June 19, 2019
Our newest series, "New Creation..." builds upon our last series "A Long Obedience..." and last week's baptism service.
In Matthew 5:1-12, Jesus lays out a lifestyle/value system/ethic for those who choose to follow Him. In one of His most intimate teachings, Jesus shares His heart and the Truth of God's kingdom as He establishes His new community and the new covenant based on grace and mercy.
June 11, 2019
One of the covenant promises God has made to His covenant people is that He will never leave us or forsake us.
Today at Seeds of Faith we celebrated that promise through the sacrament of baptism.
June 4, 2019
Now that we have reached the end of our "Long Obedience..." series,
How will you respond to God & all He is up to in, around, and through you?
We began this Long Obedience in Psalm 120 with an act of repentance, and act of turning TOWARD Christ and AWAY FROM our old way of life.
Now, having been confronted and challenged in our views and perspectives on life, Church, worship, service, surrender...having been challenged to unlearn and rethink our perspective on God and this life we are living...having been invited to trust this God that in on our side...having been called to hope in & wait on this God that is on our side...being given a glimpse of God's great vision and perspective and an understanding of this epic story He has written...and understanding that we have a great role to play in His epic adventure...
How are you going to respond?
May 28, 2019
"How good & pleasant it it when God's people live together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1)
We continue our Long Obedience series on the Songs of Ascent stressing the importance of living life together, with others who share a common vision & purpose. Humans were created out of community (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) and designed to also live in community with others...
So, how do we do that? Living in UNITY is HARD and, truth be told, the Church has done a terrible job of being an example of how we are to do this. If we look at HOW Christ lived and what He came to establish, we've been given some tools & perspectives to help us improve.
May 19, 2019
Have you ever wondered if there is more to life than what you are experiencing?
Luke 5:1-11 is the story of Jesus calling four of the disciples (Simon Peter, Andrew, James, & John) to follow Him. It is the well-known, "...I will make you fishers of men" story.
Jesus often taught about what it means and what it looks like to live life to the full. In this encounter, Jesus shows Peter (and the other 3 disciples-to-be) what can happen with our lives when we choose to listen (hear & obey) to His guidance. The fishermen were "astonished" to the point of leaving everything behind to follow Jesus. What is our response? What are we willing to do in response to the reality Jesus offers?
May 13, 2019
I've heard many people say, "I just don't see God at work in my life" or, "I just don't see answers to prayer in my life."
My friend, and mentor Randy Reese used to say, "Life is lived forward, but can only be understood looking backward." Psalm 132 "zooms out", taps into history, cultivates a shared memory, & nurtures HOPE that leads to mature obedience.
We are part of a great story. (Actually, the greatest story ever told.) This Psalm challenges us to extend ourselves beyond our conscious remembering to acquire and understanding of God's way as something larger and more complete than our own personal experiences. In order to gain a vision for the future, we must have deep roots in the past.
May 10, 2019
This is our commissioning of our graduating seniors...
Every year we honor our graduating seniors the Sunday before graduation. On Senior Sunday, instead of a "Children's Message", we do a brief reflection in honor of, and for, our graduates we are commissioning into the mission fields for which God has so carefully prepared them. We take seriously our responsibility to raise up our Seeds of Faith kids for Jesus great commission...
May 5, 2019
Are you ambitious? Are you prideful?
Psalm 131 challenges our perspectives on a few things (that we may need to unlearn and rethink.)
Charles Spurgeon says the 11th Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent" is, "One of the shortest [of the Psalms] to read, but one of the longest to learn." This is a Psalm of maintenance. A "pruning" Psalm that gets rid of what looks good to those who don't know any better and reduces the distance between our hearts and their roots in God.
April 29, 2019
Where do you turn when you are "in the depths"...when the darkness is overwhelming?
Psalm 130 gives dignity to our suffering. The Psalmist does not belittle our "weakness". We are reminded that even though suffering is real, God is real(er).
The 10th Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent" gives us a great example of where our hope lies. When we find ourselves in the depths/darkness, facing our guilt, our lack, where do we turn? When we turn and cry out to God, He hears and He comes. He does not come with judgement, He comes with forgiveness and redemption, His grace and His mercy!
April 22, 2019
It's Easter Sunday & it may seem strange to be in the Psalms on Easter Sunday...Listen in & realize we are in exactly the place we need to be for this Easter!
Psalm 129 reminds us that hard times/suffering does NOT deny the presence of God or provide reason for doubt (in God or in our faith).
For the 10th Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent" it is important to know that we need to express our deep emotions in healthy ways. It doesn't matter whether those emotions are joyful, despairing, angry, etc...our loving, grace-filled Father wants us to be authentic with Him & release those emotions to Him. We are also called to share the burden of each other's suffering. We are not meant to live this life alone. That means we are not to keep our blessings to ourselves, nor are we to keep our suffering to ourselves. We are meant to share the blessings and the burdens.