Be encouraged, knowing that as we fast and pray, if we seek God, we are going to find him! In Luke 11, Jesus teaches us how to seek God in prayer. Luke 11:9 says, "And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." Seek God with boldness and persistence and in His generosity, He will answer! God will give the Holy Spirit to those who seek Him, and the Holy Spirit will provide wisdom in the midst of our circumstances!
At the beginning of a new year, we are often focused on the things that we would like to see happen within the year, and we feel the need to busy ourselves with goals, plans, and resolutions. But, if we don’t stop to hear from the Lord and catch what He is saying and doing, we will prepare in vain. Matthew 6 tells us, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Start off this new year, remembering that you are valuable to God, God already knows everything you need, and that in seeking Him first everything that you need will be met!
We often think that when God calls us to be on mission with Him, His expectation of us is in an unreachable or unattainable place, and we feel the pressure of having to be perfect all the time. When we allow this kind of fear and shame to creep into our minds it keeps us from going deeper in our relationship with God. But the Bible encourages us, showing us that Jesus died on the cross for our humanity! As we make resolutions, let's remember that we are free from perfectionism! His call is today, exactly as you are, where you are, and the only prerequisite is that you say YES to His invitation. Jesus is already in your boat, and He is excited to show you all that He has planned for you!
The original songs of Christmas including Simeon's song in Luke 2:22-35, provide great encouragement and hope to us in this holiday season. God has plans for your life, and Jesus is the light of revelation for all nations! Jesus will be the glory of God's people, and our response to him will determine whether we rise or we fall. Let's be a people who live a life that share in the Glory of God!
According to popular Christmas songs, the holiday season is supposed to be "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," but for many, it can be a dreaded and painful season marked by loss, loneliness, fear and despair. But the original songs of Christmas, including Zechariah's song in Luke 1:68-79, provide incredible hope to those even in the most difficult circumstances. Be encouraged this Christmas season! God sees you and remembers His promise and plan for you, and He wants to rescue you and enable you to serve Him without fear! God wants to bring salvation and forgiveness and He will guide your feet into the path of peace!
What many people don’t know is that before Jesus was 8 days old, there were already four Christmas songs written. In this sermon learn more about Mary's Song in Luke 1! As we celebrate Christmas today, we often sing songs like "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night" that don't grasp the true agenda of Jesus. The nativity story is more than just a story about baby Jesus sleeping in a crib, it's the reality of God entering our world to deal with injustice! This Christmas season, let's wish people a Merry Christmas but let's also tell them who our Jesus is!
Last Sunday, we talked about being grounded in hope even when so many of our questions remain unanswered. God will always fulfill His promises and work out His plans, and He will be present with us in our struggles until then! God doesn't promise us a life without hardship, but He promises His presence in the process. Be encouraged and have hope, the glory comes after the struggle!
Last Sunday, we learned from our guest speaker Sheila Donegan, the founder of the Boston Dream Center, the importance of sacrificing and surrendering our WHOLE life to God. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice, and died on the cross for us, so now we are called to live for him! God is worth our sacrifice and our sacrifice matters to God!
Want to experience a fruitful and flourishing life? In order to experience the fruitful and flourishing life that God has for us, we must be firmly planted and grounded in God's ways, God's values, and God's directions! In this message learn the importance of listening to the voice of God, and always remembering and doing the things that He says will bring blessing. God will always give you grace and guidance as you live a life that is grounded in Him!
Have you ever felt triggered? Like something small sets you off in a big way? In this sermon learn how important it is to go back before you go forward. Sometimes we feel so imperfect and insecure because op our shortcomings but God wants to use those things to show His power. How have you been broken and how is the Lord remaking you?
What are the things in our lives that we need to give up and exchange for something new? Is it our identity, is it an ungodly beliefs about ourselves - I hate myself, I will never be popular or well-liked, do you have past hurt, are you paralyzed by fear, do you try to control everything and everyone around you? In this message, Pastor Kristin shares with us the importance of identifying and letting go of the things that hold us back from God's purpose and how He wants to exchange our trash for His truth!
Do you ever feel like you do not have enough to offer? Like maybe your contribution is too strong? Learn why it is important to not only attend church, but to step out, and be a part of a community, using the gifts God has given you. In his message Pastor Arman reminds us that stepping out when we feel we are not enough makes room for God to do what only He can!
Have you ever felt like you royally messed up? Have you ever felt like you are too far gone? In this message learn how we are never too far gone to receive God's favor! We often feel like when we drift away from God, we must get our selves together before we can come back to Him. But the best thing for your life is to turn to God immediately! He never stops extending grace and His favor is always available!
Have you ever had a season where you felt like things weren't going your way? Like maybe God was a little distant? We often times feel like because of our situation that God is far from us and that His grace is not in our lifes. But God's grace and favor can have powerful effects on our life's in those seasons. Learn how God's favor can have powerful effects on your life!
We as believers often talk about Jesus, and understand the nature of His essence as being both fully God, and fully human. While this is the divine truth about our savior, have we taken the time to ask the question, “why does this matter to me today.” We learn that Jesus, the word of God, came and made His dwelling among us, full of grace and truth. The truth of God was that Jesus had the power and authority to forgive our sins, while the grace of God was His understanding as to why it was necessary. Jesus was in fact man, He lived, He laughed, He loved, He cried, and in every way knows what it means to be Human.
Did you know that diversity is God's idea? Do you have questions about racial reconciliation and equality? These are some of the most controversial and important conversations in our world right now. Learn what the Bible says about these topics and hear how God calls us to live life WITH others but also going BEFORE others.