God Loves the Grieving

May 17, 2015

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Today Vickie Mears brought a message on God’s love for the Grieving.  Vickie works in Community Education with Crossroads Hospice.

Vickie brought these examples of Loss/Grief in the Scripture:

  • Hannah – infertility, public shame in that era
  • Job – multiple losses of monumental proportions.
  • Paul regarding his friend Epaphrodituus:  Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. (Philippians 2:27)
  • Jesus mourned over Lazarus in John 11:35 and over Jerusalem in Matthew 23:37-39.

Vickie brought an outstanding message.  Feel free to check it out here.

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National Day of Prayer, 2015 (A Guilt-Free Message on Prayer)

May 3, 2015

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Thursday, May 7 will be the “National Day of Prayer”.

This week, we took a look at John 17:20-26 and shared a message on the National Day of Prayer, 2015.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Here are the main thoughts we explored together:

  1. God is UNITY.
  2. God demonstrates our identity to the World through Unity.
  3. God hears Jesus’s prayer for togetherness.
  4. God invites us to pray in Jesus’s name.
  5. God is sending a fresh wave of prayer to the USA.

Here are some questions to ask as we are reading and meditating on the Word:

Who is God?

How does God see me?

How can I pursue God?


National Day of Repentance, 2015

April 26, 2015

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Thursday, April 30 will been declared the “National Day of Repentance”.  This will be the 152nd Anniversary of the National Day of Humiliation, Prayer, and Fasting called by President Abraham Lincoln.

This week, we took a look at 2 Chronicles 7 and shared a message on National Day of Repentance, 2015.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Here are the main thoughts we explored together:

  1. God is complete without us.
  2. God wants us to live in the joy of his unhurried togetherness
  3. God forgives us when we confess our sin to Him. God heals us when we confess our sin to another. God rewires our minds when we repent.
  4. Godly repentance doesn’t come from guilt, but from Godly sorrow over lost opportunity for togetherness.
  5. God is sending a fresh wave of repentance to the USA.

Here are some questions to ask as we are reading and meditating on the Word:

Who is God?

How does God see me?

How can I pursue God?


God’s Earth Day

April 19, 2015

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This week, we took a look at Genesis 1 and shared a message on God’s Earth Day.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Here are the main thoughts we explored together:

  1. God’s created the Earth by His word, and it was good.
  2. God retained ownership of the Earth, and gave man responsibility to manage it.
  3. God will call man to account for how we used each resource he handed to us to manage.
  4. God hears the groaning of the Earth waiting for its redemption.
  5. God has a plan for the future of the Earth under Jesus’s leadership.

Here are some questions to ask as we are reading and meditating on the Word:

Who is God?

How does God see me?

How can I please Him?


God’s Plan for Addicts

April 12, 2015

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Today Mark French brought a message about God’s Plan for addicts.  Based on his history of seeing hundreds of people through Celebrate Recovery, Mark shared many helpful insights.  We encourage you to listen here.

One of the many highlights Mark shared included this passage, from Isaiah 61:1-4:

The Year of the Lord‘s Favor

61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
    he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor,
    and the day of vengeance of our God;
    to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
    to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
    the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
    the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
    they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
    the devastations of many generations.


God’s Presence Changes Us

March 22, 2015

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This week, we took a look at Mark 5:21-43 and shared a message on how God’s Presence changes us.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Here are the main thoughts we explored together:

  1. God changes us when we are near Him.
  2. God turns when we push through to Him.
  3. God is unconcerned by appearances.
  4. God isn’t motivated by fear.
  5. God moves the pieces around.

Here are some questions to ask as we are reading and meditating on the word:

Who is God?

How does God see you?

How can you please Him?


God Frees the Broken

February 15, 2015

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This morning we shared a discussion based on Mark 5:1-20   Feel free to listen here. And follow along with the notes below:

God sees the torment of the broken.

You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle.–Psalm 56:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17 English Standard Version (ESV)

God doesn’t condemn the broken.

There is a difference between conviction and condemnation.

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God,be merciful to me, a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:9-14 English Standard Version (ESV)

God recognizes that sometimes freedom is not possible without a miracle.

Why do people not seek healing?

There is a constant tension between the flesh and the spirit. (Romans 7)

 A God encounter will always change you.

The man wants to go with Jesus.

Jesus sends the man back to the City.

This encounter is Jesus only ministry trip to this area.

God’s love always flows to the lowest and the farthest.

And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:15-17 English Standard Version (ESV)