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Lift Him Up

In the message “Stand Firm On The Rock” we saw how Christ is the solid Rock upon which we have been set. He alone is our stable source of direction and strength. We will need to visit this truth again and again as we continue to answer the call to follow. When Jesus called Peter […]

Stand Firm On The Rock

In the message “Stand On Solid Ground” we compared Salvation through faith in Jesus to the words of praise written by David: “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” (Psalm 40:2). We saw […]

Stand On Solid Ground

In two recent messages, we’ve been encouraged that as we begin to view our life more from God’s perspective – an eternal perspective – our heavy burdens can seem “Light and Momentary” and we can find purpose even in our “Times of Waiting.” But this view of life cannot be obtained apart from belief in […]

Times of Waiting

As Paul was returning to Jerusalem at the end of his third missionary journey, he already had a sense of where his next journey would lead; “after I have been there, I must visit Rome” (Acts 19:21). But he also knew he was about to face many difficulties; “in every city the Holy Spirit warns […]

Light And Momentary

There is no example of a Christ-changed life which is more dramatic than the Apostle Paul. While on his way to Damascus to capture Christians and put them in jail, Jesus blinded Paul and asked, “Why do you persecute Me?” (Acts 9:4). When Paul asked who was speaking, Jesus replied: “I am Jesus, whom you […]

Take Up Our Cross

In the message “Shiny Stones” we saw how we are often trapped by the seductive temptations of the world and kept from a truly free life – a life found only through complete surrender to Jesus; “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew […]

Shiny Stones

There are many types of monkey that can be captured with nothing more than a hollow wooden ball and a few shiny stones. The wooden ball contains a hole just large enough for the open hand of the monkey to pass through. The shiny stones are placed inside the ball and the ball is then […]

His Burden is Light

In the message “Preparing God’s People to Serve” we saw how Jesus set the example for ministry by equipping others to serve in His Kingdom. We also saw that each of us have been called to minister as we love Him and build up the body of Christ. Our specific roles in ministry may differ, […]

Preparing God’s People To Serve

Jesus’ ministry on earth lasted only three short years, but His message continues to be preached today and has spread to nearly every country and language of the world. When Jesus began His ministry, He knew His time would quickly pass; yet rather than trying to preach to the greatest number of people, Jesus focused […]

A Little More Patience

Waiting – this is sure a recurring theme in my life. We are often encouraged to patiently wait for God’s direction as well as for His rescue in the midst of our storms. We are reminded that God’s timing is always perfect and always with a purpose, and that He is faithful to work in […]

A New Name

Several of our last messages provided a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the gift of life we have in Jesus Christ. Jesus came to earth to be our necessary and absolutely sufficient sacrifice for sin. His death on the cross and resurrection from the tomb opened the door of grace for an eternally restored relationship […]

The Joy of Restoration

In the message “The Pain of Separation” we considered the original relationship between God and man. This was the perfect relationship for which we were created; a relationship where we understand our form, sustenance, blessings, and direction as coming from God; a relationship where we walk in His intimate fellowship every moment of every day. […]