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  • Sep7Thu

    Give What You Have

    September 7, 2017

    What do you have that others need?  Some of us have certain skills, like being a handyman, or being good with cars, or being good at helping people move (only because you have a truck).  Others of us have certain possessions that other people need and that you are willing to give them in their time of need.  So, I ask again, what do you have that others need? 

  • Jul13Thu

    Live by Love

    July 13, 2017

    How am I supposed to live my Christian life in the midst of this sinful, rotten world?  How am I supposed to navigate the valleys of death and the roads of perdition that surround me?  The weight of expectations that the world puts on Christians is heavy, and it seems impossible to live up to them.  Thats because it is impossible.  Thank God that I do not have to live up to the worlds expectations, but rather, I get to live by God’s expectations.  As a Christian, my life should be defined by one word: Love.  

  • Jun8Thu

    Live by Faith

    June 8, 2017

    Do you lack faith in your life?  Are you slow to have confident trust in someone or something else?  If you are, take heart, because you are not alone.  One of the most despairing phrases in all of scripture comes from the mouth of Jesus himself in Matthew 8:26.  This phrase comes from Jesus in the midst of a severe storm in which his disciples think they are going to perish.  They wake Jesus up to see if he can do anything to change their fate.  Before Jesus displays his miraculous power by calming the storm, he looks right into the eyes of his disciples and asks them, “Why are you so afraid, O you of little faith?” 

  • Jun1Thu

    Live it Well

    June 1, 2017

    “What is your life?”  This question comes from James 4:14, and not surprisingly this question still pertains to us today.  This question begs us to take a deep intrinsic look into our own lives.  In fact, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, it is imperative that you take this self assessment each day so that you can accomplish your divine purpose given to you by God. Here are some questions that should run through your mind every single day:

    Who am I? (Answer: A child of God)
    Why am I here? (Answer: To be an ambassador for Christ)
    What are my tasks? (Answer: Love God and love others)
    What is my goal for today? (Answer: ___________________)  

  • May25Thu

    Are Your Feet Beautiful?

    May 25, 2017

    I don’t know about you, but feet gross me out.  Who knows where they have been and how they smell, right? Could anyone possibly call feet beautiful?  Well, according to the scriptures, God does.  We hear it from the prophet Isaiah:

    “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” - Isaiah 52:7

    God calls the feet of the person who brings good news and who publishes peace and salvation beautiful.  God calls their feet beautiful because they are doing something specific for Him.  They are proclaiming the gospel of peace and salvation to those who are perishing.  So the question must be asked, are your feet beautiful?

  • May18Thu

    Tell the Truth

    May 18, 2017

    Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?  If you have ever had to testify in court, or watched a crime drama, you know that it is imperative that every witness must tell the whole truth.  So much so, that if they do not, they themselves will be charged with penalties of perjury.  In our court system, witnesses who testify play a huge role in the outcome of a case, which is why the truth is so important.  Now, if you are a Christian, do you know that you are a witness?

  • May11Thu

    The Character of God

    May 11, 2017

    God will always be God.  Now, most of you will nod your head and agree with me when I say that, but I really want you to take moment and think about that statement.  You might agree with it, but do you actually believe it?  One of the biggest flaws in the church are people who claim to love, serve, and honor God, but then go about their days, weeks, and months trying to play god in their own lives.  Many Christians get angry at their tough circumstances, devise their own plans for their life, and rely on their own human character to get them through each day.  They might claim allegiance to God, but in all reality they are in allegiance with themselves.  The truth is that God will always be God and we will always be His creation.  He does whatever He pleases and He uses whoever He wants.  Just like Jonah, sometimes we need to learn this lesson the hard way!

  • May4Thu

    The Sermon of Jonah

    May 4, 2017

    Have you ever tried to “play” God?  Before you confidently say no, I want you to truly think if you have ever tried.  Ask yourself questions like these:

    Have I ever tried to plan my whole life out?
    Have I tried to force someone to believe what I believe?
    Have I tried to fix other people’s problems by my own wisdom?  
    Have I boasted in my work of helping others?
    Have I condemned people to hell because of their lifestyle?
    Have I assured people of heaven despite their lifestyle?

  • Apr27Thu

    The Prayer of Jonah

    April 27, 2017

    Do you ever feel like you are drowning in the midst of your life circumstances, struggling to stay afloat, with no help in sight?  If you do, then join the club.  There are many circumstances in life that seem to cast us off into the deep, forcing us to tread the violent waters of our lives.  Sometimes we cannot tread any longer and we start to sink.  We sink farther and farther from the surface and eventually we hit rock bottom where the seaweed locks us in like a prison cell, and all hope is lost.  Is there anyone that can save us at this point?  As Christians, we must remember what Jonah states when he is in this exact circumstance, “Salvation belongs to the Lord” (Jonah 2:9)

  • Apr20Thu

    The Flight of Jonah

    April 20, 2017

    What if God called you to go into Nazi Germany during the height of WW2 to knock on Hitler’s door and ask him to stop sinning?  Would you do it?  I didn't think so.  This commission seems insane because not only was Hitler our enemy, but he was also a terrible person to his core.  Why would God ever want him to hear the truth of the gospel?  Why would God ever want to save a man like him?  Many Christians forget that we have been commissioned to do just this.  It might not be Hitler’s door we are knocking on, but we have been called to share the gospel with our neighbors, our families, or complete strangers.  All followers of Jesus have been commissioned to proclaim the excellency of Christ to those who are lost, to those who are sinful, and to those who are perishing.  The problem is that many Christians neglect this commission.  They reject their calling and suppress the truth to those who need to hear it most.