Our minds are not immune to the battle of good versus evil. Since the devil comes to “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10), thoughts can creep in that take our minds off God’s goodness and faithfulness.
But, praise God, we serve the One who has already won the war over evil.
My husband and I had recently decided to be baptized. However, I agreed to this before learning what a public spectacle the celebration would be.
Like the lens of our eyes (or eyeglasses), we all carry around internal thoughts, feelings, and ideas that filter our everyday experiences and help us make sense of life. As the Apostle Paul writes to the church at Philippi, he begins by giving us insight to his core principles that help him understand life through the lens of joy.
Trust God no matter what.Next, we discover Isaac venturing out on his own. In Genesis 26, we find out that Isaac moved to a region where he reclaimed the wells that had belonged to his father, Abraham. For years no one had cared about the wells until someone reopened...
As it says in Jeremiah, like the tree, we must plant ourselves by the water and extend our roots by a stream. When we plant ourselves in God’s presence and drink from His Word, He never fails to produce fruit.
We have countless stories of God’s faithfulness to our church over the last three decades, but we believe He’s just getting started. This morning, Joe Duke sits down with Titus O’Bryant in his first weekend as our new Sr. Pastor. Get to know Titus better as we move into an exciting future of continuing to influence people to find and follow Jesus.
Trust God even when you have to wait.For week one, we pick up where we left off last month and continue with Abraham’s story. In Genesis 15, 18, and 21, we discover that God’s promise to Abraham takes longer than Abraham might have thought. This tests Abraham’s trust...
When we do God’s assigned work, the work matters, but we don’t control how those seeds we plant take root and grow. Only God can give growth to the seed. We should care about the outcome of sharing our faith, but also realize how and when that outcome comes to fruition isn’t part of our responsibility.
When asked how their parents have influenced their faith, the Swann children summarize it by using phrases like “unwavering consistency” and “immeasurable generosity.” Dave and Dawn’s selfless example of giving of their time and resources to share God’s love have made an impact for generations of believers to come.
Communion is a reverberating cymbal which floods our memory with the sacrificial love of Jesus toward us. The Lord’s Supper is more than a modest meal: it is a celebration.
Too often we look for God in the extraordinary when all the while, He makes His home in the ordinary. Maybe we can get our lives back by inviting Jesus into our everyday routine of life. Pay close attention to your heart. Then include God as a normal part of your life.
God has a plan to show love to the world. That man was Abram—later called Abraham. We’ll discover Abram’s story as we jump ahead to Genesis 12:1-9, 15:1-6. God promised Abram that his descendants would become a great nation that would show love to the world. God told...
Our plans may be pushed aside, re-arranged, or dashed altogether. Proverbs 13:12 addresses this human dilemma: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Hope may be deferred, but hope isn’t lost. What we hope for may change; Who we hope in remains.
Does it ever feel like you’re just going through the motions in your faith? You go to church, pray, read the Bible, but it feels as if God is hiding away somewhere. The good news is God is closer than you think. He may even be right in front you, just waiting for you to notice.
God loves us no matter what. We explore this idea in week three, as we head to Genesis 3. Here, we see that although Adam and Eve had an unbroken, loving relationship with God, ultimately they decided not to trust God’s plan.God gave them one simple rule to obey:...
We can get caught up doing a lot of things for God, or asking him to do things for us, and neglect simply being with God. Enjoying Him, losing ourselves in the pleasure of His goodness, is what will sustain us for everything else.
Baptism is a celebration of our commitment to follow Christ. In placing baptism on my heart, God was calling me to be obedient to Him, to take the plunge and step out of my comfort zone in faith. It’s a public declaration because God knew we weren’t designed to walk alone. I realized the eyes in the crowd weren’t just on me, they were with me, supporting me and celebrating with me. This was their celebration too.
Faith is far more than a feeling. Just because we don’t feel God doesn’t mean He’s not there. But choosing to believe in the power and presence of God is a choice. We must make that choice every single day. And each time we do, it becomes easier the next time.
God made us to take care of eachother. As we travel back to the creation narrative in Genesis 1-2, we read how God created the world . . . and it was good. God created people—Adam and Eve—to live in the world, enjoy it, and cultivate it. Adam and Eve had a close,...
It’s not wrong to have enthusiasm for what is coming next, or to plan for life directions we hope to take. But rushing is different. Jesus doesn’t rush. In fact, He takes the opposite approach, embracing what we might see as delays or distractions.
For us, time travels in only one direction – once a moment is past, it’s gone forever. We easily forget, which is why God so often commanded the Israelites to “remember.” God has given us the gift of memory and our memories can bring us closer to Him.
Love God by loving others. Jesus explained this idea perfectly in Matthew 22:34- 40, which is where we begin this month. The religious leaders asked Jesus: out of the hundreds of laws the Jewish people were to follow, which were the most important? Jesus said that...
The faith I have today comes from hearing the good news of Jesus Christ in a little white chapel with red front doors filled with faithful believers who did not keep that news to themselves. They opened their doors and their hearts and invited all to hear this wonderful message that not only changed my eternity, but my future.
In our culture, we present our occupation title as a means of describing who we are, associating our vocation with our worth. We often neglect places in our soul by living from these self-sustained versions of ourselves instead of our true selves in Christ. Our hope is to choose a new path towards reunion with our true identity and God.
God gives you the power to have self- control. We finish up our Make Waves series discovering more about James 3:1-6. Our words have power. James uses practical images like a horse bit, a ship’s rudder, and a flame to show us just how powerful they are. They can hurt,...
Over time, almost imperceptibly, we can get stuck in the trance of constructing our role in the world, building our identity, and completely miss what God is doing around us. We can spend a lot of time and energy protecting this Self we’ve created at all costs. As counterintuitive as it may seem, it’s when we surrender this Self that we get what we were trying to build all along: our life.
God can give you the strength to be gentle. For week four, we get a glimpse into the heart of Jesus in Mark 10:13-16. Mark records a time when Jesus welcomed children, gave them his attention, and blessed them. Back then, no one thought very highly of children, and...
When I feel God in joy, it’s like being a parent on Christmas morning. He is right there in the room with me, watching me open my gift with delight, sharing in the joy that He has delivered. But when I feel God in grief, He is holding me in His arms.
The twists and turns of life can sometimes threaten our confidence that God is good. In these instances, we must actively and intentionally engage our hearts in loving the One who first loved us. In loving and surrendering to God, we are able to realize again how wonderful and loving God truly is.
Be faithful so others can count on you. In week three, we jump back to 1 Samuel 18-20 and 2 Samuel 9. We dive deeper into the amazing friendship between David and Jonathan. Jonathan was a faithful friend to David when King Saul chased David and tried to kill him....