When you are anxious you are thinking about who you should be, but when you are at peace you are thinking about who you actually are. Anxiety says you should be in control. Peace says you are a child of God and He is in control. Anxiety says you should be perfect or at least better. Peace says you are perfect and righteous in the eyes of God because of Christ in you. Anxiety says you should be smarter and have more answers. Peace says you belong to the one who knows everything and He can be trusted. Anxiety says you should be there for everyone. Peace says God is there for everyone and you only need to be there for those who God assigns to you. Anxiety says you should be more accepted by others. Peace says you are accepted by God and not everyone will like you and that’s okay. When you are anxious you are thinking about who you should be, but when you are at peace you are thinking about who you actually are in Christ. Continue reading
You anxiety is talking to you. Your anxiety is trying to convince you that if you don’t do something then something bad will happen or it will not get done right. You are the only one who can do this. Your anxiety will tell you that you are not good enough and you are not worthy enough and that’s why people leave you. Your anxiety wants you to believe that if you have enough information, knowledge, and wisdom then you will have all the answer then you will be successful and people will like you. Anxiety will work you to death by convincing you that you have to be there for everyone and that you are less of a person if you say no. Anxiety wants you to believe that you must make everyone happy and you need their approval and acceptance to be happy. Continue reading
What happens after we die? What about our relationships with others? Are couples still a couple in heaven? Are your children still your children in heaven? Do some people become angels when they die? What happens after we die? What is life like on the other side? Maybe there is nothing more after we die. Maybe this is it.
Jesus is asked this question, but in the context of husbands and wives. Today, Jesus is going to give us a little more insight into life after death. Continue reading
Today, we observe the Lord’s Supper. One of the major themes of the Lord’s Supper is remembering. Remembering the past impacts the present. When you forget something significant you begin living for the insignificant. This is why Jesus wants us to think about Him and to remember Him. When we remember His love for us it impacts our love for Him and ultimately our love for others. Remembering the past impacts the present.
Here is what we are going to do today. We are going to look at two important statements: one by Jesus and one by the thief on the cross. They both said remember me. Let’s start with Jesus. Continue reading
The birth of Jesus is one of the greatest events in history. From it we learn three important practical truths about our incredible God. Continue reading
Right now, the kingdom of darkness is trying to get you to doubt and distrust God. The devil wants you to believe you cannot count on God and that God is not trustworthy. The world wants you to think God does not care and is not interested in your life. Your own sinful nature wants you to believe that God cannot do what He says He can or will do. The devil knows if He can get you to doubt God and His Word then he has won the battle over you, the rest will be easy for him. Continue reading
When it comes to the biblical Christmas story, it covers almost three years of time. It begins with the miraculous conception with Mary and concludes with Herod attempting to kill Jesus by having all the male babies that were two years old and younger executed. Within that story you have several people, animals, and objects that God uses to tell the Christmas story. Continue reading
As we wrap up our time together and before we affirm the deacon candidates and pray for them. I would like for us to take a brief look at Acts 6:1-7. This is a foundational passage of Scripture for church leadership. Continue reading
Missions is about God, about the world, and about you. John Stott once said, “We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.” The number one priority for missions is not to spread Christian values, but to spread Christ. Today, I want to talk to you about missions, international missions. Continue reading
As a follower of Jesus, you will never stand still. You either go forward or gradually slip backward. You are either growing or dying. God wants His people to constantly be moving forward and growing. He wants you to become a mature and deep believer. Throughout His Word, God tells us over and over again to push forward in our spiritual growth. Continue reading