Nicodemus and the Samaritan Women were both people in two different walks of life who needed the transformation of the Spirit. All of us must undergo a transformation by the Spirit to understand how God is working in our lives.
Taylor sits down with Rolando and Andrea to talk about Andrea’s message “Stagnant or Growing?” They talk about the power of the Holy Spirit and importance of immersion in Scripture.
What step can you take in your life right now in order to walk more closely with the Holy Spirit? Here’s a quick take from the Retake Conversation on Stagnant or Growing?
The Holy Spirit does not discriminate between gender, age, or social status. The Holy Spirit is free and accessible to all. The vision of the future is one of total individual accessibility to the Holy Spirit. One where all humankind is able to be directly connected the life-giving influence of God.
Taylor and Michael talk with Jonathan about the message “I Surrender.” How do we surrender ourselves to God and follow the path He wants for us? Is going to church enough when we don't live what we preach? This an more on this episode of Elevate Retake.
Taylor and Michael talk with Danny about the message “Before and After Story.” How do we receive the Holy Spirit? Is being free from sin an excuse to keep sining? This an more on this episode of Elevate Retake.
For real? I give my 10 percent and it's whisked away like a newborn baby. Michael and Coby talk about where tithe goes in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and how finances are handled.
Some say the love of money is the root of all evil. Others say the lack of money is the root of all evil. What's the difference and what should we watch out for?
In seeing and knowing the example of love, it changes us and helps us see the world differently. When we see what love does, we can know who love is. It transforms how we walk and how we talk.
Michael and Taylor talk with Coby about marriage, hidden figures and how the Bible highlights the stories of real people facing real challenges.
Michael and Taylor talk with Eliangel about the significance of names, diversity of belief and how we should approach mission as a community of believers.
We can find ourselves pursuing worldly things, and not God. But God is always there, patiently waiting for us to take the first step toward Him.
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The Sabbath is an invitation to enter delight. When was the last time you rested!
If God sees presence as something that's worth pausing for right after creation, then maybe we should reevaluate how we view rest.
We often want “the life” without being willing to adopt the lifestyle.
If you want to experience the life of Jesus, you have to adopt the lifestyle of Jesus.
An easy life isn't an option. But an easy yoke is.
To love one another is to place ourselves in service to the other.
When we see our brother, sister, or neighbor in need, we must step forward and help.
To be a neighbor is to have compassion and mercy to those who are passed by by others.
If you want change, let it start with you and spark a chain reaction.
Our current political and racial climate should not surprise us. Nor should it halt us from seeking justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly. And extending grace. What is the difference between expectation and surprise?
Wandering Part 8
Do you have a hard time listening to others?
You can study for tests, and still fail them. If God is your professor, though you might faith the test you can still pass the class!
Though Abraham had two sons, Isaac was the only son of promise. In God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son promise, God was asking Abraham to give Him what He gave Abraham, not what Abraham was able to maker.
Wandering Part 6
What upsets God the most?
Genesis 18, 19
God chooses to reveal to Abraham what is to come because He has chosen Abraham to be a blessing and to bless surrounding nations.
God is giving Abraham an opportunity to put into practice his calling.
Wandering Part 5
What would it take for God to get your attention?
In Genesis 17:3 Abram fell on his face in the presence of God and God talked with him. God promises, again, Abram will be blessed as part of a covenant relationship with Him.
He pledged his life to the Master and then to a way of life.
Wandering Part 4
What does faith look like?
Abram/Sarai were trying to earn the promise of God through effort. Instead of waiting for what God had promised through grace.
We can’t earn God’s grace. No matter how hard we try. God wants our faith to be in complete trust in him
Wandering Part 3
When was the last time God kept his promise to you?
Genesis 15 finds Abram at a crossroads. Publicly he recognizes God's blessings but privately he doubts.
Sometimes God answers our cries by changing our perspective. Sometimes God waits in order to show His faithfulness.
At the end of the day, God is faithful.
Wandering Part 2
Would you rather have means without purpose or purpose without means?
Genesis 12, 13
Feast and famine are two sides of the same coin. The challenge is not what side the coin lands on, it all depends on what you do with it when you get the coin.
Whether in feast or famine, we must find space to settle. To be content with what has been handed to us.
From the Known to the Unknown" | Wandering Part 1
Engage question: What's next?
Abram is called by God away from family, friends, comforts. From the known to the unknown. God needed to get him away. God was setting Abram up. In a good way. He wanted Abram in a space where Abram had to fully rely on God.
Abraham didn’t know all the details. He just followed the one who had called him.
You don’t need to know everything when you're with someone you trust.
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Welcome to Elevate Retake. On Elevate Retake you can expect to hear the biblical messages of Michael Gibson, pastor for Elevate, a community fellowship of Keene Church. We want you to experience faith as the continual everyday process of learning more about the Bible, ourselves, and our God and believe this podcast will be just what you need to come to a closer relationship with God.