Description God has given us the ability to feel pain for our protection and wellbeing, and God has given us the ability to feel remorse and regret for the same reason. Feeling regret should lead us to repent and trust God to make something beautiful and useful out of our lives. We have all had regrets about things we have done or have not done. How we respond to those regrets is what really matters. Recognize, repent, and allow God to redeem your regrets.
Description What is a promise? A promise is when someone tells you they are going to do something…and then they do it. As humans sometimes we make a promise and then for one reason or another we are not able to keep it. Or we make a promise and then forget it. The difference between our promises and God’s promises is He will never forget. God always keeps His promises. You can count on it.
I AM the Bread
Description With Thanksgiving think about coming away from the table stuffed like you could not take one more bite. Then dessert comes out and you just got to have it. That is the nature of hunger. It is never satisfied. Jesus called Himself the “Bread of Life”. There is one bread that will not last or sustain us. There is another that cannot spoil and endures to eternal life. What is your motivation? Where do you stand with “I AM”?
Description Day to day, week to week, month to month, life has a way of wearing you down. It can be worries about the past, what is happening today, or even what may happen tomorrow. Or maybe it is a person who is wearing us out or the never-ending to-do list. Regardless, sometimes we all need to recharge. How do we recharge our soul, mind, and body?
A Positive Spirit
Description Your yesterdays do not always have to determine your tomorrows. We are familiar with Jonah’s story from Scripture. He ended up in the belly of a fish because of disobedience to God. Unfortunately, that is the part of Jonah’s autobiography that gets the most press. But Jonah’s story is more about a second chance than it is about God’s discipline in his life. The fish was not about judgment, it was about salvation! As humans we have a natural bent toward negativity. The text of Jonah’s story gives us the essentials to develop a positive spirit.
Who Is Jesus?
Description We talk about Jesus a lot. We use his name a lot. But how well do we know Him? How well do we know and obey the One we follow? We must stay in the Word of God, the Bible. The more we read it, the more it becomes part of our mind. And we access Jesus through the Word. In the book of John, Jesus made seven “I Am” statements that give us greater understanding of who Jesus is and what his position as “Savior” really means.
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.
A Legacy of Love
Description As Christians we have an awesome responsibility and sacred privilege to have our lives count for the greater glory of God. We owe it to God, to ourselves, and to those our lives can touch, to commit the best of our energies to the things that matter most. It is up to us to choose the path we take. Will we “press on” to know, love and glorify God giving Him our best? Or will we waste our lives and neglect the care of our souls because of sloth?
Description Are you facing situations that seem impossible? For the Israelites, God has made a way through the sea, then the wilderness, and finally to the promised land. So be encouraged and let faith arise. God made a way for them, He will make a way for you. We serve a God of great power. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. No matter your problem, God has the solution. Put it in His hands and see what He will do!
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 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.
Description Our identity in Christ implies influence for Christ. "You ARE the salt of the earth...you ARE the light of the world." Christians must permeate society as agents of redemption.
We are the Salt of the Earth Christians delay decay. The purpose of salt is to fight deterioration, and therefore it must not itself deteriorate. "Loses its saltiness" reads literally "is defiled." Believers who fail to arrest corruption become worthless as agents of change and redemption.
We are the Light of the World Lights is visible. There is no excuse for secret discipleship. "A city set on a hill cannot be hid."
We must remain active preservative agents in calling the world to listen to God. How are we to be salt and light? We have the power of Christ to be an influence for Christ.
We have the power of prayer.
We have the power of truth.
We have the power of example.
We have the power of group.
We have a a part to play and the power to play it.
Disciple - Lifelong Pupil of Jesus
Description When we accept Jesus, we become a Christ follower. God is the potter and the disciple is the clay. Our lives should be molded and shaped by His plan for our lives. Many identify themselves as Christian, but how many would say they are a disciple of Jesus? The disciple of Jesus commits to a life of learning to act and be like the teacher. Where do you find yourself in this life-long journey?
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”.
Description Today we are going to look at one of the stories from the end of Paul's life. Who was Paul? He says he was a sinner who obtained mercy and was saved by Jesus Christ. And he takes the message of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. In Acts 27 we read of a voyage Paul found himself on.He was a prisoner because of his faith in Jesus and under the watch of Julius. The weather was becoming dangerous for sea travel because it was so late in the fall. Paul spoke up and said, "I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on." But the officer in charge listened more to the ship's captain than to Paul and the voyage continued. A huge storm came up and the ship was driven. They began throwing cargo overboard to lighten the ship because they were in fear of sinking. They lost all control and all hope was gone.
