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What’s the Plan?

Here’s your sneak peek for our next series that will carry us through the Christmas season.  “God’s Plan A, Our Plan B” will start in Genesis and try to figure out what the Tree of the Knowlege of Good and Evil was all about and why such a simple thing was able to send the whole world into such a mess.  We’ll see what went into the Fall of mankind and the results.   We’ll then look at the results as we try to figure out whether we are now working on a legal standard with the Law and if that was God’s plan all along with us needing to look like Jesus.

Having looked at what we think we need to do, the series will then look at what God intended, what He did in response to our struggling and the steps God took to resolve the conflicts we created.  It will end with the birth of a baby that will be the center of a huge plot to change mankind for good.

We hope you’ll join us for this series as we examine the very way we approach this world, life, and God and perhaps learn something new and surprising.

Part 1-Debugging the Decision Tree

Part 2-Is it Legal?

Part 3-Looking Good?

Part 4-Unnatural Adaptation

Part 5-Make Up Test

Part 6-A Plan Comes Together

Stand in the Gap Night

“Life is messy, let’s do it together” has become one of our unofficial motto’s as we come together to learn Christ, grow closer to Him and more like Him, and figure out how to yield to Him, especially through some of the tougher times of life.  We have many in our family who are going through times of struggle, hardship and pain.  Marriages struggling or being torn apart, the loss of children or other loved ones, economic, mental, emotional, physical struggles are all going on in our midst.

Saturday night we come together to help fulfill the command to “bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ” and weep with those who weep.   We will pray for one another and stand up before God for one another.  Intercession is crucial to our love for one another.

So a meal, music that helps orient our hearts and minds toward the work of God, and then prayer for one another as we corporately care for each other.  If you are part of us, I pray you will join the Body coming together this Saturday night for one of the most important aspects of being the Church.

What Do You See, Amos?

We are excited to announce our February/March series as we dive into the book of Amos over the next 6 weeks.  Amos spoke to Israel during a successful time, but his message was a warning of what was going wrong during such “great” times.  The series will challenge us to understand our world today and our calling as God’s people.  The series unfolds as follows:

  1. Best of Times, Worst of Times (Chapters 1 & 2).  Amos has a message for all the countries, but the big ending hits home.
  2. All in the Family (Chapter 3).  A special relationship came with responsibility.  Faith had been broken.
  3. Holy Cow (Chapter 4).  A good economy and thriving religion should be good, right?
  4. And Justice for All (Chapter 5).  Amos explains the relationship between worship & justice.
  5. Getting Comfortable (Chapter 6).  What gets missed when things are good?
  6. Some Call it Treason (Chapters 7-9).  Ignoring God, and silence from Him.  Hope does remain.

We hope you will join us for this study as we dig deeper into God’s Word and hear what He is saying to us in our day to day lives.

‘Tis the Season

Christmas season is again upon us and we are looking forward to celebrating God’s gift for us and understanding what it means for us not only with God, but with one another.  We will have many chances to celebrate together this December.  Saturday December 1st (5:30 pm) we will have a special dinner, enjoy the children putting on a Christmas program, and shower one of our missionaries (Keith Jewett) with gifts.
After one more week of Swimming in the Desert, we will start our Christmas Series, “Gift Exchange” where we’ll see a real switch.
Part 1-A Poor Start
Part 2-The Substitute King
Part 3-Christmas Spirit
Christmas Eve-The Opposite of Religion.
Also coming up with be our choir’s Christmas cantata (details to follow).
We’ve also started a special Christmas series in our weekly podcast/Radio Show, The Corner of Truth & Life.
So join us, follow us, and together we will learn, grow, and celebrate the greatest gift mankind has ever known!

Do you know Love?

