Sunday, December 10th, at 10:45 a.m.:

The Star: A Journey of Joy

 

Today on the third Sunday of Advent, we are continuing our journey to Christmas and the celebration of Christ’s arrival. Today we are on a journey to joy.

 

  On the night of the first Christmas the angel appeared to the shepherds watching their flocks in the field and delivered the most wonderful message that was full of joy: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger,” (Luke 2:9–12).

   The angel’s message was not just for the shepherds. It is a message for all people, for all time. Come and join us as we learn more about this “good news that will cause great joy.”

  Come with us on this journey of joy and discover how you can be filled with God’s joy.

 

 

 

Sunday, December 3rd, at 10:45 a.m.:

The Star: A Journey of Love

  This second Sunday in Advent finds us continuing on our journey of  following the star to Bethlehem where we discover Love.

   In the manager at Bethlehem we find Jesus, God’s Love with skin on. God is love, and He sent His Son, Jesus, as a gift of love to us to be our Savior. Because of Jesus, we can have a relationship with our loving God today, tomorrow and forever.

    God pours His Love into our hearts as we follow Jesus. As God’s Love flows in our hearts, it changes us. And as His Love overflows in our hearts, it spills out and helps us to love others–even those who are unlovely. We can love the unlovely with God’s Love and the help of the Holy Spirit in us.  

   Come and join us as we learn more about God’s love and why His  love is truly the entire reason we celebrate this season. God loves you.

 

Sunday, November 26th, at 10:45 a.m.: 

The Star: A Journey of Hope

      This Sunday marks the beginning of the  Advent season. The word “Advent” is a version of a Latin term, which means “coming.” The weeks of advent mark our  journey of following the star to Bethlehem to behold the coming of Jesus, our Savior, Light of the World, and giver of hope.

     This first Sunday of advent reminds us we journey towards hope with hope. Our journey involves finding hope while living in a world that is very  dark. 

      Our journey also involves waiting. Yet we don’t wait without hope. We actively wait for Christmas, pausing in the hustle and bustle of the season to breath in deeply the hope our Savior came to give us. And then as we continue on our journey, we  actively wait for His second coming when our hope will be realized.

     Jesus is the hope that will give us strength for our journey through Advent this year and all the years to follow.

     Come and join us as we learn  how to live with the hope Jesus gives us and to actively wait for His return.

 

Sunday, November 12th, at 10:45 a.m.: 

Unfollow

  Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 16:24, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” To follow Jesus we must learn to deny ourselves or in other words, to say “no” to what we want and “yes” to what He wants.

   Andy Stanley, the Christian pastor and speaker, says that at some point in our Christian journey we will want to hit the “unfollow” Jesus button. It will come at a time in our life when our faith clashes with our plans or what we want to do. It will be when following Jesus costs us something.

  That will be the day we all will have to decide if we will continue to follow Jesus or unfollow Him. Either decision comes with a cost.

  Come and join us as we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn more about following Jesus and how to avoid hitting the “unfollow” Jesus button.

 

  

Sunday, November 5th, at 10:45 a.m.: Experiencing the Holy Spirit in Prayer

In 2 Timothy 1:6, Paul told Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you.” The “gift” Paul is referring to is the Holy Spirit. We to encourage each other to “fan the flame that is in” us. We need the Holy Spirit’s power to revive us.

  Jesus said the Father will give the power of the H0ly Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13).

 Revival starts with prayer–with asking God for the power of the Holy Spirit to come and revive believers. But this revival must start in our hearts first.

  We need to pray for the Holy Spirit to revive our love for the  Lord and for others.We need to pray and ask God to make us witnesses of the gospel through the love and power of the Holy Spirit. We need to pray. Prayer is a life-line not only for us but also for others! There are many lost people in this world who are waiting for us to share Jesus with them.

   It’s time to pray. It’s time for revival in our hearts, country and world. It’s time to “fan the flame within us” and let revival begin.

    Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn more about the Holy Spirit and how we can experience Him through prayer.

 

 

Sunday, October 29th, at 10:45 a.m.: Experiencing the Holy Spirit

  Scripture tells us that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts. At that moment, the Holy Spirit also gives us at least one spiritual gift to use for God’s glory.

 

God has a tailor made plan for each of our lives and using our spiritual gift(s) is part of that plan. We are to use our spiritual gifts both inside and outside the walls of where we worship. The church isn’t a building. The church is all the people who believe in and follow Jesus.

 

God calls us to serve as His church. And that means we are to be servants. Jesus said in Matthew 23:11, The greatest among you will be your servant. Serving isn’t something we do. A servant is who we’re called to be.We are to be spiritual contributors and not spiritual consumers. We are to serve God and others, to make a difference in our world, and do it all for God’s glory.

   

Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn how to be a spiritual contributor by being servants of our Lord.

 
 

 

Sunday, October 22nd, at 10:45 a.m.: Experiencing the Holy Spirit in the God’s Word

  Scripture tells us in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active…”. Jesus said in John 6:63, “…these words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.” One of the names of the Holy Spirit is Breath of God. He is the one who breathes life into God’s Word and makes it alive and active. 

  The Holy Spirit teaches us God’s Word in order to “train us in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16b).  The more we read God’s Word, the more we understand that God’s Word is most concerned with the person we become. We are to follow Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit through God’s Word to mold and shape us to become like Jesus. This is only possible when our hearts are willing and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn more about the Holy Spirit and how we can experience Him through God’s Word.

 

 

Sunday, October 15th, at 10:45 a.m.: Experiencing the Holy Spirit in the Gospel

  We receive the Holy Spirit into our hearts the moment we believe in Jesus as God’s Son, our Savior, and become a disciple of Jesus.

 The Holy Spirit is God and loves variety and creativity. Therefore, we can experience the Holy Spirit in the many creative ways He reveals Himself to us. One of those ways is through the gospel, which is the good news of our salvation by Jesus dying for us on the cross, forgiving our sins, and raising to life again.

  Through the gospel, the Holy Spirit invites us into relationship with God the Father and God the Son (Jesus), other believers, and with Himself.

    Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn more about the Holy Spirit and how we can experience Him through the gospel.

 

“New Sermon Series: “The Holy Spirit” starts Sunday, October 8th

  Who is the Holy Spirit? He is the third person of the Trinity–God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also the first of many gifts that God gives us when we become a follower of His Son, Jesus Christ.

  We can know the Holy Spirit better through His names. The Bible gives us many insights into the character of the Holy Spirit through His names. As we get to know Him better we will come to agree with the author J.D. Greear who states, “The Holy Spirit in us is better than Jesus beside us.” 

   Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn more about the Holy Spirit and how He works in and through us as we follow Jesus.

 
 
 

Sunday, October 1st:

Expectations

  We all have expectations. We have expectations of ourselves and others. We even have expectations of  God. And expectations can cause problems when they are not met.

  If we honestly evaluate our expectations, we will realize that we need help with them. There is only One who can help us set healthy expectations of ourselves and others and that is God. We can trust God to do just that. 

   Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn how to follow Jesus better.

 

Sunday, September 24th:

Today’s sermon, “Levels of Ownership,” gives us a new, deeper look at the prodigal son parable from Luke 15:11-32.

Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn how to follow Jesus better.

 

Sunday, September 17th:

“Who Am I?” sermon series conclusion: “Living My Identity in Christ.”

The Holy Spirit lives in us and gives us the power we need to live out on a daily basis our identity in Christ.We have the power to walk in Christ as we believe our identity. We can experience the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:17, If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

 

  We are a new creation when we belong to Christ. We can believe and let the promises God tells us in His Word  define us. We can let His love change us into the people He created us to be. We can fulfill the purpose God gave each of us and that is to bring Him glory.

  We bring God glory by loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; loving people with our words and our actions; and being His humble disciples. When we live out our identity in Christ in this way, we make a difference for Christ, the world notices, and God receives the glory. 

      It’s time to believe our identity in Christ and to live it out daily for God’s glory.  Come and join us as we learn to be His humble disciples by growing deeper in love with God and loving people.

 

Sunday, September 10th:

“Who Am I?” sermon series: “I am secure.”

    People everywhere long to be secure in all aspects of their lives. But there is only one place we can be secure and find absolutely security always and that is in Christ.

    God defines our identity in His Word. He tells us that if we belong to His Son, Jesus, then we are secure in Him. Nothing or no one can take our identity away from us. Our identity is secure in Christ.

   God longs for us to accept our identity and live as His beloved child. God invites us to take His hand and journey through life with Him. He will never let go of us. He promises.

 

Psalm 63:8, I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 73:23, Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.

 

So take God’s hand and come and join us as we listen to His voice–the voice of Truth–and discover that we are indeed secure in Christ.

Sunday, September 3rd:

“Who Am I?” sermon series: “I am accepted.”

