Posted on February 1, 2021
Created in the image of God, we were made to worship Him. Our daily lives, country, and world is changing daily. Music can help us remember our unchanging God in the midst of this pandemic. Lately, one day seems like a week, and this last week has been long. In an instant, we have been reminded of the fragile state of humanity. Life is fleeting, and we have little control over our destiny, or the number of our days.
God can meet us in our fears through music, sustaining us through songs that proclaim who He is and worship that repeats the truth of His word. If we cling to those anthems and melodies in these times of great trial, we can find words to express our fears and allow our tears to fall at the healing feet of our Father, who is sovereign over all.
Posted on January 29, 2021
(Originally posted March, 2020)
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”(Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)
Church is now closed on Sunday. We are undoubtedly living through tricky times, but humanity has endured tragic and hard circumstances before. Thankfully, church isn’tdefined by the building we meet in on Sundays. We love those buildings. We love fellowship with each other, live and in person.But, not being able to meet physically has not stopped the church from meeting together virtually, nor will it ever be able to stop us from loving people with the gospel hope of Jesus Christ.
God has gone before us, giving us the ability to connect digitally across the globe. His blessings abound, even in precarious times. Though the way we connect and serve each other currently looks different, it’s no less powerful or effective. Globally, as we make daily efforts to focus on the goodness of God rather than worry about what tomorrow will bring, it’s important to encourage each other. In fact, it’s more important than ever.
Posted on January 27, 2021
(Originally posted on March 23, 2020)
The reality of the worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, is starting to hit home for many individuals in the Unites States, and across the world. It’s beginning to have a spider-webbed affect on our lives as we witness our family and friends who work daily in the medical field, military, and first responders face the front lines of those affected, and infected, with COVID-19. Our faith in the providence of our purposeful God is being put to the test in this unprecedented time.
Prayer requests for the protection and safety of healthcare workers, first responders, and even grocery store workers who are connected to our daily lives are becoming more commonplace. Our prayerful response is important. The healthcare workers and first responders aren’t faceless, they are our neighbors, family, friends, parents, relatives, sons and daughters. Let’s not just say we’ll pray for them, but find a picture of their face, pray for their family and friends, and make it as personal as it truly is. We are all placed in each others lives for a reason. Reach out for prayer, send pictures of the people out the on the front line of this pandemic. Let’s look at them and urgently pray to our sovereign God on their behalf.
Posted on January 25, 2021
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
Youth look to surrounding adults for an example of how to react, behave, work, live and love. They look to their mentors for support and encouragement and lean into their coaches and extracurricular advisors to help them discover and work at their gifts and talents. We, as adults, can love them well by establishing healthy habits and principles in our own lives.
Posted on January 22, 2021
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV)
The Christian faith began with an act of love. Out of His great love for us, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to walk the earth and die sacrificially for our sins. The outpouring of a heart beating with faith in Christ has the power to change lives. They say, “it’s better to give than to receive,” and that is oh, so true of God’s great love. Here are just eight everyday acts of faith that have the power to change someone’s life.