Where do you need encouragement most in your life? What worry has overtaken your life? Prayers are intended to allow God to take the burdens that are wearing us down and encourage us.
Jesus invites all of to the harvest. The harvest belongs to Jesus and he has called ALL of us to pray and get involved in the work. Think about those around you who still need to hear the Good News of the Gospel and commit to pray for and engage with them. A fruitful harvest depends on faithful prayer.
The power of unbelief versus belief. Would you just see a dead person come to life or would you see the glory of God? Today, we examine the impact of the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection on those who witnessed it.
We come to Jesus’ resurrection of Lazarus. It’s clear that Jesus will call all back to life … will you be ready?
Martha needed to learn how to cast her burdens on Jesus. How about you?
Jesus walks with us through tough times. If you let Him, He is there with you and you will grow through it.
As we come to the end of our summer, we are launching into Fall activities for work, school and what seems like a thousand other things. Today, we're taking a little time to consecrate our work, school and our families to the Lord.
We are gifted and equipped to serve in the body of Christ. Today, Pastor Jerry finished up a short series on the importance of serving and using the gifts we have to invest in God's kingdom.
Surrender, Suffering & Sacrifice. These are the characteristics that mark a life following hard after Jesus. Todd examines this and more in our study of God’s word from Mark 8:34.
Ephesians 4:11-12 makes it clear that we have all been given gifts from God, but we're not always clear those gifts are given to serve God and others. Jack Doney, our Director of Worship, talks about the significance of this passage in three key parts: 1) equipping us inwardly to prepare and train 2) working outwardly for the good of ministry and 3) building upwardly, investing in God's Kingdom and others.
Jesus often delays but He is never late! Mary was upset that Jesus had delayed coming to Lazarus and he died. Jesus used this to demonstrate who He is through raising Lazarus from the dead but it was also an important lesson for Mary and for us, trust Jesus' timing!
Jesus continues with his encounter with the Pharisees as we come to the end of Chapter 10.
“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” As followers of Jesus, our eternal life is secure and that can never change!
Storms in our life bring us to a point of reliance on Jesus. It could have been easier for the disciples to have never jumped in the boat with Jesus only to find themselves amidst a storm on the water, but without that storm they would have not experienced Jesus and grown their faith. Don’t be afraid to go through storms but make sure you have Jesus there with you.
Jesus is the good shepherd who cares for and lays down his life for His sheep. Is he your shepherd?
A familiar voice. There is really nothing more powerful than the voices we allow to speak into our lives and to guide our thoughts and decisions. Who's voice is guiding your life? Our passage today reminds us that Jesus' followers hear His voice and as our good Shepherd, He is here to guide us day by day.
The blind beggar meets Jesus again and Jesus reveals who he truly is to him. As the beggar understands who Jesus is he responds by worshipping Him. The more we understand how much Jesus forgave us, the deeper our love for Him grows!
The Pharisees challenge the beggar whom Jesus healed from blindness, but he instead challenges them with his simple view of what happened to him.
The Pharisees face a dilemma when Jesus violates their man-made rules about the Sabbath and heals the sight of a blind man. The blind man's account of what happened is a simple truth they couldn't accept... "He applied clay to my eyes, I washed, and I see." The truth of Jesus Christ cannot be burdened down with our own expectations and rules - it is as simple as it seems.
What does it look like to continually hunger for God? Phil Peterson shares his story of finding joy amidst the trials of life. Matthew 28:16-20.
Why do we wrestle with hopelessness? Hope is such a critical dimension of a purposeful and joy-filled life. Kellan Peterson discusses three reasons we can feel hopeless and how Jesus addresses the underlying needs.
Judgmental? Skeptical? Fear? How would you respond coming face to face with a miracle of Jesus? This is how some in the community around the blind man reacted when Jesus healed him and restored his sight. Are you expecting and open to see God perform miracles in your own life or those around you?
Jesus is more than a good teacher, philosopher … he is the living God, the Lord of Lords. In our passage today, he makes this very clear. There is no one more worthy to follow!
Is your relationship with God personal or institutional? Jesus wants us to have a personal relationship with him. This week, Pastor Jerry covers this topic in our series through the book of John.
There's a lot of pressure in the world today to make truth relative. The reality is that truth is the one thing that grounds us in our faith and does not change. Pastor Jerry continues our study in the book of John with John 8:31-40 discussing the power of truth.
The Jewish leaders of his day didn't understand the importance of who Jesus is. With all their Biblical knowledge and responsibility, they didn't recognize their Messiah. It is not enough to just have the knowledge of the scriptures, we need to recognize Jesus!
This week, we finish up our two week series on the Art of Neighboring. Todd shares some compelling stories about Jesus and loving our neighbors well.
If we’re going to truly love our neighbors then our love must extend far beyond these four walls which make up the building we’re in. We have to metabolize what we get when we’re in community at church and turn it into spiritual energy which reaches out and loves our neighbors.
Happy Easter! Today, we celebrate not a prophet who has died, but a King who is risen and alive! Jesus said, "I am the door; if anyone enters through me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly." Are you ready to step through the door? We're here to help. Text "IHAVEDECIDED" to 44222 for your next step!
The world can be a dark place. Many people walk daily in that darkness but Jesus tells us that any who follow Him shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life! What an amazing message. Do you know someone who needs to hear about it?