Run Child Run

Pastor’s Corner

Your past does not need to define your future! God has a plan for your life that he wants you to lean into. Like a runner leaning into a race to try to get the best speed, God desires us to lean in spiritually to fully enter into his plans and purposes. Sometimes the race feels like a sprint and sometimes it feels like a marathon. It may feel difficult and even painful at first as your spiritual muscles are stretched and pushed. But as you begin to run, your spiritual muscles will strengthen. You will find this is the race that you were created for. Don’t give up. God promises to provide for your every need. Fix your eyes on Jesus and run your race. His mercies are new every morning and he will give you the strength each day to press toward the prize. Run child run!   

Philippians 3:12-14 (ESV)   Not that i have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining for what lies ahead, I press toward  the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  

Read all of Philippians 3 here )

Compassionate Disciples 

Pastor's Corner

Everyone who follows Jesus is called to be passionately compassionate like Jesus. Behind every broken action and opinion is a broken person in need of God’s truth. The God of the bible is the author of life. His actions and ideas are the very fabric of reality. There is no greater truth than the truth that God reveals about himself and humanity. During his ministry, Jesus saw the crowds and had compassion on them. He saw them for what they were, harassed by the broken things of this world and lost wandering without God’s eternal purpose to lead them. There is a temptation to get angry when we come across people with broken and backward ideas, but Jesus calls us to have compassion. Jesus’ response to this brokenness is powerful loving action. He sends his disciples out in miracle ministry to proclaim the kingdom of heaven is here. 

Matthew 9:35-38  (ESV)  And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

(Read all of Matthew 9 here)

The Glory and Gentleness of God 

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We serve a wonderful, powerful, and infinite God! He created all things and holds everything together. It is amazing that this infinite God desires friendship with his finite creation. If fully revealed, his glory would consume us. Like an object drawing to close to the Sun. But God in his grace and mercy has chosen to reveal himself in limited ways so that we can come to know him. It is in the gentleness of God that Jesus came into the world. He was fully God, but his glory was veiled so that we could come to know him. Since God has made himself known, set your hearts to know him! Jesus promises that if we seek him we will find him. When Jesus returns it will not be in a limited a way. He will come in the fullness of his glory and power. Then only those who truly have known him will live with him forever. 

Exodus 33:18-22  (ESV)   “Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.”

Read all of Exodus 33 here )

Lifestyle of Repentance

Pastor's Corner

The mission of the church is to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins to all people! Repentance means to turn from your own ideas, way of life, and plans for the future to follow Jesus! This is happens initially as someone comes to faith in Jesus. But repentance doesn’t stop at conversion. Christianity is a life of repentance. As we continue to learn God’s truth we are called to continually reorient our lives around Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us. When we learn this lifestyle of repentance, it can become a joyful experience of growing more and more in love with God. In prayer, invite the Holy Spirit to lead you in the lifestyle of repentance and get ready to fall more in love with the one who first loved you!

Luke 24:45-48 (ESV) "Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”

(Read all of Luke 24 here)

Who Is Jesus?

Pastor's Corner

Who Is Jesus? What words can we possibly use to describe him? Jesus is . . . creator, redeemer, sustainer, and provider. He is the heaven bringer, truth revealer, and hope giver. He is the bright light in the darkness. He is the friend of sinners, the healer of the broken, and the calm in the storm. He is the only way to heaven, the only truth that frees us, and the only life that transforms us. Jesus is the one hope of humanity. The one sacrifice for sin. The one way to the Father. He lived for you, on the cross died for you, and from the grave he rose for you. The amazing thing is that this glorious Jesus passionately loves you! He desires to know you and share his life with you. Jesus is deserving of our extravagant devotion, adoration, and worship!

Luke 23:34-38 (NLT) "Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”

(Read all of Luke 23 here)

Extravagant Love

Pastor's Corner

We worship a God who has extravagant love for us! Not only does the Father of heaven send his son into the world to show us the way, the truth and the life. The Son of God willingly dies for us on the cross to demonstrate that great love. And who kills Jesus? We do! On the cross Jesus dies for the very people who reject him, deny him, and crucify him. In love Jesus prays, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” The only response to this extravagant love is to respond with our own extravagant love, worship, and thanksgiving. 

Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV) "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved.”

(Read all of Ephesians 2 here)

The Master Builder

Pastor's Corner

God desires to be the master builder of your life! Your father in heaven desires goodness and blessing for your marriage, parenting, occupation, and ministry. This will only happen when you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom found in the scriptures. Jesus says in Matthew 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” God has vision, inspiration, and direction for your life if you are willing to seek Him to discover it. 

Psalm 127:1 (ESV) "Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stays awake in vain.” 

(Read all of Psalm 127 here

Faith in God's Word

Pastor's Corner

Jesus did not leave his first disciples in the dark about his coming death and resurrection. He told them plainly, but they still failed to understand him. God has provided us his word so that we can read and learn from it. When the bible teaches us to do or not do something we are called to agree and obey. When God’s word tells us that something has happened or will happen we are called to trust and have faith. There will be times when you struggle to understand things in the bible.  First, pray to God and ask for understanding. If you continue to struggle, try asking questions of others believers. God’s Word will bless, correct, and direct your life if you take it to heart and put it to action. 

Matthew 20:17-19 (NLT) "As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him. "Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die. Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

(Read all of Matthew 20 here)