The Holy Spirit
Hearing God’s Voice

Hearing God’s Voice

If we said we had a personal relationship with another person, we’d all assume, at the very least, some degree of regular, back-and-forth conversation. So how does a “personal relationship with God” work? We talk to God through prayer, but how does God talk back to...

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...

Your Old and New Natures

Your Old and New Natures

Have you ever felt unprepared? You’ve probably had a time in your life when you were not prepared at all for what was about to happen. As our flesh constantly fights to lead us further away from God, it’s easy for us to feel unprepared for life. But God prepares us by...

The Holy Spirit in Your Life

The Holy Spirit in Your Life

In the Bible, we read Jesus promising to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples after He is gone. As believers in Jesus, the Holy Spirit is also with us, living inside of us, just as Jesus promised. The question is, why did Jesus send the Holy Spirit to be with us?...

New Habits

New Habits

Habits can have a profound impact on our lives in both good and bad ways. And often, we’re unaware of how much we do in our lives simply by force of habit. We’ll discuss how modern behavioral science is catching up to what the church has known for thousands of years...

A New Song

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...

Adoption

Adoption

Adoption brings up mixed emotions. The term “adopted” can be used to show affection or insult. Our understanding of adoption comes from our picture of family. Many times we have a picture of family that limits our understanding of the truth of adoption. In this...

Set Free

Set Free

"So again, I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." Galatians 3:5-6 "Therefore, there is now no condemnation...

Parenting

Parenting

We’ve all had parents. They’re responsible for at least some part of shaping how we got to where we are today. And our different kinds of experiences with parents have affected our thoughts on parenting. But what if we could broaden our idea of what it means to be a...

Kids Experience – May 10

Kids Experience – May 10

The Spirit helps us have determination It isn’t always easy to live God’s way. God knew that we would need help, so He gave us the Holy Spirit. When things get tough, we don’t have to rely on ourselves. When we believe and put our faith in Jesus, we receive the gift...

Kids Experience May 3

Kids Experience May 3

He promised the Holy Spirit to help them. Jesus had given His followers what seemed to be an impossible job. He told them to share His story and His love in every country across the entire world! The disciples weren’t sure how to begin such a huge mission. But for...

Seasons of Change

Seasons of Change

Seasons of Change You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalms 16:11 s we get glimpses of warmer weather in between freezing cold days, my heart longs for...

Shalom

Shalom

Peace. We sing songs about it. We march for it. Demonstrate for it. Hold conferences about it and create think tanks to create it. We long for it. But it remains elusive. We live in a world broken by war, poverty, hatred, and illness, making peace seem impossible. Yet...

The Race of Your Life

The Race of Your Life

You may not consider yourself a runner but you’re in a race. The race of your life. What would it look like for you to win this race? Running the race begins with finding the starting line. Life starts with Jesus. Then, life is run with Jesus. What might you need to...

The Best Possible Time in History

The Best Possible Time in History

The Best Possible Time in History Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of...

More Than a Picture

More Than a Picture

More Than a Picture He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Isaiah 40:29 he other day, my eleven year old said, "You know what two things I wish were real? That people didn't die and we had superpowers." It kind of blew me away....

Come and Go

Come and Go

Have you ever wondered what the Christian life is all about? Jesus Christ calls people to follow Him, to be changed by Him, and to go on mission with Him. His mission is for us to be disciple-makers, disciples who make disciples. That's what He wants our lives to be...

Fooled by an Impostor

Fooled by an Impostor

Fooled by an Impostor For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for  each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. Luke 6:43-44 s a...

Things Happen When We Serve

Things Happen When We Serve

Typically, we serve when we are made aware of a need. However, we can easily go through life without ever seeing the people who need love and kindness right in front of us. But when we intentionally and prayerfully resist the myriad of distractions and reach out to...

Pentecost

Pentecost

Study Guide Download Jesus’ resurrection changed everything. It changed how we can relate to God, moving us from the slavery of sin to the freedom of grace. From the moment of Jesus’ resurrection, his followers knew that everything would be different. God was about to...

Telling Yourself the Truth

Telling Yourself the Truth

Sometimes you can tell yourself lies without even realizing it. But your life can take on a completely different perspective when you learn to tell yourself the truth. Let’s begin this New Year with a reminder of five simple affirmations that can change the way we...