God is for us! Yeah, that may be easy to say, but do we really believe it? When it appears that the odds are stacked against us do, we truly trust God in those circumstances? Why do we doubt? Jason dives into Judges 6 and looks at Gideon to answer these questions.
This week as we transition to recording live services we decided to pull a message from last May, "Resetting The Vision On Church" As quarantines start to lift how do we reset the church?
We do this by...
1. Resetting our Devotion to Apostles’ Teaching [words of Jesus]
2. Resetting our Devotion to Communion
3. Resetting our Devotion to Each Other
4. Resetting our Devotion to Prayer
Be sure to catch next week's episode as we have our special guest speaker Jason Frisch with his message "God of the Underdog"
To Cowboy Up is to recognize the changes that need to take place in our lives. This includes our need to grow up. If we aren’t willing to acknowledge this, we are running the risk of operating in a “Peter Pan Syndrome” where we simply don’t want to grow up and remain a child in the way we behave. The only problem with this is that God is actually calling us to grow up. We dive into Paul’s letter to Timothy where he encourages him to live his life in a way that causes others to overlook his youth so that they will listen and hear from God. How do we do this? How do we have our convictions overcome our personality so that we can grow up and impact others in our life?
One of the biggest challenges in our relationship with God is revealed in our relationships with each other. After all, how can we love our God who we haven’t seen if we can’t love our brother who we have seen? If we are to truly “Cowboy Up” this means that we need to do so in our relationships. Join us as we dive into the book of Philemon to discuss this further!
Jesus has put us on notice… Christianity is not for cowards! The Church back then faced the same things that we face today. The Church today is now in the crosshairs of culture. What do we do when the unthinkable happens? In the midst of rejection, betrayal, and persecution… it’s time to saddle up. It’s time to Cowboy Up!
The resurrection of Jesus makes us unshakeable is the good news of Easter! The only problem is that we don’t always feel unshakeable when unthinkable things happen. How did Jesus coming, suffering, dying, and resurrection cause us to become unshakeable? The simple message of Resurrection, Repentance, and Renewal. You won’t want to miss this wrap-up to our “God Wants to Make Us Unshakeable” series.
This weekend we continue our “God Promises To Make Us Unshakable” with the message “When We Surrender to Jesus as Our Lord”. It’s one thing to call Jesus Savior, but what does it mean to call Him Lord? How does that make us Unshakable?
Our Heavenly Father knows what we need the most and will give that to us. How much more will the Father give to us the Holy Spirit to us who ask for Him. After all the Spirit of God is what empowers us to be unshakeable in so many ways. In today’s message, we take a look at how “The Presence of His Spirit Makes Us Unshakeable.”
Jesus said, “Don’t worry about your life” but our past experiences and our current circumstances pull us apart in every way possible. Simply believing in God doesn’t make us free from these experiences. The difference is how those who truly believe process these experiences. This Sunday message we look at how our truly trusting the promises of God makes us unshakeable.
Y2k, Anthrax, West Nile, Bird Flu, Financial Crisis, Mayan Calendar, and now Covid. We have had fearful thoughts driven into us for the past 20 years and longer. This Sunday, we continue our series, “God Wants to Make Us Unshakeable” with the message “God’s Word Gives Us Unshakeable Direction.” Psalms 119:105 tells us that His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. What does that mean? How does God’s word move us through an unshakeable path?
It may seem that a lot has changed over the years but if we look closely enough, we will see that the struggles that the early church faced are not all that different than what we face today. A lot of those struggles came from society externally and manifests inside the church. Chris takes us into Paul’s letter to the Romans to show us how history often repeats itself as we are still facing those same struggles.
God Promises to make us unshakeable. But how can we be sure that God is at work in our life when it doesn’t feel like it and we can’t see the evidence? Our message from Romans 8:28 reassures us that no matter what happens in life, God can and will use it for our Good and His Glory.
We are excited to bring a new series discussing how “God Promises to Make Us Unshakeable” no matter what happens in life. Did you know that God made over 3,000 promises in the Bible? While we won’t be able to get to every single promise that He made, but we will focus on the promises that tell us that our feet have a place to stand on the rock! How God promised that He will strengthen us, He will help us, and He will hold on to us to keep us from falling or failing. Even Jesus told us, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
One thing is for sure. We live in a time when culture is “all about me.” What are the dangers of this mindset? Where will this type of pride ultimately lead us? When we are in this type of culture it can be challenging to walk humbly with God, but it is vital for our spiritual growth. But what does “Walk Humbly” really mean? How do we do it? What is God trying to accomplish with us when we do?
God wants us to focus on what He’s looking for… Justice, Mercy, Humility. But what is Mercy as defined by God? Why do we end up focusing in on things other than mercy? This week we go back into Micah and go through the scriptures to find this out so that we can fix our focus on HIS mercy.
