave us: The Holy Spirit is with us now, and Jesus is coming back for us. We must know and remember who God is, and be aware of His presence with us. Sometimes we need to take our hands off the situation and let God have His hands on it. “Be still and know that I am God.” Additional Scriptures: John 10:10, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:20, John 14:16-18, Matthew 5:44, 1 Peter 4:1-2
Sun, Nov 08, 2015
Duration: 29 mins 32 secs
Even Jesus was a refugee. Niklaus inspires us to be a people of hope, letting God fill our tanks full of faith, hope and love for refugees flooding into Europe. Faith that God is at work and is in control; knowing He has a plan gives us peace. Hope that the Kingdom of God will come through the current situation as it unfolds. Love that must be shown in action, which will look different for each person. Ask the Lord how you can put your faith and hope into practice with love. Lift is collecting donations to pass along to three well-organised, trustworthy refugee programs in Switzerland, Sicily and Greece.
Sun, Nov 01, 2015
Duration: 28 mins 32 secs
Transplantation can cause beautiful things that would not otherwise have been possible. Just as many of us have been plucked out of one country and replanted in another, God often transplanted people back in Bible times. Daniel is a prime example of this: marched from Jerusalem to Babylon, he faced new languages, a new landscape, and an enforced new religion. Even his name was changed. But God was in control and had a great plan and purpose for Daniel, to do something beautiful in him, and also in his new location. Two things kept Daniel strong to stand against the pressure to conform to the local culture: regular prayer and a believing community of friends. Additional scriptures: Daniel 6:10, Daniel 2:17-19.
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