The Champion Virtue of the Believer who has gone deeper is Gratitude. Gratitude is at the core of every Spirit filled, Christ follower. How could we ever be anything less than grateful? At its root, gratitude grows out of humility and it opposes pride. The believer who is truly growing deeper will manifest gratitude to a greater and greater degree. 2 Corinthians 4:15 speaks of God's grace coming to more and more people - and the result is great thanksgiving, overflowing thanksgiving. The longer you walk in the way - the more your gratitude should show.
Easter is not just a celebration of what happened some 2000+ years ago. It is the celebration of what God is doing right now. Over and over again, the Bible speaks to the reality that the SAME POWER of resurrection is available to us right now.
We all need a little help from time to time. There are issues and struggles that hold us back. The tendency is to hide away—all of us do it. God calls us to come alive, to rise up and move out of the caves that would imprison us.
In the Bible, many characters are found living in caves. The reality is that caves were only intended to be temporary dwellings—not your permanent home. Listen to the Lord who calls us out of our cave.
What does it take to leave a legacy of faith in your family? Every family is just one generation away from the loss of faith. How can we better disciple our families in faith development? The family is the primary source discipleship in the lives of children.
The New Year is a great time to reflect deeply upon what is necessary. Too much of our lives are spend on “autopilot” and we run, run, run—until we find we have run ourselves, our finances, our families and even our faith ragged. There is another way-- one where we have room to breathe, time for our families, and space for what God has planned. Simplicity in life allows us to establish margin in our living.
Christmas is a season filled with wonder. From the focus and response of children on Christmas morning to the miracle of the birth of Christ, including the responses of the "characters" of the Christmas story-- in a word, it is simply WONDER! The wonder for "wonder-sake" but ultimately Wonder that points to God.
The Scriptures begin and end in a Garden. Gardens are metaphors for blessings and goodness. From Eden to Revelation, God has carefully woven blessing into our lives. We simply need to stroll through the gardens to see the blessings and to express our thanksgiving.
Praising God for his faithfulness, we celebrate the ground breaking of our "Time is Now" facility expansion. Pastor Kevin reads in scripture of God's faithfulness through the ages and encourages us to continue to look for it in the future.
Fathers can establish identity, value and worth into their children in the way they love them. The love of our heavenly Father is greater than anything we ever could understand. As fathers, our primary responsibility is to exemplify this heart of our heavenly Father toward our children. Listen to this sermon to see what scripture says about the love of a parent.