Home is where everyone knows your name. But, what if you have more than one name? Jesus, the real reason for the season, has many names. In order to fully understand why Jesus came to the earth in the first place, we must first fully understand His names. In Isaiah 9:6, the Prophet Isaiah refers to Jesus as "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." These names embody who Jesus is and how He and His Father want to guide and direct our lives.
If you've been looking for a good budget plan, it's probably been in front of you the whole time. God's Word has so much insight on how to be good stewards.There are about 500 verses in the Bible on prayer. There's another 500 or so on faith. But, there are over 2000 verses in the Bible that discuss money! It's pretty clear that God has a plan for our finances, or should we say His finances. We are managers of God's money that He has blessed us with.
October 29th, 2017, we kicked off our annual You Matter Week with a Pink Out to raise awareness for breast cancer. You Matter Week is one of our favorite times of year because we go full force for the Kingdom and serve God's people in our community. But why do we serve and how do we do it correctly? It's easy. We do it for the love of others and God and we do it with love for others and God.
Your plate is as full as ever. Work is going great but there's a lot going on. Your kids are successful and well-rounded. Your spouse is as charming and helpful as ever. You have great friends surrounding you and you're as healthy as you can be. You may even be involved and serving at your church. But when you lay down in bed at the end of the day, you just don't feel...complete. What is missing? You're doing all the "right" things. In order for our lives to feel fulfilling we must do as John says in John 3:30. "He must increase, but I must decrease."
Football season is back and we are as excited as ever! We've all got our team colors on and we're swinging our rally towels. It doesn't matter if you're cheering for the Gamecocks or the Tigers, as followers of Christ we are all on the same team playing the same game. We all have our positions and we're ready to hustle. As you go through life and play your position of father or wife or brother or friend, what's your strategy to be the best you can be? This series tackles some practical things we deal with every day from marriage to social media to finances. The Bible is our playbook on how to handle everything in our life. Let's get ready to rumble!
As Radiate enters into a new season, God has shown us what He wants for His church. He has shown us what He wants for our church. Isaiah 43:19 says, "Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert." This verse not only applies to our church, but it applies to all of us. Where is the place in your life, in your world, that others would call a desert or wilderness? Wherever or whatever that is, God can still make a way there. He can always make a way.
Does this sound familiar? "If I can just make it to the next pay check..." Or how about, "If I can just make it through the rest of the day..." How often are we just trying to survive and make it through? The truth is we are not meant to survive. We are meant to thrive. Surviving is putting in maximum effort for little results. Thriving is putting in minimal effort and getting maximum results. God has given us all the tools we need to do just that. We call these the fruits of the Spirit. Stop surviving and start thriving.
God always delivers on His promises. However, it doesn't just happen over night and it doesn't happen without some work from us. God has given us detailed instructions on how to take part in His promises and see the good fruit in our lives. Like any fruit, it all starts with a seed. How do we plant a seed? How do we take care of it as it grows? These questions and more are answered in our Rooted series.
Where does your worth come from? The laundry isn't done, your is job looming over your day like a rain cloud, and your past is lurking in the shadows of your life. Things like these do not define you though. Your worth comes from Christ. The Bible makes it very clear that women are worth more than rubies. Find your self worth in the One who loves you no matter where you came from or where you are.
Let's go back to the basics. What is baptism? Why is reading the Bible and praying so important? Why do we worship? These are all great questions no matter where we are in our walk with God. Whether you have just been made new in Christ through salvation or you've been on your spiritual journey for some time, the topics covered in Starting Point are important concepts for where you are going. Let's starting moving in the right direction.
The kids need to be picked up from school. The laundry isn't done yet. Your boss persists to asks you for that report. Your friend is having a party this weekend but you haven't picked up a gift yet. Meanwhile your social media is filled with both the news of the world and pictures of your cousin's family beach trip that you have to comment on. All the while you've lost sight of what's really important. Christ came to cut the chaos in our lives. While having a well rounded, busy life can be a great thing, we must keep our priorities in check. Putting Jesus first can cut the chaos from your hectic life.
You just saw the biggest blockbuster of the summer and it was everything you hoped it would be. For the next two weeks, everyone you talk to is going to hear about how much you love that movie. It's natural. We want to share the good things in our lives. Are you sharing the greatest thing in your life with others? If we love Jesus more than anything and have seen the things He's done, we won't stop telling people about Him.
We are all living life, day in and day out. But are we living it to the fullest? We have been blessed with an amazing opportunity to live life and we shouldn't let it go to waste. God gives us very specific instructions and tools that we can use to unlock a full life. They're easy: purpose, connection, love, and joy. With these seemingly simple concepts, we can all live a full life that is center around the Creator who gave us life in the first place.
It's Radiate's birthday! We've been so blessed to see God move in people's lives over the past five years. We've seen marriages restored, finances revitalized, and lives healed all due to what God has done through our church and community. Let's take a moment and celebrate all that God has done. This is just the beginning though. We are going to keep working until Jesus runs this town.
Love. It's something we are all longing for. It's something that is at the heart of every God-centered relationship. Often times we think of love as butterflies and being swept off our feet. But the truth is, true love isn't a feeling. It's a mentality and it's work. Whether you've been married so long you finish each other sentences or you're still looking for the right "one," God's Word has something to teach you about love in your life.
Imagine you're in a forest. Towering pine trees are scattered all around. It's your job to find the perfect tree and chop it down. You find the tree you're searching for and begin to chop, one swing at a time. With each swing you are slowly chipping away at your goal. Making huge changes in your life works the same way. You don't chop down a tree in one swing and you don't change your life in one motion. It takes small, manageable tweaks over and over until you see a giant peak.