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Quiet Heroes of the Bible
6/2/2019 - (Newest Messages on Top)
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6-2-19 - Hannah

Today, we meet Hannah. Hannah’s prayer of thanksgiving following the birth of Samuel has been compared to Mary’s song of praise. Responding to the gift or promise of a child, both Hannah and Mary praise God for the marvelous things He has done. Clearly, Hannah’s story foreshadows the birth of Christ and His service to the church.

1 Samuel 2:1-10
Luke 1:46-55

Doing Church on Purpose
3/10/2019 -5/26/19 (Newest Messages on Top)
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5-26-19 - Remember the Sacrifice

So many people have paid the ultimate price so we can be free. But, without Christ Jesus, the price for America’s freedom, could not have been paid. While our flag still stands tall, it’s good to remember Jesus as the first to symbolize the red, white and blue. The red is for his blood; and the blue is for his bruises, and the white is for his victory over the power of sin, death and Satan for me and for you.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Luke 22:14-20

5-19-19 - Telling On Purpose

As we start putting some feet on this idea of being God’s Church on purpose, we need to put first things first – Our purpose is to evangelize the lost. Instead of just letting evangelism (witnessing) happen, we need to put forth a planned and concerted effort to tell our story in Christ in order to reach the lost for Christ.

1 Corinthians 16:5-9
John 4:31-38

5-12-19 - Equip God's People for Service

Part of our responsibility as God’s Church is to train people to use their God-given gifts and then unleash them to serve. God does not give us something that He does not expect us to use. Today, Paul reminds the church (us) to “prepare God’s people for works of service,” to help you find a way to use your gift.

Ephesians 4:11-16
Matthew 5:13-16

5-5-19 - Edify the Saints

Part of our responsibility as God’s church is to help Christians grow in their relationship with God so they can grow to maturity in Christ. Not only are we to reach out to the lost and bring them to Christ, be we are to help those new believers grow in their relationship with Christ. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thess. 5:11

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Colossians 3:12-17
Matthew 5:13-16
Hebrews 10:19-26

4-28-19 - Doing Church on Purpose

Instead of simply sitting back and letting things happen (or not happen) I believe that we should be God’s Church On Purpose. But are we up to the task? Are we willing to pay the price in order to accomplish God’s will for this congregation on purpose? “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13-14)

Genesis 11:1-9
Matthew 9:35-38

Journeying with Jesus
3/10/2019 - (Newest Messages on Top)
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4-21-19 - A God who Rises

Jesus’ resurrection is a very physical act for the life of the man Jesus. “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again,” Jesus had said (John 10:18). So now He does. The very good news is that Jesus’ resurrection is not just for His sake. As His death was for those of us who in our bodies are dying as the fair consequence for our sins, so now His resurrection is for those of us over whom death was thought to have the final word.

Isaiah 65:17-25
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
John 20:1-18

4-14-19 - Along the Road of Joy to Rejection

This week, as we travel with Jesus and his companions: as we hear the Passion story of Jesus unfold over this Holy Week – as we hear about betrayal, anxiety and confusion; the parting meal and the loneliness in the Garden, then the mocking and death – let us examine our own expectations of, and hopes in, Jesus as we live our lives of faith.

Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 11:1-11

4-7-19 - Along the Way of Love and Live

It is for the love of God that Jesus walked the road to ultimate sacrifice – that of suffering and death. We will reflect upon the reality of God’s Law of Love, written on our very hearts, and made possible in our lives by the sacrifice of Jesus, and the new life God brings through the wonder and glory of Jesus’ resurrection.

Jeremiah 31:31-34
John 12:20-33

3-31-19 - Into God’s Way of Love

Our verses from John’s Gospel today must surely be among the best known and most used verses in all of Scripture. Today, we reflect upon God’s love for us, and God’s promise of eternal life, made known to us in Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Numbers 21:4-9
John 3:14-21

3-24-19 - Into the Realm of Righteous Anger

The picture of Jesus we often see is calm and gentle. The account of Jesus overturning the merchant tables in the temple shows us that, sometimes, Jesus ‘went against the grain’. Sometimes Jesus stood-up for, spoke-out against the unfair practices / attitudes of his day. Sometimes, Jesus was a rebel! Sometimes it’s important for us, too, to stand up against injustice and ungodly practices, and stand up for Jesus!

