Description The father of the prodigal son was a great example of the love of the Father. He never stopped loving, he never gave up hope, and he was willing to tell his children the truth. I pray that you would know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.
Bad Things Happen...Don't Give Up
Description Bad things happen even to good people. Knowing our Source enables us to survive the pain. We must choose to look either at the suffering or at the reason behind it. Suffering affects the person experiencing he pain and the person watching. Suffering makes us bitter or better. We choose. Something valuable can be gained from our suffering.
How To Love Your Neighbor
Description With everything that is happening in our world, a pandemic where we have been isolating, all the racial tensions, protesting, and now slowly re-entering into public life – there are challenges to love. But there are some practical things we can do to “love our neighbor”.
What To Do On the Bad Days
Description When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do? It is a relevant question and we can find answers from a story of David as we study Psalm 11. There are some things we must determine and choose. Then we must let God handle it. What to do on the bad days…trust a faithful God.
Are You Leaving A Mark
1 Peter 2:11-12
1 Peter 2:11-12
Description God expects us to be more than ordinary. We are to be light in the darkness, salt to the world, and ambassadors of Jesus Christ so that we can impact the people around us. How is your life right now? If Jesus is the Lord and love or your life, then you have power and resources to live a life that leaves a mark.
The Big C - Session 3
Description In Christ we are blessed abundantly. Ephesians 1 outlines all that is available when we have “The Big C”, Jesus Christ.
Description Jesus said preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. God knows our limitations. He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, which enables us and equips us to what He asks us to do. The Holy Spirit produces a passion, the ability, and presence to reach out to those around us.
The Big C - Session 2
Description In 1918, some steps were given to avoid Influenza. It sounds like some of the things we are hearing today. But let’s look closely at Step 8 - “Avoid worry, fear and fatigue.” Now, how is one to do that, you may say? When we have “The Big C”, Jesus Christ, we discover it truly is possible.
Description If you suffer from depression, you are not alone. Many deeply spiritual men and women have experienced depression. Can anything good come out of these dark times of depression? God can use all of our life experiences. Psalm 42 gives us insights in how to deal with our own seasons of darkness.
I'm Glad You Have "The Big C"
Description Session 1 of a 3-week study. So you may think it strange to say to someone, “I’m glad you have “the big C”. That is because we think “The Big C” is Coronavirus, cancer, or crisis. But these and many other c-words are the problem. Not the answer. “The Big C” that gives life and hope is Christ.
Grace - God's Gift
Description Grace is like a diamond. It has so many facets. We are saved by the grace of God. Focus on five aspects of Saving Grace. How is it you know for sure you are going to heaven when you die?
Philippians - Joy in Harmony
Session 4 of a 4-week study in Philippians. Remember joy comes from unity. Unity is living in and at peace with one another. What does peace do? Through Christ it watches over our heart, mind, body and soul.
The Heart of A Mom
Description Mothers teach us many things, but most of all what it means to love. A real mother shows true devotion to her children. She values her children. Every child is a gift from God. A real mother knows her children and her love is undying. Today we celebrate the gift of Moms!
Philippians - Joy in Position
Philippians - Joy In Being There
Walking in Peace
Description With everything thing that is happening around us today, it may not feel like this is a peaceful journey. Let’s look at what it means to be “Walking with Jesus along the road to peace.” True peace is recognizing God’s presence in our life. He is in control. Peace is not passive, it is powerful!
A Word for Today
Description God has spoken a word to my heart and I believe it’s also a word for you too. It’s about traditions. Life is crazy now. And it will probably never look the same again, it will be different. There is a shaking going on in the world today, in and outside of the church. What does that mean for us?
Philippians - Joy in Thankfulness
Description Session 1 of a 4-week study in Philippians. Paul writes from jail to believers in Philippi. He encourages unity through love and the result is joy. Do we need to check our level of joy? Listen to our own voices and our own thoughts.
1 Corinthians 2:5
1 Corinthians 2:5
Description God doesn’t want us to just call on Him when things are bad, He wants us to enjoy relationship with Him whenever and wherever life may carry us. How do we keep moving forward? Pastor Tim Wright will give us three areas to work on that will help you move forward in life. God has more than enough time for us. Do we have time for Him?
