Today was Back To Church Sunday. And we want you to know that you belong here. You were never meant to go through life alone. God did not design the human experience to be lived as lone rangers but instead to be lived in community. If you have been away from church for awhile, or have never been we want you to know that church is not a place that you go or attend, it is what we are as believers in Christ and we want you to know that God’s plan has always been for you to be a part of it. You belong here!
Have we lost the art of “One Another”. Over 100 times in scripture we read the word’s “one another” we are called to pray for, serve, love, remain in unity, not bite and devour, bear with, forgive, and on and on it goes with '“one another”
But I wonder, have we lost the art of “One Another” in our lives and in our culture? People more than ever are craving relationship and yet we are lonelier and more depressed as a culture than we have ever been.
We are called to be a city on a hill not a city behind a hill. In many ways things haver changed regarding the culture and it can be hard to stand firm and shine bright in a world that is looking to put the light out. Throughout history God has chosen people to stand and to represent the truth and the light to a dark and lost world.
Our time is no different. The gospel is the most positive thing to have touched this planet. If we believe that, it should compel us, and drive us to show the love of the gospel.
What Does God want of you? Do you know? Is it a dominate element in your life? In the Old Testament we get an idea of what God wanted for his chosen people. He very carefully laid out what He wanted, what He expected of people who would be called Children of God.
God has never changed in the sense that He has some powerful expectations for people who have been born again. Our texts today will lead you and I to what He expects of us.
How many times have we as parents said these four words to our kids. Usually it is after some lengthy amount of pestering or a long train of the wonderful question “WHY?”
As funny as it is we can relate to getting to the point where we simply say “because I said so.” Today’s message from Pastor Ted takes a different approach to this common phrase and challenges us through the powerful words of scripture.
In a phrase, why do we think that you should listen to this message? “Because we said so” haha. We hope you are encourage by the Word and that you will find yourself inspired to live more for God today than you did yesterday.
This morning we have the special treat of hearing an amazing testimony from the Gideons. Wayne Barber shares the amazing story of a man and his small orange New Testament.
How many of us are one good conversation away. How many people around us are one good conversation away from seeing God move in their lives, their marriages, their workplaces, their homes, their neighborhoods? How many people are one good conversation away from coming to Christ because of hearing the gospel for the first time?
It is a powerful thought. And it is something that we see played out in scripture over and over again.
The Vehicle for change is Conversations
It is never to late for God to work. Many of us have needed help and felt hopeless just as Jaris was when his sick daughter has died. He came running to Jesus for help and even though his story on the surface at that point looked hopeless and seemed to be over. God had other plans. The story did not end there. There was still healing and health to be had and the reminder that it is never to late for God to work.
In the book of Genesis we see an account of Noah that can be a teacher to any of us. Noah became drunk and was lying in his tent naked. One of his sons looked into the tent and took advantage of the situation. The other two covered their father’s offense.
In the book of Obadiah chapter one, we are told that when it comes to how we are to respond to the misfortune of others, “Do not speak arrogantly [jeering and maliciously mocking] in the day of their distress…do not look [with delight] on their misery in the day of their ruin.
In this message, you will find from both the Old and New Testament, what God expects from all of us when our brother or sister, or even our enemy finds themselves ,,,in the day of their ruin.
In the book of John, we read about a man who had been blind from his birth. Jesus healed him. When the man was questioned by the religious people of that time, as to how he could now see, He responded by saying, I was blind, now I can see.
He didn’t understand everything about what God had done for him or what he had in store for him. He didn’t have to understand everything, how Jesus healed his eyesight, why he didn’t heal a blind beggar just a short way down the road. His response to the miracle was to accept it whether he understood it or not. He didn’t have to understand everything in order to believe something.
As we look at this passage together, let that truth be in your heart as Jesus does what he wants in each of us.
We are so blessed to have another one of our strategic partners in the mission field, Darrel Blatchley with us this morning. You will be so amazed and inspired by his stories of miracles from the Philippines.
Pastor Sue Carpenter joins us this morning to share about Royal Family Kids Camp, Carpenter’s Cross Ministries, and the other missions work she and her team are involved in around the world.
Happy Fathers Day. Pastor Ted shares from God’s Word about the power of Fatherhood.
Pastor Ted Shares from God’s Word about the You inside of you.
I came across a very funny sounding phrase this week when I was reading 1 Peter. In chapter one Peter writes that we are to Gird up the loins of our mind, and it got me to think ing about not only what this phrase means, but the level at which it impacts our lives. This statement though short and somewhat strange sounding at first glance has huge ramifications for us today as followers of Christ. Are you Girding Up the Loins of Your Mind?
Pastor Nate Devore spoke a powerful word Sunday about Breakthrough in your life. The time is now to dream again. The time is now to step out and shift the climates and cultures of the world that we live in, the places we work, the places we have influence in and even in our own families. We need to be a people of risk and begin seeking God, asking him for the things that scare us a little. We need to never forget that God cares