Year: 2020
The Wait

The Wait

The Wait …the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from Heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’"Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age… Luke 3:21b-23a...

The Feast of Salvation

The Feast of Salvation

Imagine you’re at a wedding reception. There is music, laughter, dancing, and a lot of food. You might have a cocktail hour with an appetizer course, the main course, and a dessert course. Each of these courses is part of the overall meal during the celebration. The...

God’s Gift To Us

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:8 OBSERVATION No one ever works to get a gift. Doing chores might get us an allowance and we might...

The Vine

Study Guide Download Week 7 Last week we began looking at Jesus’ final words to His disciples in the Upper Room Discourse. In this section of John, Jesus gives His very last words to the disciples before going to the cross. He is preparing them for His death, but also...

A New Heaven and A New Earth

God makes all things new. He is about taking the brokenness brought on by sin and offering a new reality. God’s plans for a believer’s eternity are staggering in immensity and joy. We will exist forever on a new earth—a reality more alive than our present existence....

Kids Experience August 2

There is no limit to God's creativityWhen God created the world, everything was perfect . . . but we know that life isn’t perfect. Unfortunately, people mess up. It started with Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God . . . and it has continued all the way until now....

Worship and Prayer

I worship. I pray. I sing of His faithfulness. When I take the focus off me and I put it on Him, the pain is still there, but my heart and mind are somewhere else: in the presence of my King. Since my focus is on Him, I can leave the rest behind. That is what worship and prayer does; we turn from the hard and are in the presence of the One that overcomes the hard.

Celebrate Recovery

There's a story in Daniel, chapter 3, about three young boys, Sadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo, who are thrown into a fiery furnace for daring to honor God by not bowing to a golden image.  But there was another in that fire with them.  Many believe it was God Himself,...

Isolation vs. Solitude

Isolation is often confused with solitude. But these things are actually evil twins. It’s only when you see how they affect the world around them that you can begin to tell them apart. It’s crucial to understand the difference between the two because one is working for your good and the other is working against it.

The Throne of God

"Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Whenever the living creatures give...