 

All believers in Jesus Christ are accepted. Because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, we are justified, redeemed, forgiven, loved and accepted by the Father. God says we are called His children.

 

1 John 3:1-3,

See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are…Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And every one who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

God’s Word is full of promises that describe who we are as His children that are in Christ.  God wants us to accept His truth about our identity in Him and live as His children.

 

Come and join us as we worship our Lord and discover what God says about us in His Word, the Truth, about our acceptance in Christ.

Sunday, August 27th:

“Who Am I?” sermon series: “I am significant.”

 

  All believers in Jesus Christ have significance and are significant. God’s Word tells us we have value and worth in Christ. We can’t earn our value or our worth. Our value and worth–our significance–is not the result of anything we’ve done or not done.  We didn’t earn it so we can’t take credit for it. Our significance, is found in Christ. Jesus Christ made it possible for us to have significance when He took our sins upon Himself and died on the cross for us.  The moment we believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, our Savior and Lord, we receive significance because we now belong to Him. We are now “in Christ.” 

  Come and join us as we worship our Lord and discover what God says about us in His Word, the Truth, about our significance  in Christ.  

Sunday, August 20th:

New Sermon Series, “Who Am I

Who am I? It’s a question most people ask themselves at least once in their lives. We want to know who we are at the true core of our being. 

  If we let the world define our identity, or our  circumstances, or what people say about us, then we are listening to the wrong voices. Our true identity can only be found in Jesus Christ. Jesus is Truth. If we listen to His voice, the voice of Truth, we will know who we truly are. As we believe who Jesus says we are, we will live life differently because we know who we are and whose we are.  We will never again

 have an identity crisis.

  Come and join us as we worship our Lord and learn who we truly are in Christ. 

Sunday, August 13: Off The Rails

Our Children’s Church ministry, Kid J.A.M (Jesus And Me) will be leading every aspect of Sunday worship! The children will be teaching us more about Jesus and how to live for Him through one of their “Off the Rails” Bible lessons!

    Our worship service will end with two new believers in Jesus being baptized! It’s going to be a wonderful day of praising and worshiping our great God!

  Come and join us as we learn how to be disciples of Jesus  and celebrate our Lord.

August 6, 2017: To the least of these  

  We are to love our Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength. And because we love Jesus, we want to do what He tells us to do. One of the most important things He commanded all His followers to do is found in Matthew 28:18-20.

   Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

  Jesus said “Go!” It’s a commandment. Jesus was sent to us, and now He sends you and I to the world. We are all missionaries who are to intentionally take God’s love in Christ to people—to our neighbors, our relatives, people that we meet, people across the planet.

   In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

   Our focus is always to be outward, not inward. Meeting the needs of people and making disciples are what we are to be all about. It’s what Jesus commanded us to do.

   Come and hear how our amazing God is using ordinary believers like you and I to go into all the world and make a difference for Him.

 

July 23, 2017

We welcome Rev. Ebenezer Appiagyei from New Hope-Warren who will be bringing our morning message on Faith without limit (Mark 2:1-12) .

 
 

July 16, 2017

Rev. Rufus Kahn from Liberia will be sharing how God is moving in his home country and be delivering God’s Word.

 

Who is This Man? Series!

Jesus came as a baby in a cradle with the sole purpose of saving us by enduring the cross. His focus was always on the cross.
Beginning January 8th, we will learn more and more who Jesus is by studying His names in Scripture. God wants to teach us who His Son truly is as we learn the names of Jesus.
Our series ends on July 9th as we learn the last name of Jesus in our series, I AM.

 

 

Who Is This Man? I AM

(July 9, 2017)

 

   Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man, the God-Man, is I AM. Jesus Christ proves over and over again in Scripture that He is I AM not only through His teachings but also through His actions. Many were touched by the God-Man and they were never the same. Zacchaeus, the lepers, the bind, the demon possessed, Lazarus, and many others were changed forever.

   If we allow Jesus to come into our hearts, we also will never be the same again. Jesus, the I AM, offers us freedom, forgiveness, redemption, healing, love and mercy. He wants to free us from the oppression in our hearts and lives. He wants to fill us with His love and grace.

  Take Jesus’ hand today and let Him lead you into freedom. All things are possible when you allow the God-Man in your life. Come and let I AM change you into the person He created you to be.

  

 

Who Is This Man? Son of God, Son of Man

(July 2, 2017)

  The great, awe-filling, majestic truth is that Jesus is both the Son of God and the Son of Man. Jesus is human and divine. He is God living in human flesh. “The second person of the Trinity came down from heaven to become one of us so that we could be one with Him” (Ann Spangler).

    As God’s Son, Jesus always addressed God as His “Father.” He used the word, Abba, which means “Daddy” to express His relationship with God (Yahweh). This is how Jesus wants us to think of God.

   “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit, who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Galatians 4:6). We have the privilege of calling God “Abba” and being his children. This is all made possible by believing Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins on the cross.

    And as the Son of Man, Jesus relates to us in our humanness because He shared in our humanity. He knows what it is like to be human. Therefore, Jesus can relate to everything we experience—sorrows, sufferings, pleasures, successes—and much, much more.

   Jesus is truly the God-Man and we are called to seek Him. We seek Jesus to learn more about Him so we can live life His way. We can come to Him with our hearts and lives trusting that He will help us one day at a time.

 

Who Is This Man? Prophet, Priest

(June 25, 2017)

  In ancient Israel there were three main offices or positions—Prophet, Priest and King. There was only One person who was all three at once. And that One person was Jesus Christ.

   Jesus as a Prophet was different than all the other prophets. He is the only Prophet who not only perfectly revealed God’s Word, but who perfectly revealed God!

   Jesus still continues to reveal God to us in His Word. Jesus is our Prophet and we are to listen to Him. God says, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!’ (Matthew 17:5)

   Jesus is our Prophet. And He is also our Priest. In the Old Testament, the role of the priests was to represent the people to God by offering sacrifices, prayers and praises on their behalf. Hebrews 4:14-16 tells us that Jesus is our Great High Priest.

   Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God…

   As our High Priest Jesus gave Himself as the last sacrifice every needed for sin. Through His sacrifice, Jesus accomplished what no human high priest could ever do by becoming our Savior and opening the way to eternal life for all who believe in Him.

   Jesus, our Great High Priest now invites us to come to the throne of grace where He is ready to give us mercy and grace because He loves us. God is love. There is no longer anything that prevents us from coming to Him and receiving His mercy and grace. There is nothing we have done, thought, or left undone that is beyond the reach of God’s mercy and His grace.

   Come to Him today and receive His mercy and grace. Begin the journey of understanding, really understanding, the love that forgives you and sets you free. Let His love change you into the person He created you to be—His beloved.

 

Who Is This Man? Son of David

(June 18, 2017)

  Jesus is called the “Son of David” in Scripture. The Jews knew that when the Messiah came, would be a direct descendant of King David, Israel’s greatest king. How did they know that? Because of a special promise God had made to King David centuries earlier.

   2 Samuel 7:16. “Your house (royal dynasty) and your kingdom will endure forever before Me; your throne will be established forever.”

   God’s promise to king David was fulfilled through Jesus, God’s Son. Jesus is the “Son of David,” the Messiah. He desires to reign in our hearts.

   B. Simpson once said; “You can take Christ as the King of your life by giving Him your difficulties and adversaries to overcome, and permitting Him to subdue all His enemies and yours and reign as Lord of all. Everything that comes up in your life is but another opportunity to giving him a larger and richer crown.”

  Jesus Christ wants to be the King of our lives. He wants to reign over our loneliness, our sorrow, our hurts, our weaknesses, or whatever we need to give Him. We can speak to Him about each one in prayer, letting Him know that we believe He is the “Son of David,” the Lord who is able to heal and deliver us.

   Today, may we cry out to him the same way those who sought His healing did many years ago, “Jesus, Son of David! Have mercy on me!” May we cry out believing Jesus is Messiah, the only One able to heal us and make us whole. May we come to Jesus knowing He is the only One who can restore our hope. Cry out to Him today and experience His love and healing power in your life.

 

Who Is This Man? Bridegroom

(June 11, 2017)

Weddings are joyous occasions. In all cultures, brides are beautiful and the bridegroom and bride only have eyes for each other on their special day. Jesus identifies Himself in the Bible as our Bridegroom.

Luke 5:34-35, Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”

Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom and we, the Church, are His bride. Do you hear the whispers of love from Your Bridegroom? Do you see the joy in His eyes as he looks at you, His bride?

When Jesus, our Bridegroom, looks at us He sees us clothed in white garments of His righteousness, loving Him, and making ourselves ready for our wedding day. He can hardly wait for that day to arrive and neither can we! As Jesus’ bride we need to keep watch and get ready for our Bridegroom.

On the day Jesus returns we will be invited to attend the wedding feast of the Lamb. On this day, our relationship with Jesus, our Bridegroom, will be fulfilled beyond our greatest dreams, our deepest longings.

