03/05/2017 Teach Them to Follow Me- Part 1

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Matthew 28:18-20. The Great Commission is a familiar and often quoted command from the Bible as it should be. It is the command of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Disciples of Jesus are to go and make more disciples of Jesus. Today we deepen our understanding of what a disciple is so that we are prepared to take heed to this command.

01/22/2017 For All Have Sinned

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Romans 3:23. There are many ways that we can love our neighbor. There are many physical, emotional, and relational provisions that we can supply for our neighbor’s needs. All of these things are good, but they are temporal. At the forefront of our minds and hearts must be their greatest need. Today we learn that everyone’s greatest need is the same and it’s eternal. Sin has separated us from God. But Jesus has brought salvation!

01/15/2017 Are We Proving to be Neighbors

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Luke 10:25-37. Today we review the method of Love Listen Discern and Respond used by the Time to Revive team. This method is taught to the gathering before they go into the streets.

Before the method can be used properly there must be a compassion in our hearts for those who do not know the Lord. We review the story of the Good Samaritan in order to self assess our own walk and ask ourselves the question, “Are we proving to be neighbor?”

12/11/2016 We Walk By Faith

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2 Corinthians 5:1-10. Paul uses this section of the letter to compare the earthly tent that our bodies are now to the heavenly bodies that are to come for those who trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We are fix our thoughts and hopes on what is to come rather than the tent that we are in now.

We also get to listen to a testimony and witness a baptism.

12/04/2016 Treasure in Jars of Clay

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2 Corinthians 4:7-18. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God. Paul describes some of the results that come from having the power of God [this treasure] at work inside of believers [jars of clay.] We dig into how this treasure gives believers life in the midst of death, an outspoken spirit of faith, and eyes of faith to see the unseen.

11/28/2016 Answering Our Questions About Suicide

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Like many of us, some of you may have questions regarding Duane’s suicide.  I tried to answer three of these questions during the funeral message.  They included:

  1. Is suicide a sin?
  2. Am I responsible in some way for Duane’s death?
  3. Does suicide keep a person from going to heaven?
Duane’s passing was shocking and disturbing.  Suicide is probably one of the greatest tragedies that we can experience, but I’m so thankful that God’s grace is far greater.  This grace has been witnessed in this past week as healing is taking place and as many were able to be encouraged by God’s word and many also heard the good news of Jesus and had the chance to place their faith in Him.  Pray the seeds that were planted are growing and will bear much fruit.  Also continue to pray for Lori and the family.
One question that I didn’t answer that could have been is “How could a true follower of Jesus do this?” We see seven suicides in the Bible.  The ones most of us are most familiar with are Sampson (pulled pillars down and the roof over him collapsed killing himself and many Philistines), Saul (killed himself with the assistance of his armor bearer after being wounded in battle) and Judas.  Of the seven, only Sampson’s actions are viewed in any kind of positive light.  We also see in the Bible that some of the men who had great faith also struggled with discouragement (Moses, Elijah, Job).  We also can have times or moments when we become discouraged and struggle with what’s going on.  Because we live in this broken world, discouragement is a part of it, but God always holds out grace and hope for us but we must look to Him, trust, and allow Him to lead us.  Unfortunately Duane did not do this towards the end and chose his way.  This doesn’t disqualify him from the family of God.  (I believe Duane has faith in Christ.) Rather, it’s a moment or time of unfaithfulness.  I believe Duane became so overwhelmed and his thinking became distorted to the point that he believed this was the best way.
If you have other questions I would welcome the opportunity to try and point you towards God’s truths.
God bless!