Shipwrecked: How this speaks to our lives today Like these men, maybe you feel your life is shipwrecked. You may feel dead in the water, out of control, overwhelmed, and hopeless. Where is the hope? This hope we have as an anchor for our souls: God's presence, God's promises, and God's power.
The strong anchor of God's Presence: Paul encouraged everyone on board to take heart, that no life would be lost only the ship. God's presense is a rock-solid anchor when we go through life's storms. He will never leave us. He is always with us.
The strong anchor of God's Promises: Paul was told, "Do not be afraid." He encouraged the others to believe God.God's promises are a strong anchor to hold onto when you go through storms. He has plans to give us a future and a hope. He has redeemed us, called us by name, and promised He would be with us.
The strong anchor of God's Power: The ship ran aground near an island and everyone jumped overboard to swim to shore. They all escaped safely to land. If God is powerful enough to create the universe, He is powerful enough to help you! With God nothing is impossible.
What kind of storm are you in right now? Does it feel out of control or hopeless? Cling to the strong anchors of God's presence, promises, and power! He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20).
The Gift Exchange: Give God Your Grief and He'll Give You Joy
Description This side of eternity, grief is a reality. If you have not already, at some point you will experience grief. Our normal plan for dealing with our grief is to wait silently. We deny our losses. We delay our pain. We distract ourselves.
God's plan for our grief is to talk to Him about it. To acknowledge the reality of our pain. To tell Him about our pain and losses. And to hear from Him about His comfort.
When we give God our grief, He gives us His joy. God comforts us now by reminding us that He has walked through grief Himself. God comforts us later by removing every reason for grieving for all of eternity.
Disciple - Carrying the Cross
Description To say you are a “Christian” carries the idea that you are a disciple, but are you? Luke 14 says, “And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” How do we define from the Bible the statement, “carry his cross”? There is a cost to being a disciple. We must be rooted and grounded in God’s Word. Remember we have been bought with a price, the precious blood of Jesus and we are not our own.
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
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!
Description What is a dream? A condition or achievement that is longed for, an aspiration.
A dream is an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it. ~John Maxwell.
Let Joseph's story speak to your heart. Joseph was a dreamer. Realize God has good plans for your life. If you've given up on dreams, it's time to dream again. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but where dreams come true, there is life and joy. Write down the dreams, hopes and desires you have in your heart. Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. God wants us to dream big dreams!
To dream extraordinary dreams, we must know the extraordinary love of God. Behold the manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God. 1 John 3:1
Even if our dream is from the Lord, there will be opposition. Don't let someone else's disapproval or jealousy hinder you from dreaming! There are numerous examples of dreamers who overcame opposition to realize their dreams.
The rest of Joseph's story: He was thrown into a pit and sold into slavery by his brothers. He ended up working for Potiphar and was falsely accused of raping his wife. He ended up in prision...but the Lord was with Joseph. Finally, he ended up working for Pharoah in the palace and his dream came true.
Take the dream test. Discover what your dream is, then do whatever it takes to have what you want!
Description Today I want to challenge you with one simple idea. I want to plead with you to give your life to Christ. In today's passage we see the people in Jesus' day were pretty much like us, they struggled to find freedom from their culture and be different for Christ. It's a struggle to get past our love for this world and embrace the life to which we've been called. We are ambassadors for Christ.
What does that really mean? First, an ambassador is someone who represesents the interests of others. Second, an ambassador is someone who bears the message of the one who sent him.Offer yourself to Him as a living sacrifice and say with me, "I'm an ambassdor for Christ." To be a better ambassador for Christ, there are several things that need to become a reality in our life.
Become convinced of the terror of God. If we are saved we'll stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ to give an account for what we did with Christ. In Christ we are safe and secure. Those who are lost will face the Great White Throne Judgment - that place where God condems everyone who refused His Son. Apart from Jesus we are the targets of the righteous terror of the Lord, in Christ, we've been delivered from it. God has placed people in your life - You may be the only voice they'll hear. Don't be content to let a child of God be far from the Lord and face Him with a wasted life. Vs 11 Knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others.
Be gripped by the compelling love of Christ. Because of our sin everyone had to die, but Jesus died in our place. Those who choose to give their lives to Christ in salvation are raised to new life. While we were sinners Christ died for us. Spend time reflecting on the love He has for you. Does the love that Jesus Christ has for you compel you to love all people the way He did?
