Monday, June 8, 2015

He Restores My Soul - Crystal Rogers

 Most of us live busy lives – rushing to work, getting the children off to school, after school sports practices and competitions, birthday parties, cookouts, family gatherings, etc. – and vacations are always longed for. It takes forever for the time to come for our vacation to get here. And then, Bam! The week of vacation is here and gone and it seems like it only lasted a couple of days. That's what just happened to me. Our week of vacation (in Port Charlotte, Florida area) came and went way too fast.

I had a lot of time on our drive to and from Florida (16 hours each way) to thank God for all of my blessings and to thank him for his beauty and serenity that I got to experience in my short week of vacation. I got to visit three beautiful beaches with soft white sand, calm clear beautiful water in the Gulf of Mexico and Charlotte Harbour, millions of miraculous sea shells, and tons of other Florida native wildlife (birds of all colors, shapes and sizes, crabs, fish, dolphins, turtles, etc.). While some say they "need" a vacation, I would agree that in my mind, I "needed" this vacation from the normal busy life, but we all know that we really don't "need" vacations, we just want them. 

Pastor John spoke this week about God being our provider. "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19. God…through Jesus…has provided everything we need. Through my faith in Jesus, he provided for me and my family on this vacation. We didn't have a lot of money to spend on a big lavish vacation, but he provided us with shelter, food, good health, beautiful scenery, precious family time together, and a reminder that not only do we need to slow down our lives to allow for enjoyment of ourselves and families, but we need to slow down to experience God and thank him for our blessings and what He does provide for us. He also provided the protection we needed as we traveled.

When Pastor John asked this week what we need that we must trust God to provide? I don't "need" a vacation.  I do need love, patience and forgiveness though. Not only do I need each one of these things from Jesus, I must also give those things to others. Last week, I needed a break from my busy schedule so that I could focus on God and my family more. The more faith we have in God, the less we should need.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Teaching Series!

Beginning Sunday, June 7, 2015
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Do you ever need to be restored? 

Maybe a definition of "restore" would be helpful:
1) Bring back; reinstate.
2) Return someone or something to a former condition
3) Renovate so as to return it to its original condition

What do those definitions stir in your soul? Now, consider the question again, "Do you ever need to be restored?"

Jesus modeled that in the course of following Him we should find times to be restored. To be filled up, refreshed, remade...restored.

This summer we will walk through Psalm 23 and look at many roles that God fills in our lives as He seeks to restore us to the people He intended us to be when He created us!

God our Provider
God our Restorer
God our Guide
God our Protector
God our Shepherd
God our Victory
God our Healer
God our Hope

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

New Teaching Series!

Beginning Sunday, April 12 @ 9:00 & 11:00

There are many headlines in our world today. Some good, some bad, but all tell a story about life in our world. Sometimes it's hard to believe that God is present in it all, but He is. 

Genesis through Revelation tells the grand story of God. But it doesn't stop there. Beyond the scriptural story of God is His ongoing activity and work in and through His people. INCLUDING YOU!

You have a story! How would you tell your story? Maybe something like...

- Who I was
- How I connected to God
- Who I am now
- Who I am becoming

God's story begins "In the beginning God..."

How about you? What's your story?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Easter Teaching Series

All Things New
Beginning Sunday
Mar 22 @ 10:00 a.m.

Easter Sunday, Apr 5
9:00a & 11:00a

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making all things new!” 
Revelation 21:5

God speaks to us about His plan for all of creation and humanity when He says, "I am making all things new!"  It is a promise to His people, to His creation and to each individual person!

Join us this Easter season as we look at how loving God with our heart, soul, mind and strength is one of the key ways that God makes those parts of us new!

Sunday, March 22 - Making Our Mind (Thoughts) & Heart (Feelings) New
Sunday, March 29 - Making Our Strength (Behavior) New
Easter, April 5 - Making Our Soul (Whole Person) New

The most important step in God's restoration plan was sending His Son, Jesus, to live among us, teach us, die in our place and defeat death so that we might be restored to God and to the people He created us to be!  Celebrate that great plan with us on Easter Sunday, April 5 at 9am & 11am!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 Mission & Vision Series

Mission & Vision

Feb 1
10:00 a.m.

Do you want to thrive? Do you want your family to thrive? Do you want your community to thrive?

As a congregation do we want to thrive in accomplishing the mission Jesus gave to His Church?

Listen to what the God says through the Prophet Jeremiah about what it takes to thrive:

This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
(Jeremiah 29:4-7)

We believe 2015 is a turning point year! Why? Because our vision is to see these verses come to life through us! To see our community, families and church THRIVE!

Here is the series at a glance:
Feb 1 - Mission: 2MD X 2LV = THRIVE
Feb 8 - Values: 3V
Feb 15 - Vision: 3P
Feb 22 - Vision: 3P
Mar 1 - Strategy: 3G
Mar 8 - GO! Sunday

Join us for this exciting and important teaching series as we strive to THRIVE in 2015!

Monday, December 22, 2014

January Teaching Series!

Break Through
Entering into an Intimate Prayer Relationship with God
Beginning Sunday, January 4, 2015

The prophet Hosea says these words, "Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you. (Hos. 10:12)

Sowing or planting is a great thing to do early in a new year. With anticipation we wait until the time to reap or harvest comes later in the year. Our prayer relationship with God can be just like that. We sow prayers and hope to reap God's answer or involvement in our lives. But if you notice in this verse there is something else that often has to happen first. We break up any unplowed ground in our life. This must happen before any sowing or reaping can occur. This can be challenging.

Here is how the series will flow:

Jan 4 - Partnership - Partnering with God in prayer
Jan 11 - Passion - Prayer must become a passion for us
Jan 18 - Power - God's power in prayer is life-changing
Jan 25 - Persistence - Persisting in prayer no matter what

Join us in January as we Break Through the unplowed ground of our lives and cultivate a life-changing prayer relationship with God!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Advent Teaching Series!

Advent Teaching Series - Beginning Nov. 30 - 10:00 a.m.

Did you know that Jesus is the subject of Christmas? In our modern world many people don't know that fact. Or they choose to ignore it. 

Would you believe it if we told you that Jesus is the subject of everything? That He is at the center of our past, present and future? That He is the subject of both the Old and New Testaments in the Bible? That there is no part of time, history or creation that He is not the subject of?

When we sing Silent Night and celebrate the birth of a baby in a manger, we are celebrating the culminating event of the creation and human stories!


Listen to these words from Colossians 1:15-20...

[15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. [16] For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. [17] He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. [19] For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Let's make Jesus the subject of our Christmas this year!