Ephesians 5:1-10
John 2 13:22

3-17-19 - By Way of the cross

Justification – Redemption – Propitiation – Three words that by themselves are complex and difficult to understand. But, together they speak of God’s love; three words that speak of Jesus as being the means by which we gain the salvation and reconciliation with God. Three words that speak of the will of God that Peter did not understand until after Jesus’ resurrection, and which Paul explains so beautifully. Three words that, most importantly perhaps, speak of the will of God - the desire of God - to be close to all people through faith in Jesus.

Romans 3:21-26
Mark 8:27-38

3-10-19 - Into the Wilderness

One way we can think about the temptations Jesus faced in the wilderness, is to consider them as temptations to usurp God’s power, to misuse (abuse) God’s power, and to take as one’s own the glory, the honor that rightfully belongs only to God. The Holy Spirit of God led Jesus into the wilderness where he was exposed to great vulnerability and weakness. The powerLESSness of the manger leads to the powerLESSness of the wilderness and ultimately to the powerLESSness of the cross.

Luke 4:1-13
Genesis 9:8-17

Made for a Mission
1/27/2019 - 3/3/2019(Newest Messages on Top)
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3-3-19 - Bring Someone with You

Bring someone with you. You know how many times the Gospels say that Jesus took His disciples and they went somewhere? I’ve lost count, as just about every time Jesus went somewhere, He intentionally brought people with Him. Invite someone to church. As you serve in a ministry, invite someone to serve with you. Bring someone with you.

Acts 9:36-42
Luke 8:49-56

2-24-19 - Why am I on a Mission?

Why am I on mission? As we live on mission, it’s huge that our “WHY” is secure. It’s simply that our identity is found in Jesus. We don’t have to seek approval in our work, money, accomplishments, physical shape or our relationships. We are fully approved by God. You’re God’s kid!

Romans 10:9-15
John 13:1-17

2-17-19 - Who is My Mission?

So, who is your mission? We see Jesus and His disciples in many different scenarios, reaching many different types of people. Jesus’ primary focus was making disciples. Who is my mission? Everybody!

Acts 16:25-34
John 4:4-14

2-10-19 - What's My Message?

Jesus saved my life! He wants me to share my story with others so they might be saved. So, what’s my message? It’s simple, to share how God’s goodness has intersected with my life. What did Jesus do and how has it personally impacted my life. Can you do that? That’s the message you’re supposed to be ready with.

Romans 5:12-21
Luke 8:26-39

2-3-19 - What's My Mission?

Jesus is not about creating a following, he is about making followers. Simply saying that you will follow him is not enough. The primary characteristic he is looking for in His followers is humility. Will I lay down my own comforts, other commitments and things that compete for my time, treasure and talents to resolutely follow Jesus?

Philippians 3:7-14
Luke: 9:57-62

1-27-18 - We are Called

When you join God in a life on mission you begin to realize that none of your friendships or even acquaintances are coincidental. God has placed them in your life and you desperately want what happened to you to happen to them. At some point all of us had someone tell us about God—we realize that we get to do the same thing for others.

Galatians 1:10:24
Matthew 9:9-13

Giving with a Purpose
1/6/2019 - 1/20/2019(Newest Messages on Top)
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1-20-19 - Letting Go and Loving It

The Bible is very clear: God commands us to give of what He has blessed us with. This command is not intended to be burdensome but a blessing. We are give our offering out of response to God’s offering of love, life and salvation. If I can give to benefit others and bring praise to God…I will reach the place where I can let go and love it!

Malachi 3:7-10
2 Corinthians 8:1-5
Matthew 23:23-26

1-13-19 - The Gift of Time

God understood our tendency to go on without Him and so a day was set apart from the foundations of the creation so that we might put the most important things into our lives first. The Sabbath was blessed and sanctified by God. He created it for the benefit of humanity and separated it from other days in that it was to be extraordinary. The routine of life would be paused to remind us that we were created in the image of God.

Ephesians 5:8-20
Mark 2:23-27

1-6-18 - Passion for People

What is stewardship? It is the faithful honoring of God with our personal resources. We give because God has first given to us. What was His motivation for giving Jesus and all that we have? His motivation was people, His method was love. We honor God with our time, talent and treasure when we give because we love God and people.

Acts 5:17-32
Matthew 28:16-20