God just wants to hear from you - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM)
The most important thing to remember is that God just wants to hear from you. No matter if your prayer is long or short, fancy or simple, silly or serious, from inside of church, or from under your bed, God just wants to hear from you.
Get honest about all things - by Pastor Dave (Ash Wednesday)
And so this Lent we need to get focused and refocused, to get darn honest about things and know that it is not about us. It sure isn't about how well we do things. It is about getting closer to the lord who loved us enough to die for us.
What this glory is all about - by Pastor Dave (Sunday 8 & 10 am)
God came and joined with us and loved us even through our rejection, even through our cruelty; to make us his own and to redeem us with an unusual kind of glory and certainly a wonderful kind of love. Now it up to us in the midst of the pain and suffering and brokenness all around us to hang on to that glory and let it motivate us to truly be what Jesus wants us to be - brothers and sisters in him, children of the heavenly Father.
Where the focus needs to be - by Pastor Dave (Sunday 8 & 10 am)
The focus needs to be on spreading God's love and making God's will be known. This helps folks know what is really important and who really is in charge. he gives us strength to do this calling so we can approach the throne of grace receiving his strength mercy and love and share it with others.
Get right with the Lord - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM)
. If we listen for the words of the Lord in health or in sickness or in social isolation, he still delivers the same message. When we stand before God as his beloved, we experience healing. The healing may be at different levels and at different times, but we do experience a sense of wholeness. When we get right with the Lord, we get right with others and ourselves.
He cares about each one of us - by Pastor Dave (Sunday 8 & 10 am)
We need to remember that when we get in despair about the news and what's going on around us that Jesus indeed came and showed us a different kind of authority, an authority that endorsed all people, that reached out with fairness and equity, that assured us of God's victory over sin and death and evil, that cares about each one of us regardless of what our walk is.
Through our hardships and through those demons that may be in us that need to be worked out, all we need to do is go to Jesus because we know that he rebukes and they listen. We need to pray to Jesus for all our troubles because Jesus is the only one that can reburke the evil spirits in our lives.
Invitational evangelist - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM)
My hope and prayer for you is that you respond to the great commission to "Go
therefor and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" This is God's desire for you. My hope
is that you experience the joy, the privilege and the blessings that can only come
from being an invitational evangelist..
God saw and knew that everyone regardless of their track record can be a part of his plan. Folks that includes you and I. So listen, listen, God is calling you. He is calling to gives us the opportunity to be a part of his great plan.
Not just a story about gifts given - by Pastor Dave (Sunday 8 & 10 am)
The story of the magi is about trusting that we can be part of God's plan just as Mary and Joseph; just as Merriam and others were a part of God's plan; just as the Magi; not because of their remarkable riches, but because of their trust in God and following their hearts could be part of making sure that God's purpose happens.
Lightbulb Time - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM)
But there are times of grace when we break through from the weight of the world and all its distractions to see salvation through Christ and our redemption from sin. We truly see the light, rather than hiding from it or observing it from oblique angles. Those are the times when we most become like the magi at the feet of Christ, experiencing not just our own epiphanies but His Epiphany.
What are we really celebrating? - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM; Sunday 8 and 10))
We discover that God walks with us through the trials and tribulations of our lives. He does not forsake us and sometimes in these situations we see what God is really like in our lives when our prayers are answered like he said he would. He comes among us, God Himself, in the form of a baby who will die on a cross, but rise again for our salvation.
No way he would ever turn you away - by Deacon John(Saturday 4:30 PM)
Trust the Lord whatever the cost. You will find that he can turn fear to peace this Christmas season for you. If there is fear in your heart today, bring it to Jesus. If there is sadness, bring it to Jesus. Is there disappointment in your life, bring it to Jesus. Are your burdens too heavy to bear, bring it to Jesus. He will be there for you.
You have to go through John to get to Christmas - by Pastor Dave (Sunday 8 & 10 am)
You don't get reminded by a prophet unless there's a way to turn it all around. The Good News says Mark is that there is a God who loves us, forgives us, who gives us the opportunity through Jesus' birth to begin fresh and receive anew.
Royal Highway - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM)
Highways are remarkable
undertakings. Land must be cleared, stumbling blocks and obstacles removed.
Today we marvel at how they can cut highways through mountains, over deep
valleys and chasms. It takes complex calculations and heavy equipment and
explosives etc. to complete a highway.
Here the preparing is simpler. "Repent" turn one's face to God. Redirect you
actions, behaviors, attitudes to reflect God's ways.
How do we get ready for Christmas? By living each day in Christ. How do we get ready for the second coming? By living each day in Christ, striving to be His disciples, learning to love as we have been loved and walking in His light.
A good time to come - by Deacon John(Saturday 4:30 PM)
It is not our time, it is His time and when he comes we will be awake, we will be watchful, we will be empowered, we will overcome sin, and the best part, we will overcome death; and then in the end we will be resurrected with our Lord Jesus Christ.