Our world is very short on love these days.  Loneliness, feelings of isolation, hatred & anger, and blame all fill our lives and social spaces.  The Bible says that God is love and that God loves us.  Why do we feel so bad if this is true?  What does it mean in real life, and day to day?  So we will spend five weeks seeking to learn and understand what it means, and how in a world so lacking in love, how we can thrive in love.  Or in other words, how to go Swimming in the Desert.  We hope you will join us Sunday Mornings at 8 AM or 10:30 AM.

i am…… (Summer Series)


We are excited to begin our summer series, “i am.”   We tend to think of sins as big bad things we do, and while that is true, our issues are much bigger.  We struggle with “falling short” every day in small ways too.  How do we deal with the tough moments of live and the different things that go wrong in our life?  This series will look at these issues and the role GRACE plays in the solution.  We’d love to have you join us on Sundays at 8 AM or 1o AM.

New Series for a New Year

Do you ever feel like you are struggling Spiritually?  Do you want to be a good Christian but sometimes feel like its too hard?  Do you feel like the world is against you if you believe in God.

The struggle is real.  Join us as we talk about it.

  • Part 1-The Right Fight (sometimes we fight the wrong one)
  • Part 2-The Long Game (its a marathon, not a sprint.  Sometimes we get stuck in the moments)
  • Part 3-Work Prayer (Who doesn’t struggle with prayer?)
  • Part 4-No Show (It shouldn’t be an Act)

The series will continue past 4 parts, so stay tuned!

 

Christmas Series

We are excited to announce our Christmas series that will begin with the first Sunday of Advent on December 3rd.  Whether they are candles or electric lights, we celebrate the coming of the Light of the World with many lights in this season.  Even those who do not know of His coming still put many lights on display.

We will look at the meaning, implication, and application of the original Christmas Light.  The series will culminate with a special Christmas Eve Service on December 24th at 6pm.    We hope you will join us all month.

The Seven “A’s” of Confession

As God opens your eyes to see how you have sinned against others, he simultaneously offers you a way to find freedom from your past wrongs. It is called confession. Many people have never experienced this freedom because they have never learned how to confess their wrongs honestly and unconditionally. Instead, they use words like these: “I’m sorry if I hurt you.” “Let’s just forget the past.” “I suppose I could have done a better job.” “I guess it’s not all your fault.” These token statements rarely trigger genuine forgiveness and reconciliation. If you really want to make peace, ask God to help you breathe grace by humbly and thoroughly admitting your wrongs. One way to do this is to use the Seven A’s.

  1. Address everyone involved (All those whom you affected)
  2. Avoid if, but, and maybe (Do not try to excuse your wrongs)
  3. Admit specifically (Both attitudes and actions)
  4. Acknowledge the hurt (Express sorrow for hurting someone)
  5. Accept the consequences (Such as making restitution)
  6. Alter your behavior (Change your attitudes and actions)
  7. Ask for forgiveness

See Matthew 7:3-5; 1 John 1:8-9; Proverbs 28:13

Based on The Peacemaker by Ken Sande.    Text taken from http://peacemaker.net/project/seven-as-of-confession/

Five commitments needed to cultivate, maintain and demonstrate unity

A commitment to love Jesus Christ above all things and to sacrifice all of our mini-agendas for His sake (Eph. 4:1, 15-16; Matt. 22:37; Gal. 2:20)

A commitment to sound doctrine, which never sacrifices the truth, but always prioritizes it in a spirit of grace (Eph. 4:4-6, 13, 15, 16; 3:15)

A commitment to develop Christ-like character, especially humility and submission (Eph. 4:2; Rom. 12:3; Phil. 2:3-4; 1 Pet. 3:8)

Illustration: Two individuals who strongly opposed each other’s view later end up arguing in favor of the other person’s view.  When our focus moves from self to service of others, this is a sign that we are growing in our Christ-like character.

A commitment to respect and pursue God-given diversity and accept one another as Christ has accepted us (Eph. 4:11; Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Col. 3:11; Rom. 15:7)

Illustration: Unity is not the same as uniformity.  The church at its best should be like an   orchestra, with many different instru­ments blending together under one conductor to play complementary parts in one glorious composition.

A commitment to strive earnestly and prayerfully to pursue peace, resolve conflict, and preserve relationships despite personal differences (Eph. 4:3; Prov. 19:11; Luke 6:27-28; Rom. 12:18; Gal. 6:1)

You can hear the message on this HERE.

-based on The Peacemaker” by Ken Sande.  Text taken from New Peace Networks (newpeace.net)