Apr 26, 2020
Worry is a Choice
Series: Why Worry
Worry—it's universal. It's as much a part of life as breathing. Yet Jesus said, Don't. Don't worry! Easier said than done. In this 3-part series, we explore what Jesus had to say about worry. We’ll discover where worry comes from, why it's so difficult to overcome, and what you can do to conquer it. It's particularly relevant for this time in which we find ourselves.  Today we discuss how seeking first your own security will fuel worry, but seeking first the agenda of God will free you. .
 
My Next Step(s): ○ I will shift my devotion from the things of this world to God’s Kingdom. ○ I will make a list of the things that I am concerned about in life. ○ I will surrender my list of concerns to God. ○ I will choose not to worry about tomorrow.  
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  • Apr 26, 2020Worry is a Choice
    Apr 26, 2020
    Worry is a Choice
    Series: Why Worry
    Worry—it's universal. It's as much a part of life as breathing. Yet Jesus said, Don't. Don't worry! Easier said than done. In this 3-part series, we explore what Jesus had to say about worry. We’ll discover where worry comes from, why it's so difficult to overcome, and what you can do to conquer it. It's particularly relevant for this time in which we find ourselves.  Today we discuss how seeking first your own security will fuel worry, but seeking first the agenda of God will free you. .
     
    My Next Step(s): ○ I will shift my devotion from the things of this world to God’s Kingdom. ○ I will make a list of the things that I am concerned about in life. ○ I will surrender my list of concerns to God. ○ I will choose not to worry about tomorrow.  
  • Apr 19, 2020The Root of Your Emotion
    Apr 19, 2020
    The Root of Your Emotion
    Series: Why Worry
    Worry—it's universal. It's as much a part of life as breathing. Yet Jesus said, Don't. Don't worry! Easier said than done. In this 3-part series, we explore what Jesus had to say about worry. We’ll discover where worry comes from, why it's so difficult to overcome, and what you can do to conquer it. It's particularly relevant for this time in which we find ourselves.  Today we discuss how your point of greatest devotion will be the point of greatest emotion.
    My Next Step(s): ○ I will seek to discover what I am devoted to. ○ I will look to the birds of the air when I am tempted to worry. ○ I will find my certainty in Christ, rather than look for certainty in the world.    
  • Apr 12, 2020Easter
    Apr 12, 2020
    Easter
    Series: (All)
    Happy Easter! Christ the Lord is Risen Today - Alleluia! In spite of some of the Christians you’ve met or done business with, in spite of revivals and scandals, in spite of how you view the Bible, and in spite of your church experience, you should consider putting your faith in Jesus as your Savior. Why? It has nothing to do with your personal experience and everything to do with what the disciples saw that first Easter! My Next Step(s): ○ I am putting my faith and trust in Jesus as my Lord and Savior. ○ I will further explore the claims of Jesus. ○ I will share with others the significance of Jesus’ resurrection. ○ I will not fear — because I know that I have eternal life in Jesus!
  • Apr 5, 2020The Practice of Growth
    Apr 5, 2020
    The Practice of Growth
    Series: Soul Keeping
    Outwardly, growth looks like numbers.  On Palm Sunday, Jesus had lots of numbers in the form of huge crowds!  Inwardly, however, God can grow the soul through struggle, as what happened to Jesus demonstrates .  My Next Step(s): ○ I will recognize that God is more concerned with my soul than anything else in my life. ○ I will bring all of my concerns to the Lord in prayer rather than live in fear. ○ I will trust that God is growing me through hardship and challenge. ○ I will grow by follow the Lord’s example of giving, loving and serving.
  • Mar 29, 2020The Practice of Gratitude
    Mar 29, 2020
    The Practice of Gratitude
    Series: Soul Keeping
    Redeemer By The Sea's worship service for 3-29-20 - "The Practice of Gratitude." When life gets difficult, the best thing we can do is offer thanks to God!  This reminds our souls that, ultimately, God’s blessings far outweigh this world’s trials and troubles. 
    My Next Step(s):
     - I will demonstrate faith instead of fear, love instead of anger and hope instead of worry.
     - I will thank God for His undeserved grace in light of what my sins deserve.  - My soul will bless the Lord, by practicing gratitude instead of selfishness.
  • Mar 22, 2020The Practice of Grace
    Mar 22, 2020
    The Practice of Grace
    Series: Soul Keeping

    There are two ways that people try to fill their souls:  by their works or by God’s grace. The way of works never works!  It only leaves people empty. The way of grace, however, provides the path our eternal souls are yearning for.