We continue to explore Micah in our "Fix our Focus" series and discuss justice. After the week that we've had the cries for just are far and by many. But what is justice? Are we seeking the right thing? How does God define justice? This week we look at 5 principles of justice as defined by God that will hopefully fix our focus in the midst of chaos.
With everything that has happened over the course of this past year it can be hard for us to focus on anything but what is bad in our lives. However, God wants us to focus on what is good. But what does that mean? What exactly is the “good” that we are to be focusing on? And how do we do it? We hope to answer these questions as we dive into Micah for today’s message, “Fix Your Focus on What is Good”
The message of Christmas is simply this, "God Has Come to Us!" Why did He do that? Why did Jesus come to the Earth? Simply to be with us so that we can get to know God as He truly is. This would be an impossible task for us to try to accomplish on our own. The greatest gift exchange in History!
This year, more than ever, we all need to be reminded of the story of Christmas. In this “Christmas Carol” message, “Christmas-time Stories of the Future” we take a good look at the future to ask the same question that Ebenezer Scrooge asked, “Is my future fixed, or can it be fixed?” In other words, is there any hope for me??
The story of Christmas teaches us to be generous and good at being rich. We shouldn't feel guilty... instead we should stay humble, trust in God to provide, know that joy in life comes from God, use our money for good, and practice generosity. The Christmas Story ultimately teaches us that life is indeed better together. So let's learn to love and be generous this Christmas.
After the year we’ve had, We Need a Little Christmas! Spirit of Generosity & Good Will, Christmas Music, Movies, and more. The underlying question is, "Can anyone really overcome the past?" Discover what the Bible says about healing past wounds and moving on with your life.
2020 has left us emotionally drained with conversations of one COVID war story after another. Our lives have been turned upside down. Our normal realm of operating is nothing like it was last year at this time. If that wasn’t enough, we had to deal with a crazy spectacle of an election that makes very little sense to us. It leaves us this Thanksgiving with the thought “Give Thanks?? Thanks for nothing!” Regardless of our emotional drain, we are still called to “Give Thanks” but why??
It seems that with every election we have this underlying desire to bring about change. What does that mean? How do we bring about real change? What role do we play in this change? Ultimately, what does God expect from us with this change?
In part 5 of this Series "Politics Through the Eyes of God" we dive deeper into Joshua to see how it applies to our life during these wild election times. If things weren't confusing enough leading up to the elections now it seems to have gone from bad to worse. No matter who you voted for, there is one thing for sure. It certainly didn't come out quite the way we expected it. What are we to do with what seems to be a complete and total mess? The more important thing is to note what is God trying to do with us during these moments. What does God want from us during these moments?
The 2020 Election has been nothing short of a train wreck in so many ways. How do we find peace in the middle of this mess? We are to move forward in faith, but God calls us to consecrate ourselves. That also means that we need to remind ourselves of what God has already done and prepare ourselves to move forward in faith.
Are you a believer in God, who follows the teachings of Jesus? Should this be something that influences our politics? Is God on our side or are we on God’s side? Today we dive deeper into the lessons from the story of Joshua.
With so many voices in the world today it can seem to be a difficult task to choose what is right, especially when it comes to elections. We often find ourselves thinking what is the right choice... more to the point, what is the wise choice. We look at the life of Joshua again to find out what really matters when making these choices.
The Libera Left or the Radical Right? The times that we are in can be scary. So much uncertainty and chaos can make it unclear as to what we are to do. In this vital message, we take some time in Joshua to see what God tells us to do.
Do we look at scripture through the lens of the world or do we look at the world through the lens of scripture? In this powerful message, we take a good look at what John the Baptist told us that we should do to prepare for the coming of Jesus. We take this message to apply to us today in where we are at with our life, our possessions, our relationships.
We are living in very confusing and chaotic times. What do we do when people come against us? When they lie and gossip about us? How do we react and stay sane in the midst of that?
We look at Psalms 139 and like David, we can take comfort in the fact that...
Because He is “All-Knowing” - God knows WHO I am
Because He is “All-Places” - God knows WHERE I’ve been, where I am & where I will be
Because He is “All-Light” – God can be TRUSTED…
Because He is my “Creator” - God knows WHY I am the way I am
Because He is “Always Present” – God’s BEEN there & WILL BE there
This is the final session of this series, "The Things That Really Matter - What Made Jesus Mad." We have learned that Jesus would get mad when insiders get in the way of outsiders, when people value rules over relationships, and when people value religion over grace. This message talks about when people value guilt over forgiveness. But what are we supposed to do to deal with guilt, denial, depression, and shame?
If you want to know what matters to somebody, pay attention to what makes them mad. Religious people have a tendency to make outsiders feel unwelcomed in the presence of God and it aggravates Jesus and cleared every spiritual path that leads to God.
We continue our story with Jacob to show the reconciliation with his brother Esau and how this leads him to his new name, Israel. God desires us to heal our broken relationships and He is willing to help. It takes courage, time, and God's help to make it happen.
