Luke 15:25-30 New Living Translation (NLT) 25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of […]

Never Give Up on God’s Love

Psalm 51 For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. 1 Have mercy on me, O God,     because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion,     blot out the stain of my sins. 2 Wash me clean from my guilt. […]

Never Give Up on Faithfulness

Malachi 3:6-12 New Living Translation (NLT) A Call to Repentance 6 “I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. 7 Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says […]

Never Give Up on Serving in Love

Deuteronomy 10:12-21 New Living Translation (NLT) A Call to Love and Obedience 12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul.13 And you must always obey the Lord’s commands […]

Never Give Up on Following Christ

Jeremiah 18:1-6 New Living Translation (NLT) The Potter and the Clay 18 The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, 2 “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” 3 So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. 4 But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had […]

BLESS: Share Your Story

Matthew 24:14 New Living Translation (NLT) 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations[a] will hear it; and then the end will come. Acts 5:42 42 And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the […]

BLESS: Eat with Others

Psalm 103 New Living Translation (NLT) Psalm 103 A psalm of David. 1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;     with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;     may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3 He forgives all my sins     and heals all my […]

BLESS: Listen with Care

Acts 8:26-39    New Living Translation (NLT) Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch 26 As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south[a] down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. […]

Saddle Up the Horses: Begin with Prayer

Luke 6:12-16 New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles 12 One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. 13 At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), Andrew […]

We Are Missional

Matthew 28:18-20    New Living Translation (NLT) 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given […]