22Sep

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 -Taboo

Lies.

Every person has lied. We have all been lied to. What makes this such a big deal is the origin of the lie itself. Lies are a direct representation of our character. Lies show who we are at our core and they prove how in need we are of redemption for our rebel hearts.

"All lies begin with jealousy and self ambition." James 3:14 

As we conclude our Taboo series, Keith walks us through the truth that when we surrender our lives to Christ and follow Him, we are set free from the bondage holding us back. Being a child of God means our lives will no longer be characterized by our sin. Jesus came to set all of us free from the lies keeping us from living the life He has placed before us. If we allow this world to consume us, we cannot tell the world of the mercy and grace of God through the sacrifice of Christ. We lose sight of our mission when we take our focus from Jesus to ourselves. 

 

John 8:31-58

Keith Wilson, Youth Pastor

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19Sep

Sunday September 17, 2017 -Though He Slay Me”

In our daily lives, we can become short-sighted. We tend to focus on what is impacting our lives in the present moment and less on the bigger picture. When circumstances surrounding us become too great for us to see any hope of overcoming them or any way out, we can take heart. God is always near. Elijah cried out to God and God was as present for Elijah then as He had been when fire was called down from heaven. God is with us in the fire. He speaks in the raging storms of life and He sometimes whispers to us in our time of great need. There are moments in all of our lives when we wonder where our help will come from. We have to recognize in times of trouble and struggle that God challenges us and can strengthen us. Oftentimes, in our seasons of uncertainty and pain, God is closest to us; what breaks us today can bring glory to God tomorrow. Our lives are so much more than the moment we are living in. They are about the overarching story that God is unfolding for the world. 

Our pain is not meaningless. 

"For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever." 2 Corinthians 4:17

 

1 Kings 19:7

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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15Sep

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 -Taboo

As our Taboo series continues, we see one overaching certainty in every message. Regardless of what we want or think, we cannot change the truth of what God's word says. God's plan has been perfect since the beginning and His truth has never changed. 

Paul reminds us who we have surrendered to and why we push forward instead of looking back. It is vital to keep our hearts clean before God. Our purpose as Christians is to reach the world with the unchanging love of Christ, coupled with the righteousness we strive toward as God's children. We are all in need of God's grace and because of Jesus, it is offered to everyone who recognizes this need and surrenders everything to follow Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 5:9-11

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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12Sep

Sunday September 10, 2017 -Though He Slay Me”

Our first message in the series, Though He Slay Me, we immediately see the reality we would like to dismiss in life. Depression is real and it affects every one of us, whether directly or indirectly. 

As Kenny leads us through the story of Elijah, he openly shares his own story of struggle and pain. We see through the truth of God's word and in the life experience of our own Pastor, God not only sees us in our darkest hours, He ministers to our broken hearts. Many times on the very day we do not think we can go on, He shows us truth that changes everything. 

 

1 Kings 19:1-7

Kenny Nix, Pastor

 

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8Sep

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 -Taboo

In our powerful conclusion to the "Taboo" series, Keith delivers both a difficult and crucial talk about a topic that touches all of us. If we have not battled with depression or suicidal struggles ourselves, we have been affected indirectly in the least. 

We see in scripture over and over that God sees us, loves us and has a plan for each of us, even in our deepest pain. We can trust God's word and know He is faithful. He satisfies all that we need and He will never leave us.

"Not even death can stop God from getting glory from our life."

 

Psalm 23:1-6

Keith Wilson, Youth Pastor

 

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5Sep

Sunday September 3, 2017 -Esther

In our final message of our series "Esther", we see so much of what can help us florish in our lives with Christ. Humility is essential in our pursuit of Jesus because it prepares us for God's call on our lives. Being humble not only brings a blessing to our lives, it enables us to see that it is not we who have done anything to cause the blessing. It is only Jesus working everything according to His will and, in doing so, He allows us to be vessels in carrying His message to the world. Mordecai became an intercessor for the Jewish people, just like Jesus is for us. 

Just as humility flourishes the seeking heart, pride can ruin the life that was meant to thrive. Pride is the root of all sin. Haman was full of pride and chose to be ruled by it, and it ultimately destroyed him. Pride keeps us from being fully obedient and goes against God and what His plan is for us. 

God is faithful to what He says He will do. His will can never change and He alone is soverign. We can rest in knowing He is worthy of our complete surrender and His grace and mercy is unmatched. 

 

Esther 9-10

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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1Sep

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 -Taboo

As we walk through part three of our "Taboo" series, we are forced to see that each one of us will struggle with sin. Regardless of the label your particular sin carries, it all breaks the heart of God and keeps us from the closeness He desires to have with us. The beauty of the gospel is sin died when Jesus was ressurected. We simply are not controlled by the things that weigh us down. As Connie explained, "All sin is a heart issue", and with a redeemed heart for Christ, we do not have to compromise our love for others by being ruled by our rebel nature. Christ has rescued us and given us instructions on how to reach the world for Him. It is by our love for one another the world with know we are Jesus' disciples. The difference, as with all things, is Jesus.

 

James 1:1, 1:22-27; John 13:33-35; Luke 6:43-45

Connie Champion

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26Aug

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 -Taboo

In the second message in our series "Taboo", we see an overarching truth regardless of subject matter. Keith explains it like this, "Jesus is our only hope in the darkness...sin brings you into utter darkness and leaves you there alone to die."

Whether our sin begins small and grows out of control or we immediately turn it over to Christ before it weighs us down, we can all recognize living in sin is selfish. It is giving in to what we want rather than pushing forward in the truth Jesus has called us to. At its root, sin is born from pride. When Jesus died, He overcame death and sin. We have freedom in our pursuit of Christ and all that His salvation offers. 

Remember you are forgiven and free from the weight of this world if your faith is in Christ alone. Remember the love of Christ is like no other love; it liberates and brings life from death. Remember God loves you. Remember the cross.

 

Romans 13:11-14

Keith Wilson, Youth Pastor

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22Aug

Sunday August 20, 2017 -Esther

Even in times of not knowing where God is, He is always working. Our circumstances often seem as if we are completely alone in life. We sometimes feel as if God has forgotten or even abandoned us, but take heart. There is a purpose that is greater than what we can see. 

In our series, we see God continuing to orchestrate events that seem hopeless to unfold His plan for the good of His people and for His glory. In our own lives, even when He seems hidden, we can trust God with our lives and the situations surrounding us. Just as we see God making what seemed impossible in the lives of Esther and the Jewish people, we can rest in knowing He is the same today as He was then. God has rescued the world by sending Christ, who redeems our broken past and redefines our rebel heart. Because of Jesus we are made new and we can experience grace from God. As Kenny said in the message, "God is constantly working things out. In our lives, we worry about tomorrow and we have so many doubts about if God is really present or if He is really doing something. Understand that God is using people we can not even imagine, even people we think are wicked and evil, to shape situations around us so He will receive glory from that."

 

Esther 7

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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18Aug

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -Taboo

In our new series "Taboo", we immediately see our desperate need for Jesus to rule our lives. Even though our new life in Christ frees us from the bondage of slavery to our sin, we often look back and pick those weights up again and again. 

We see in the message from Paul to the Corinthians that, like us, their biggest struggle was parting from their old life. Paul explains that even though you "can" do anything, everything is not beneficial. All can become consuming, but there is none like sexual sin. It enslaves more quickly than any other sin. As Christ followers, we are called to honor God with our bodies because we were bought with a high price and we no longer belong to ourselves. 

 

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Keith Wilson, Youth Pastor

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