Anything Can Happen! Do you believe it? With God anything can happen. it is amazing the power of thankfulness and the hope that is birthed inside of us when we begin to thank God and recognize his goodness in our lives. It begins to shape us and restore our vision to what it is that God has in store for us and the fact that with God anything can happen.
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;
When the temple model became dominant in the church, even with a little Christianity sprinkled over it, five ideas from the Jesus Movement were diluted. Today we are going to take those five crucial ideas and see how they exist and how they are defined in the Jesus Movement.
Any parent can tell you, "Don't treat my kids badly." It just so happens that God notices when we treat His kids, His creation badly. That is why we talked about where you and I are to show concern. Because in your lives, your concern it's not to be focused on you, instead the focus is to be on the you beside you.
Jesus launched a brand spanking new movement that was intended to replace the old way of how we worshipped God. There was more talk about love as opposed to law and animal sacrifice would be replaced by self-sacrifice.
Instead of going to the temple, we were the temple. In fact the holiness that was confined to the holy of holies in years past,
Jesus stepped into a world where religion was characterized by the temple model: sacred places that housed sacred texts that were interpreted by sacred men who used those texts to control superstitious people. Jesus initiated something entirely new, a complete departure from the temple model.
Over 2000 years ago Jesus came to this world with the purpose of founding the church. Christianity was born and it had nothing to do with building or programs it had everything to do with a community of people being a part of a brand new movement. Problems came about when well meaning Christians tried to bring the old model along with them into the new community that Jesus was leading people to.
A little boy asked his pastor, “When can I get advertised?” He meant baptized, but he made the right point. Water Baptism is advertising that you’re a Christian. How can we "advertise", not only through baptism but with our lives as well. Baptism Demonstrates something to the world. It is an outward sign of an inward work.
Who has control of your life? Don't miss this morning's message and the amazing testimonies of healing that happened in our church the last couple of weeks. Pastor Nate brings us Gods words of encouragement and spends some time in the congregation hearing from those that God is doing the miraculous in their lives.
Taking the title from Francis Shaeffer's book and study, Linda shares with us a timely message about living in the times that we do. Do we understand the value we have as a person. Do we see the value of others that we live next to and work with? In light of all that is happening in the world and what God's word says to us, How Shall We Then Live?
Our lives are filled with risks. Some of us relish in them, even seek them out. Others of us are what you might call ourselves averse to risk in any of its forms. But the truth is we all face risks every single day. But even if we seek out risk we all have our limits. We all have a point where we say "No way, I'm not going to go there. That is just too risky."
We will all face trials of many kinds in this life. some weightier than others but the reality is, we will all face them. Taking inspiration from the story of the highest ranking officer to have the misfortune of staying at the Hanoi Hilton, and surviving, during the Vietnam war