Jesus Calms the Storm
Description Kids sing-a-long with Nick Wentworth, then listen to the story of how Jesus calmed the storm for his disciples. When you feel afraid…when you feel alone…when you are hurting, you only need to do what Peter did and call on Jesus to help you.
I Am the Lord
Description Like the U.S., Israel was facing its worst national crisis. Was God relevant? Was He big enough? Could He help? They knew Him as God Almighty, but He wanted them to know Him as Lord. Let’s look together and discover what that really means and realize He wants the same for me and you.
Is He Worthy
Description So why did Jesus come? Why the miracles? Why the cross? John 8 tells us about WHO He is and WHY He came…Jesus offers light, life, and liberty. This Easter celebrate in worship and song; and be inspired with a message of eternal hope. Is He worthy? Yes, He is.
Description Words are the "Currency of Life". Can you imagine a life without words? Listen to this practical message as Pastor Tim shares the importance of our words.
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Description Join us for worship and an encouraging word from Pastor Tim Wright. Even faithful people can experience heartache to the point of losing hope. God knows what you are going through, and He has a plan. Find out how we can restore our hope.
Pray, Don't Panic
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Description Pray, don't panic. Be anxious for nothing. Since time has begun the world has faced illness and disease, tragedies and catastrophies. We always want to be in control, but sometimes things get out of control.
What are the things we can not control? Crises, our country, our citizens, our critics, and our circumstances.
What are the things we can control? Our time in the Word and prayer, our thoughts, our tongue, our unrest, our time and our treasure. We can only control these with the power of the Holy Spirit active in our lives.
What are the things only Jesus can control? The kings heart is in the hand of the Lord. He controls it all. All things were made through Him and He is working on our behalf.
Three things to think about: Trouble, we can help others. Truth, not the media hype. Fear, if you have been panicked, repent and remember His Word. Be anxious for nothing, but by prayer let your requests be known to God. Run to Jesus.
Description The Holy Spirit is a Person. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He is omnipresent (everywhere). He is Omnipotent (all powerful). He is Omniscient (all knowing).The Holy Spirit is our Helper Advocate. He will do the same for us as Jesus did for His disciples. Jesus said that because He is going to the Father, we will be able to do greater things. (John 14:12)
The Work of the Holy Spirit as Executor The Holy Spirit is carrying out Jesus' wishes for our lives and the life of the church. Through time spent in God's Word and prayer, the Holy Spirit reveals God's will. The Holy Spirit dispenses the promises of God along with gifts and talents those who would be heirs of salvation. General promises of god become specific promises through the Holy Spirit's instructions. When our minds are perplexed, He gives answers; when we need an encouraging promise, He provides God's Word; when we are lost, He shows us the way. He is responsible to go out and find those whoare potential heirs. He bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God.
The Work of the Holy Spirit as Energizer God has infused us with His divine power. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God has given us the victory and the power to demolish all the attacks against us. If we are held by any sort of bondage - addiction, fear, depression, discouragement, etc. - the power of the Holy Spirit can blast apart those chains that bind us.
The Work of the Holy Spirit as Equipper The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The Holy Spirit reproduces within us the qualities of Christ's character. There are also different kinds of spiritual gifts and the Holy Spirit decides which gift each person should have. And there are spiritual weapons: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of peace, the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, and praying in the Spirit. Our warfare is not against flesh and blood. Be strong in the Lord.
The Work of the Holy Spirit as Encourager The Father has given us a Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor-Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) to be with us forever.
When we give our lives to Jesus Christ, He fills us with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit by His divine power will provide us with everything we are going to need to make a difference and live effective lives for God's Kingdom.
Description Jesus said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me." Mark 8:34 NLT These words of Jesus demand our full commitment to Him. To really follow Jesus in ALL (words, deeds, actions), we need to put aside our selfish desires and give our lives to Him.
Nothing is more important than our eternal soul. Make the decision now. The Good News is Jesus paid the price for our sin. But when we accept Jesus as Lord, we can no longer live however we want. Ask God to empower us with the Holy Spirit to take up our cross.
Have you taken up your cross? It is only when we crucify self that we live in genuine repentance. Repentance is a change of mind. When we change our mind, we also change our attitude, then we are likely to change our actions.We we change our minds about sinful behavior, we make the promise to God to stop loving only self, we promise to consider the needs of others, and we promise to serve Him placing His will and purpose above our own. It's a change of mind and attitude evident in our actions. Not just outward behavior modification, but deep inward transformation of the heart.
