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You don't have to earn God's love. God knows everything you have ever done or will do, and He loves you anyway. Good works won't make Him love you more, and your failings don't make Him love you less.
Those who trust in Christ are no longer slaves to this world; they are heirs to the King. As heirs, we are to take part in the Father's business. After the message, JP talks with Mary Frances Bowley, author of "The White Umbrella," about the current problem of sex trafficking and what we can do to end it.
We often try (and always fail) to earn God's approval by following the law. If we are trying to earn salvation through our actions, then we are not trusting in Jesus' work on the cross. Includes Shane Barnard (of Shane & Shane) telling the story behind the song "Embracing Accusations."
We all at times feel that we need to perform for God--to do good works, or to be sin-free in order to be acceptable. However, a person is made right with God based not on how they behave but on what they believe. God doesn't want you to habitually act like you are following Him; He wants to have a personal, moment-by-moment relationship with you.
God is writing a story with your life. He wants to use that story to reach others with the good news and free them from bondage. Your role is to know your story, understand how to tell it, and be faithful in sharing your story with others. Your story is not about you. It's His story.
In Dallas as in Galatia, people try to add to the gospel. Salvation is free; if you add any requirements that must be met in order to earn it, then it is no longer good news. And if you trust in yourself or your own actions to earn salvation, then you are by definition not trusting in Jesus--and have missed the gospel entirely.
For most singles, pornography is a problem that is destroying your marriage before it starts. God does offer healing, if you truly want to be healed. But healing requires confession and prayer within community, removing access to temptations, and pursuing Jesus above all.
Depression is a growing epidemic in the U.S., and is especially prevalent within Generation Y. We look at 6 stresses that have the potential to bring us to a breaking point, how to deal with the stresses, and how to survive the breaking point. God may give us more than we can handle, but He does not give us more than He can handle.
Being constantly busy can cause us to neglect relationships and leave no time for the things that are truly most important to us. We need to allow margin in our schedules. God emphasizes this through His commandments about rest, and even in the way He created nighttime and sleep.
Money is the chief source of anxiety for most Americans, even though we are the richest nation and are virtually guaranteed to have at least the basic necessities of life. No matter how rich we are, we think that having more money will make us happy. But all material possessions will one day be gone. By giving generously now, we can store up eternal treasures in heaven.