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From the Pastor

As we begin our 2024 faith journey together, I want to talk briefly about the power of dreams—big, exciting, God-ordained dreams. So take a minute to think about what your dreams are: A way of helping others? Making a difference in our community? A better job? Peace and prosperity for your family? More money? A new ministry? Now ask yourself—how does the way you see God affect the way you perceive your dreams? The first point to get straight is in our

Whether we study the Bible, the history of Israel, or the church, a consistent theme reappears: God likes to take his time doing his will, but he's never late. This means that often (very often), he prefers to wait until the last minute, the 59th minute of the eleventh hour, to answer our prayers and bring about his will and purposes. That God likes to do it this way is not hard to prove. Just read the hundreds of books written

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16 God is love. We hear this all the time, and Scripture affirms his character is the very essence of love. Yet we make the mistake of ignoring Scripture and instead defining God's love in terms of what we think it is, rather than first understanding what his love means and then measuring ours in the light

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace. -Acts 20:24 One of the inspiring marks of the apostle Paul’s life was that he knew his purpose. He was utterly controlled by the Good News of the Gospel—believing, loving, preaching, and defending it, often at the risk of his life. In this passage, Paul is speaking

“… This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's." -2 Chronicles 20:15 We can’t face the day and fight the same battles any longer—we’re worn out, and there are too many enemies, too much meanness to take on. We’re tired of fighting the same emotional war. What is there to do? In this unusual passage, God orders the people not to try to fight

In the good times and the bad, we're always in God's hands! This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: "Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Believing in a God who delivers and rescues you from your problems is wishful thinking. It's an emotional crutch for those who need it. If you're a Christian, you will inevitably hear condescending sentiments and objections like these. But stop for a moment and think through these statements. On who does the burden of proof lie? Believers can confidently say there is a God because they have experienced his help. We just have to know that on a desperate day in

In an age of skepticism, what is truth? Dr. John Lennox, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, stands firm in the view that “properly understood, the evidence inexorably points to the existence of a creator God.” A film about his amazing life and career called Against the Tide is about to be released. Against the Tide is the story of one man’s stand against the tide of contemporary atheism and its drive to relegate belief in God to society’s catalogue of dead

Have you noticed that when you feel discouraged and think that God doesn’t care about you or answer your prayers, or that your faith is meaningless, one of the first things you do is disconnect yourself from his people? Being in church is a bitter reminder of God not paying attention to you and your needs. You don’t want others’ prayers. You don’t care about their encouragement or their advice. You want to be left alone. You turn inwards, and at

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. –1 John 5:14-15 How do we really know that God hears our prayers? God’s answers to many of our prayers are a complete surprise! I think that is the reason we sometimes feel like he

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