Pentecost Sunday

“Pentecost Sunday” isn’t just about speaking in unknown languages. It’s a long-standing tradition, prescribed by God; a time to give to Him and celebrate all He’s given to us. 1. Read Deuteronomy 26:10-11 [ESV]“And you shall set [your gift] down before the Lord your God and worship before the Lord your God. And you shall rejoice in […]

The Connection

Baptism is more than a rite of passage. Communion is more than a mid-church snack; dedicating your children is more than a protestant placeholder for christening. Each of these is a powerful way to shout the story of the gospel to the world, but you need to have lived that story first.  1. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26 [ESV] “For […]

Happiness=Great Relationships

Humans are designed with a need for intimacy. Just like your body needs food, water and sleep, you need intimate human relationships to be fully functional and fulfilled. 1. Read Genesis 2:18 [NLT] “Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for […]

Happiness=Doing Your Best

When asked what they do for fun, not many people list “working really hard.” The truth is, part of the God-character in us as Christians is a robust work ethic – giving whatever we do 100% effort. When we do that consistently, God will reward us. 1. Read Colossians 3:17 [ESV] “And whatever you do, in word […]

We are Better Together

   Over the past few years, we’ve been able to accomplish great things in our community as we work together… but there’s more. God has world-changing work for us to accomplish, but the only way to do it is to work together – not just in partnership, but in deep relationships. 1. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12 […]

Overcoming Anxiety & Fear- Part 3

  Sometimes, following God’s path leads you right through some fear-inducing situations. Whether the danger is physical, financial, emotional or anything else, fear can paralyze you, keeping you from doing what God commands. If you want to follow Jesus effectively, you need courage!  1. Read Joshua 1:9 [NLT]  “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For […]

Overcoming Anxiety

  Everyone gets anxious, stressed or afraid from time to time, but for some people, anxiety can be so overwhelming that it becomes debilitating. Satan wants to leverage anxiety to neutralize your life, but with God’s help, you can find peace and serenity – even if the stress factors in your life don’t change. 1. Read 1 Peter […]