It can be tough to realize that we can count on God when every day we're reminded that the world is full of people who will take advantage of us. We go further into the story of Jacob and look at the deception that he faced. God help us, that we don't become so cynical and jaded that we lose our ability and willingness to trust anyone.
In this message, we look at the story of Jacob's search for a wife which brings him to Rachel and Leah in Genesis 29. We find that despite how things seem to be so much more in Rachel's favor that God had big things in store for Leah. Ultimately God uses people that were never good enough!
The effects of 2020 have made it seem like our life is out of control. But it is important in the midst of that to be mindful of the fact the choices that we make will make our life. We go into Genesis 27 and see the truth in this with the story of Jacob and Esau.
God Longs for us to trust Him enough to follow Him by faith. Walking in faith, however, can be tough because we want guarantees in life. God knows we don't have all of the answers and He's honored when we call on Him to guide us but He's most honored when we are totally committed to following His lead. We dive into Genesis 24 to a great example of this.
In the time we are in there are so many voices and sometimes in that, we have selective hearing. We often place more hope in the next president instead of what God Says. Dr. Alfred Tomatis stated that “The voice can only produce what the ear can hear.” That being said, is God’s voice the loudest one in our lives? Learning how to hear the voice of God is the solution to so many of life’s problems. We are excited to bring you this message from our good friend and guest speaker, Anthony Whitley, who takes us to the transfiguration in Luke 9 to bring us to who God said we should be listening to.
No Matter where we are in life there is always, "the next thing." But knowing that and being prepared for that are two completely different things. In this message, we take a look at Solomon's wisdom in Proverbs 27:12 that will help teach us to pray for what is coming next.
Two things seem to drive us to our knees in prayer... Our circumstances and people. They make us realize how desperate we are for a breakthrough. So our Hope, Joy, and Peace ultimately come from God in prayer.
All that we can control is what's happening within the length of our arms. The only way that we can make a difference is to stop demanding our own rights for the sake of others. That's when our faith is no longer just what we believe but actually what we're willing to live.
How is your prayer life? A lot of times we may think it is good but are we truly dependent on God in our prayers?
How should we pray?
We need to pray for His power to give us inner strength.
We need to pray for Love to keep our hearts from growing hard.
We need to pray for Change.
Today's Message is "Why Daddy?" which explores the questions that kids often will ask their fathers and in particular the questions that we ask our Father God. What is it that we are to learn and receive from God that we should pass down to our children?
In this week's message, Ed explains that we are not merely called to believe in the crucifixion, but we are also to be crucified with Christ. What does that mean? What did Jesus mean when he explained to Peter that the gates of hell won't prevail against the church?
In this time of Covid-19 and all that comes with it, how do we reset the church?
We do this by...
Resetting our Devotion to Apostles’ Teaching [words of Jesus]
Resetting our Devotion to Communion
Resetting our Devotion to Each Other
Resetting our Devotion to Prayer
This message from Galatians 6 lets us know that "God Knows We Need Church" so that we can...
- Encouragement to stay on the right path
- Find help carrying the heavy stuff of life
- Learn personal responsibility and accountability
- Learn generosity and the tenacity of trust: Good will be rewarded
- God uses His people to bless others
We wrap up our study in Habakkuk in chapter 3 so that we can address what we should do when it's hard to trust God.
REMEMBER what God has done
ACCEPT what God is doing
TRUST what God is going to do
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See the similarities in our faith walk with Habakkuk when we ask, "How Much Longer do I have to wait for God to do what I think He should do?"
God's WILL can be hard to handle
God's TIMING can be hard to handle.
God's JUDGEMENT can be hard to handle.
Do you actually have a relationship with Him or is it just a routine?
Will He say, "Welcome Home!" or "I never knew you"?
Dive in with us as we take time to evaluate where we are in our relationship with Him.
Know that no matter how deep the pit is that “You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless… It won’t be quick… But God will use this mess for something good. In the meantime, don’t be foolish or naïve. Don’t give up. With God’s help, you will get through this.”
When life changes for followers of Christ, we don’t react the same In times of crisis and panic lots of decisions have to be made on the fly Our filter for decision-making same as the rest of the world John 18:36 - “My kingdom is not of this world.”
Spiritual gifts are tools, talents, and abilities given to Christians by the Holy Spirit to help serve. Do you know what your spiritual gift is? How can it help me understand God's call in my life and how it serves the church.
Do you realize that God does not expect a mindless faith? So many times different types of belief systems get confused with our faith. Our faith goes beyond our emotions. In this sermon, Ed explores what our faith is and what it means to have faith and to operate in it.
Jesus said “Follow me”, because He knew that we learn best and are encouraged most through personal relationships with people we trust… not because of their perfection, but because of their experience in how to keep following Christ… in spite of!