Messages
 

November 2018

Growing Young Pt 8

In his encouragement to Timothy, Paul reminds him to be attentive to the priorities that will result in a life that is fruitful. Like Timothy, we need that reminder so we don’t get sidetracked with things that pull us away from the life God is blessing.


October 2018

Growing young Pt 7

The end of 1 Timothy chapter 3 reminds us that we are not merely a group of people who gather together with common beliefs, but we ARE the family of God. The encouragement we’re given is to act and sound like our Father in Heaven.


Growing Young Pt 6

In this message Pastor Mark speaks out of 1 Timothy 4. He communicates that growing young means diminishing and mastering our self-centeredness with proper love, alignment and certainty.


Growing Young Pt 5

In 1 Timothy chapter 3 Paul gives a list of observable qualities of potential leaders in the church. The importance for us today is that we recognize how our family, character, and our reputation are valuable gauges for how we’re influencing others.


Growing Young Pt 4

The people that 1 Timothy speaks to where living at the heart of a female-driven cult. The Apostle Paul takes some time to instruct Timothy and the church in Ephesus regarding how to deal with this pressure and keep the attention on Jesus Christ and not become a dim reflection of the cult around them.


September 2018

Growing Young Pt 3

Continuing the series Growing Young, Andy Lovelace shares how fear of being marginalized often drives us to raise our voices in the culture. However, in this message we discover that we are actually called to live in a powerfully quiet life.


Growing Young Pt 2

The church in Ephesus was being influenced by men who wanted a platform to showcase their self-importance. Paul’s instructions to Timothy was to shut them down because the church should showcase Jesus Christ and his significance.


Growing Young Pt 1

In this first message of the series, Andy Lovelace introduces how we can get older but still remain immature. It’s important for our growth spiritually to grow up in Christ but stay young at heart. 1 Timothy gives us guidance in doing both.


Starting Out Right Pt 2

We use transitions in life and in the seasons of the year to make changed in many areas. Andy Lovelace communicates how to implement changes in our lives that are lasting and that help us focus on things that matter most to God.


August 2018

Starting Out Right Pt 1

We use transitions in life and in yearly seasons to make changes. Andy Lovelace communicates how to implement changes in our lives that last and help us focus on things that matter most to God.




Devotionals
 

Jesus, Our Perfect Example

 
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to Him who judges justly.”
1 Peter 2:21-23
 
It is normal and common to long for retaliation when you face unjust criticisms or are treated unfairly, but Jesus behaved like a meek lamb under intense scrutiny. Christ lived his life entirely perfect and can be used as a perfect example for us to live ours by. In all situations the Lord acted and reacted righteously and lovingly. He could only act this way because He continued to put his trust in God to handle both Him and those who mistreated Him. He knew God was just and would right all wrongs in the end. Likewise, we believers need to stand firm in our knowledge that God judges justly always. By living within this truth we are able to entrust all judgement and vengeance to God alone. We must learn to be content with allowing him to handle those moments of unfairness we experience throughout our lives.
 
Ultimately we serve a God who blesses us for leaving the judgment up to Him and honors our acceptance of His authority alone. I challenge you to release responsibility that comes with judging others actions so we can more freely live a life led by Christ’s example.
 
Joy Schmitt


His Power Through Hardships

 
During one of the most challenging seasons of my life someone said something to me that would forever change my view on hardships, this mentor said “God brings you through it so someday you can preach to it.”
 
The Lord, more often than not, turns our worst moments into our redemptive testimony. As Christ followers we need to learn to stop censoring our hurts and embrace our battle scars. The things in our life that we thought would kill us actually gives us a brand new understanding and insight into Christ’s life and love. When we stop hiding our past from the Lord and His people we give Him the opportunity to orchestrate divine encounters that very well could radically change the life of someone going through the same hardships. My broken heart becomes a Band-Aid for someone else’s. My dark season becomes a beacon of light in someone’s worst moments. My mess-up becomes a wake-up call for someone else’s bad choices.
 
The Bible speaks to this in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Our hardships and our weaknesses set the Lord up for extraordinary demonstrations of His Grace and His Power. Through us His name is exalted.
 
I encourage you this week to share your story and to allow the Lord to work through your testimony to change the path of someone else’s life story. I pray the Lord equips you and gives you the strength to step out of your past with courage and faith. Let the power of Christ rest in you.