The Bridegroom and His bride–the eternal love story.

We WILL live happily ever after!

Who Is This Man? Alpha and Omega

(June 4, 2017)

Jesus Christ states in Revelation that He is “the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. The One who was, who is, and who is to come.” Jesus Christ is infinite, eternal, and is not bound by time but we humans are finite and confined to time.

Since we are bound by time, one day our time on earth will end. Those of us who believe in Jesus and follow Him do not have to fear this day because we know that Jesus is already there. He knew us before we were conceived in our mother’s womb. He loves us with the greatest love we will ever know. And on that day, when our earthly life is over, Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, will welcome us home to live with Him forever! That amazing day will be our last ending and a new beginning all at the same time! Amen!

Who Is This Man? Friend

(May 28, 2017)

We all have friends. We all need friends. There is one Friend though that is different from our human friends. This Friend never disappoints us. He is always loving, always kind, always tells us the Truth. He believes in us and always wants the best for us. He always keeps His promises. Even when we aren’t true to Him, this Friend forgives us and will never leave us.

Who is this Friend? Jesus.

Jesus, the Son of God and Man, invites us into a relationship with Him. Imagine! We’re invited to have a relationship with the God-Man! He invites us to be His friend! Jesus is the greatest Friend we will ever have.

Jesus is our BFF!

Who Is This Man? Lord

(May 21, 2017)

“Jesus is Lord!”

What does it mean for believers to say, “Jesus is Lord?” In order to answer this question, we have to understand what pleases our Lord Jesus.

Our Lord Jesus is pleased when He is the center of our lives. That means we are to live as the first believers did. Jesus was the very center of their lives. They did everything “in the Lord.” They lived, worked, prayed, suffered, loved, and much more “in the Lord.”

Our Lord Jesus is also pleased when we obey Him. Jesus said in Luke 6:46, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” We must obey the Lord Jesus and the only way we can do that is with the help of the Holy Spirit.

As we keep striving to please our Lord Jesus, we will find ourselves developing a deeper, more intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We will also discover that we are living the abundant life Jesus promised us as we continue to please Him.

One day we will kneel before the Lord Jesus and proclaim with all people in heaven and on earth that, “‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:11b). We will live forever with our Lord Jesus! Oh glorious day!

Who Is This Man? The Lion of the Tribe of Judah

(May 14, 2017)

Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

“’Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.”

The apostle John was told to look up and see the Lion of the tribe of Judah who was able to open the scroll, but when he looked he saw a Lamb. How can He be both? Jesus is indeed the Lion but He is also the Lamb. The good news is that Jesus, as both the Lion and the Lamb, meets us where we are and helps us to become more and more like Him.

Who Is This Man? Bright Morning Star

(May 7, 2017)

In Revelation 22:16, Jesus appears to the apostle John and speaks these words: “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright Morning Star.” (NRSV)

Jesus says that He is the bright Morning Star. In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

Jesus is Light. He is the One who announces a new day is here just like the morning star does in the western sky every day. He desires that we keep growing in His Light as we follow Him every moment of our lives. We can keep growing by practicing His presence and saturating our minds with His Word.

Jesus wants us to keep growing in Him so that we can take His message of hope to the ends of the earth. We are not to keep His Light to ourselves. We are to share His Light and Love with those who don’t know Him yet.

Our time to share Jesus with others with our words and actions is growing short because the Morning Star will return someday soon. Then He will bring a day that never ends. He will be our Light in heaven as we bask in His presence forever.

Who Is This Man? Cornerstone, Capstone
(April 30, 2017)

In Scripture Jesus is called the Cornerstone and Capstone.

Wikipedia defines cornerstone, as the first stone set in construction of a masonry foundation, important because all other stones will be set in reference to this one, thus determining the position of the entire structure. A cornerstone can also be called the foundation stone.

Many places in the Old and New Testaments, God’s Word identifies Jesus as the Cornerstone.

Isaiah 28:16

So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
will never be stricken with panic.”

Scripture tells us that Christ is the foundation for all who would believe in Him. He is the first “stone” set in what would become His Church.

1 Corinthians 3:11

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Christ is a very unique Cornerstone. Because He is alive, He is our “Living Stone.”

1 Peter 2:4-5 tells us that all those who believe in and follow Christ are called “living stones.” We are part of the living structure that Jesus is building. This structure has its beginning foundation on the Cornerstone, which is Christ Himself.

It is an honor, privilege and a responsibility to be a living stone in Christ’s Church. It is a joyous task to build our spiritual houses, which are our lives, to be like Jesus. It all starts with the foundation, which is Christ Himself.

Building our spiritual houses (our lives) is a life long journey. Throughout this journey we must constantly keep adjusting our lives to Christ—to His Truth, His ways, His will. He doesn’t adjust to us; we must adjust to Him. As we do adjust to Him, we will discover He transforms us step-by-step to be more like Him.

Keep following Him and discover the joy of His presence changing you every day until the wonderful day He calls you home to be with Hm forever.

Who Is This Man? Rabbi, Teacher  (April 23, 2017)

  Jesus is our Teacher and Lord. Jesus tells His disciples in John 13:13, “You call me Teacher and Lord–and you are right, for that is what I am.” As our Master Teacher we are to learn the lessons Jesus teaches us and we are to do what He teaches us to do. In other words, we are to do His will.

  Jesus used many teaching styles when He taught but parables were His favorite. He would teach a parable using an illustration from everyday life to help those listening understand the spiritual truth He was teaching.

  For instance, in the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-11), Jesus uses the example of farming. The farmer sows the seed. Depending on what type of soil the seeds fell on determined    if or how the seeds grow. In this parable Jesus is really teaching the four ways people can respond when they hear the Gospel (the seed)–when the Gospel is shared with them.

  The same is true today. The question for us to ask is: How do I respond when hearing the Gospel? What soil am I in this parable?

  If we are the good soil, then we choose to hear the Gospel, accept it and live it. When we do that Jesus says we will produce a bumper crop, a huge harvest, for His kingdom. We will keep sharing the Gospel in word and deed, in good and difficult times. We will not give up or turn away from our faith. We will persevere knowing that the hope we have in our hearts remains regardless of our circumstances.

  Today, take the time to read the Parable of the Sower. Let the spiritual lesson Jesus is teaching sink down into your mind and heart. Don’t hurry. Rest a while as you study Jesus’ words. Let His Truth speak to you and teach you. Learn His Truth and live it.

Who Is This Man? The Gifts of Easter  (April 16, 2017)
The song, “How Many Kings” written by Downhere reminds us:
“How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only wanted that for me”
 
Our Father God gave up His Son for you and for me. For all who will believe that His Son is God in human flesh who stepped down from His royal throne to save us from sin and death. Our King did this for us to bring us salvation. We are saved—no longer a slave to sin and sins final result—death. We are free from guilt, condemnation, fear. Our salvation is a gift. We can’t earn it. We can’t buy it. We can only believe in Jesus and receive it. And Jesus gave us this gift when He willingly went to the cross in our place. His gift of salvation is truly amazing grace.
What gift will we give our Lord Jesus this Easter? If we have already given Him our heart what more is there to give? We will learn Easter Sunday there are many gifts we can give our Risen Lord! 

 

Who Is This Man? He Chose to Give Us Victory (April 9, 2017)

Most of us have experienced at least one tragedy in our lives. We’ve experienced something totally unplanned and unexpected—a cancer diagnosis, the betrayal of a friend or spouse, the death of a loved one, a car crash, and much more. Tragedy happens and we’re in shock and numb with unbelief. Then waves of grief hit and hit hard. We cry out, “What is happening?” or “Why did this have to happen?”

 

That’s exactly how Jesus’ disciples felt when He died. They experienced the tragedy of Friday and the numbness and grief on Saturday. They didn’t realize it yet but they were in God’s waiting room. They couldn’t see it yet but triumph was just around the corner.

 

God took the tragedy of His Son’s death and turned it into triumph for all who believe in Him–then and now.

In this way God took away Satan’s power to accuse you of sin, and God openly displayed to the whole world Christ’s triumph and the cross where your sins were all taken away. (Colossians 2:15).

But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! (1 Corinthians 15:57, The Message).

Through the tragedy of the cross, sins are forgiven and guilt and death are conquered for those who believe in and follow Jesus Christ. Jesus triumphed over the tragedy of the cross!

 

But there’s more. God can take any tragedy and turn it into something good (a triumph) in our lives. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28). “All things,” even tragedies can be woven into something good when we love God and follow Him.

 

So if you are in God’s waiting room today, somewhere between the tragedy and the coming triumph, hang on. Don’t leave God and give up. Stay near Him. Wait with hope knowing God always keeps His promises. Sunday’s triumph is coming for you too.

