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!
The Gift Exchange: Give God Your Worry and He Will Give You Peace
Description Jesus addresses worry in the Sermon on the Mount. Worry is allowing our mind to dwell on potentially negative outcomes beyond our actual control. Jesus says several things about worry: It is unatural, unhelpful and unchristian.
How do we give God our worry and experience His peace?
Let Jesus be King. Make God's kingdom purpose your primary concern.
Live a day at a time.
Lean on the faithfulness of God. Talk to him about it.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Philippians 4:6 NLT
Two things Paul says to do with worry:
Tell God about it
Thank God for what He has done - Gratifude refocuses the mind
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 NLT
Dwell on God's promises, not your problems. Let Jesus be King, live a day at a time, and lean on God's faithfulness. He will guard your heart and your mind with peace.
Description Changing the world requires consistent choices to follow Christ daily. Let's explore some ways we can do that.
Dream Big, Act Small Be kind, be tenderhearted, and forgive each other. Think about those people who have changed history. In the case where change was for the good, we see small steps and people who didn't act alone. The most powerful change is slow and steady. The church gives us support and accountability. Change in the world happens one person at a time.
Recognize Eternal True togetherness means a shared purpose. The real battle is a spiritual one. Ephesians encourages us to be strong in the Lord and His power putting on the armor of God and also to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests for all the Lord's people.
Stay Connected Hebrews exhorts us to meet together and encourage one another. Isolation kills. Even Jesus surrounded himself with a group of people. We need real connection and authentic relationships. Living as part of God's family matters. Together we find peace, experience love, grow stronger, and we can change the world!
Description There is Strength in Numbers Examples from nature: When the largest most powerful rivers start, they are mere drops of snowmelt finding their way downhill. Drops beconme trickles, trickles become channels, channels become streams, eventually streams become rivers. Animals naturally group together to survive. Our togetherness as believers is about strength for moving forward. Our differences are key! Unity is not the same as uniformity. More people means more - influence, creativity, ability, skill, compassion, relationship, love, and impact on the world around us. We are headed toward the fullness of Christ.
We are One Ephesians compares the church to a physical body. It tells us there is one body and one Spirit. Belonging is survival - when all the parts are working together as one, the body functions smoothly and correctly. We as the church are told to be one.
Growth Requires Change Actions shape our thoughts. Most change is not overnight - it is slow and takes work. To see growth we must choose to act in obedience to God. Trust God and do the next thing. Growth is a process.
The church will always be made up of imperfect people. Acknowledge it. Accept it. But don't use it as an excuse or settle for practices that fall short of God's best for us. Together we grow stronger.
Three Elements of a Healthy Church
Description Many times, we dream or envision how to make things better. Think about how we can make the church better. We tend to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. When we thank God for things is our tendency to thank him for what He has done for us? Are we thankful for the grace God has shone to others and do we extend that same grace?
Description Christians are called to be different from the world. Not weird, not odd, not strange, but different in our attitudes, our morals, and our character. We should be known for loving God and loving others. To do that effectively, it requires we live a holy life. How can we do that?
A Holy Spirit Influencer
Description Jesus said we would get power to be able to speak into people’s lives to influence them for eternity. It should be our goal as a Christian to be an influencer for Christ. Why do we need the power of the Holy Spirit to witness to others about Jesus? Because the man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from God, they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. Stir up the gift in you. Yield to the Spirit of God.
God Can Change Your Thinking
Description Have you ever believed something, pictured something one way, only to find out that it was completely different? That happens often when people start to learn more about God. When we start to learn more about God, spend time in the Bible and spend time with Him, we discover He is not always the way we pictured Him. God can change the way we think.
Be A Barnabus
“You look like you could use some encouragement.” Has anyone ever said that to you? Maybe they did not have to say it because the look on your face said it all. There was a man who lived in Jerusalem following Jesus’ ascension into heaven. He was well known for encouraging his fellow Christians. Let’s face it, Christians, then and now, need all the encouragement they can get. Encouragement is needed, given and received. Listen and learn how.
