Ask and you will receive…

We live in a world of broken promises! All to often it is the broken promises of a parent to a child, been there, done that! Or a promise made in a crisis moment thaat we knew we would never keep, but in the moment, we made a promise. Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, believe and know he is a promise keeper! God told King Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted, and God would give it to him… WOW, amazing that God would do that… Solomon was king, he had all the “stuff”, he had all the toys, he had more wives than he knew what to do with…; Solomon did not ask for a tangible, hands on item; he asked for wisdom! Wisdom, an non-tangible thing thaat “touches” every tangible thing we have.
The book of Proverbs is written with us in mind, we have stuff, too much stuff, the one thing all us can use more of is wisdom! Every day, every aspect of life is wrapped in our need for wisdom. Follow along with us and listen to the sermons, and receive the wisdom found only in God’s Word!

Intensions vs Doing

Every day we wake up with a list of things we intend to accomplish . It may be going to work or shopping or calling a friend or having lunch with a co-worker. Every list is different, but yet many things are the same. At the end of the day, when we are thinking back on what we did or did not do, does your mind take you to your intended to do list? And you ask yourself, “Why didnn’t I do that?” In Matthew 25, Jesus tells tell parable of the sheep and goats, they are judged to be a sheep or a goat by what they did or din’t do! A staggering truth from Jesus! Paul writes that God prepares good deeds for us to do each day… another amazing thought about our God! We desires for us to be doers of love, not just intenders! Write down on thing you have been putting off, now go do it! You will fell better and God will smile, knowing you are His child!

Being thankful for a teacher-

Who was your favorite teacher? Why were they your favorite teacher? What did you learn from that teacher or were they your favorite for a reason other than to learn? I do not remember too much about my school teachers; some were loud, some were quiet, one was very monotone, and some were young and some were old. I am who I am today, in a small way, because of those who dared to teach me! Jesus is without a doubt the greatest teacher to ever teach! Although I have never sat in a class taught by Jesus’ physical presence, I have heard him teach and have read his “papers” many times! Yes, Jesus is the author of math, science, sociology, manners, and anything else you would want to learn, but the greatest lesson I have learned from Jesus is that I need him! I need him so I can love, so I can be happy, so I can forgive, so I can be the salt and light he says I am!
Teachers teach and students learn, I am a student of the greatest teacher to ever teach! His name is Jesus Christ! Let him be your teacher today!

Help us!

We live in an ever changing, always competetive world. In the sports world every player needs to know, that if they are going to shapen their skills, they must compete with players who will challenge them. In the world of the church, we can fall into the mindset of the world. We can see ourselves as we stack up against the church down the street or across town. We are tempted to grade ourselves on a scale created by us or by the evironment we live in. God doesn’t do that, nor does He want that for us! He will ask us one question and he demands an answer to his question, “Are you being obedient to my Word?” We cannot look to someone else for the answer, we must give the answer! In a parable Jesus told the story of three men, each were given a different number of talents. That’s right, different nuber of talents! When the Master came for an accounting of what was done with the talents, each man was judged according to what he did with the talents he was given. Each stood before the Master, alone. Our Church stands alone, given talents and gifts by God. We are accountable for what God has given us and not on what the church around the corner was given. We must be diligent in our obedience to God and God alone! My prayer for for you, is that you will be obedient to be a good steward of the talents andd giifts God has given you. How will you answer when he asks you what you ahve done with the talents he has given you?

Good person?!

The question in front of us is rather simple, “Are you a good person?” When answering this question we can look at it from three vantage points, and each may have a very different answer. First opinion is yours, do you think you are a good person? Most of us will answer the question with a very positive “yes”. That’s what we think of ourselves in the good moments! And we may be asble to come up with a list of “facts” to back up our answer. And so, we move through our days thinking we are a good person! But, and there is always a “but”, we ask your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, and your family the question… they see you from a different and widely varied perspective. They get to see and hear you in many of life’s circumstances. How did you respond when… what did you say when… and where did you go when…? OOPs! maybe we are as nice as we think and then again, may be not! The third opinion of whether or not you are a good person comes from the one who created you, God, himself. He said your goodness has value only in light of your obedience to His Word! Jesus said many people will do good deeds, but our doing must be for Him and not for ourselves! Only what we do for Him will be put on the scales of good and evil! And it all begins with surrendering our lives to Him! Living a life of repentance and forgiveness are at the foundation of living a holy life, a life pleasing to God.

Journey to Freedom

Come join us as we search God’s Word on our Journey to Freedom, Thursdays, starting June 21, at 7 PM. light refreshments will be served.

Broken Vessel Ministries

Dick and Beth Walls will tell their story of healing and renewed assurance by God.
Sunday, June 10, 2018, 10:45 AM

Who are you?

THe question of “who are you” has been asked for many generations. Self itentity will be with us as long as there is someone asking the question. For Christians, those who follow Christ, we find the answer in God’s Word. We are called his children, his friend, heirs, and his ambassadors! Ambassador, the highest ranking representative of a KIng, President, Prime Minister, and government. An ambassador speaks for those who sent him/her. As ambassadors for Christ, we are to take the Gospel message to everyone we encounter. We are to speak it with love, grace, mercy, kindness, gentleness, self-control, etc.. May you be known in your community as an ambassador of CHrist!

Christmas, more than Walmart has to offer

We are in the first week of December, and signs of Christmas are everywhere! But what is it you see? Walk around the mall or go to Walmart and make note of what Christmas means to us! Yesterday afternoon, I asked the boys’ mentoring group what they saw as the signs of Christmas. Their answers were simular to what the mall or Walmart would give us. Christmas is Santa Claus, reindeer, snowmen, lights, candycanes, trees, toys, and everything BUT the birthday of Jesus! Yes, we did around to the true meaning of Christmas, God sent His Son to save us from our sins!(Matthew 1:21) We must keep Jesus in Christmas! Read the story from Matthew or Luke’s Gospels. Tell your children and grandchildren about the gift of being saved from your sins! Christmas is not Christmmas until we tell the true story of God’s love for us!

Jesus shows us how to love

February is the month of LOVE. Walk in to a store and all you see is Valentine’s stuff! Everything has a heart on it and red is everywhere. But is love more than stuff, well the answer is a loud “YES”! In John’s Gospel we see and hear JEsus talk and show love. Jesus shows us love with his WORDS of encouragement, compliments and even in his discipline of the men selling animals in the temple courts. But we know words are just words until they move us to action. Telling someone you love them is empty unless you back it up with actions. Do you LISTEN to them, do you show AFFECTION, do you give them your TIME? DO you give them GIFTS, do you HELP them with a project, do you FORGIVE them when something goes wrong? All are important elements in showing LOVE as Jesus did. Jesus is our perfect example of giving LOVE to those who need it! Examine how you show love to your friends and family… Be like JEsus!