You Are Sent – Sermon Follow-Up

john17_18“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”
-John 17:18

Yesterday we talked about how we have been made ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us (2 Cor 5:20).  At the North Campus we have a few songs at the beginning of our service and then one song at the end.  If you look closely at our bulletin, you’ll notice that the last song is called, the “Sending Song”.  I usually chose a song that has a theme of going into the world and telling others about Jesus.  Yesterday, it was Shout to the North.

The reason I chose to call this last song the “Sending Song” instead of the “Closing Song” is because rather than having the message that worship is closing and we’re done, I wanted to give the message that Christ gives us.  We are sent.  The corporate worship service may be done for the week, but the worship of our lives continues as we go into the world, showing people the love of Jesus with our actions and telling others about what Jesus has done.  Next time, when you are finishing up the worship service for the week, think to yourself, “Now, Jesus is sending me into the world to tell others about Him.”

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for sending Your Son to die for us.  Thank You for sending Your Spirit to go with us.  Thank You for sending us into the world.  Help us to share Your love with everyone we meet.

Amen

You can watch the full sermon from the North Campus here:

 

Don’t Judge Me! – Sermon Follow-Up

matthew7_3-5“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
-Matthew 7:1-5

“Don’t judge me!” has become a common phrase in our society.  When someone does something that considered inappropriate or just plain wrong and sinful, but they want to keep doing it, they just pull out this verse and declare that no one should judge their actions.

That’s not what this passage is really about, though. [Read more…]

Be Strong and Courageous – Old Testament Tuesday

joshua1_9“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
-Joshua 1:9

I do love baseball. I love the history and the stories. I remember hearing about Hank Aaron coming to back against the Yankees in the World Series. Yogi berra was the catcher for the Yankees and he talked endlessly and started criticizing Hank Aaron for holding his bat wrong and not with the trademark up. On the next pitch Aaron hit a homerun and after rounding the bases told Yogi, “I did not come up to the plate to read.” Hank Aaron knew his purpose. [Read more…]

Happy Father’s Day

541837982_aa6055c8f1_z“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. “
-Exodus 20:12

This year on Fathers day my thoughts have turned to my father out in Arizona. He is awaiting back surgery but is waiting for his blood pressure and overall health to be a bit more stable before the surgery happens. It is hard seeing your parent’s age and this is the fist time I can remember being actually worried about my father. [Read more…]

A World in Conflict – New Testament Thursday

ephesians6_13“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
—Ephesians 6:13

With the tragic news of the shooting in Orlando on Sunday, we are all reminded that the world we live in is not a peaceful one.  Politicians have already begun talking about guns and war.  Our minds race about the flesh and blood battles that take place, but there are other battles taking place all the time.

Ephesians 6:12 tells us… [Read more…]

Take Refuge in Christ – Old Testament Tuesday

psalm5_11“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
—Psalm 5:11

Life is full of difficulties.  It may be financial struggles, marriage trouble, the loss of a loved one, or trying to come to grips with a horrific event like this past Sunday.  When the world comes crashing down around you, where do you turn?  To whom do you run? [Read more…]

In the Aftermath – Sermon Follow-Up

312526080_75053bd0ed_z“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust. Surely he will save me from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night.”
-Psalm 91: 1-5

Sunday morning was filled with the terror of the night. As I left home for early service yesterday I heard on the news that 20 people were dead in the shooting in Orlando. We prayed for the families and all of those involved in this tragedy at the 9:15 service. Leaving church someone told me the death toll was now up to 50. At the 10:45 service this event became part of the sermon. For the second time this week we had to deal with profound sadness and shock. This time we had to ask, how can someone be motivated to do such an evil thing? [Read more…]

VBS 2016 – Cave Quest

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VBS 2016 – Cave Quest

July 18th – 22nd

Please join us for a week of exploration as we learn about following Jesus, the Light of the World, and how we can share His light with others.  Vacation Bible School will from 9am – noon, Monday through Friday and is open for students entering Kindergarten to 5th grade.

Register by June 30th to guarantee your child will receive a VBS shirt.

You can register by filling out and submitting the form below.  Please include all requested information.  There is a $40 per child registration fee which can be paid online by clicking the link below and selecting “VBS Registration”.

Click Here to Pay the Registration Fee

 

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