A conundrum is an intricate and difficult problem. It can also be described as anything that puzzles. For example, is technology an equalizer or a polarizer? If you try to fail, but you succeed, which have you done? What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years? These are conundrums!
What is puzzling about mercy? Is extending compassion to others a true problem? After all, Jesus modeled it. He commanded that those who follow him implement mercy into their lives. Mercy should not be mysterious. HOWEVER…in the struggle to survive, provide, and live comfortably, mercy is often dismissed or diminished. Mercy is inconvenient. Messy. Antiquated. Costly. Counter-cultural. YET…it is desperately needed in a world starving for merciful interactions between neighbors and enemies.
Ready to move toward others with compassion? Ready to unleash the power of mercy in an unmerciful world?
Join ValleyPoint Church as we unpack the scandalous story Jesus shared about a “Good Samaritan.” Through this story we will seek to solve the puzzle of mercy through a four-step pattern: See. Go. Do. Endure.
The Mercy Conundrum
Happy New Year and welcome to ValleyPoint’s “Life Verse” series. Since 2013, this annual series has started the year with an emphasis on choosing a verse (or two) to challenge, encourage, and sustain.
Why continue? Life Verse 2019 will help us view Scripture as a mentor, guide, and close friend. Life Verse 2019 will help all look to the ancient words of the Bible as something that “humbles us, critiques us, and encourages us with God’s love and grace despite our flaws” (Keller, The Prodigal Prophet, p. 106).
Scripture matters! Join ValleyPoint Church as we answer the “why?” of choosing a life verse and then search together for words to serve as a “lamp to our feet” (Psalm 119:105).
Life Verse 2019
Sunday, December 30th, 2018
Christmas is filled with sounds that warm the heart, lift the spirit, and prepare us for what many describe as “the most wonderful time of the year.” What we hear at Christmas often brings hope.
The advent of Jesus brought sounds, greetings, and conversations that were anticipated yet unexpected. His grand entrance into the world was not met with a spectacular parade. The surprising truth behind Jesus’ birth is that few were listening. Allow Christmas to awaken your ability to hear. The beauty of Christmas is that it is God’s grand invitation to hear from him again. He loves. He sees. He came.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Micah, called from his rustic home to be a prophet, leaves his familiar surroundings to deliver a stern message of judgment to the princes and people of Jerusalem. Burdened by the abusive treatment of the poor by the wealthy and influential, the prophet turns his verbal rebukes upon any who would use their social or political power for personal gain.
The theme of Micah’s writings emphasizes the integral relationship between true spirituality and social ethics. Let’s seek wisdom and get ready to learn together!