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In God We Trust
Although finances can often be a divisive or avoided topic, it shouldn’t’ be. The reality is that how we manage our earthly resources (our time, talent and treasure) is a very spiritual matter. It reveals what we truly believe, value, and live for, as well as who or what we truly trust in.
Our nation’s currency reflects the phrase, “In God We Trust”. Is that really true of us as individuals and as a community of people that profess faith in Christ and see themselves as investors in His Kingdom?
Let’s rally as a community of faith and declare “In God We Trust” not merely as a slogan printed on our currency, but a belief embossed on our hearts and authentically lived out in our lives.
Why do we believe what we believe? What informs our religious views, traditions and spiritual practices? What beliefs have originated from man’s institutions and imagination verses God’s revealed truth? Are certain beliefs, rituals and prayers fueled by the same superstitious nature as avoiding stepping on a crack in a sidewalk or saying “Knock on wood”? Religious Myths will focus on some of the most prevalent religious myths that inhabit our spiritual thinking.
Jesus said, “...and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Let the truth of God’s Word shed light into your spiritual journey helping you identify that which is truth and those which are Religious Myths.
Whether close or far from God, we are often drawn to Him by the joys, victories, challenges and demands of life. Instinct finds us whispering, thanking, petitioning…praying.
The same was true for Jesus. As He approached the cross—the very purpose for His coming—He prayed.
The Gospel of John in Chapter 17 has captured the powerfully passionate and intimate prayers of Jesus. It gives us deep insights into why Jesus prayed, how He prayed, and what His prayers were about.
Our dependence on God is reflected in how we approach Him in prayer. John 17 shows us: we can Pray Like Jesus.
There’s something remarkable about watching a team of people use their giftedness to accomplish a common goal. We see it in everyday life within schools, on the job, on sports teams.
The same dynamic exists in the Body of Christ. God has given His people diverse spiritual gifts designed to be used in unity for His glory.
These skills from the Holy Spirit are designed to be used for the common good of expanding God’s Kingdom. Then together we can pursue the shared goal of inviting people to new life in Christ.
Do you know your gifts? Are you using them to contribute to the common good?
Find out during this three-week series ... Common Good.
Entering the New Year signals a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to set new goals and make new efforts in our lives.
As great as that it, Jesus Christ gives us the opportunity to experience new life not just every year, but every day.
Like a tree that produces fruit to reveal its nature, we too bear fruit that displays our true beliefs and relationship with God.
What fruit is in the life of a person passionately living new in Christ? And are you experiencing the fruit of new life?
At CVC, we’re kicking off the New Year anticipating the fruit of new life in Christ.
Waiting. Who likes it, really? It tests our resolve and reveals the strength of our faith; but waiting doesn’t have to be empty or inactive. God has great gifts such as joy, hope, love and peace that He wants us to experience in our inevitable seasons of expectancy.
In ancient times, God’s people anxiously awaited the promised Messiah, the one who would save His people. The hope they experienced became part of their daily heartbeat.
A woman named Mary waited in anticipation as she expected a promised baby boy that would save God’s people from their sins. Her joy became a constant companion.
We, too, wait in expectation for a Savior to return to us – this same infant child, the crucified Lamb, now a risen, radiant King.
This Christmas season, as we remember the birth of Jesus, Cuyahoga Valley Church invites you to distance yourself from the consumeristic chaos that creeps in and instead celebrate and reflect on the first coming of Christ and the promise of His future return.
We are Expectant!
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