 

Who Is This Man? Servant, Man of Sorrows       (April 2, 2017)

Jesus was the greatest of all servants. Scripture tells us He was the Man of Sorrows. He suffered much when He chose to come to earth and live as the God-Man. He was the Suffering Servant.

   When He lived in His human body, Jesus experienced pain—physical and emotional. He experienced hunger, thirst, fatigue, rejection, betrayal, temptation, and much more.

   Jesus came to serve and not to be served. And as believers in Jesus, we are to follow and imitate Him. We are to be servants of Jesus and follow Him. Period. Wherever He leads we follow. We are His servants and He is the Master. We, as His servants, are to follow Jesus’ lead and served others.

   John 12:26, Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

   To be servants of Jesus also means we can expect to experience what Jesus experienced—we will experience suffering, physical pain—hunger, thirst, fatigue, and much more. We can expect to experience rejection and possibly betrayal. We can expect to be tempted.

   Jesus, the Christ, knows everything we experience and has proved that we can trust Him by fulfilling over 300 prophecies from the Old Testament in His life. Why did He do this?

   Because He wants His followers to know that He can be trusted. He is who He says He is! He is Messiah! And we can trust Him!

    Don’t we want someone to trust? And don’t we need someone to trust who is bigger than we are? Aren’t we tired of trusting things and people? We need someone we can trust!

   We need Someone who understands us. Someone who can empathize with us. Someone who will show us compassion, yet help us—not enable us. Someone who will love us forever. Someone who will forgive us. Someone who keeps His promises. We need Someone to save us! We need Someone who will help us grow! We need Someone we can trust!

   And that Someone is Jesus! We need Jesus! Jesus, and only Jesus, is Who we need.

Who Is This Man? Savior (March 26, 2017)

  There are many things in our lives that we are given no choice. We don’t get to choose who are birth parents are, we don’t get to choose the color of our skin, the shape of our nose, the size of our feet, or what continent and country we are born in. We could fit many other items into this list of choices we don’t get to make.

  But there is one choice we do get to make. It’s the all important choice. We get to decide where we will spend eternity. That all important choice hinges on who we believe Jesus is. Do we believe He is the Son of God, our Savior, the Christ, that died for us on the cross, who forgives our sins  and who gave His life so we could live ours in true freedom for Him. Jesus is the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life. Yet He grants us the freedom to accept or reject Him.

  Today, may you make the best choice you’ll ever make–choose Jesus. He is the only One who can save you from sin and death. Choose Jesus. Live and grow in His love a bit more each day until the day He calls you to come home to Him in eternity. Choose Jesus and truly live.

Who Is This Man? Redeemer (March 19, 2017)

  God, our Father, has redeemed us through the life of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Living Redeemer. Jesus Christ has redeemed (ransomed, freed, rescued, unchained) us from sin and death.

   He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin. Colossians 1:13-14

  And since Christ has redeemed us we are to live like redeemed people. God’s Word instructs us how we are to live as redeemed people.

   I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God–what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

   For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying  for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.  Colossians 1:9-12.

  We are redeemed to love, serve and to become more like Jesus Christ.

Who Is This Man? Logos (March 12, 2017)

  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) Jesus Christ is the Word, the Logos. The apostle John wrote his gospel to testify to the fact that Jesus was the God-Man–fully human and fully divine. John personally knew Jesus–a human he loved very much. But John also knew Jesus was the Christ. Jesus was God’s speech, God word to man–the Living Word (Logos)–able to speak living truth so that we can understand God’s mind and heart.

     Jesus is the son of God and the Word. We need to listen and obey His life-giving message–the Bible. We need to let His words sink down deep into our souls.   We need to study His words so that when the storms of life come we can reach down and speak life into ourselves in order to dispel fear. Jesus, the Word of God gives us His word as a weapon to use during these challenging times of our lives. He also gives us His word to comfort us, help us grow and to persevere until the end.

     Today, let Jesus, the Living Word of God, speak life into your soul by reading , studying, memorizing and obeying His words (the Bible). Let His word remold you into the person He created you to be. 

 

Who Is This Man? Messiah, Christ (March 5, 2017)

  Christ and Messiah both mean “Anointed One.” Jesus Christ then is Jesus the Anointed One. Anointed One refers to someone who has been set apart for a special purpose.

   God’s Word tells us that Jesus as Christ or Messiah is intertwined with serving, suffering, rejection, death and resurrection. Christ calls those who believe in Him to follow Him.

   What does following Jesus look like? Jesus tells us: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me,” (Mark 8:34). We are to follow Jesus, our Messiah. He does not follow us.

  

  To follow Jesus is to lay down our selfishness, our self-centered wants and desires and replace them with Jesus’ wants and desires. To follow Christ is to allow Him to be the center of ALL our life. He directs our steps and we willingly follow because we trust Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. We know Christ will bring into our lives only what is good–even if at times it comes in the form of pain, suffering, or rejection. 

 

  As we follow Him and give ourselves away we will find that we gain so much more than we ever thought possible. To our human way of thinking it doesn’t make sense but it works in God’s kingdom. God’s ways work! Our final gain will be the day we receive the most precious gift of all from Christ–eternal life. We get to live with Christ forever and ever! Whatever the cost of following Christ is for each of us as we take up our cross, it will all be worth it on that glorious day! 

Who Is This Man? Prince of Peace (February 26, 2017)

  Many people are looking for peace. But true Peace is found here: 

For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. 

  To find peace and have peace in our hearts and lives we need turn to Jesus Christ, the Son of God who is the Prince of Peace. Peace isn’t a location. Peace is a Person! Jesus IS Peace!

  As we seek His help, we can grow in the Peace that the Prince of Peace gives us through the Holy Spirit. We can have Peace with God, Peace with ourselves and Peace with others. 
 
Jesus promises us: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27). Believe in Him, follow Him, and have Peace.
Who Is This Man? King of kings (February 19, 2017)

   Jesus is our Friend. He is our Lord and He is our King. But even more, He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. (Rev. 19:16)

    Jesus is the only King who was willing to leave His home, come to earth and live as the God-Man, and die for those He loves. God the Father has honored Jesus and given Him a name that is above all names (Philippians 2:6-11). One day “every tongue [will] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

  What is our response to the love King Jesus has for us? We are to worship King Jesus. We worship Jesus in many ways but the best way is by putting Him in the center of our lives. Jesus wants to be in our family, in our work, in everything! There is no better way to honor and serve  our King.

 

Who Is This Man? Lamb, Lamb of God (February 12, 2017)
Jesus is called the Lamb and Lamb of God in Scripture. There are many references in the Old Testament to the lamb and they are true of Jesus. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. God sent His Son to be our perfect “lamb” to forever take away sin.

Jesus is the Lamb of God. Through His sacrifice we are made holy, and blameless in the sight of God. God loved us so much that He sent His Son who was innocent of all sin to die on the cross for our sins That is what love looks like. Love does not usually look like Valentine’s Day every day—big hearts, soft teddy bears and chocolates. True love is built on sacrifice.

Jesus’ sacrifice allows us to be reconciled with the Father. His sacrifice frees us from our sin. The Lamb of God willingly gave Himself for us. When we belong to Jesus, God sees us washed clean by the blood of His Son, the Lamb. He sees us covered in His Son’s righteousness, which means He sees us as His pure, spotless child.

We all have a choice as to how we respond to our God who loves us more than we can imagine; our God who sent His Son, the Lamb of God, to die on the cross in our place.

Who Is This Man? Physician (February 5, 2017)

   Jesus is the greatest physician that ever lived.  He healed many freely, without any charge when He walked this earth. God sent His Son to save us from our sins. Sin always brings with it pain and suffering. Jesus knew that. That is why healing is an important part of his mission.

Luke 4:18-19, 

  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me . He has sent me to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release t the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Jesus wants to heal all those who will come to Him. Jesus wants us to bring all our hurts–physical, spiritual, emotional–to Him. He invites us to seek His healing, trusting Him to do what is best in our lives. Simply put, we seek His healing and accept His answer. 

    Jesus, our Physician, invites us to come to Him. He wants us to draw close to Him and abide in His presence. In His presence we can find healing for our souls.  Come to the great Physician, the lover of your soul,  and let His healing process being in your heart and life.

Who Is This Man? Bread of Life (January 29, 2017)

Jesus, God’s Son who was born in Bethlehem which means, “House of Bread,” and slept in a manger (a feeding trough!) said in John 6, “I am the Bread of Life.” He didn’t say He gives the bread. He said He IS the bread.

   Jesus, the Bread of Life, promises all of us who believe in Him to make us complete. While physical food is important spiritual food is most important. We cannot live spiritually without Jesus; He is the Bread which satisfies the eternal hunger of our souls. 

