Sep 8, 2019
Filled…with LIFE
Series: Filled
We live in a world that saps us and drains us at every turn. If it’s not the demanding work schedule, it’s the cost of living. If it’s not the cut-throat competition, it’s the hair-pulling traffic. And if it’s not strife in the news or on social media, it’s strife in our relationships. Isn’t there something that can fill us up rather than wear us down? Yes there is, but it’s not a something, it’s a Someone. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). The enemy wants to destroy your life, but Jesus died to give you life - eternal life! May your life be full in Him.
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  • Sep 8, 2019Filled…with LIFE
    Sep 8, 2019
    Filled…with LIFE
    Series: Filled
    We live in a world that saps us and drains us at every turn. If it’s not the demanding work schedule, it’s the cost of living. If it’s not the cut-throat competition, it’s the hair-pulling traffic. And if it’s not strife in the news or on social media, it’s strife in our relationships. Isn’t there something that can fill us up rather than wear us down? Yes there is, but it’s not a something, it’s a Someone. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). The enemy wants to destroy your life, but Jesus died to give you life - eternal life! May your life be full in Him.
  • Sep 1, 2019Filled… with HOPE
    Sep 1, 2019
    Filled… with HOPE
    Series: Filled
    We live in a world that saps us and drains us at every turn. If it’s not the demanding work schedule, it’s the cost of living. If it’s not the cut-throat competition, it’s the hair-pulling traffic. And if it’s not strife in the news or on social media, it’s strife in our relationships. Isn’t there something that can fill us up rather than wear us down? Yes there is, but it’s not a something, it’s a Someone. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). We find so much hope in this troubled world through the promises of our Savior Jesus. Come and find refuge in Him.
  • Aug 25, 2019Filled…with JOY
    Aug 25, 2019
    Filled…with JOY
    Series: Filled
    We live in a world that saps us and drains us at every turn. If it’s not the demanding work schedule, it’s the cost of living. If it’s not the cut-throat competition, it’s the hair-pulling traffic. And if it’s not strife in the news or on social media, it’s strife in our relationships. Isn’t there something that can fill us up rather than wear us down? Yes there is, but it’s not a something, it’s a Someone. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11, ESV). Come and be filled by the joy that only comes through Jesus, the Son of God.
  • Jul 21, 2019Put God First
    Jul 21, 2019
    Put God First
    "This" is all about the joy of giving—it's a complete paradigm shift in talking about giving. Walking through this 3-week series, we'll learn how to move from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset. It highlights how generosity and giving are foundational parts of who we are as a Church and as Christians—because of what God did for us, this is what we do. And it begins with putting God first in our lives.  This is what we do.
  • Jul 7, 2019GOD
    Jul 7, 2019
    GOD
    God is God. You’re not. Your favorite (or least-favorite) politician isn’t. Not even Morgan Freeman (of Bruce Almighty fame) can claim that honor. God is God. Cancer isn’t God. Divorce isn’t God. Chronic pain isn’t God. Not even death gets to be God. God is God. And He is all-powerful and utterly unique.  “Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. ‘Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’ The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46:8-11). Oh how blessed we are to know and be known by our Real. Present. God.
  • Jun 30, 2019Present
    Jun 30, 2019
    Present
    We continue pondering our Real. Present. God. particularly as we encounter Him in the Psalms.  Have you ever considered the words of Psalm 139:1 “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”  These are either terrifying or comforting words depending on your perspective.  If you are hiding from God, His presence might be unnerving but if you are afraid or in danger, then God’s presence is a great comfort.  In Psalm 46, God’s presence is offered as a comfort to His people.  The image is of God as a refuge - a place of great strength when you are weak and a place of protection and provision when you face persecution or struggle. We thank God for his sweet and comforting presence in our lives!
  • Jun 23, 2019Real.
    Jun 23, 2019
    Real.
    Psalm 46:1 sets the stage for our next few weeks: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  In this short verse we encounter our Real. Present. God.  Today we will focus on the first word, “Real.”  That word has several potential connotations, but we will explore two of them in particular.  First - we understand something to be “real” if it is physical, earthly, tangible and actual.  This life that we live is real - not fiction and not fantasy.  Second - we desire and need “real” relationships - ones that are authentic, candid, honest, frank and vulnerable.  We certainly seek that with each other, but especially with our Real. Present. God.
  • Jun 16, 2019RLC: Changing
    Jun 16, 2019
    RLC: Changing
    In the letter of James, we read, “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” (James 1:23-24) When we look at the words of Jesus in the Bible, do we go away unchanged?  No.  Jesus’ words are life changing!  He changes the way we see life, death and our relationship with God.  On this Trinity Sunday having been changed by the Son and empowered by the Holy Spirit, may we bring glory to our Father in Heaven as we continue to put the words of Jesus into practice!
  • Jun 9, 2019RLC: Going
    Jun 9, 2019
    RLC: Going
    As Christians, we have the greatest message of hope in the world. Especially on this Pentecost Sunday, we are reminded that Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit to empower us to go and share the hope that lives in us with the world. When one person declares what Jesus has done for him, it changes the whole community in which he lives. How can we change our neighborhoods, family, and even the world with the message of the gospel?  
  • Jun 2, 2019RLC: Giving
    Jun 2, 2019
    RLC: Giving
    Today we begin one of the most challenging weeks – Giving. There are more Red Letters about giving than almost any other subject. Why is that? Because Jesus loves to give! He gave His life for the life of the world. Jesus wants us to reflect Him in how generous we are with others. Don’t think your giving makes a difference?  Bring what you have to the Lord. With just a little – five loaves and two fish – Jesus can do a lot?  
  • May 26, 2019RLC: Serving
    May 26, 2019
    RLC: Serving
    We are motivated by expectations. We give and serve but we expect something in return. We may start without expectations but at some point, we ask, “What’s in it for me?” As we follow Jesus and put his words into action, He calls us to serve without expecting anything in return. This is the true heart of a servant?
  • May 19, 2019RLC: Forgiving
    May 19, 2019
    RLC: Forgiving
    As followers of Jesus we are always asking, “What is my purpose?” We ask the question, but do we really want the answer? What if the answer is to forgive that person who has wounded you deeply? What if the answer is to put down your self-righteous stones that make you feel better than others. What if Jesus is calling His followers to be known for what they are FOR than what they are AGAINST?
  • May 6, 2019RLC: Being
    May 6, 2019
    RLC: Being
    Before we are called to do anything for Jesus, we are called to spend time with Jesus. However, in our desire to follow Jesus we often jump into action and forget that our DOING flows out of our BEING with Jesus. In the coming weeks, Jesus will call us to Forgive, to Serve, to Give, and to Go. None of these are possible unless we first learn to abide in Being with Jesus.
  • Apr 28, 2019RLC: Introduction
    Apr 28, 2019
    RLC: Introduction
    More than half of the words in the Gospels come from the mouth of Jesus. These are the Red Letters of Scripture. We memorize them, we quote them, we write books about them, we post them on social media. Jesus called us to do none of these things. He called us to do them!  God’s Word is living, active and life-changing for those who read, mark, learn and inwardly digest it.  Let us open our hearts to the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we embark on this 40-day challenge.  
  • Apr 21, 2019Consider Jesus
    Apr 21, 2019
    Consider Jesus
    Series: (All)
    Consider that this morning we celebrate a victory - Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was slain for our sins, but He has risen from the dead! Through baptism and faith in His Name we have forgiveness and eternal life. That means that because He has risen, we too will rise. That’s something to celebrate! … Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!