Devotion – October 30, 2015 – Pursuing What Is Eternal

1john2_17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
—1 John 2:17

Let’s take a look at your day.  What is your schedule/plans for today?  What about tomorrow?…and the next day?  Is your day filled with things that are temporary or things that are eternal?  What does your budget look like?  Are you spending your money on things that are temporary or things that are eternal? [Read more…]

Devotion – October 28, 2015 – Destroying the Devil’s Work

1john3_8He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
—1 John 3:8

When you believe in Jesus you become a new creation.  The old sinful self is no longer in control.  You are now of Christ with His Spirit living in you.  So, our lives change.  It’s important to note that we are changed because we have been saved and made the children of God.  It’s not that we change to become the children of God.  God is the one who loves us, calls us to faith, frees us from sin and the devil, and transforms us. [Read more…]

Devotion – October 27, 2015 – Hiding from God

isaiah29_15Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?”
—Isaiah 29:15

It sounds a bit ridiculous when we say it, but we’ve all tried to hide our actions from God.  It usually starts with a temptation.  Instead of rejecting the temptation or praying about it, we start to think about it.  Thinking turns into planning.  As we think and plan about it, we stop praying.  We avoid it because we know if we pray, we will be standing before God with this plan hanging around our neck, plain for Him to see, and we’ll be guilty. [Read more…]

Devotion – October 24, 2015 – Beer is a Brawler

proverbs20_1Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
—Proverbs 20:1

It is the season of Oktoberfest, known for it’s brats and beer.  Soon to follow is the holiday season with Thanksgiving and Christmas, a season which also has been known to include an adult beverage from time to time.  As we go through these seasons (and the rest of life) it’s wise to remember this proverb and keep ourselves in check. [Read more…]

Devotion – October 23, 2015 – Walking as Christ Walked

1john2_5-6This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
—1 John 2:5-6

Faith in Jesus isn’t just a “get out of hell free” card.  It is life-altering.  More accurately, it is life-giving.  In Christ we are a new creation.  The Holy Spirit lives within us.  This does not happen without changing us.  Before we were slaves to sin, now we are slaves to Christ.  No, we will not live perfect lives, but we will begin to walk more like Jesus did.  As the Holy Spirit works in us we are transformed and the fruit of the Spirit begin to show (love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, patience, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22).  We walk like Jesus because His Spirit lives within us. [Read more…]

Devotion – October 22, 2015 – All Things are Possible

mark9_23“`If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
—Mark 9:23

Jesus had just come down from the mount and the transfiguration (Mark 9:2-13) and there was a man who had a demon possessed son.  He longed for his son to be free of the demon and healed.  The disciples who had not gone up with Jesus had tried to cast the demon out, but failed.  Now, who had come with great hope for his son to be freed was shaken.  Was it possible, even for Jesus?

Jesus’ first response, “If you can?” reveals the father’s lack of faith, something we often share.  Jesus’ second response gives the father hope. The Father responds, “I believe.  Help my unbelief.”  Even though the father’s faith was weak, he had faith and he had Jesus.  Jesus is the ultimate one who believes.  For him all things are possible.

Sometimes we doubt.  We doubt whether God could really love us, whether God would really forgive ALL our sins, whether God can free us from the sins we struggle with.  We may not be possessed by a demon per se, but we wonder if God can free us from our demons.  We, too, can call out to Jesus for help even when we doubt, saying, “I believe.  Help my unbelief.”  And we can know all His promises are true and He is more than able to free us from any sin which entangles us.  All authority in heaven and on earth have been given to Him.

Dear Jesus,

I struggle with sin and I struggle with doubt.  I confess that I am a sinner and ask for Your forgiveness.  I also ask for You to help me with the sins I struggle with each day.  Sometimes I question whether You can free me from these sins, but You tell me in Your Word that You can.  I believe.  Help my unbelief.

Amen.

Devotion – October 16, 2015 – His Greatness and Holiness

ezekiel38_23I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.
—Ezekiel 38:23

Christianity, today, talks a lot about God as Father, friend, and savior.  We like to talk about love and closeness we have with God.  This is all very true, but at the same time we must always remember that God is…well…God.  His greatness is beyond anything we have ever seen or could even imagine.  And he is holy and pure unlike anything we have ever experienced.  It is in the light of God’s holiness that we will see our sin for what it really and even our good works are like filthy rags. [Read more…]

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Friday, October 16

 

Don’t cook, pick up a delicious spaghetti dinner instead.

 

Spaghetti

On Oct 16 we are having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser.  The dinner includes spaghetti, meat sauce, bread, salad, and a dessert.  We are accepting a free-will donation for each meal.

Click Here to Pre-Order Your Meal Today!

 

The order page is our online donations page.  On that page, look at the last option of the list, “” and enter the amount you would like to donate.  Then in the box to the right, you family name and how many meals you are ordering.  Then click “Continue” and complete the payment process.  All donations will go towards the launch of our new North Campus in Wesley Chapel.

Your generosity will help us to reach thousands of people in the coming years with the Gospel!

Pick up of the meals with be from 3pm to 6pm on Friday, Oct 16, outside building 1 right at the main campus on Bruce B. Downs.

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Kurt.

Thank you and God bless!

 

Devotion – October 3, 2015 – Faith in the Unseen

1peter1_8-9Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
—1 Peter 1:8-9

The world around us shows us what it wants us to believe.  We see the wealthy live in luxury.  We see the politically powerful remain unpunished for crimes they commit.  TV takes it to a complete different level where they can show us anything they want and make just about anything seem appealing with no negative consequences.  With all this visible to us, where should we put our faith? [Read more…]

Devotion – October 1, 2015 – Christ Died To Bring You To God

1peter3_18For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.
—1 Peter 3:18

“Once and for all.”  It’s a pretty amazing statement when you think about it.  We don’t have many things today that are forever.  Promises are broken.  Friendships drift apart.  People get divorced.  We die.  But Jesus died for sins once and for all.  It’s done.  Your sins are covered by His blood.  It won’t run out.  It won’t end.  No sin is too great.  The righteous one, the Son of God, died for us unrighteous…why?  To bring you to God.

Jesus had a purpose in His death.  He became a man, lived, and died for a reason, to bring you to God.  In Christ, you are no longer separated from God.  Christ has called you and has brought you to God…and this is forever.

Dear Jesus,

You loved us so much that You gave your life in order to bring us..to bring me to God.  Thank you.  When doubts creep up in my mind and I wonder if all my sins have been forgiven or if Your death was really enough, remind of this promise, that you died for sins once and for all to bring me to God.  It is more than enough.

Amen

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