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by Bobby Schuller
So today, we're beginning this series; we're calling it "Life of the Beloved." Yes, I got that right - what it means to live in the knowledge that I am God's, that he is mine. Although behavior is so important, and how we live our lives is so important, in the messiness of living life, there is one thing that cannot be taken from you. That is your identity as the beloved sons and daughters of God. There is nothing we can do, nothing that can be done to us, nothing that can be taken from us, nothing that can change in our circumstance that can change one simple thing - that you and I are God's beloved children. And, that's very good news. If we forget that one very simple but easily lost principle, we can actually lose everything else that matters in this world.
Previously on the Hour of Power
- Pray Like Jesus by Bobby Schuller
Today we're going to talk about prayer in this theme about what it means to live like Jesus. You know God wants to talk to you. Because God loves you, and because you're God's kids, God wants to talk to you right now. He wants to hear from you. Very often, when we think of prayer, we think of a list of things that we need to go through. Things we need to ask God for. It almost becomes like an errand or like going to the gym. We know it would be good for us if we prayed for these nine things, but somehow it's somewhat hard to find the time. One of the biggest mistakes that we make in our view of prayer is that we see it only as asking God for things rather than an ongoing conversation we have with God.
- Trust Like Jesus by Bobby Schuller
Today we're continuing a series we're calling "Creating a Live-Like-Jesus Culture." It is a series that's based on my new book that comes out very soon, June 9th, and I just want to say something real quick about this book. This book is, I think, the book I've been waiting to write my whole life. It's on the Sermon on the Mount, which for me is the sermon that Jesus gave us to say this is what I am all about.
- Heal Like Jesus by Bobby Schuller
We are continuing a series called Live Like Jesus. And this series is based on my new book, which I'm very excited about, that comes out June 9th. I wrote a book called Happiness According to Jesus. I wanted to write a book that, if anybody got it in their hands and took it seriously, I knew their lives would be different. It's essentially the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount, as most of you know, is my wheelhouse. I love Sermon on the Mount. I memorized it, I pray through it, and it is the guiding light for my life. And, as I've made the Sermon on the Mount the compass for my life, I've seen how it has made and enriched my life in such a profound way.
- Follow the Rabbi: The Rabbi is Talking to You by Bobby Schuller
Today we want to talk about the triumphal entry. We're continuing, actually, a series, "Follow the Rabbi," in which we will come to understand the context of the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We want to understand the culture that people in Jesus' day were living in.
- Follow the Rabbi: Cultivating the Rabbi's Words by Bobby Schuller
Today we're going to continue as we're journeying through lent, we're going to continue talking about what it would have been like to follow Jesus the Rabbi. I know many times when my faith has been weak, I've thought it doesn't seem fair. If I got to be one of the 12, I would have been able to walk with Christ and see all these miracles and experience all these great things, and you know I would have never doubted. I would have trusted him. And yet you look, you see the disciples, many of them they actually did abandon Jesus, all except the Apostle John. And what I remember is that God offers us this scripture in this story, but so often we read the scriptures in the light of western American or whatever country we're in, we read it in our own light. And we do what's called isogeting where we put our own meaning into the text when it doesn't exist. One of the best things we can do is understand the culture and the language and the way that people taught in Jesus' context to really understand the scripture.
- Follow the Rabbi: Rabbi's Dust by Bobby Schuller
Today we're beginning a series called Follow the Rabbi. We're going to take some time over the next few weeks to dig into the perils of Jesus, and use a narrative, even our imagination to remember many of the stories that are told in the gospels so that we can, like the disciples, find ourselves following Jesus and living in his world.
- The Dawn of the Dark Night by Bobby Schuller
Today we're going to be talking about doubt and the suffering that comes along with even doubting God. God hasn't left you. Can we just begin there? God hasn't left you. God never will leave you. The scriptures say even when we are faithless God remains faithful because he cannot deny himself. God's love is so deep, so rich, so indescribable. God's love is the thing that can sustain the heart of every human being, and God's love is not so fickle that when you make mistakes, or when you doubt, or when you go through hard times, that all of a sudden he just picks up and disappears. God is solid, he is faithful, he is trustworthy, and you can depend on God's love.
- Praying with Clenched Fists by Bobby Schuller
So last night I went on a daddy/daughter date with Haven, my daughter. She is five. And we went and saw Disney's "Inside Out." And let me just say, this movie is unreal good. You have to go see it. I recommend it to everyone. I love the story. It's about getting into the mind of a girl and seeing that her whole life is run by five emotions. Each emotion is its own character - Sadness, Anger, Disgust, Fear, and Joy. And Joy runs the ship but these other four emotions help Joy. I think it was such a great story because Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, what you think are bad emotions, are actually good guys. I thought that was what was most creative about the film. These good guys were trying to help Joy, the main character inside the little girl's head, succeed at making the girl have a happy life.
- Shame, Confession, Forgiveness and Freedom by Bobby Schuller
I want to begin this morning before we dive into the Psalms by essentially saying this, and if you don't hear anything else I say, hear this: You don't have anything to prove in the kingdom of God. I think that many of us spend a lot of our time trying to prove things to people in our life that don't necessarily matter in the ways that we think they do. That's a good way of saying it.