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
To end 2018 we had Pastor and Missionary Sue Carpenter with us one more time. She shared with us the amazing things that have been happening in India and the power of hope in the lives of people. This message is one that you will find yourself laughing at times and being challenged and inspired as we head into the unknown of a new year. And even though it is an unknown to us we know that it is not unknown to God.
This annual service is a tradition that is so special for so many. This morning we celebrated the hope that we have in Christ as we heard from students that attend our school, CityHope Schools, sang Christmas carols, prayed with one another as we look to a new year, and finished the service by sharing Communion with one another as a church family.
With Pastor Ted still without his voice, he and Linda give a powerful message this morning on the power of gift giving by reminding us of the the gifts we have been given. This service was a party. At the end of the service every person in attendance received a wrapped gift for themselves to take home and a gift to give to someone else this next week as a gift from the church.
Today we were so honored to have The Taylors with us. Jay and Cheryl Taylor were once on staff here at CityHope when they were Youth Pastors many many years ago. God has lead them on an amazing journey that has now taken them to Africa as first time missionaries and they are in their 50’s to teach and deploy church planters for the continent of Africa.
With Pastor Ted sick we are honored to have Marilyn Hume share with us from God’s word about the amazing season of hope that we are entering this month. Hope is powerful and is something that truly lifts the spirit and energizes the soul. Start this Christmas season with a renewed Thrill of Hope in your heart.
Pastor Sue Carpenter joins us this morning and updates us what has been happening in Australia and other events that she has been able to be a part of overseas in sharing the gospel through Carpenters Cross Ministries. God is doing miraculous things in Melbourne and there is a movement that has begun called Australia for Jesus by the young people of that country.
This morning in a follow up message that continues the challenge of living in miracleland he challenges us with the idea that we need to demystify miracles and understand that they are natural and the way that God moves and interacts with people on a regular basis. The amazing part of the whole thing is that he actually asks us to be participants with him. Not weird people but normal people who are living daily in miracleland. Blessing and sharing hope with the people that God brings our way.
Nothing is too big for God. Pastor Ted and Linda share this morning the powerful testimony of Charmy, their daughter who is in Salt Lake City at University of Utah hospital currently. She is recovering from a cardiac arrest and emergency leg amputation in which many did not give her any chance of survival.
When life’s storms come our way, as Christians, the only option before us to to trust God. He is in control and no matter the circumstances he is a good God who loves us.
Linda Buck shares with us another message in an ongoing series How Then Shall We Live. Today she highlighted Gods Goodness and Faithfulness despite the circumstances. Looking at the book of Job she masterfully unpacks what often times can be a tricky subject. Where is God when “bad things” happen? You will love Linda’s easy speaking style and be encouraged this morning by the message of timeless truth from God’s word
When we are under the grace and covering of Jesus that covering is as sweet as anything the world could ever offer. In redigging the wells Pastor Ted takes us to a section from his fathers book where the angels gave him a picture of this covering and the implications of it on our lives and the lives of those we love.
This morning was a powerful and emotional morning as we had an opportunity to hear from Steve Gordon who shared a wonderful testimony about the life and influence of the man he had the privilage to call Dad. His father in law Eugene was a man who loved God and his family and he spent his life connect the two to each other in many ways. The impact and legacy that this man had on future generations is incalculable. Don't miss this inspiring testimony and begin living your own testimony today.
HIs life demonstrated the Power of the Gospel. The question that we must begin asking ourselves is "What does God want to do and accomplish through your life?" He is looking for A Whole Bunch of Eugene's.
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Like trees we have to make sure that our root system is strong and deep so that we can grow and live tall in the purpose and plan that God has for us and our lives. If we fail to nourish ourselves on the things that will last we will be like a withering tree that is pushed over at the slightest of storms. But even still we have hope! Even if we are a dried up stump there is still opportunity for us to flourish.
Tragedy seems to be all to regular of an occurrence these days. What do we do when we wake up to hear that another mass shooting has taken place, a hurricane has wiped out an entire island or region of the world, or that an earthquake has destroyed a country. What do we do when the questions begin to flood into our minds;