   Jesus also promises us eternal life. Jesus promises that He will accomplish the work that God the Father sent Him to do. He gives eternal salvation to all those who believe in Him and follow Him! In Jesus, God becomes flesh—everlasting love, that stretches across the huge chasm of death and reaches toward us to save us.
   Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is heaven’s bread. He is the answer to all our souls hungers for. Believe him. Listen to him. Feed on him. Receive His gift of eternal life.

Who Is This Man? Child (January 22, 2017)

  Christianity is not a religion—it’s a relationship that started with a child! That child was Jesus. Jesus understood what it was like to be a child because He was one.

   But Jesus was not an ordinary child. His mother was a young Jewish girl who was a virgin and His father was God! Jesus was fully dependent as a child on His Father and His human parents This extra-ordinary child who grew to be our Savior and Lord, changed the word for everyone—especially children.

   Jesus tells us that if we want to receive His kingdom we must come to Him as a little child. We must come to Him vulnerable, dependent on Him and with humility, be willing to follow and serve Him. Jesus says whoever comes to Him in this manner is great in His kingdom.

   Matthew 18: 1-4, “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

   May we all follow and serve our Lord Jesus with the heart of a little child.

 

Who Is This Man? Light of the World (January 15, 2017)    Jesus announced in John 8:12, “I AM the light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
  Jesus is light and in Him is no darkness. When we follow Jesus His light shows us the path to follow so that we never get lost. His light will lead and guide us to where He wants us to go while providing comfort and protection.
  Jesus promises to be with us forever therefore, we will always have His light. His light shining in our hearts IS the “light of life”. The Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out as we cooperate with the Light of Life, molding us in to the masterpiece God created us to be.
   The Light of the World longs to live in each one of us and help us to reflect His light into the darkness in this world.
Who is This Man? Immanuel   (January 8, 2017)
  Immanuel, “with us is God” is one of the many names given in Scripture to describe Jesus, God’s Son. God desired to be with us so much that He sent His Son to us. Jesus, Immanuel, was born fully human and fully God. He truly is “God with us.” Once we believe in Jesus, we are never alone. He is always with us.
  Then why do we struggle living as if this Truth was not true? Perhaps as we grow older we focus so much on the harshness in this world that we begin to wonder if God is truly with us. But God promises He is never absent in our lives. Never.
  Perhaps it’s His children that are absent. Perhaps His children are absent especially in these harsh areas and harsh times that need God’s presence so much.
    We, God’s children, have Immanuel, “God with us” all the time. We have Immanuel in us all the time because God’s Spirit lives in us. God tells us that we are to share Immanuel with the world by reflecting the image of Jesus to those in need. The impact we have as believers when we live our lives believing God is always with us is truly unlimited.
  Let’s remember that Immanuel is always with us no matter what we are experiencing. Let’s believe His promise to never forsake us and share His Love and Light with those who don’t know the joy of belonging to Immanuel.  Together, God’s children can  diminish the harshness in our world with God’s Presence.  
Exercising  our Faith   (January 1, 2017)
We, as believers, are to exercise our faith. How do we exercise our faith? Jesus told us we are to scatter seeds.
Matthew 13:31-32, He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. (CEV) 
  Jesus is telling us that we are to share our faith (i.e. scatter seeds) with our words and with our actions everywhere we go. We scatter and God brings the growth. But growth doesn’t happen over night. It takes time and obedience. It takes “on purpose” obedience.

  So let’s scatter our faith on purpose. This new year, let’s love God and others by serving on purpose. If we do, then God promises to bring amazing results.  

An Ornament of God’s Tree   (December 25, 2016)
We, as believer in Jesus, are ornaments to the doctrine of God our Savior!
Titus 2:10b, “…in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior.”
  The doctrine Paul is speaking of is the Gospel, the good news, the salvation story which is what Christmas is all about. It’s all about Jesus, Our Savior, bringing salvation to the world from the cradle to the cross. This salvation is a precious treasure we have as an ornament that belongs to Jesus. 
  As His ornament we are to reflect His Light the same way our Christmas ornaments reflect the lights on the tree. We are to shine His Light into the hearts of people everyone, but especially those who do not have His Light yet.
  This Christmas let’s shine the Light of Jesus wherever we go. Let’s be an ornament that becomes a tree of life to many. For it is Christmas every time you let Jesus love others through you.
  Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the [consistently] righteous is a free of life, and he who is wise captures and wins souls [for God–he gathers them for eternity.” (AMP)
 
Every Heart A Manger   (December 18, 2016)
  The Christmas story is the story of God’s amazing love for us. How does God show us that He loves us? God chose us to be with Him. He made that possible by sending His Son to earth to redeem us–to purchase us.  Then He planted us in the perfect place in this world so that we could share His love with others. What an amazing love story! And it all began with the birth of God’s Son on that first Christmas.
  When Jesus was born so was our hope. Jesus, the Son of God, our Savior, came to earth wanting to be received by every heart. He wants every heart to love Him, believe in Him and hope in Him. He wants every heart to be His manger.
   Jesus wants to be born in you today. All you have to do is open your heart to Him and believe. Let Him love you, heal you and free you to be the person He created you to be. Let your heart be His manger this Christmas and all the Christmas’ that follow  until He brings you home to heaven.
God Guides the Wise   (December 11, 2016)
  There are many lessons to be learned in the Christmas story of Luke 2 and Matthew 2. Today we focus on the lessons learned from the Magi.  The wise men acted with humility their entire journey to find the King of the Jews. They never deviated from their path nor let trials keep them from reaching their goal. Herod on the other hand, was the complete opposite. He operated out of consuming pride. It was always his way or the highway–which was usually the highway of death for those who disagreed with him. Herod led a miserable life and died a miserable old man.
  Today we have a choice–humility or pride. God has much to say in His Word about both. God opposes the proud but teaches, leads and rewards the humble. Jesus said, “I am gentle and humble in heart.” (Matthew 11:29). This Christmas season, let’s choose to be like Jesus and have a humble heart. Like the Magi, let’s let nothing keep us from finding our Lord and worshiping Him. 
Worship Works Wonders   (December 4, 2016)
  Have you ever pondered how everyone involved worshiped the night that Jesus, God’s Son, was born? The magi worshiped by believing the King of the Jews had come, traveling many miles to kneel before Him and giving Him extravagant gifts that He was worthy of.  Mary worshiped by believing God’s message and being obedient to God’s will even though it wasn’t easy for her. She worshiped by caring for God’s Son before and after He was born. She gave the gift of herself and her heart. Joseph worshiped through His obedience to God’s will to be the earthly father of His Son. He worshiped by giving up his plan for God’s. He gave the gift of submitting to the Father for the good of His Son.
  The angels worshiped that night. They praised the King of kings who was born to be the Savior of the world. They gave the gift of praising the One who is worthy of all praise. The shepherds also worshiped God that night. They worshiped by believing the angel’s message and obeying. They worshiped by giving encouragement to Mary and Joseph as they reported what the angel had told them. Later they worshiped by praising God out loud as they made their way back to their sheep.
  How do we worship our Lord and Savior? Do we sing or shout our praises to the One who is worthy to receive them? Do we kneel before Him in humble adoration? Do we bring Him the gifts He asks for–all our heart, soul, mind and strength? Do we share Him with others to encourage them?
  How will you worship the King of kings this Advent season and all the days after? Don’t let the busyness of this Christmas push worship out of your schedule. Stop–and worship. Stop several times a day and remember the One who is worthy of worship. Tell Jesus you love Him frequently. Give Him the gift of all of you. As you do, you will find that worship truly works wonders. 

God has a Face (November 27, 2016)

      God chose to enter our world  in order to save us. Jesus, God’s Son, was born that first Christmas as a baby who was fully human and fully God. Because God became one of us, he understands everything about us. He knows our joys, sorrows and struggles. And He is the only One who can give us hope. God brought Hope to us that sacred night many years ago and His hope remains. We can live life with His hope in our hearts regardless of our circumstances. Our God is always with us and for us. Always.
     The road to Bethlehem teaches us that God has a face. On that first Christmas Mary gazed into the face of God as the Savior of the world rested in her arms. 

     If you haven’t gazed into the face of God for a while take time today to do so. Look into Jesus’ eyes and find everything you need for this Christmas and all the Christmas’ to follow.

Celebration of God’s Names!   (November 20, 2016)
  Today we will be culminating our study of getting to know God better through His names by celebrating our great God through song. Great Christian song writers both past and present have blessed us with many songs that describe our LORD GOD through His names. Come and join us  as we honor and praise God by worshiping Him in song. 
What’s in a Name? Ish  (November 13, 2016)
One of the names of our LORD GOD is “Husband,” which is Ish in Hebrew. In the book of Hosea, God provides a parable of His relationship with Israel in a unique way. He has Hosea and his wife, Gomer, be a living parable to those He wants to reach. Gomer’s unfaithfulness to Hosea represents Israel’s unfaithfulness to God.  Hosea’s faithfulness and love for Gomer regardless of how she responds is a reflection of God’s faithfulness to Israel…and us. God loves us. Period. His love is not based on what we do but who He is. God is love. He loves us unconditionally. He cannot love us more than He does right now. God may not love everything we do, but He always loves us. We need to allow that thought to soak into our minds, hearts and souls. God loves us! And when we finally begin to understand how great His love is for us, then we will respond with love back to Him.
   Is it really that simple? Yes, it is. Learn how much God loves you. Believe it. Live it. And then you will learn to live in that love as you walk with Him, following His lead each and every day.

