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Jesus chooses some odd characters to witness his glory, but then he chooses us, too. If we can change our ways of perceiving God, then we may realize that God's glory is always all around us.
This message will contrast how the Pharisee saw the woman (v. 39) with how Jesus saw her (v. 44). She had lived a sinful life, she had a reputation. The Pharisee perceived and treated her accordingly. Jesus on the other hand saw her as an image bearer of God, one who was thirsty for grace. We can likewise perceive and name others according to the world’s perceptions of them or how God sees them.
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It is very important to govern our hearts well with the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Listen as Pastor Nathan teaches the importance of guarding the heart so we do not curse our harvest with our mouths!
Part two of the series Perception picks up where we left off with Jesus and the Pharisees. The key to not living a religious life is intimacy. King David had a gift of knowing the Father's heart because of his intimacy with God. Listen as we discuss the importance of intimacy and producing fruit in our relationship with the Holy Spirit so we do not become complacent and religious.
Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-9; Luke 13:1-9 The truth that exists for me is only relatively to me. This world is built on the theory of relativity. It promotes self importance and inward focus, rather than seeing ourselves as part of larger, God's world. For our ways are usually not aligned with God's ways. We are not seeing the world as Christ sees the world. Repent and enter the real world.
We were not created to operate in the confines of time. Learn in this teaching what it means to see yourself as eternal.
What I love about our alternative venues and different styles of worship is that we honor how different personalities engage differently. We can do the same thing - worship - while being inclusive of very different preferences. Our weekly gatherings for worship use various aspects to recharge our batteries.