  • Mar 15, 2020What the Soul Needs
    Mar 15, 2020
    What the Soul Needs
    Series: Soul Keeping
    In order to be healthy, the soul must reach beyond itself to the eternal truths of God’s Word. The Word of God refreshes weary souls and forgives sinful souls.
  • Mar 8, 2020The Struggle of the Soul
    Mar 8, 2020
    The Struggle of the Soul
    Series: Soul Keeping
    Every person eventually has what St. John of the Cross once described as a “dark night of the soul.”  When we are in a dark time in our lives, instead of being led by the emotions of our souls, we need to talk to our souls, and remind ourselves that our ultimate hope rests in God. 
  • Mar 1, 2020What is the Soul?
    Mar 1, 2020
    What is the Soul?
    Series: Soul Keeping
    Most people think of the soul as a nebulous part of them that is mysteriously internal to them. The Bible, however, often uses the word “soul” to describe the whole of who we are. The soul is what holds us together. When God creates the first man, who becomes a “living being” (Genesis 2:7), the Hebrew word behind this phrase is the word for “soul.” When any part of us is off – be it our emotions, our bodies, or our minds – our souls are off.
  • Feb 26, 2020Sharing the Gospel in 7 Words
    Feb 26, 2020
    Sharing the Gospel in 7 Words
    While ashes are a focal point of our worship this evening, we also remember that these forty days of Lent, from ancient times, have been kept as a time of special devotion, self-denial, and humble repentance born of a faithful heart that dwells confidently on God's Word and draws life and hope from it. As such, we as God’s people desire to communicate that Word to others. The Apostle Peter reminds us, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” – 1 Peter 3:15
  • Feb 23, 2020Follow Me
    Feb 23, 2020
    Follow Me
    Series: Love Does
    Love ultimately calls for commitment. This is why couples speak vows at their weddings. This is why parents make promises to their children. To love Jesus, we must commit to following Him, even as Jesus has committed to dying for us.
  • Feb 16, 2020Be Not Afraid
    Feb 16, 2020
    Be Not Afraid
    Series: Love Does
    John writes, “Perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18).  Stephen was a man so convinced of God’s love for him in Christ that he was willing to face even martyrdom because he knew his eternity was secure. 
  • Feb 9, 2020Audacious Love
    Feb 9, 2020
    Audacious Love
    Series: Love Does
    True love does not just affirm those the world would deem “lovable,” it befriends those others overlook.  This is what Jesus does with a Samaritan woman in John 4.   How can we love those the world overlooks? 
  • Feb 2, 2020Free to Fail
    Feb 2, 2020
    Free to Fail
    Series: Love Does

    When you love someone, it can be difficult to watch them make foolish choices.  And yet, sometimes love lets others learn from their mistakes because love wants to encourage people to take responsibility for their own actions.  Jesus lets His disciples make mistakes not so He can condemn them, but so that He can grow them. 

  • Jan 26, 2020Hope in The Midst of Turmoil
    Jan 26, 2020
    Hope in The Midst of Turmoil
    Series: (All)
    The prophet Habakkuk protests God's seeming inaction in the face of injustice and violence: the wicked thrive at the expense of the righteous. Habakkuk listens and God responds: "The righteous shall live by faith."  The gift of faith by which we receive through God's Word and the Holy Spirit is to be lived one day at a time and is something to be practiced, not taken for granted. We are each a mysterious combination of our families, teachers, friends, and experiences. Paul invites us to fan into flame the gifts of God we receive through the people in our lives. Not all gifts feel like blessings. Some are the traumas and losses we inevitably undergo. Even so, we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control. Jesus invites us to let forgiveness, faith, and service become our daily habit. By following in Jesus’ way, we are empowered to freely share that love with every person we meet.