We begin a new series called Jesus - The Glory of Christ! There are many needs that drive us in this life. When those needs are not met, they turn to fears. When our fears get out of hand, they lead us to some dark places. We have seen fear produce hostility and violence in recent days in our country. How can we replace fear with confidence and hope? It's all about priorities. "Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you."
The overarching series for 2020 is Seeking to See. We are seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible as we move throughout the year. The sub-theme for the coming weeks is: Top Ten Characters. We begin with Adam and Eve.
As we begin 2020 we will set the tone for our deep dive into Scripture by zooming in on the top 5 verses in all of Scripture. We humbly admit these may not be the final answer on the Top 5 verses in God's Word. Every word in our Sacred Text is valuable! We do believe, however, that these unique statements will give us a great start on the major themes of God's redemptive plan outlined in the Bible.
In this new series called: Daniel: Unbreakable/Unshakable, we will discover that there is more at stake than just the shaping of young minds. God is positioning Daniel and his friends to accomplish His purposes even while they are in captivity. It seems unusual that God would choose to keep using His people in exile. He often uses His people most powerfully when they are most powerless. All God's plans for Daniel hinge on Daniel's ability to resist the forces that would shut him off from God. You're going to like this story!
The greatest bridge is our bridge to God. It was burned beyond repair when sin severed our connection to God. We inherited the sin that burned the God-bridge and we added to the damage by our own sin. The connection between us and God was ruined so badly it could not be repaired, but, God, in His grace and power, built a whole new bridge. By his atoning sacrifice, Jesus Christ made it possible for sinful human beings to be in relationship with a holy God. And this is not just a business relationship or an "acquaintance" relationship, no, this relationship with God is deep and abiding! He calls us His children. The Bridge spanning the gap between us and God is the most stunning bridge in the cosmos. This Sunday, we launch a new series to celebrate that bridge. We will marvel at the connection we have with God and the impact it has on every other bridge. – See you Sunday!
We are launching a new series this Sunday called, LAVISH. We will look at some of the stories Jesus told as recorded by Luke. We will find that Luke calls us to a radical generosity in the way we live our lives.
Faith is being sure of what we cannot see. With the Spirit's help, we will begin to have certainty about things we cannot see with our eyes. We just might begin to see God designing every encounter, every obstacle, every open door in our lives. And, as we begin to see His presence and work all around us all the time, we will begin to hear His daily promptings. As we see His movement and hear His voice, we will be more and more empowered to transform our city for Him.
God's love for us knows no bounds. His love for us is relentless! Chances are these powerful statements sound nice but in the rush to get this little blurb read and get on to the next thing on your list they probably don't penetrate the inner parts of your soul, where they belong. God knows this, that's why He sent us books like Hosea.