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.