What’s in a Name? Ruach Qodesh (November 6, 2016)

Ruach Qodesh, The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He is the Spirit of Truth. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would come when He went away. He promised the Holy Spirit would come to those who believe in Him and be with them forever. Then Jesus gives us more promises about the Holy Spirit. He told us the Holy Spirit would be our Helper, our Comforter, and our Counselor. He also told us the Holy Spirit would give us power. He gives us the power we need to change from the inside out–to become more like Jesus. He gives us the power to share Jesus with others in what we say and what we do. We need the Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives. We need to rely on Him every day. There is no greater way to live than by following Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

What’s in a Name?  Yahweh Shammah (October 3o, 2016)
Yahweh Shammah,The Lord is There! In every storm, trial and test The Lord is there holding on to us. We just need to step back and feel His comfort, let Him take the wheel. We must be faithful not only during the good times, we must be faithful in the hard times too. We must be faithful at ALL times!
What’s in a Name?  El Elyon (October 23, 2016)
     One of the names of our LORD GOD is El Elyon, which means the “Most High God.”  Our God is above everything and everyone. He is the Sovereign God and He is absolute power combined with mercy, love, justice, kindness and goodness. El Elyon, The Most High God, will not share His glory with anyone. He, and He alone, is God.
    Our all-powerful, sovereign God tenderly cares for those who humble themselves before Him. El Elyon loves and cares for us so much that He sent Jesus, His Son, to save us from our sin and make a way back to His heart. Jesus Christ is the only One able to do that because Jesus is the Son of the Most High God. God tells us in His Word that those who believe in His Son, Jesus, and live for Him are called “children of the Most High” (Luke 6:35-36). As God’s children, we are to reflect the character of His Son to the world. This is a precious act of worship to the God we love and serve.
     We are also to praise our great God. Psalm 7:17 tells us, “I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.” (NRSV)
     God Most High, El Elyon, is the only One worthy of worship. He is the only One worthy of our praise. He must be Most High in our hearts and lives. Nothing else must come before Him.
What’s in a Name? Yahweh Tsidqenu  (October 16, 2016)
One of the names of our LORD GOD is “The LORD Our Righteousness,” which is Yahweh Tsidqenu in Hebrew. God is our righteousness and He gives us His righteousness through His Son, Jesus Christ. When we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God gives us the gift of His grace–His righteousness. Then we begin our journey of learning to live a life of righteousness.
What does it mean to live a righteous life ? It means hungering and thirsting for righteousness as Jesus said in Matthew 5:6. It means being in a right relationship with God and others. It means cooperating with the Lord as He remolds us to reflect the heart and character of His Son, Jesus.  We are on  a journey of pleasing God and what pleases Him the most is when we become like His Son.
However, imitating Jesus is only possible as we submit to the Holy Spirit who lives inside every believer. We must allow the Holy Spirit to live and love through us. Then others will be attracted to God’s heart as they see the Love and Light of God shining through us. We are not here to push people away from “The LORD Our Righteousness” but to help draw them to Him.

Daniel 12:3, “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the starts forever and ever.”

 

What’s in a Name?Shophet (October 9, 2016)
What’s in a name? Shophet–Judge.
One of the names of our LORD GOD is judge which is Shophet in Hebrew. God as our Judge, is our Ruler. He presides over all His creation. He is a God of justice.
   As believers, we are called to be ministers of justice. We are to care about what the Lord cares about–helping the poor, feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, clothing the poor, visiting those who are in prison and those who are sick, providing for the orphans, widows, and children.
    At the end of time, everyone will stand before our Judge and give an account of his/her life. There will only be two groups before the Judge–believers and unbelievers. Believers have their names written in the Book of Life and will receive their reward of eternal life. Unbelievers will be separated from God and all that is good for eternity.
   Thankfully, God, our Judge, is patient. 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT), “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.”
  God desires that no one will be separated from Him forever. Therefore, we who believe in Him are to share Jesus with those who don’t believe yet. We are to live our lives for God in front of others with humility. We are called to pray for unbelievers to change and turn to God, to accept His Son and live for Him.
   Keep praying and watch God move. He is a compassionate Judge who sent His Son as Savior to the entire world. Let’s pray the world accepts Jesus and lives for Him.
 
What’s in a Name? Maon, Machseh, Magen, Metsuda, and Migdal-Oz (October 2, 2016)
   There are several names of God that reveal characteristics about our God that are similar, such as: Dwelling Place (Maon), Refuge (Machseh), Shield (Magen), Fortress (Metsuda) and Strong Tower (Megdal-Oz). All of these names convey that our God is a God of safety and security. He is the one who surrounds us with His protection in the storms of this life. When the storms of life are raging or the storms within us are raging we all need a safe place to go for help.
  Where do you need God to be your dwelling place, refuge, shield, strong tower and fortress? Where are the storms of life battering you with fear or oppression? Whatever the storm is know that God is bigger than any storm. We can run to Him and be safe.
    
    “You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.'” Psalm 91: 1-2
  We can stand on the promises He gives us in His Word. We can rest in His presence.
  “Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. with long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.” Psalm 91: 14-16
 
    Let God be your Refuge, Shield, Dwelling Place, Fortress and Strong Tower.
Trust Him at all times to be who He is. He will never fail you.
  “In every soul testing trial, the believer must find strength in a refuge greater than himself.” Steven Lawson 
What’s in a Name? El Chay (September 25, 2016)
   El Chay,  is the Hebrew name for our God that means “Living God.” 
  Jeremiah 10: 10, “But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King. When He is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure His wrath.”
  Our Living God is not dead. He is alive and working inside each and every one of us who have come to Him in faith. Mark 12:27 tells us that God is not the God of the dead but of the living. Scripture also tells us that if we belong to the LORD, then we are a temple of the Living God. We are to dedicate our lives to our LORD GOD. When asked, we are to be prepared to explain the reason for our faith in  our living God.
  We are a living, breathing testimony to our Living God through the words we speak and the things we do–our actions. In fact, our actions speak louder than our words. When we live our lives for our Lord and follow His loving leadership, others will see that we truly do love our Living God. If El Chay, is in our heart then it will be apparent to others through what we say and do.

  Our great God is alive and He is working in all of us who have given Him our hearts and lives. He is patiently waiting for all to come to Him, the Living God.

What’s in a Name? Melek (September 18, 2016)
  Melek means “King” in Hebrew. God is our King. The LORD GOD, our King, is unlike any human king. He invites us to come boldly to His throne of grace to find help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).  Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, we have access to the throne. Our King knows everything about us and loves us anyway. Our King is a God of righteousness and justice. He never sleeps but He is always at work drawing us out of the darkness and into His Light. Our King invites us, His children, to join Him in the work He is doing in the world. It is a privilege and an honor to serve our King.
   Jesus prayed, “Our Father, who are in Heaven, holy is your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We are to join our King in bringing His kingdom here to earth. That means we are to join Him in bringing righteousness and justice to our world. It starts with us, the person we see when we look in the mirror. We are to turn to Jesus and cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He changes every part of our heart and mind to come in line with God’s way of thinking and acting.
  We are to go. Go where? Into the world and share Jesus with others in word and action. We are to take the hope that we have (Jesus) and share it will those  that need Him so much.  We are to serve like Jesus did. In His name, we are to provide the basic needs of the poor–food, clothing, water, shelter; we are to fight injustice wherever it is found. We are help alleviate the suffering in our world–spiritual, physical, mental and emotional.  No one can do everything but if we all so something we will make a difference for Jesus here and now. 
   When Jesus returns as King of king and Lord of lord or when He calls us home individually there will be no more changes to serve Him here on this earth. Our time is very short and we need to be about our King’s business.    We need to start living each day on purpose for Him.  Start today joining God in His work and make a difference for King Jesus. It’s not a duty. It’s a privilege. And it’s all for Him. 
What’s in a Name? Yahweh Roi (September 11, 2016)
Yahweh Roi means “The LORD is my Shepherd.” In John 10, Jesus announces, ” I am the Good Shepherd.” Jesus is the One we can trust and count on all the days of our lives. He only wants what is good for us. He is our Shepherd who loves us. And how much does He love us? He loves us so much that He was willing to die for us.
                 The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
Jesus willingly died for you and for me. He went to the cross because of love. Because of His obedience to the cross, we can come to Him and receive forgiveness, receive mercy, receive the help we need on a daily basis to live life here for Him and receive the promise of eternal life with Him. He is calling to us, “Let me be your Shepherd. Just come to me.”
Do you hear Jesus’ voice calling to you? Do you recognize His voice calling amid all the other voices calling to you in the world today? Is the Lord your Shepherd? Do you belong to Him? The Good Shepherd longs for you to know Him. He already knows everything about you and loves you anyway.
For those who have come to Him and belong to Him, He says, “I’m here. You have opened the gate and I’ve come to be with you. I know you. I know all about you. I want you to know me. Give me all that is on your heart, all your worries. I can handle them and lead you into a better way to live. I, and I only, know what is best for you. You can always trust me. Come and follow me, your Good Shepherd.”  
What’s in a Name? Yahweh Roi (September 4, 2016)
Yahweh Roi means “The LORD is my Shepherd.” It is a great honor and privilege to belong to the LORD, our Shepherd. Psalm 23 provides us with much insight into those privileges as we follow our Shepherd wherever He leads us.

