Aug 28, 2016
How Can I Be A Witness
witness
We will be a witness. That is not in question. How we will be a witness is.
 
Acts 1:8 provides the map through the book of Acts as we see the witness of the church progress from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, to the ends of the earth. The writer also leaves us with numerous mile markers to follow the Gospel's advance. What happens before each of these mile markers is helpful in understanding how we may be a witness.
 
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  • Aug 28, 2016How Can I Be A Witness
    Aug 28, 2016
    How Can I Be A Witness
    witness
    We will be a witness. That is not in question. How we will be a witness is.
     
    Acts 1:8 provides the map through the book of Acts as we see the witness of the church progress from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, to the ends of the earth. The writer also leaves us with numerous mile markers to follow the Gospel's advance. What happens before each of these mile markers is helpful in understanding how we may be a witness.
     
  • Aug 21, 2016Pressure and Prayer
    Aug 21, 2016
    Pressure and Prayer
    Message Rock Solid FaithPersecution should not come as a surprise. Jesus did promise it. What matters is not so much whether persecution occurs, but how we respond to that pressure. In Acts 4, Peter and the believers respond with prayer ... not prayer that the persecution would be averted, but that their witness would remain strong in the face of it 
  • Aug 14, 2016Proclamation and Power
    Aug 14, 2016
    Proclamation and Power
    Message Rock Solid FaithOn Pentecost, Peter moves from coward to preacher. The message that he preached demonstrates that he is able to a crowd with the message of the Christ, that just weeks before he had denied.
     
    What made the difference? The presence of the Holy Spirit ... the same Holy Spirit Peter says comes an resides in us when we turn toward Christ.
  • Aug 7, 2016Confession and Crisis
    Aug 7, 2016
    Confession and Crisis
    Message Rock Solid Faith
    What you say is never enough. If you don't substantiate your faith with your actions you will be confronted by Jesus.
     
    Jesus asked the disciples who he was. Peter responded that Jesus was the expected Messiah. However, what he does immediately after this event indicated that he didn't really have any idea what he was saying. He wanted Jesus to fit into his predefined role. But Jesus wouldn't have any of that.
     
    We sometimes want Jesus to fit into our expectations as well. However, when our confessions don't match our lives it creates a crisis.
  • Jul 31, 2016A Future With Hope
    Jul 31, 2016
    A Future With Hope
    Series: (All)
    When we put our faith in God, we have a hope for the future that will sustain us through the unexpected circumstances of our lives.
  • Jul 24, 2016Marriage Made For Heaven
    Jul 24, 2016
    Marriage Made For Heaven
    Series: (All)
    A Marriage Made For Heaven
    We all approach marriage with a hope that it will be lasting. However, if we attempt to build it on a foundation that will not support it, it will not last.
     
    Paul shares with us, in Ephesians 5, the perfect marriage, between Christ and the Church, and provides through that example a pattern for us to following in building a lasting marriage.
  • Jul 17, 2016Rejection, Regret and Repentance
    Jul 17, 2016
    Rejection, Regret and Repentance
    Message Rock Solid Faith
    Peter and Judas both betrayed Jesus. Judas by turning him over to the authorities; Peter by denouncing him three times. Yet the difference really comes at how each of the respond to the regret when their sin is brought to light.
     
    Each of us live with regrets, those decisions that we come to say, "If only ..." How we deal with those regrets make the real difference. Judas shows us the despair which can result from regret. Peter shows us how it can move us to repentance.
  • Jul 10, 2016We Are In This Together
    Jul 10, 2016
    We Are In This Together
    Message We Are In This TogetherThe events of the first week of July 2016 remind us that our world is in chaos. Nothing makes it clearer than the senseless loss of lives during this week.
     
    It is time that we in the church take a stand both against the racial injustice and violence that has scarred this land.
     
    God has torn down the dividing wall of hostility between people. How dare us attempt to rebuild it. We in the church are to be a Gospel message of unity and love to a world as broken as ours.
  • Jul 3, 2016Encounter & Exchange
    Jul 3, 2016
    Encounter & Exchange
    Message Rock Solid Faith
    Jesus gives Simon a new name ... the Rock. Through the life encounters with Simon gradually change into that person with rock solid faith. Jesus desires the same transition to occur in us.
     
    In Simon's third encounter with Jesus (Luke 5:1-11), we see the transformation begin to occur as Simon makes three exchanges of old for new. These transitions are also needed in our lives.
  • Jun 19, 2016Live Your Lesson
    Jun 19, 2016
    Live Your Lesson
    Raising Kids
    Parents have the responsibility of teaching their children to love God with everything they are. However, their greatest teaching method is not what comes out of their mouth, but what comes out of their lives. 
     
    However, we are called to become like Christ, and as we live a Christlike example, we have the greatest chance of teaching them to love Jesus. But when they seem something other than Jesus in our lives we may do more spiritual damage to them.
  • Jun 12, 2016Imprinting God’s Love On Your Child
    Jun 12, 2016
    Imprinting God’s Love On Your Child
    Raising Kids
    As parents, we have the primary responsibility of imprinting our children with a love for God. We do that as we engage them in teaching opportunities that allow us to speak God's word and love into their lives.
     
    Yet, to often we allow the church to own responsibility for our children's discipleship, or are unavailable to our children.
  • Jun 5, 2016Building The Foundation
    Jun 5, 2016
    Building The Foundation
    Raising Kids
    We live in the midst of an X-Rated world, but God has called us to live a godly or G-Rated life. How do we life that G-Rated life? More importantly, how do we raise our kids to live a G-Rated life in the midst of this world.
     
    Living that life begins at the same place as it began with the Hebrew people as they prepared to enter the Promised Land ... another X-Rated environment -- Love The Lord Your God!