Come to terms with your new identity in Christ. Who are you living for? What's keeping you from representing Christ out there? Give you life to Christ and live for Him, He will open your eyes to see people the way He does. God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse you from all unrighteous ness. You have the Spirit of the Living God residing inside you. Take a step of faith. Will you accept the higher calling of Christ? He has given you a ministry - reconciling people to God through the message of Jesus Christ.
We're here to be ambassadors - to represent the interests of our homeland(heaven) - in this land.
Description God is everything we will ever need, but do we believe it? That will determine our path. Realize God is our provider, no matter how things appear. Don't be anxious about anything. Stand firm with Jesus.
Description No one really likes to hear a sermon about money, but in Scripture there are more than 2,000 verses that deal with money or possessions. So based on that it is a subject that needs to be talked about. In 1 Timothy we read that the love of money, not money, is the root of all kinds of evil. We all realize money is needed to live, so money in itself is not evil.
What you do with your money shows what you value with your heart. According to Luke 12, where your money goes your heart goes. So money is an indicator of where your heart is at. So let's talk about a some things you should do in regards to money.
Make a budget. Proverbs says the plans of the diligent leads to profit. A budget is simply a written plan. Track your spending, see where your money goes, and establish a budget.
Save for the future This is what Proverbs has to say - He who gathers little by little makes it grow. The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends everything. Ask yourself, "Am I saving money?"
Avoid debt The rich rule over the poor and the slave to the lender. We are better off to avoid consumer debt.
Put God first in your finances Honor the Lord with you wealth and your first fruits. The generous never seem to go without and are characterized by an joyful, loving spirit. Tithe simply means 10%. Why should we tithe? Out of gratitude for the past, to keep priorities straight for today, and demonstrate faith for tomorrow.
Money will not make you happy Instead of looking to wealth for fulfillment, look to God. Make sure your heart treasures God!
Description Rebuild, Repair, Restore. For this to happen, we must learn to love one another.
Love One Another Love unconditionally. This is a sign that we are true disciples.1 Corinthians 13 describes agape love.
Accept One Another Accept each other as Jesus accepted us. Acceptance means acknowledging that other people are different than you, and not allowing that to stop you from loving them.
Forgive One Another Forgive one another as Christ has forgiven us. And keep forgiving. Don't stop. How do we deal with offenses and hurts? Go only to that person. Do not talk to someone else about the hurt or offense. Pray first.
Ask God to hep us change!
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.
Description Some things just go together. For instance: Salt and pepper, Peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, Adam and Eve,
Hide and seek, Pros and cons. This demonstrates the power of things that have become so closely associated that they are insperable. Now, what do people think of when they hear the word church? You may have a word that comes to mind, but it's not likely the same for everyone. Depending on your experience, the association could be positive, negative, or somewhere in between. I want to challenge us as a church to consider what it would take to build an insperable link between church and love.
Together We Experience Love We are on this journey together. God's love is wider, longer, higher, and deeper - it is immeasurable. Love is relational. It is together that our ability to grasp God's love deepens. We find support, belonging, acceptance, encouragement and strength from others.
Love is God's Plan Being willing to humbly recognize our need for help, for forgiveness, for strength, for a deeper kind of life - then allows us to be known and to know God and others authentically. We're able to receive support and encouragement, and to offer acceptance and help to others. According to 1 John, God IS love. Everyone will know that we are His disciples if we love one another.
Love Binds Us Together As One Love can't be experienced alone. Love is something that is given and shared. God calls us to be TOGETHER.
How can we creat an insperable association between church and love?
CONNECTION: Where are you plugged in? Where would you like to be?
COMFORT: Be there for each other.
COLLABORATION: It is working together toward a purpose.
It is love that guides and unifies us and our efforts. It is Christ living in us that allows His love to grow in and flow through us. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Finding Our Purpose Through Prayer
Description Our prayer life can look like a roller coaster. One way of stabilizing our prayer life is to use prayer to find our purpose in life. The only way to understand that purpose is to constantly communicate with God. Prayer is simply a constant conversation with God. Here are four steps to help you understand the purpose of our life through prayer.
Description Sometimes we become so steeped in our routine that we stop paying attention to what we are doing. That can be dangerous! The same is true when it comes to the Easter season. The accounts of the Triumphal Entry, the Cross, and Easter are so familiar to us that we can easily go through the motions of a celebration without ever allowing the message of these events to touch us. Let’s look at these events with fresh eyes!