There is a cost involved in following Jesus. True discipleship is demanding. Place Him first. Christ gave everything for our salvation. Are you willing to take up your cross for Him?
The Old Covenant It was a system of laws, codes, rituals, and observances. Every time the people failed to live by the standards, they had to offer a sacrifice to God. It was impossible to completely follow the rules. Everyone was guilty. The purpose was to show people that they were guilty before God and needed a Savior.
The New Covenant Jesus became the only sacrifice that could pay the price for our sin! It is finished! No other sacrifices were required. It is finished!
The New Covenant between God and you Forgiveness for our sins. Promise of eternal life. Assurance of heaven. It is finished. What is our part of the covenant? To believe and receive by faith what Jesus did for us! Then in His strength and power live for Him and tell others about Him.
Description There is a basic fact of life - we are going to be hurt by someone. There's nothing complicated about forgiveness. It's in the application that we find difficulty.
Why should we forgive?
Because God has forgiven us. Ephesians 4:32
Resentment doesn't work. Resentment always hurts us more than the person we are resenting. Resentment is unreasonable, unhelpful, and is unhealthy. It never changes what has happened and is the single most destructive emotion we can have.
Because we need forgiveness. Forgiveness is a two-way street. What we sow is what we are going to reap.
Forgiveness does not and is not:
Minimize the offense. It doesn't pretend the offense never happened. It really did hurt.
Immediately restore trust. Trust is earned and therefore takes time.
Mean there won't be changes. Once harm has been done, things will never return to normal. Forgiveness is the starting point that will allow for a new beginning, a new normal.
Forgetting. It is choosing to no longery remember the offense against them. Forgivness is choosing to love.
How can we experience freedom that comes through offering forgiveness?
Recognize we are imperfect. We all have intentionally and unintentionally wronged people. Unforgiveness is a sin. When we confess our sin, God is faithful to forgive.
Relinquish our right to get even. Offering forgiveness is an ongoing process. How many times should we forgive? An infinite amount of times until the job of forgiveness is done. When is that? When we reach the point that it doesn't eat our guts out every time we think about it. Release our right to get even and let God settle the score His way.
Respond to evil with good. Love, do good, bless, and pray for those who hurt us.
Refocus on God's plan. Refocus on God's purpose for your life. We become exactly like what we focus on. Put our hearts right with God. Reach out to God. Face life again. The Holy Spirit will empower us to be overcomers.
Forgiveness calls for a decision. We choose to forgive. When we forgive, we'll receive the fullness of God's forgiveness in our lives.
Description In a game of "Tag" it's interesting to see what happens when someone is tagged "It". First, they are prey, running away, hiding, whatever it takes to avoid being tagged. But once they are tagged, it is evident to all who is "it". They are now the predator. They act differently. Instead of running away, they're running after. The same happens when we become a Christian. Now instead of trying to avoid God and the truth of His Word, we embrace it and our lives change. It is evident to those around us. When we hear truth, we believe and trust in the saving work of Jesus Christ. And by this act of faith, we receive the Holy Spirit as the seal and guarantee from God.
What does it mean to be sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise?
To authenticate as genuine and true
Being sealed with the Holy Spirit is God's way of authenticating the fact that we are now His
It's the presence of the Holy Spirit in us activating His gifts and talents, producing within us the fruit of the Spirit - their presence confirms that we are indeed Christians.
To mark someone's property
The seal of the Holy Spirit is internal
We are His because He purchased us through the price of Jesus Christ paid when He died on the cross for our sins
To make secure
His guarantee of our ultimate salvation
How is the Holy Spirit our guarantee?
A "down payment" - secures the transaction with a promise that more will come
God gave the Holy Spirit as a "down payment"
This present life in the Spirit is God's promise of something more
What we have experienced of the Holy Spirit is only a foretast
Certain things we must avoid:
Quenching the Holy Spirit
Grieving the Holy Spirit
When we quench or grieve the Holy Spirit we lose the joy of our salvation and the fullness of the Spirit's blessing.
How can we get back to the fullness?
It begins with repentance
Accept God's gift of salvation
Invite the Holy Spirit to come in and fill you to overflowing