    

The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Forever.

  Because the LORD is my Shepherd I am content with whatever He gives me and wherever He leads me. The LORD my Shepherd always leads me forward. When I look back, I only see goodness and mercy following me. He is my Guide and I follow Him joyfully–even through the valley of the shadow of death. Why? Because I know I will be with Him forever. I get to live where He lives forever!

I say “thank you” to My Shepherd a lot. I want to be with Him all the time. I love to hear His voice calling to me, saying my name, telling me how much He loves me. And all those who belong to Him especially love it when He sings. We become very still and quiet and just let His beautiful, loving voice wash over us.  

   The LORD is my Shepherd. He is all I need and all I want—Forever.

What’s in a Name? Yahweh Tsuri (August 28, 2016)

Yahweh Tsuri means “The Lord our Rock.”

Our God is a safe God. Our God is a secure God. He is our foundation. He is our shelter from the storms of life. There is no God like our God! God is our Rock!

1 Samuel 2:2: “There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”

Our God, Yahweh Tsuri, is our security. We can trust Him at all times. He is faithful. He always keeps His promises. We can depend on Him. He loves us more than we could ever image and invites us into a relationship with Him. David understood this when he poured our his love and devotion to God in

Psalm 18:1-3,

    “I love you, O Lord, my strength.The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my  deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved from my enemies.”
Jesus is the Rock of our salvation! Jesus calls us to build upon His steady, secure, faithful and loving foundation. He invites us to build our lives on Him, the Rock.
 

Matthew 7:24–27

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”

 
If we choose Jesus–to believe in Him, follow Him, and obey Him one day at a time, we will be building on lives on Him. As we grow in His love with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will find ourselves changing. Then when the trials, tribulations and tragedies of this life come we won’t fall apart because we have built our lives on Christ. On Christ the solid Rock we stand. There’s no better place to be.
 
What’s in a Name? Yahweh Tsebaoth (August 21, 2016)

Yahweh Tsebaoth means “The Lord of Host,” and sometimes is translated, “LORD God of Hosts” or “God-of-the-Angel-Armies.” Yahweh Tsebaoth is our powerful and mighty God, our God who commands the hosts of heaven and all of creation to accomplish His purposes. Yahweh Tsebaoth also fights our battles for us. Many in the Old Testament knew this fact–David when he went against Goliath, Elisha when attacked by the King of Aram and King Jehoshaphat when preparing for an attack. In 2 Chronicles 20:15 after King Jehoshaphat has poured out his heart to the Lord for his people, he receives this message from God:

  “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat:    Thus  says the Lord to you: ‘Do not fear or be dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours but God’s.'”
  Instead of focusing on how impossible our problem  or battle is we need to focus on how big our God is! We are instructed to take our battle position–stand still and know that God is God (Psalm 46:10-11),  to put on our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-17) and keep our eyes on the the Lord. God is not only with us but He will fight our battles for us.  
  Whatever we are struggling with today, we need to remember our God is Yahweh Tsebaoth, the Lord of Hosts and nothing is too difficult for Him.
What’s in a Name? Yahweh Shalom (August 14, 2016)

Yahweh Shalom means “The Lord is Peace.” The LORD GOD, the Father, Son and Spirit give us peace as a gift. We only need to receive peace. The LORD GOD wants us to receive Shalom—to live in His presence, to be healthy, whole, calm, to experience all that Shalom means.

But how do we do that? To receive the Shalom Jesus longs to give us in our hearts and lives we are going to have to get rid of some things and add some things to our lives. We will need to work at deleting sin with the help of the Holy Spirit and commit to a life of holiness. We will need to delete fear, anxiety and worry. And we will need to delete busyness.

What do we need to add to experience Shalom? We need to add practicing the presence of God. We need to seek the Lord and show Him that we love Him by spending time with Him—especially regular time alone with Him. During our special time with God we develop our relationship with Him through talking with Him (prayer), listening to Him, reading His Word (Bible), being silent before Him, and much more. We need to give Him our undivided attention.

We need to add listening to music that honors God to our lives. We are responsible for what type of music our ears hear and as parents, we are responsible for what type of music our children’s ears hear also. Listen to music that honors God.

 We also need to add being with Christians—at weekly worship, in a small study group, with an accountability partner, celebrations, etc.

As we delete and add these things to our lives we will begin to experience Shalom. Shalom comes from making God THE priority in our lives, by living in His presence and by walking on the path of holiness.

 

What’s in a Name? Qedosh Yisrael (August 7, 2016)

  

 Qedosh Yisrael means “Holy One of Israel” and it is a title given to our LORD God. Our Lord God IS the Holy One. Holiness is who He is! And God calls those who belong to Him to be holy:

But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”   1 Peter 1:15-16

    We are told in God’s Word to pursue being holy and live a holy life. But we don’t pursue it alone. We pursue it with Jesus and the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us. Jeremy Camp sings a song called “Same Power.” He sings, “The same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in us.” Do you believe this truth? The Holy Spirit lives in you if you have given your life to God through Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the One who gives us the power to change the way we think and act. He gives us the power to live life God’s way.
  After we accept Jesus our lives should constantly be changing. We should be growing to be more like Jesus everyday. We are to be living lives that can be examined by anyone at any time, without any embarrassment. A commitment to holiness means having a life that is always an open book for anyone to read.

      Jesus calls us to make a difference in this world for Him and we can’t do that if we are like the world. We do that by being like Jesus and Jesus is holy. A holy life is a beautiful life.  It’s a fun life!

   It’s time to commit to a life of holiness. There’s no other way to live if you belong to Jesus. Start today to live life His way and soon you’ll discover peace and joy you never experienced pouring into your soul. The One Holy of Israel is anxiously waiting for you to take the first step.  

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, “May the God who gives peace make you holy in every way. May he keep your whole being—spirit, soul, and body—blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.  The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.”

 
 
What’s in a Name? Esh Oklah, El Kanna (July 31, 2016)
 Our God is a Jealous god (El Kanna) and a Consuming Fire (Esh Oklah). God is jealous for those who belong to Him. Our jealous God grieves when we are unfaithful to Him. He commands us to love Him with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength. He wants us to be fully devoted to Him.  
  Our God is a Jealous god (El Kanna) and a Consuming Fire (Esh Oklah). God is jealous for those who belong to Him. Our jealous God grieves when we are unfaithful to Him. He commands us to love Him with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength. He wants us to be fully devoted to Him.
   Why is our God jealous for us? Because we belong to Him and He loves us! He paid the price of giving His Son so that we can belong to Him. Such a love as this is a fierce love! And His fierce love moves in our hearts and lives as a Consuming Fire to refine us–to burn away anything that doesn’t glorify Him. His consuming fire remolds us to make us more like Jesus.
   Such amazing love! May we be fully devoted to our God, our Jealous God and Consuming Fire, loving Him with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength. He is worthy of nothing less.
 
 
What’s In a Name? Yahweh Nissi (July 24, 2016)
Yahweh Nissi, “the LORD is my banner” is the name of God that reminds us that He wants us to follow Him and to keep our eyes on Him. A banner in the Old Testament times was similar to a flag. Troops would rally around the flag knowing that it represented the power and resources of the country it represented. For believers the same is true today. When we live under the LORD’s flag and follow Him, we have available to us all the power and resources of the One the flag represents–our amazing God! The LORD is truly our banner.      
  Even though every believer is in a battle (see Ephesians 6:12), the LORD promises each and every one of us victory! We must never give up or give in. We are to stay the course, walking with the LORD through the battles in our life knowing with calm assurance that He will bring the victory.  He may give us the victory over some battles in this life. But regardless, we will all be victorious when we are home with our LORD in heaven.
   May we all allow His banner of love to lead and guide us as we live for Him each and every day of our lives until we reach THE Promised Land.    
 
