The Faithfulness of Jesus

Pastor's Corner

Right standing with God is found by placing our faith in the faithfulness of Jesus. We can never work for our salvation. We can only receive and rest in the saving grace that Jesus extends to us through his sacrificial death and resurrection. On the cross Jesus took upon himself our broken record of sinfulness and shares with us his perfect record of righteousness. Faith in Jesus means to receive forgiveness and enter into the new life that God has for every person.

Romans 4:1-5 (NLT) "Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God? If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”  When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned.  But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners." (Read all of Romans 4 here)

The Source of All Goodness

Pastor's Corner

James 1:17 (ESV) "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."

(Read all of James 1 here)

God is good! He is the source of all goodness and he doesn’t change. So much of life is fluid and changing. It is good to know that the very source of our salvation and blessing is a solid rock. Jesus is the only firm foundation of your life. If you seem to lack God’s presence and blessing in your life . . . check your foundation! If you discover you are building on something other than Jesus simply stop and pray. Ask Jesus to take his place as the firm foundation underneath your feet.

The Empowered Life

Pastor’s Corner

Philippians 2:12-13 (NLT) “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

(Read all of Philippians 2 here)

We serve an amazing God! God knows that we are unable to faithfully follow his instructions. So he shares his Holy Spirit with us to give us the power to live a life that glorifies him. Every fruit of the Holy Spirit is produced in this way. God gives us new desires and he empowers us to make choices that we would not have made on our own. In this way, every fruitful thing in your life is from God. If you don’t regularly experience this empowerment, ask Jesus to make his desires your desires. “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

Shine Brightly

Pastor's Corner

Luke 8:16-18 (ESV) "No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to the light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”

(Read all of Luke 8 here)

Let what God is doing in your life shine as a light to those around you! Jesus is the light who illuminates our darkness and sets our hearts ablaze with fresh love, purpose and life. Don’t hide the new life that Jesus gives you, but let is shine brightly. There is the temptation to blend in to the culture around you, rather shine like a light in the darkness. Live like Jesus. Give blessing rather than cursing, grace rather than judgment and choose to share the Agape Love of Jesus whenever you get the chance.

The Solid Rock

Pastor’s Corner

Luke 6:46-49 (ESV) “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

(Read all of Luke 6 here)

We are not meant to simply believe that Jesus is God. We are meant to build our life on this reality. Jesus questions those around him who are calling him Lord, but not obeying his words. It is through letting our lives come in alignment with the word of God that we experience all of his blessing and promises. What is the foundation of your life? It it God’s truth that motivates you or your own wisdom? Choose today to build your life on the rock solid promises of God’s word.

God In All Things

Pastor's Corner

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV) "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

(Read all of Proverbs 3 here)

Christianity is an All-In-faith. Each of us is called to trust God with all of our life, the mundane and the momentous. God was never intended to be just a part of your life. When each of us received Jesus we actually entered into his life! Acknowledging God in all things means that divine influence is your main influence when it comes to making decisions. This means connecting in prayer with God throughout the day and allowing Holy Spirit to lead. Remember, Jesus is Immanuel, the God who is with us every step of the way.

God With Us

Pastor’s Corner

Matthew 1:21-23 (ESV) "She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, (which means, God with us)."

(Read all of Matthew 1 here)

On Christmas we celebrate God joining himself to humanity! The God of creation who sometimes feels far away shows us just how close he really is, held in the arms of a Mother and Father. The birth of Jesus is the proclamation that God is with us! Jesus is the hope of humanity and the one way to eternal life with God. God’s perfect love leads Jesus from the manger to the cross where he pays the price for all of our sin and becomes the savior of humanity. Remember as you gather for Christmas this year that you are celebrating the birth of our savior and God. And remember Jesus is still “Immanuel” God with us today.

Humble Savior

Pastor's Corner

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

One of the most amazing testimonies of scripture is God becoming flesh in the womb of a teenage girl. Wow! The eternal, all-powerful and all-knowing Creator became a helpless baby fully dependent on a young mother and father. “Those who humble themselves will be exalted… (Matt 23:12).” It was through humility that Jesus came into the world and through humility he died on the cross. Remember this Christmas season that the birth and death of Jesus was a proclamation of God’s love for you. Jesus humbled himself so that you could have new life in his name.