When people use the law of God to dishonor people made in His image, Jesus is quick to remind them they are on the wrong side of God.The Pharisees felt that God loved HIs law more than He loved His people. That is the essence of legalism. If you want your life to be pleasing to God, it's all about people.
God is the one who Pursues us. He never stops reaching out to us with an extravagance that is unmatched at any level. This morning Pastor Nate Devore encourages and inspires us to remember that God gave everything, and pursues relentlessly after us. By taking a look at the story found in Luke 15 we can see the heart of our Father and the life that he has called us to.
What are you hungry for? What drives you? What is it that makes LIFE worth living? Everyone feeds their soul on something and finds their purpose and drive somewhere and today the passage of scripture that we unpack highlights this very thing. People searching for LIFE but somehow missing it completely. Have you ever felt that way? You just can't seem to attain the very thing that you think will finally bring fulfillment.
Following the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus began assembling the people who would constitute His inner circle. Today we see Him choosing nameless people who except for Him calling them, we would never have heard of. They had no idea what their decisions would mean to them.
This week we start a 70 day journey toward Easter. 10 weeks. During this time we will be reading through the gospels as a church, and be looking at the life of Christ in our Sunday services. We invite you to come with us on this 70 day journey, whether it is by joining us on a Sunday morning, reading along with us in our reading plan through the gospels
Nobody likes to be uncomfortable. We avoid discomfort at all costs if we can. We are creatures of habbit. Whether we are in church, a class or our favorite Starbucks we will go to the same seat if it is open every time. Why? Because that is familiar, it is comfortable. We have been told by every commercial we have ever seen that their product or service will bring us more comfort in our lives.
How shall we then live? That is a great question. What will 2018 hold for us? What challenges will we face? What blessings will come our way? How will we live in the face of each? These are trajectory types of questions. The way that you choose to answer them will determine a lot in regards to the way that your life will be lived.
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Our annual Christmas Candlelight Service was one that was filled with the hope of the season and one that was truly special this year. As we finished our Fresh Eyes - Seeing Christmas in a New Light series we spent time looking at What Heaven Saw that night in Bethlehem. It was on this night that all of history and mans relationship with God was forever changed.
This is part three in our series looking at Christmas with Fresh Eyes. So often we want a sign in life. We may have even spoke those words into the sky asking God to show up in some way and show us a sign that we might know the way. We want to encourage you today with the message and hope of Christmas by looking at this very phrase and the implications and impact that it can have on our lives especially at Christmas.
This is week one of our Christmas season Sermon Series - Fresh Eyes - Seeing Christmas in a New Light. With a story like the Christmas story, for many of us we feel that we have a fairly good grasp of what was happening, who the key players were, how it relates to our lives and so on.