Mar 15, 2017
Lent:Jonah, The Survivor Series: Our Providing God
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  • Mar 15, 2017Lent:Jonah, The Survivor Series: Our Providing God
    Mar 15, 2017
    Lent:Jonah, The Survivor Series: Our Providing God
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  • Mar 12, 2017The End of Time
    Mar 12, 2017
    The End of Time
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  • Mar 8, 2017Lent: Jonah, The Survivor Series: Saved in the Storm
    Mar 8, 2017
    Lent: Jonah, The Survivor Series: Saved in the Storm
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  • Mar 5, 2017Paul’s Final Days
    Mar 5, 2017
    Paul’s Final Days
     
  • Mar 1, 2017Lent: Jonah, The Survivor Series: God is Calling
    Mar 1, 2017
    Lent: Jonah, The Survivor Series: God is Calling
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    Wednesday service: Jonah: The Survivor Series
  • Feb 26, 2017Paul’s Mission
    Feb 26, 2017
    Paul’s Mission
    Series: The Story
  • Feb 19, 2017New Beginnings
    Feb 19, 2017
    New Beginnings
    Series: The Story
  • Feb 12, 2017The Resurrection
    Feb 12, 2017
    The Resurrection
    Series: The Story
  • Feb 5, 2017The Hour of Darkness
    Feb 5, 2017
    The Hour of Darkness
    Series: The Story
  • Jan 29, 2017Jesus, Son of God
    Jan 29, 2017
    Jesus, Son of God
    Series: The Story
  • Jan 22, 2017No Ordinary Man
    Jan 22, 2017
    No Ordinary Man
    Series: The Story
  • Jan 15, 2017Jesus’ Ministry Begins
    Jan 15, 2017
    Jesus’ Ministry Begins
    Series: The Story
  • Jan 15, 2017Jesus’ Ministry Begins
    Jan 15, 2017
    Jesus’ Ministry Begins
    Series: The Story
  • Jan 8, 2017The Birth of the King
    Jan 8, 2017
    The Birth of the King
    Series: The Story
  • Jan 1, 2017Rebuilding the Walls
    Jan 1, 2017
    Rebuilding the Walls
    Series: The Story
  • Dec 11, 2016The Return Home
    Dec 11, 2016
    The Return Home
    Series: The Story
     
  • Dec 4, 2016Daniel in Exile
    Dec 4, 2016
    Daniel in Exile
    Series: The Story
    Shadrach (Hananiah), Meshach (Mishael), and Abednego (Azariah) boldly declared that they would die before bowing down to an idol. Recall any pressure-filled situations in your life and the ways you are tempted to compromise. How did you stand up to the temptation? What are some things you can do to strengthen yourself to be able to stand up under pressure?
    It is in the dark places that light shines most brightly. What are some ways we can be part of our culture and still not compromise? Why is it valuable and even essential for Christians to understand and function within our culture (without crossing the line of compromise) if we are going to bring Jesus’ message and love to this world? Where is one place in your life that God wants his light to shine through you?
    Daniel, Shadrach (Hananiah), Meshach (Mishael), and Abednego (Azariah) had each other. Though prisoners of war, this small community of faithful friends could band together in prayer and obedience. Make work of building this kind of network in your life. If you have one, be intentional about strengthening it. If you don’t, begin praying for and looking for people of integrity who can become long-term friends and supporters.
    *Remember to pray for power to stand strong in your faith even when the culture and people  around you pressure you to compromise, AND thank God that He is with you even in the furnace moments of life.
  • Nov 27, 2016The Kingdoms’ Fall
    Nov 27, 2016
    The Kingdoms’ Fall
    Series: The Story

    Jeremiah (one of God’s prophets) was told that God had a plan prepared for his life even while he was in his mother’s womb; he had been set apart for a special assignment (Jeremiah 1:4-5).  In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul assured all believers (including us) that God has prepared good works for each of us to do (Ephesians 2:10).  Is there an action, commitment, or conversation God has been placing on your heart to follow through with? One that you have been resisting as of recent? Pray for strength to surrender it before the Lord and then follow Him as He guides you!

    Hezekiah and Josiah (two faithful Kings of Judah) had children who were not faithful. We see this pattern throughout The Story- sometimes family members struggle to walk with the Lord and ignore the pattern of faithfulness that their parents or other family members set before them.  Is there someone in your family who is struggling in their faith right now? Or wandering away, perhaps? In addition to praying for them, consider giving them a call or a note this week.  Ask God to help you navigate the conversation as well as how to encourage him/her in their faith.  

    Ezekiel (another of God’s prophets) expressed to the people God's desire for the nations to know that He is the Sovereign Lord.  How has God been using your life as a signpost as of recent to declare His might, presence, love and sovereignty? Is there a relationship, place, or context where your Gospel witness needs to be strengthened?
  • Nov 20, 2016The Beginning of the End
    Nov 20, 2016
    The Beginning of the End
    Series: The Story

    Despite God’s constant warnings, the people of Israel continued with their idol worship and commitment to other world religions.  As a result, the Israelites fell under heavy persecution from neighboring nations such as the Assyrians- a violent and cruel people.  This week, as you reflect on your lifestyle, choices, hobbies, and loves, is something becoming an “idol”? Look at it this way- what’s been dominating your passion and time to the point that you are not growing in your relationship with Jesus?

    Have you noticed any consequences in your life as a result of those behaviors, choices, or “idols”?

    This week (and beyond!) ask God to take you to deeper places as a person of prayer to address those areas of your life.  Invite the Holy Spirit to teach you to pray with greater passion.

    Finally, as you wake up every morning this week, make a simple statement before you get out of bed: “No king but King Jesus!” Then pray for strength to live out this truth each day.

  • Nov 13, 2016God’s Messengers
    Nov 13, 2016
    God’s Messengers
    Series: The Story

    God was very patient with the nation Israel.  For over two centuries and through the reigns of nineteen kings, God kept loving, seeking, and sending His prophets with a call for His people to come home.  Finally, God said, "Enough!" and accomplished His plan of restored relationship with humanity through the Southern Kingdom of Judah.  Reflect upon how patient God has been with you.  Identify patterns of sin in your life that seem to come back again and again.  Pray for power to see these and turn from them.

    Or, here's another way to look at it: God is calling.  Don't put Him into voicemail.  This week sit quietly in prayer and listen to God, a journal or blank piece of paper and pen in hand.  Ask God a few simple, pointed questions and write down any words He places on your heart.  Here are a few questions to get you started:
     
    -What have You done to show Your love and patience with me?  (Thank Him!)
    -What are the behaviors and attitudes in my life that are not honoring to You (Commit to change!)
    -How can I listen more closely to Your Word (the Bible) and other ways You speak to me?  (Seek to follow His leading...even when it is hard!)
     

    Remember- God pursues you on a daily basis because He loves you and cares about your future with Him!