Encouragement
Your Life with God

Your Life with God

Salvation is often viewed as a singular “event” or moment in our lives. By God’s grace, we receive salvation by believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus to save us. There is a sense in which this is absolutely true, from the moment of belief we are saved...

God’s Gift To Us

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...

Life in the Desert

Life in the Desert

Life in the Desert  he desert is not a common vacation destination for good reason – it’s not a place that most people want to visit. We long for beaches and mountains, for valleys and lakes. We want beauty and life abounding. We don’t seek...

A New Song

Songs are powerful things. The combine melody and harmony. They express both truth and emotion. They can fill us with joy and hope or with lament and sorrow. Through the beauty of song we worship, we celebrate, and we mourn. In the Psalms, the worship songs of the...

Living By Faith AND Living with Anxiety

Our knowledge of God tells us He is bigger, stronger, faster, and louder than any storm. Yet, despite that knowledge we may still feel anxious. Knowing we are safe is not the same as feeling we are. The question then arises, “Does feeling anxious indicate a lack of faith?”

New Creation

It’s easy for us to become consumed with what happens to us and around us. We spend so much time and energy on managing our circumstances that we begin to think those circumstances define us. After thinking this way for a while, we eventually believe that those old...

Big Enough to Handle It

When we are hurt or discouraged, when it seems like we can’t take any more, when we’re sick and tired of all the brokenness in the world, we can bring our complaints to God. He’s big enough to handle it. We can rage at Him freely, knowing He will patiently listen and will never stop loving us.

God of All Comfort

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by...

A New Mind

There is a powerful connection between how we think and how we live. We’re not always aware of those connections, but what we think about and how we think about it directs our actions and responses. The Bible draws a direct connection between spiritual transformation...

Kids Experience June 14

God hasrevealedHimself. All throughout history and throughout the Bible, God has revealed Himself to people and helped them understand what He’s like. That was especially true when He sent Jesus. While Jesus was here, He SHOWED people what God is like. He showed us...

Celebrate Recovery June 11

Ready.  Set. Go!!  Some of the writers of the New Testament talk a lot about running the race set before us (Hebrews 12:1) and finishing strong (2 Timothy 4:7).  But in order to run, we must be ready to run.  We must train and discipline our bodies to compete the...

Celebrate Recovery – June 4

Ready.  Set. Go!!  Some of the writers of the New Testament talk a lot about running the race set before us (Hebrews 12:1) and finishing strong (2 Timothy 4:7).  But in order to run, we must be ready to run.  We must train and discipline our bodies to compete the...

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

“At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthami?’ (which means, ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’). Mark 15:33-34 OBSERVE After three...