Spending Time With God
Description Moses was hungry for God’s presence and said, “Show me Your glory.” Moses spoke face to face with God. He understood the importance of the glory. God showed him goodness and his face shone with the glory of the Lord. The glory of God changes people. You can never have an encounter with God and remain unchanged.
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!
Description Today we begin a 4-week Back To Church series entitled Together. The church is like Legos - a collection of invididuals of various sizes, shapes, and colors. When we come together the way God intended, we from the church. Together we are on this journey of transformation. Over the next four weeks we will discover Together - we find peace, we experience love, we grow stronger, and we can change the world. Join us on this journey.
This week's focus - Together We Find Peace
Peace in Unity The church is our place of belonging. All believers are of the same status - sinners in need of grace. Recognize that it is grace that has saved us. Grace brings us together in unity. Jesus broke down the deepest divisions of eternity between God and man and the deepest divisions of humanity between God's covenant people and others. Jesus brought peace.
Peace in God's Presence Christ Himself is our peace. We experience peace as a fruit of God's Spirit living in and through us. Peace is the presence of God in His people.
The Way of Peace Through Jesus death and resurrection, He made the way of peace available to us. When we surrender to His power and accept His life, we embrace the way of peace. Our peace goes beyond a circumstance or feeling. The Holy Spirit is our source of peace. We fit together to form the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills and enables us with the peace of Christ.
We are the church. God dwells with us.
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 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.
Being Shrewd in Our Walk
Description Some people use the term “wise” and “shrewd” as synonymous but being shrewd suggest thinking a few steps ahead. It focuses more on outcomes. Giving up something for a long-term benefit. So how does that relate to our Christian walk? You will see as we look at the story in the book of Acts where Paul and Silas were imprisoned.
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.
Changed People Change People
Description For the most part, the world does not judge the church based on creeds, but rather on our conduct. They are not nearly as influenced by what we say as they are by what we do. Decisions about whether the Bible is true, powerful, and life-changing are made by observing whether it changes our lives. God’s call is real. His truth is for us to follow, not just hear. He will work in and through us as we surrender our lives to Him.
Wisdom for Family
Description In this modern age, how do we treat our friends and family when we have conflict? Do we “unfriend” them or maybe even “delete” them altogether? God wants us to be loyal in our relationships and help each other. The book of Proverbs contains God’s wisdom for daily living. This wisdom will help us to have strong and healthy relationships, especially in our families.
Description Nicodemus came to Jesus at night asking questions. He started with a bit of flattery, but Jesus knows what is in a man. Jesus knows Nicodemus is a man who seeks truth. So he comes at him head on with the truth - no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.
Nicodemus asks, "How can this be?" Jesus seems to be messing with Nicodemus' head a bit. He is not only curious, but likely getting a little confused. And what Jesus is basically saying to him is: "you have read the scripture Nicodemus; this is not new stuff that I am telling you, remember the prophets?"
As Jesus continues to share scripture he goes on to tell Nicodemus not to try too hard to figure it all out because it's kind of like attempting to follow the wind. But Nicodemus continues to ask questions, "How can this be?" Then if he is not confused enough, he hears for probably the first time "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." This the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deed were evil. You must be born again.
So once again, the curious Nicodemus leaves as confused Nicodemus. It's not about what you have learned or what you did, it is considering what Jesus has done through the cross. It is by grace you have been saved through faith, it is a gift from God. Lift the name of Jesus high in your heart. Accept the full Gospel - the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It may be simple, but it is not easy - the hardest journey is from your head to your heart. If your actions are not for God they are evil - if you are not with God you are against Him. You must be born again.
It is only through the sacrifice of Christ that you can ever approach the throne of God. When you are born again, you become a temple for the Holy Spirit to reside and you can commune with God all the time.
If you truly have spiritual rebirth you will be motivated to do spiriual things: Prayer is a vital connection between your spirit and God's Spirit. Read the Bible. The Word of God will give you truth that can change your life. Focus on the Will of God rather than the will of self.
"You Must Be Born Again"
What We Believe - Part 2
Description The Foursquare Gospel Church outlines 22 Statements of Faith. As we go through these Foursquare Foundations you will be encouraged in your faith as you learn more about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and His wonderful plan of salvation.
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.
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?
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.
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.