Devotion – January 27, 2016 – Born of the Word

1peter1_23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
—1 Peter 1:23

Sometimes we think of words as unimportant.  “Sticks and stones may brake my bones, but words will never hurt me!”  But the truth is that words are important.  They have the power to heal or wound, to build up or tear down.  Words can inform us and give us wisdom.  When spoken by people, words can be very powerful, but they do not compare to when God speaks. [Read more…]

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Friday, January 29

 

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

 

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On Jan. 29 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, “North Campus Spaghetti Dinner:” 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, Jan. 29, 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 – January 18, 2016 – More Than Skin Deep

titus1_15To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
—Titus 1:15

We all sin.  Sin is whenever we are in opposition to God, when we are in rebellion against God.  We can all think of times when we’ve done something wrong.  But sin runs much deeper than that. [Read more…]

Devotion – January 15, 2016 – A Generous Heart

mark1_11And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
—Mark 1:11

Just a few weeks ago, right after Christmas, I saw a couple of very touching videos.  Each of them were of foster children receiving the wonderful Christmas gift of being adopted into their foster family.  That Christmas day, they received the gift of being told they were loved and being called someone’s son or daughter.

Our verse today is from Jesus baptism.  After Jesus came out of the water the Spirit descended like a dove onto Him and a voice from Heaven, God the Father, said, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” The Son of God had come into the world to redeem and save His people…to redeem and save you and I.  Now, in baptism, we are adopted into the family of Christ.  Having been washed in the waters of baptism and cleansed of all your sin, these words of the Father now are said to you,

“You are my child, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for sending Your beloved Son so that I could be washed in the waters of baptism and welcomed into Your family.  When I feel lost or lonely, worthless or hopeless, help me to remember that I am Your child, that You love me, and that through faith Christ You are well pleased with me.

Amen.

Devotion – January 14, 2016 – Blessed in Trials

james1_12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
—James 1:12

When was the last time you said, “Whoo hoo! Looks like I’m going to be facing some trials today!!” or “Man, that was hard, but I can’t wait for the next time I struggle through life!”

None of us like going through difficult times, but even though they are…well…difficult, we are blessed to know that we do not face them alone and they are not the last word. In Christ, we have the promise not only of eternal life with God, but an abundant life here on earth. That abundant life doesn’t meant there won’t be struggles, but it does mean that in the midst of those struggles God is with us, strengthening us, drawing us to Him, helping us to persevere and keep the faith and growing in us the fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23)  Most importantly, we can know that no matter how difficult it gets, we know that Christ has the ultimate victory.

What a great blessing!!

Heavenly Father,

There are times in life that are very hard.  Please be with me in those times and at all times.  Strengthen me and help me to look to You and trust that You will provide what I need when I need it.  Forgive me for those times when I didn’t trust You were there for me.

Amen

Bon Fire and Chili Cook-off

Thanks to everyone who made last Friday night a wonderful evening.  There was lots of delicious chili, the kids had a great time running around the field, and, of course, there a fire so big people had to sit 30-40 feet away.

Looking forward to the 2017 Bon Fire and Cook-Off!!!

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