18Jan

Sunday, January 14, 2018 -Daniel

In our new series "Daniel", we immediately see God in the midst of what could become a bad situation. Among the captured young men from the Tribe of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. They were given new names, a strict training regime and prepared meals from the king's kitchen. Daniel rejected the food, did not take the wine and asked for permission not to eat the foods he believed to be unacceptable. An agreement was reached and a trial for ten days was in place. In the end, these four men were chosen and looked far better than any others who had kept to the strict diet ordered by the king. 

Even in the face of change in our enviornment, we are called to remain the people God has called us to be. God gave Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah favor in the king's sight so His purposes could be accomplished. God is always at work in our lives to bring fulfillment to His plan. In the face of hardships, we often cannot see any good in what is happening. Do not lose heart; God's will can never be changed. The things we compromise on that we believe do not matter, matter. God has called us to be set apart.

 

Daniel 1:1-21

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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13Jan

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

As we continue to read the letter from Paul to Timothy, we see encouragement to continue to remain faithful. Paul reminds Timothy to remember what he has been taught and the wisdom the scriptures have given him. God instructs and corrects with the truth of His word and uses it to equip His followers to do the work He calls them to. 

Just as Timothy received this letter, we too hear the truth of Paul's words as he urges Timothy to remember telling others the Good News is the most important thing. We have to realize as followers of Christ, that is what we are called to do as well. Paul states, "Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you." Those words are the words to us today. We have to remember no matter what happens to us in this life, it is Christ who lives inside us and it is for Christ we live.

 

2 Timothy 3:14-17, 4:1-5

Kenny Nix, Pastor

 
 
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10Jan

Sunday, January 7, 2018 -ACT

Stephen. He was a man described as "full of the Holy Spirit" and chosen to be one of the seven believerswho would be in charge of making sure the newly implemented food program was operating fairly. Stephen was not one of the twelve apostles teaching God's word, yet we see what a profound and lasting impact he made for God's kingdom in the role he was obedient in. We can clearly see through the arrest of Stephen and when he addresses the high priest and the other men present, God is working in all situations. In our times of waiting, confusion and pain, His will is being carried out. Even as Saul (who would later be named Paul) was in full agreement of the stoning of Stephen, God was working. 

We often forget Jesus has saved us with a hope that is greater than our problems and our struggles. Stephen stood in faith and looked to Jesus even in the face of persecution and , ultimately, death. He knew his reward was Jesus and He was enough. 

Jesus was enough for Stephen then, and Jesus is enough for us today. 

 

Acts 7:1-60

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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6Jan

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Paul writes to encourage Timothy to continue on in his calling and to remember who he is in Christ. While in prison, Paul reminds his brother in the faith to be ready to suffer for the gospel and rely on God's strength that is in him. 

As followers of Christ, we are reminded Jesus defeated death and gives light to all those who follow Him. Because of our new heart, God has given us a new spirit of power, love and self-discipline. We walk in the truth of the Spirit and are not ashamed to tell others about Christ and all He has done for us. We can encourage other believers to continue in the faith, remember the joy we have in Christ and fully trust God, just as Paul did with Timothy. 

 

2 Timothy 1:1-18

Keith Wilson, Youth Pastor

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2Jan

Sunday, December 31, 2017 -ACT

As we continue in our series, "Act: What The Modern Church Isn't Doing", Kenny explains it is not the role of the pastor to fill in all the gaps. God has called pastors to devote themselves to teach His word. The percentage of partners who are actually serving in the church is low in comparison to those who attend. In American culture, if we are not excited, we are bored. If things are not new and fresh, many of us will look elsewhere. 

We cannot bring the American culture attitude into the church. As followers of Christ, we are called to keep going, even and especially when the excitement has diminished. We are called to meet the need when we see the need. Our focus has to be on Christ and the message of His gospel. If we continue to be inwardly focused, the needs around us will not be seen or met. War must be waged against our internal thinking. 

It is not the job of the pastor to fill the gaps. It is not someone else's responsibility to make sure everything is just the way it should be. As a believer, YOU are as responsible as anyone else to see needs and meet them. 

 

Acts 6:1-7

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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30Dec

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

As Keith explains how sin causes us to die spiritually, he also speaks of the hope and freedom we have in Christ. Paul tells us in this passage, once we count the cost of following Christ and live for Him, sin has no power over our lives. Jesus defeated death and His life gives glory to God, as ours should. 

Keith plainly explains we are no longer slaves to sin once we are in pursuit of Jesus. We are truly set free at the time of complete surrender. Our hope lies in the defeat of death, the resurrection of Christ and the grace God gives that is far greater than our sin.

 

Romans 6:5-14

Keith Wilson, Youth Pastor

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27Dec

Sunday, December 24, 2017 -ACT

As we look at the first evangelists, we see true motivation to "go" comes from being changed by God. The shepherds who first received news of Jesus' birth could not help but to go and see. The shepherds hurried to see this prophecy come to life in Bethlehem. The long awaited, foretold promise of God had come to pass! Once the shepherds saw the Messiah just as the angel had said, the shepards told everyone about their visit from the angel and all that happened. 

When you and I see our Salvation and it changes our lives, we are driven by the Spirit to seek Him for ourselves. It is a personal connection to God when Jesus transforms your rebel heart and gives you a new life. This is our motivation to "go" and tell everyone all that He has done for us. 

David was driven to go up against Goliath for tormenting God's children and bringing shame to the name of the Lord. He refused to stand by and not do something to honor God and stand in the gap for His people. David was not about to back down, even if it had cost him his life. He knew God was fighting for him. God helped David defeat Goliath that day in the valley of Elah. In an even greater way, Jesus has defeated death. There is no more shame being brought to the name of the Lord, no more waiting for our salvation to come and no more fearing an enemy. Jesus has won and He is for us! Live in the joy of His salvation and hurry to tell everyone all He has shown to you through the power of His living word. 

 

Luke 2:9-20; 1 Samuel 17

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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22Dec

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Do not miss Jesus.

 

John 1:1-17, Hebrews 2:9-18

Dawn Hedgepeth

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19Dec

Sunday, December 17, 2017 -ACTS

In Acts 5, we see Ananias and Sapphira had a chance to do the right thing and be honest about withholding a portion of the money they made from the land they sold. Being reconciled to God through Christ, we have the same opportunity.
God extends an invitation to us to turn away from ourselves and the things that pull us away from the closeness He desires.
We sometimes dismiss the importance of our obedience to the Holy Spirit. We do not fully realize how greatly our sin affects us and those around us. You can’t be half way in on the gospel. Christ calls us to be all in with Him. The modern church has created a grey space in many areas, but there are no grey zones with God and what He has laid before us. Scripture has clearly laid out a black and white plan for each of us to follow.

Acts 5:1-11

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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16Dec

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

We find our identity in Christ. Jesus is the cornerstone and if we remain connected to Him, we are able to show others the goodness of God. We, as followers of Christ have been called out of the darkness and into the light so others can see and know God who is alive in us. 

 

1 Peter 2:4-12

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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