January 7th, 2018: Our church is focusing on prayer, digging into prayer both in our quiet time as well as together as a church. We believe that prayer can and will transform city. We believe that faith moves mountains, but prayer moves God. We are determined to stand up in prayer and cry out for his kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. If your prayer life is dry, if you need encouragement listen to this message and let it breath fresh inspiration in your heart.
January 14th, 2018
This week we talked about how desperately our Spirit needs nutrition. How constantly we feed our bodies, yet how rarely we give ourselves the nourishment from heaven that Jesus talked about in John Ch. 4 Jesus said my nutrition comes from doing the will of the Father, Jesus said I am the bread of life, Jesus said man does not live on bread alone but on every Word that proceedith out of the Word of God. These are our sources of true nutrition, yet so often we distract ourselves with fleeting pleasures and fleeting promises that cannot satisfy, false forms of nutrition.
January 21st, 2018 CONSUMERISM
Weeding out the Consumerism Culture in Us: Just like the church in Corinth, we consume the latest information, consume possessions and things, strive for status, and even bring a consumer mindset into our Christian lives. Our culture promulgates information into our hearts and minds, leading us towards fleeting promises and unfulfilling paths. Paul emphasizes the we have a new life in Christ Jesus. One that is centered in Christ and finds its value therein. Not in our status, not in our belongings, not in our achievements, but in Christ, our center.
January 28th, 2018 UNITY
God has called us to cast out our divisions, yet our culture trains us to be individualistic and carve our own path. Instead of facing division and fighting for unity we often take our negative opinions, gossip, slander, and division and spread them around like bad seeds. Instead of facing the division in our own hearts and fighting for unity, we allow the negative seeds in our hearts to grow up and divide us. in John 13:35 Jesus said the world will know that you are my disciples by this, IF YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER. If we are not loving one another then we are no different than the world and our Christian witness is compromised. Above all else we need to stand up and fight for unity. To stand up and face our differences. As Christians we should never cover up bad seeds in our hearts, and never spread those bad seeds around like manure onto others. We shouldn’t ruthlessly spread information, we shouldn’t get upset when people try to correct us, and we should not gossip behind other peoples backs. Together we must stand firm in humility and love, trusting that as we lovingly exhort one another we will be sculpted in Unity.
December 24th Evening Service Christmas Eve.
We had a wonderful group show up for our candlelight service on Christmas Eve, the church was packed to the brim and overflowing with people and praise. Each of the Christmas Hymns echoed through the room and up into the heavens as we all sang with joyous excitement. Towards the end of the service everyone in the room was given a candle (which represents Christ’s light, hope, and love, coming into our lives), we dimmed the lights so that the only source of light in the room was the one hundred small candles that we lifted above our heads as our soft singing and worship gently pierced through the dim, stillness of Christmas night.
Pastor Mike preached a gripping sermon as he outlined the fantastic depth of what it means for the one who is life itself to become flesh and dwell among us. Together we looked at the disciples personal testimony in 1 John 1 , Luke 2, The prophecies of Simeon and Anna, The shepherds and the angels, the physical and spiritual authority of Jesus, and the reason why it all matters to you and to me.
Dec 24th 2017 Morning Service.
Christmas Eve morning we had as more gentle service that touched our hearts in a slightly different way. Denise shared a very heart touching Christmas story that brought many to tears and reminded us all about the genuine and unparalleled love that marks the Christian life and the birth of Christ. The story was followed by a short teaching on five of the names that Jesus was given at his birth. We looked at the Greek and Hebrew meaning of these titles, and talked about the significance of the only one who could ever bear them; Jesus Christ, savior, Messiah, and Lord, God With Us!!
There are many times in life where our situations simply suck. How are we supposed to find joy in these moments? What sources of joy do we invest in that divert us from where our efforts might best be invested?
Dec 10th 2017 2nd week of Advent.
What John the Baptist promised, Jesus brought. John promised repentance and forgiveness of Sins, a new way of life. Jesus brought the means to make that new life possible by not only dying for us but also bringing a baptism of Fire and the Holy Spirit. When we repent our lives are emptied of ourselves, our selfish motives are swept away under the beauty of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our empty lives must be filled, our clean start must be re-written, and the Holy Spirit was given by Jesus to give us hope on this new path. John promised change, that the lowly would be exalted, that the prideful and haughty would be cast down, Jesus brought forth these changes, but he also brought forth the perfect provision of God.
December 3rd 2017
John the Baptist paved the way for Jesus Christ by proclaiming that the way to receive Christ is to make crooked roads straight. There are a thousand roads and diversions that distract our attention each day. Many of them are crooked. Our world loves crooked roads, it even broadcasts them as being the most delightful and intriguing paths to venture out on. While many paths lead us away from True Hope, True Peace, and True Joy, Jesus beckons us to rise above the tide and adventure together with Him on the straight and narrow. John the Baptist makes it clear that the only way we can bear fruit is by abiding in Christ and abiding in repentance. “keep fruit in bearing with repentance” Luke 3:3. There is a myth in the church these days that repentance is for unbelievers. John however, is speaking to Gods chosen people telling them that if they want to bear fruit in their lives, there is only one way to do it, to repent continually. Repentance is a freeing act, not an act of self condemnation. Repentance is the very attitude that says “I must become less, that He might become Greater.” And as we lean less on ourselves we begin to find freedom, joy, and abundance flowing in to fill the lowly.
Nov 26th What Idols are We Bringing into Gods House? The sad news is that some of us are so caught up living the American dream, striving to make something out of our lives, that we have no time to stop and think about our purpose here in life. Why has God created us, why are we floating on this rock, what does it all mean? Our idols have made their way into the core of our being. Many of the philosophies and constructs that we subtly adhere to as guiding truths in our lives have no basis in scripture and no nutritional value for our core, our Spirit, our eternal nature and inner being. While our flesh gluttonously appeases itself on various non-constructive truths our Spirit seeks Truth with a capital T, the Truth of life. Ezekiel 42-44 rebukes the Israelite’s for bringing idols into the temple. Sometimes we bring our idols into the church with us. We let them speak into our ears, distract our attention, and divide our hearts from hearing what God wants to say to us. God has much more in store for His church than this. Together, lets clean house, lets give God what he deserves, and lets take back what the enemy has stolen from us.