May 10, 2020
Uncertainty is Nothing New
How do we remain hopeful in a world that seems hopelessly broken? How do we continue to trust a God that seems conspicuously absent? How do we find peace in a world that is spinning out of control? If you've ever asked questions like these, you're not alone and you're not the first. The uncertainty we face today is no different from the uncertainty faced by the men and women of the Bible. And like them, uncertainty can cause us to question God's faithfulness, His presence and His concern. In this 3-part series, we're reminded that . . . He's *Still* Got the Whole World in His Hands.
 
My Next Step(s): ○ I will learn from God’s faithfulness to His people in the Bible. ○ I will recount God’s faithfulness in my past, even in uncertain times. ○ I will trust that God is still in control and working all things together for good.
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  • May 10, 2020Uncertainty is Nothing New
    May 10, 2020
    Uncertainty is Nothing New
    How do we remain hopeful in a world that seems hopelessly broken? How do we continue to trust a God that seems conspicuously absent? How do we find peace in a world that is spinning out of control? If you've ever asked questions like these, you're not alone and you're not the first. The uncertainty we face today is no different from the uncertainty faced by the men and women of the Bible. And like them, uncertainty can cause us to question God's faithfulness, His presence and His concern. In this 3-part series, we're reminded that . . . He's *Still* Got the Whole World in His Hands.
     
    My Next Step(s): ○ I will learn from God’s faithfulness to His people in the Bible. ○ I will recount God’s faithfulness in my past, even in uncertain times. ○ I will trust that God is still in control and working all things together for good.
  • May 3, 2020Don’t Go There!
    May 3, 2020
    Don’t Go There!
    Series: Why Worry
    Worry—it's universal. Yet Jesus said, “Don't worry!” Easier said than done. In this 3-part series, we explore what Jesus had to say about worry. We learn 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.  In today’s message we hear God whisper to Elijah, “What are you doing here?”  When we turn to worry, we blind ourselves from seeing God’s faithfulness in the past and from trusting Him in the future.  When it comes to worry - just don’t go there.
     
    My Next Step(s): ○ I will recount God’s faithfulness in my past. ○ I will make (and keep) a list of the ways that God has worked in my life. ○ Instead of running in fear, I will trust in God and go where He has called me. ○ I will choose not to worry about tomorrow.    
  • 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?