January 2019

Permission To Carry On

The focus of Jesus’ ministry was to bring the Good News of the Kingdom of God wherever He went. That ministry has not changed, but the messengers have. We have been given permission to ‘carry on’ with what He began.

Your Calling In Christ

The word ‘calling’ is used a lot within Christian groups.  It is the basis for a lot of decisions people and organizations make.  With a focus on the new year, it’s important to understand what our primary and secondary callings are.

December 2018

What to Bring Into the New

When we look back over a period of time, we often categorize the events and experiences we view as positive and negative hoping that the pluses outweigh the minuses. Or, we can take the opportunity to look back on the year and give it all to God to see what He does with it.

Heaven Came Down Pt 4

Scripture reminds us that there is a type of enjoyment to life that is available to us in Jesus Christ unlike any other. Like many truths in the Bible, experiencing true joy requires our discipleship to experience it. Andy Lovelace speaks about joy robbers and how we can hold onto the joy that Christ provides.

Heaven Came Down Pt 3

One of the biggest influences to our peace is having a sense of control. Most people feel at peace with more control over the situation. The problem is that we are not given those things very often. In lieu of having control we’re given Jesus, the Prince of Peace, who brings heaven to earth.

Heaven Came Down Pt 2

The gift of Christ is the gift of God’s love. When all was silent in the world, God didn’t send what we often think we need most: a physician, a financier, a politician. He sent a Savior to fix what’s inside of us.

Heaven Came Down Pt 1

The idea of advent is the waiting for the arrival. An important aspect of waiting is anticipating what will happen. It’s too easy to lose hope when something is delayed, yet we’re encouraged to take hope because Jesus has brought heaven to us.

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.


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.