Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Can you say it is well with my soul?

Sunday was one of the most powerful services we have had.  As we closed singing the chorus below, you knew that that God had won and Christ was prevailing.  Now it is time that we start celebrating the victory and spreading the news of Christ.    2 Corinthians 2:14, But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
It is well, it is well, through the storms I am held
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
It is well, it is well, God has won, Christ prevailed
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Moving Closer to God

In 2 Chronicles 17, we read about Jehoshaphat helping Israel move closer to God after they had wandered far away.  In verses 3-6, he removes evil influences.  Then, in verse 9, they began to teach the “Book of the Law of the Lord” throughout the land.  If we want to move closer to God and see revival, we must begin to remove the evil influences and teach the Word of God.  As we continue reading in 2 Chronicles 20:33, we see that Jehoshaphat did not do a complete job of removing the evil and that the people had not completely set their hearts on God.  The partial obedience of the king produced partial obedience in the people.  We must remember that partial obedience is complete disobedience.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Lust

This is a great post on fighting lust – Stare at Jesus, Not Porn: 9 Ways to Fight Lust.  If you are a guy, you need to read this. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Crying Out To God

As I read the Old Testament, I see God respond when His people cry out to Him.  God responded to these cries in ways that brought revival to His people.  I believe that it is time that we begin to cry out to God on behalf of our community.  We live in an area that struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, prejudice, broken marriages, poverty, and much more.  We must pray together that we might see the strongholds of satan crumble.  Over the next few months, I will be crying out on behalf of our community.  I hope you will join me in praying for our community.  I will be sharing more about this subject in the next few months. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Prayers of Christ

As we talk about having “One Month To Live”, it is important to look to Jesus.  Our Lord knew exactly how long He had on this earth.  It is interesting to note how many times He prayed in His final days.  All of Christ’s recorded prayers are in final days. However, we will discover by reading the Gospels that prayer was His habit throughout His life.  It really doesn’t matter whether we have thirty days or thirty years, we must be focused in prayer.

Friday, April 6, 2012

30 Days to Clarity

If you knew your new address would be Memory Hill (local cemetery) in 30 days, things would be different.  As we move through this sermon series, I challenge you to begin to live and think like you had 30 days to live.  What would you put on your bucket list?  Would going sky diving, Rocky Mountain climbing, or riding a bull named FuManchu be more important than sharing Jesus with someone you love?  I believe that you will get clarity about what is really important if you seriously consider the premise of this series.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

No Regrets

“One Month To Live” is our current sermon series that is taken from a book by Kerry and Chris Shook.  The premise is that your life would change if you knew you only had thirty days to live.  Our goal is to help you change your life so that you will have no regrets when you die. 

Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  When you gain the wisdom that comes from understanding that your days are numbered, you will have a new passion for life, a desire to love completely, a willingness to humbly obey, and a burning desire to leave a legacy. 

We hope you will join us as we journey to a life with no regrets.   

Monday, April 2, 2012

Franciscan Prayer

“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless every single one of you with anger at injustice, oppression, and the exploitation of people so that you may work for justice and freedom and peace. May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain and rejection and starvation and war so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you, yes you, can make a difference in this world so that you can do for Christ what others claim cannot be done. May God bless you with a heart that breaks for the things that break his heart; may God bless you with a divine tenderness. May God give you an ear that hears his voice. May God increase the anointing upon your life, for you have been filled with the same Spirit that raised Christ from the grave. In Jesus’ name we pray…Amen.”