Conversations With Jesus, Week 9

This week we looked at a Conversation With Jesus where he makes this point: what you believe about the future dictates how you act in the present. He is going to challenge us to evaluate what we really believe about him in light of how we are living our lives. Do we believe that our lives matter to him, and are we living in a way that matters for the kingdom?

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Conversations With Jesus, Week 8

Persistence is hard, but we know it’s necessary to be successful in any aspect of our lives. Prayer is hard, too, and not many of us would say we are good at it. In the conversation we’ll look at this Sunday, Jesus talks about why persistence is the key to an effective prayer life, and why an effective prayer life is so vital to becoming who God made us to be.

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Conversations With Jesus, Week 7

Generosity evokes a response. Often when people are generous with us, we respond with gratitude and devotion. Sometimes it leads to feelings of helplessness that make us uncomfortable. This week’s Conversation with Jesus prompts us to ask ‘Has God been generous to you? And what difference has that made in your life?’

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Conversations With Jesus, Week 6

Heaven is a topic people bring up frequently, especially when talking about those who have passed from this life. Hell is not. Hell is something that most people say they believe in, but that no one wants to talk about. But if hell is a real place, it matters… a lot. This week we looked at what Jesus said about hell, and how it matters to us. Editor’s note: due to technical difficulties with the sound system, please excuse the amount of ambient noise in this week’s recording.

 

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Conversations With Jesus, Week 5

God‘s kingdom operates under a different value system than the world we live in, and it can be hard to live for the kingdom of God while living in the kingdom of man. You see this dynamic at work all over the Gospels. This week we look at a story that teaches us how to recognize and respond to this tension in our lives.

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Conversations With Jesus, Week 4

Shame is a pretty horrible emotion, yet it’s one that is so commonplace, we rarely stop to acknowledge or deal with it. We all manage shame in our lives. Some of it is justified and a lot of it isn’t. Shame is used as a weapon in our culture every day. This week we look at a story where Jesus deals with a woman’s shame, and get insight into what He would have us do with our shame.

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Conversations With Jesus, Week 3

Nicodemus was part of an elite group of Jews, but he took a risk and met Jesus to try and figure out what He was all about. Nicodemus left the comfort of what he knew, because he was sure there was something different about Jesus, and had to know more. At some point we’ve all sought something, and we should all be like Nicodemus, who was seeking after Jesus.

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Conversations With Jesus, Week 2

Growing in your relationship with Jesus is a progressive thing that will take a lifetime. Sometimes the changes happen slowly and in small ways, but other times they are instant and dramatic. This week we look at how Peter’s life changed overnight because of a decision he made in response to Jesus’ call, and ask if he wants to do something similar in our lives.

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While most of us are firmly convinced of the reality of the supernatural realm, and the difference that it makes in our eternal destiny, we are less certain of how it impacts our day-to-day reality. Because of that, it can be hard to make our relationship with God a priority. This week we looked at how the temptation of Jesus speaks to the impact of the supernatural on the natural, and talked about how our neglect of the supernatural is costing us in our day-to-day lives.

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Making Change Happen

Routines are necessary, but it’s easy for our routines to become ruts that lead us in the wrong direction. This is a great time of year to change our trajectory by making some changes in our routines. This week we learned how the Bible speaks into the ‘why?’ and the ‘how?’ of making change happen.

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