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Together: In Spirit & Mission

Together: In Spirit & Mission

December 26, 2021

As we close out 2021 and move into a new year it is important for us to come together and move forward into the mission which God has invited us to join Him.

Word of King Solomon's wisdom and achievements traveled throughout the world. As his reputation for wisdom spread it caused people to wonder about and question the authenticity of the rumors. In 1 Kings 10, Solomon receives a guest who traveled far to "test Solomon with hard questions" to see for herself if Solomon really was the man she heard he was.

Listen in and find out what this has to do with us and the Spirit & Mission God has for us (Seeds of Faith & the Church as a whole) heading into 2022...

Christmas Eve - All We’ve Got…

Christmas Eve - All We’ve Got…

December 24, 2021

Do you feel that you have gifts to give that are worthy of a King?

Do you ever feel inadequate? Unprepared? Unworthy? Undeserving?

Do not fear. Do not be discouraged. Because God knows the gifts He has given to us and all He asks is that we give all we've got.

 

Joy - Advent Week #3

Joy - Advent Week #3

December 12, 2021

Advent is the time where we, as God's people, prepare for and anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. At Christmas we celebrate the 1st Advent and we prepare for, anticipate, and celebrate the FACT that there will be a 2nd Advent.

Advent begins with hope...the sure and confident expectation in God's faithfulness and presence. When our hope is firmly grounded in God alone, we experience a peace that is beyond our understanding. That peace clears space within our hearts and our lives for JOY! Joy isn't a feeling. Feelings come and go...JOY is a state of being...always present at the foundation of all of our other feelings. When we HOPE in God, He gives us PEACE, and His PEACE allows us to feel JOY even in the midst of hardship and sorrow because God is the source of all our HOPE and life.

Peace - Advent Week #2

Peace - Advent Week #2

December 5, 2021

Advent is the time where we, as God's people, prepare for and anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. At Christmas we celebrate the 1st Advent and we prepare for, anticipate, and celebrate the FACT that there will be a 2nd Advent.

Advent begins with hope...the sure and confident expectation in God's faithfulness and presence. When our hope is firmly grounded in God alone, we experience a peace that is beyond our understanding. This peace comes because we are centered, grounded, and focused on Christ and all He is and all He invites us to be and do in this world. As we follow Him and become transformed into His image, we have the incredible privilege to be the bearers of His peace to a world so desperately in need of the peace that only comes from Him!

Hope - Advent Week #1

Hope - Advent Week #1

November 28, 2021

Advent is the time where we, as God's people, prepare for and anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. At Christmas we celebrate the 1st Advent and we prepare for, anticipate, and celebrate the FACT that there will be a 2nd Advent.

Advent begins with hope...the sure and confident expectation in God's faithfulness and presence. We know that God is who He says He is and does what He says He is going to do. That is our hope. God is our only sure hope because He promises to never leave us or forsake us...no matter what!

Whoever Has Ears - Laodicea

Whoever Has Ears - Laodicea

November 21, 2021

This 7th letter to the 7th church of Revelation, the church of Laodicea, is the most stern and the most tender of the 7 letters. Jesus first shares his disappointment with their attitude of compromise. They didn't zealously stand for for Christ & Jesus lets them know that he sees it. 

As strongly as Jesus admonishes them, he offers them hope by letting them know how beloved they are. No matter what is in our past, Jesus offers grace, mercy, hope, and love. Jesus loves us too much to leave us where we are. He is always knocking on the door of our heart...waiting for us to hear and respond to him.

In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.

Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.

As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?

Whoever Has Ears - Love

Whoever Has Ears - Love

November 14, 2021

The church in Philadelphia got it. They kept God's Word and did not deny the name and mission of Jesus. They loved God and the loved people. They loved each other well and that loved poured out of the church and overflowed in their community and throughout the whole region.

The church in Philadelphia knew Jesus' love and they loved like Jesus so the world would come to know Jesus.

In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.

Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.

As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?

Whoever Has Ears - The Walking Dead

Whoever Has Ears - The Walking Dead

October 31, 2021

The Walking Dead...is that a real thing? Maybe not, but "The Walking Death" may be a better descriptor. The corruption of this world (& religion) does not offer life. It only offers death and darkness. Jesus invites us to bring His life, the Full Life, to this world through the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember, what is in us is what pours out of us...So, rather than being people filled with death and darkness that this world has to offer (The Walking Death), how do we become The Walking Full Life?

Listen in this week as we deal with some hard truths.

In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.

Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.

As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?

Whoever Has Ears - UnCorrupted

Whoever Has Ears - UnCorrupted

October 24, 2021

Corruption is a serious issue in the world today. We, as the church, are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in this world. Corruption within destroys our witness to the world.Corruption in our lives and in the church is like a viral infection...It brings nothing but death.

So...how do we "UnCorrupt" ourselves? 

Listen in as we learn from this letter Jesus sent to the church in Thyatira helping them to see, identify, and deal with the corruption that was threatening to kill them, the church, and the community.

In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.

Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.

As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?

Whoever Has Ears - Corrupted

Whoever Has Ears - Corrupted

October 17, 2021

Corruption is a serious issue in the world today. We, as the church, are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in this world. Corruption within destroys our witness to the world.

Corruption in our lives and in the church is like a viral infection...A virus is an outside corrupting force that does nothing but bring destruction and death for living things. Allowing anything other than the Fruit of the Spirit into our hearts, minds, and lives will, eventually, bring destruction and death to our lives as individuals and the life, vision, and mission of the church.

In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.

Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.

As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?

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