 
 
 
What’s In a Name? Yahweh Rophe (July 17, 2016)
Yahweh Rophe, “the LORD who heals” longs to heal us in all the areas of our life where we hurt. Our LORD longs for us to be whole and healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually. Yahweh Rophe is the name of God that reminds us He is the One we can run to for healing. There is no hurt in our lives that is too big for the LORD to heal. But to receive healing we must believe the LORD is who He says He is and come to Him. The LORD wants us to trust Him with our lives and follow Him. He invites us to give Him our pain, our hurts, our scars and our sins. His arms of love and healing are always open to those who run to Him. Run to Him and receive forgiveness and healing. Yahweh Rophe, “the LORD who heals” is waiting for you.
 
 
What’s In a Name? Adonai (July 10, 2016)
Adonai, our “Lord” and “Master,” is the One we worship and adore. It is the name of God that reminds us He is the One who is in charge of our very lives. He writes the blueprint for each believer’s life and it is our privilege to follow it. Yet our Adonai always gives us the choice to follow Him or not. We either choose to follow our Lord or we make excuses as to why we will not follow Him. The basis of our decision always involves trust. Do we trust God enough to give Him the reigns and then follow Him? Do we trust our Lord enough to say, “Yes Lord” when He calls us to do something for Him? Do we believe our Lord only wants what is best for us, even when we don’t understand all the circumstances? If we answer “yes” to these questions, then following our Lord will produce the results He promises in His Word–peace, love, joy, gentleness, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control.
  Adonai, out of love, we follow You. We bow our knees and hearts to You, our Lord. There is no better way to live than to trust and obey You. Amen.
 
 
What’s In a Name? Yahweh (July 3, 2016)
  Yahweh, the LORD, is the One who spoke to Moses from the burning bush . When Moses asked the LORD what His name is Yahweh said, “I AM WHO I AM.” Yahweh
has always existed. He always will. He is present with us…always. His presence is a promised constant in our lives. 
 
Yahweh is our God who is faithful and compassionate. He is a holy God with a holy purpose for those who follow Him. Yahweh is our Savior-God. Yahweh
wants to free us from sin. (Psalm 103:1-13)
  Jesus, God’s Son, came to our world to save us from our sins. In Luke 4:18-19  Jesus states, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Jesus is saying His mission is the same as 
Yahweh’s. In John 8:58, Jesus says, “I tell you the truth before Abraham was born, I AM.” Jesus clearly tells us He is Yahweh
.  He has come to give us freedom from our sins. As we give Him our hearts, take His hand and follow Him, Jesus will save us and lead us into freedom.
 
What’s In a Name? Yahweh Yireh  (June 26, 2016)
Yahweh Yireh, “The Lord will provide,” is our loving God who sees our every moment and is able to provide for our needs. We trust Him to provide what is best for us. However, we must be willing to accept that what our Lord provides may not be what we think we need. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. His plan for us is always good. What do you need today? Whatever it is–physical, emotional or spiritual–you can come to Yahweh Yireh and ask Him for His help. Pour out your heart to Him for your heart is safe in His hands. Trust Him to provide what is best for you. Accept His plan as a gift of love for your heart. Then, with a heart of thanks to God, provide for someone else who has a need you can meet. One reason our Lord provides for us is so that we can help others in need. Choose to trust  and follow Him. As you imitate our loving Lord, you will find that Yahweh Yireh is truly able to provide all you need.  And all we truly need is Him.
 
What’s In a Name? Abba  (June 19, 2016)
Abba is our dear Father. Jesus, Abba’s Son, teaches and shows us what our heavenly Father is like. In Luke 15, Jesus taught a parable to help those who were listening and us understand what God the Father is like. His teaching shocked those who were present because they didn’t understand the Father at all. Jesus taught that our Abba  is a compassionate, loving Father who is always ready to forgive His children who come back home to Him. His grace covers everything we’ve ever done. We only need to realize that when we leave the Father we need to and get up and come back home to Him. Abba is always watching, waiting and longing for us to return. When we do come home we realize that we will never want to leave again. Our hearts are safe in Abba‘s hands forever.
 
 
What’s In a Name? El Olam (June 12, 2016)
El Olam is our Everlasting, Eternal God who was, who is, and is to come.  El Olam is not bound by time. He has no beginning, no end. He will never cease to be. He will never grow old. He is never in a hurry and He is never late. Our Eternal God is the One whose love and faithfulness lasts forever. His promises never end. The ultimate promise El Olam  gives us is the promise of eternal life. How amazing is it that we who believe in God’s plan of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and live our lives here for Him, have the promise of living with Him forever?!
 
 
What’s In a Name? El Shaddai (June 5, 2016)
El Shaddai is our all-sufficient, all-Mighty God who is bigger and more powerful than anything we will experience in this life. He provides for us and protects us. Our All Mighty God is enough. And if we truly believe El Shaddai is enough, then we will respond to any life circumstance in a way that honors Him. Not easy you say? Absolutely! But if we are to live our faith and believe our God is who is says He is (and proves He is over and over again) what other option do we really have? We could become bitter when life throws us a curve ball. That’s our choice. But does that align with our faith? Instead of being bitter we must choose to be better regardless of our situation. The stories of Abraham, Ruth and Job from the Old Testament and many heroes of the faith since then show us how to be better and not bitter during the challenging seasons of life.  During these times when we feel like we’re out of hope, we must run to El Shaddai, not away from Him. Let El Shaddai be your refuge, worship Him through your tears and trust the One who spoke the universe into being to bring good out of your situation. Remember, no matter what we experience in this life, El Shaddai is enough.
 
 
 
What’s In a Name? El Roi (May 29, 2016)
Have you ever been a time in your life that you just wanted to run away or to hide? Most of us have experienced that feeling at least once in our lives. Perhaps it was when a promise or dream was broken, perhaps it was when the pain of living one more day seemed unbearable, or when we had made a really bad choice and we thought hiding or  running away would give us a fresh start. Regardless of the reason, hiding or running away may  seem like it will solve our problem but it usually doesn’t. We can never really hide or run away, especially from God. God is
El Roi, “the God who sees me.” El Roi sees us when we are anxious, when we feel all alone, when we are mistreated by others, and when we make mistakes. El Roi also sees us when we pray, worship, and live our lives for Him. El Roi
sees us all the time. Period.
  God sees us because He cares about us. God  loves us, is always with us and longs to help us. Once we realize the awesome love of God, our
El Roi
, we will never want to hide or run away again.
 

 

What’s In a Name? Elohim (May 22, 2016)
Have you stopped to take in the beauty of our world lately? Creation declare the glory of its Creator.
Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God cre
ated the heavens and the earth.” The Hebrew name for God used in this verse is Elohim. Elohim is our Creator God who is all powerful, sovereign and mighty. Elohim created us because He wants to have a relationship with us. Image, our God who spoke the universe into being desires to have a relationship with us! Why? Because He loves us! God reveals His names to us so that we can truly know Him more. Elohim, our God, is on our side. He loves us and cares for us. We can trust Him. What more do we truly need?

 

 

What’s In a Name?  (Begins May 15, 2016)
Names are important. They identify us from others. Sometimes our name even describes an aspect of our character. Our name is important. But the most important name we will ever know is the LORD GOD’S name. God has revealed much about Himself to us in Scripture through His names. Through His names we can learn about God’s character, what He is like, what pleases and displeases Him, and much, much more. The more we learn about our LORD GOD, the deeper in love with Him we grow, the deeper our faith in Him grows and the more intimate our relationship with Him grows. But how do we begin? With a promise from God Himself:  “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). We must begin this journey by seeking God with all our hearts. We must want to know Him more.
  As we begin this week with The Name,
Ha-Shem
, we are doing just that. We are beginning to seek God more with all our hearts.
So What’s In A Name? Journey with us in the weeks ahead as we learn together. 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday. The entry into Jerusalem with Jesus the Messiah riding on a donkey hearing shouts of “Hosanna to the Son of David!” and “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Jesus entered Jerusalem focused on completing the reason His Father had sent Him. He would let nothing deter Him. We too are called to stay focused—on our Lord Jesus. But how can we stay focused on Jesus each and every day? Come and join us on Palm Sunday as we learn how to stay focused on Jesus together.

 
 
 
 
 
HOPE
  Hope is such a small word. Yet life without hope is meaningless. Where can we find hope? The world says we can find it in possessions, wealth, people, power, and prestige. But God tells us differently. At the end of our lives none of these things that provide false hope will matter. To have true and lasting hope our soul must be anchored in the Lord. It is only through Christ that we find strength through His love to persevere through the storms of life. It is only through Christ that we can know with certainty our final destination when our earthly journey is completed. Christ is our hope. He will never disappoint us. His hope is solid and trustworthy.
              
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.”    Hebrews 6:19-2 0