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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16Aug

Sunday August 13, 2017 -Esther

Pride.

We take our pride issue lightly so often, but at its core pride is ugly, selfish and evil. Pride, if left to run rampant, will ultimately be the destruction of our lives and, for many of us, it will consume our souls. 

"There is an evil presence in this world that wants to encourage us to do those very things that we know we should not do that takes us further away from God." -Kenny Nix

 

Esther 6: 1-14

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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11Aug

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 -Jesus

In our continued series "Jesus", we see He is enough.

As Christ continued to reveal the truth of who He was to the disciples, the truth, in turn, revealed who they were in their hearts. Having pride, prejudice and judgement for the Canaanite woman who was asking for mercy, they wanted to send her away. Jesus allowed this situation to both minister to her and to teach the disciples about grace and love. This woman worshipped even after she had been rejected because she recognized Jesus is Lord and that is all that mattered. The Canaanite woman's faith was so great that her daughter was healed. She knew what is true even today, Jesus is enough.

The more closely we follow Jesus, the more we see the great need for Him to cleanse our rebel hearts and make them more like His. This grace and love is extended to all of us, regardless of any label we have attached to us. 

 

Matthew 15:21-28

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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9Aug

Sunday August 6, 2017 -Esther

In part five of our "Esther" series, we learn even though He seems hidden, God is orchestrating the events surrounding a seemingly hopeless situation soon to befall the Jewish people. Esther knows to approach the king could mean her life, but she was willing to risk everything to save her people. Just as the king extended his scepter and allowed her to enter and make her request, God extends His scepter of grace to us. We can approach the King of Kings with our requests and our burdens because He loves us with a relentless love that has no limits. God is in the middle of the unfolding story of Esther and He is in the middle of each of our stories as they unfold each day. We can trust God with our lives and know that He is faithful to lead us in every situation, even if He seems hidden. 

 

Esther 5:1-8

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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3Aug

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 -Jesus

Just as many people did not recognize the blind man after he was healed by Jesus, it is the same way with us when we have a new life and a changed heart. A new life given by Christ is the one thing the world can not explain away. He will take our your heart of stone and place within you a heart of flesh. We see the world in a different way. We have a new purpose and calling and Jesus reveals to us the reality of our lives being used in service for others. Pointing everyone in our path toward the great love of Christ through our broken stories and the truth of the gospel changes everything for all of us. When we shine the light of Jesus, others will see the difference, just like those who knew the blind man. We look the same, but we are a different person when we are new in Christ. That is the power of Jesus in us and, in turn, God is glorified in all circumastances of our lives. The world sees Jesus, not us. 

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory. Psalm 115:1

 

John 9:1-11, 2 Corinthians 4:5-13

Dawn Hedgepeth

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2Aug

Sunday July 30, 2017 -Esther

We all have a calling on our life. If you say "no" to God and what He is leading you to in your life, He will call someone else. Fear often keeps people from living the life God has in store for them. 

We see in our fourth message in the "Esther" series, what we fear can either burn us or set us on fire. Even in the face of fear or uncertainty, if we will give God our "yes" and trust in Him, He will continue to reveal more of His calling to us. Because we can not live out the will of God on our own, His strength in us becomes a beautiful picture of God's faithfulness for the world to see, just as it did in Esther's life. Her obedience and willingness to follow through with Mordecai's leadership in her life, even in the face of death,  saved a nation. Esther's willingness to obey ultimately led to the redemption of the whole world through the life, death and ressurection of Jesus. 

Our calling and obedience to it is not only for us, it is for everyone else as well.

 

Esther 4:1-17

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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1Aug

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 -Jesus

Continuing in our series "Jesus", we see the importance of intimate and honest alone time with our Heavenly Father. Jesus taught the importance of being genuine in our time with God and not for the attention of people. 

Being alone and honest with God makes us feel exposed. We can take heart when we are feeling vulnerable and open about our sins and struggles. The comfort is He already knows, loves us and has offered forgivness through the redemption of Jesus' sacrifice. When we pray to a loving Father, we can know His great love is bigger than anything we can lay at His feet. His plans are perfect and nothing can separate us from His love. We can rest in the peace only He can offer through a life surrendered to Jesus. 

Only when we fully lay aside our weights and lean into the truth of who Jesus is will we be able to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice for Him through prayer, fasting, forgiving our enemies and loving the world. 

 

Matthew 6:1-18

Keith Wilson, Youth Pastor

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29Jul

Sunday July 23, 2017 -Esther

In part three of our "Esther" series, we see two men and two choices. Mordecai, with his steadfast decision to do the right thing regardless of recognition or results, shows that his dependence was on God. Haman, who is willing to do anything to remain in good graces with the king and hurt Mordecai, shows us that left on our own, there is no limit to what our pride and desires will bring to fruition. The comfort in this seemingly hopeless situation for the Jewish people in this story, and for you and I, is God is always in control. Our obedience does not thwart God's will or hinder Him from gaining glory in all circumstances. 

Jesus' death seemed like a defeat to many who followed Him; but, in hindsight, we can all clearly see God's hand in every step of the way. We can choose to see things through the lens of Jesus Christ and the peace only He can offer. The question is, do you know that peace?

 

Esther 2:21-23, 3:1-15

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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20Jul

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 -Jesus

John the Baptist asked the question, "Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?".

Jesus was going throughout towns in the region preaching at the time John was in prison. John heard all about the people that were being healed and the message that was being taught. All of these things were being done by Jesus to show everyone that He was, in fact, the promised Messiah. All of what Jesus did was to point to salvation and who He is. 

We find in this passage our lives are not meant to be lived without Him. Only in our total surrender and full pursuit of Christ can our burdens be taken away and our hearts can find true rest.

Matthew 11:1-30

Keith Wilson, Youth Pastor

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18Jul

Sunday July 16, 2017 -Esther

In part two of our series, "Esther", we can see clearly the hand of God working in the lives of those in this passage. Oftentimes in life, we have the idea that God can or will only be able to use situations for His glory if we are obedient or without sin. Although God hates sin and will punish it, the book of  Esther shows us God's sovereignty is not changed in the midst of it. God can redeem and use our sinful past to make our testimony show His glory and, in that, show the world He can use you no matter what you have done. 

Esther teaches us although we may have to dig a little deeper in certian seasons of our life to see the guiding hand of God, He is at work in all situations. If we seek the heart of God diligently, we will see Him moving in every aspect of our lives just as we see Him orchastrating every situation in Esther's life. Despite the sin surrounding the story that is unfolding in Esther's life, we can see God has a plan. Many times, it seems as if God has forgotten us or is not close to us, but we see in scripture that He is faithful and His love never fails. God is writing out a story in our lives just like He was in the life of Esther. 

 

Esther 2:1-11, 16-20

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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