We all have times where we try to do things in our own strength, but when we try to take control of our lives our lives take control of us. Giving everything over to God can be one of the best decisions of your life, so what does that look like, and how do we do it?
The Pharisees were zealous to protect the Sabbath, they lived by so many rules to keep to this commandment, so when they saw Jesus performing a miracle on the Sabbath they were furious. But Jesus understood the true meaning of the Sabbath, to encounter the God of rest and freedom. (Guest speaker Ray Booth)
There is something in all of us which struggles to believe God loves us. We may assent to the concept of God’s love intellectually, but few people really experience it in their hearts. Yet experiencing the love of God is the make-or-break for our Christian lives. So how do we experience the love of God?
Sometimes when life gets hard it can be easy to question if God really is good, which can lead us to grow distant from God. But perhaps instead of doubting his goodness, hard times give us an opportunity to see God’s goodness in action.
Many of us are filled with regret and guilt over things we’ve done wrong, which makes it easy for us feel disqualified from being loved by God and being part of his family. But is it possible for God to stop loving us? Jesus taught there’s nothing we can do to disqualify us from the love of God.