Jesus is your eternal reward

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.  (1 John 2:16-17)

The world promises great rewards for those who will follow its ways.  Money, power, fame, love, success, honor—all these and more it promises you if you bow down and worship.

But all of these things are passing away.

Bank accounts bleed, power wanes, and fame is fleeting.  Love grows cold, success gets old, and honor from others comes and goes with the changing of seasons.

How comforting, then, to know that for those who follow Jesus, there is a reward that endures forever—Jesus himself!

When you are abiding in Christ, you are connected to the source of all good things, of all joy and peace, of all meaning and fulfillment.  When you are in Christ, you can let the world do what it will to you, because you are eternally secure in Him.

Christian, don’t let the trinkets of earth distract you from the treasure you already have.  In Christ, you can find satisfaction in this glorious truth.

Jesus is your eternal reward.

–Pastor Phillip

God wants to be generous with you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Timothy 6

GOD WANTS TO BE GENEROUS WITH YOU

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  (1 Timothy 6:17)

Everybody is looking for something.  Whether security or comfort, stability or control, power or pleasure, all people have something they want more of.

And God wants to satisfy your soul!

He is a generous God, a gracious God, and He wants to give good things to those who ask!  However, He may not always give you exactly what you ask for or expect.

Because He is infinitely wise, He knows not just what you want, but what you really need.  He knows what will truly bring you peace, and what will only leave you gasping and grasping for more.

So, don’t get consumed with the trinkets of wealth and the ways of this world.  Trust Jesus and let this simple truth fill your soul with peace: God wants to be generous with you.

-Pastor Phillip

Jesus wants you to be rich in him

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Corinthians 8

JESUS WANTS YOU TO BE RICH IN HIM

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich.  (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Jesus was not rich in silver or gold, but in power, in glory, and in love.

He was infinitely adored in heaven, yet came to earth to be despised and rejected by men.  He was infinitely glorious in heaven, yet came down to be born out of wedlock, a poor peasant from a backwater town.  He was infinitely powerful in heaven, yet came here to have His rights stripped away and let Himself be mocked, beaten and killed.  All these riches and more, Jesus chose to give up.  Why?

So that you could receive them by grace through faith in Him.

You were created for the purpose of displaying the glory of God.  Yet, sin stepped in and hijacked your life, turning it in on itself instead of up to God where it belongs.

So, glory you received was focused on you.  Power you attained was wielded for you.  Love you gained was hoarded by you.  Even good deeds you did were ultimately about you, and a self-focused life is a poor one, indeed.

But Jesus wants something better for you!

Jesus let Himself be unloved by men so you could receive the love of the Father.

Jesus gave up full use of His power so you could be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus gave up His heavenly glory—for a time—so that you could become glorious in Him and thus bring great glory to God.

Through power and provision, glory and good deeds, Jesus wants to do great things in and through your life.  That’s why you can have hope in this incredible truth: Jesus wants you to be rich in Him.

-Pastor Phillip


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Jesus is your eternal reward

Scripture Notes on 1 John 2

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.  (1 John 2:16-17)

The world promises great rewards for those who will follow its ways. Money, power, fame, love, success, honor—all these and more will it give you if you bow down and worship.

But all these things are passing away.

Bank accounts bleed, power wanes, and fame is fleeting. Love grows cold, success gets old, and honor from others comes and goes with the changing of seasons.

How comforting, then, to know that for those who follow Jesus, there is a reward that endures forever—Jesus himself!

When you are abiding in Christ, you are connected to the source of all good things, of all joy and peace, of all meaning and fulfillment. When you are in Christ, you can let the world do what it will to you, because you are eternally secure in Him.

Christian, don’t let the trinkets of earth distract you from the treasure you already have. In Christ, you can find satisfaction in this glorious truth.

Jesus is your eternal reward.

-Pastor Phillip

Your DYNAMIC Role: “Rich and Poor”

One of the most curious things Jesus says about entrance into the Kingdom of God is that it’s impossible for the rich.

He says bluntly, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God…With man it is impossible…” -Mark 10:25, 27

Like most of the truths in the Bible, this one has multiple layers, many facets, different ways to understand it.

Here’s ONE to consider…

Read moreYour DYNAMIC Role: “Rich and Poor”