Do you get stressed during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season?
I do... There is so much going and so many family meetings that life just seems... unmanageable. Luckily we have an amazing God. The Psalms speak to our heart on theses issues. We will be going through four different Psalms in order to combat stress in our lives. We will begin with Psalm 23 tomorrow. I can't wait to share with you!
The "Creation or Evolution" argument has been part of the "ugly things" that have marked the church toward the world. I say that because of the way the Christians have been aggressive in their efforts to push back against the aggressive assertions of the science community.
So how am I supposed to preach on this? With your prayer. I plan on addressing the arguments made by Evolutionists AND sharing the biblical conviction of the Christ follower. I'll need your prayer.
A friend of mine and I were talking about this and I mentioned I thought that this particular question deserved a few more questions. For instance, I'd ask someone asking me this "Why do you want to go to Heaven?" and "Which religion's Heaven do you like best?"
To many times Heaven becomes the carrot dangling on the end of the stick and we chase that instead of chasing a relationship with God. My hope for us tomorrow as we study this question is to develop a heart that desires to know the living God... if we truly want Heaven.
Today we here things like "your truth is not my truth"... People have seemed able to get along until you're working with a boss that doesn't get "your truth" or a two year old that needs to know "your truth". Haha! These can be funny scenarios to consider but truly it's a challenge to reconcile two different "truths". Jesus faced this with Pontius Pilate when he asked about truth and in John 18:38 Pilate retorts "Quid est veritas?" in the latin... you and I have read it as "What is truth?".
We are going to go over this tomorrow and let me just warn you know. It's going to be a wild ride so buckle up. I think truth is easy to find... It's just not always easy to face. I love you Church and for that reason I am committed to bringing you the best the Bible has to say about truth. I pray you will join me tomorrow as we search the scriptures for truth and freedom. Bring a bible or be ready to use your phone app!
I am... Well it depends... You may have to ask my wife?! Haha. Patience is something we learn over time and as we live our lives chasing after Jesus. It is overlooked and has been given a bad wrap. I hope to encourage you to see things differently tomorrow. I look forward to sharing with you these things as we continue our study in the book of James. Bring a bible or be ready to use your phone app!
I feel like my life is filled with story after story of people telling me not to do this or not to pick up that... I should've listened. Have you ever felt like that?
I have. When someone warns us they are trying to prevent us from harm or keep us from making a major mistake. As we near the end of this series, we will be focused on James chapter five and the warnings and encouragements associated with it.
We also have "Water Day" tomorrow! So bring your friends and family members kiddos and have them join our children's ministry as they play in the water during church. We want to keep making OCC a fun place for kids, families, and young adults who want to be on God's mission!
This September we have a new series starting called the God Questions. I will be preaching on the 6 major questions skeptics have about God and end our series with a panel discussion taking questions from people in the crowd. It's going to be great! In addition to that we will have life groups meeting going through the topics and podcasts highlighting key issues. This will all take place in September.
If you need prayer always feel free to send me and email.
So many times I've made the mistake of trusting in my own wisdom to get me through life. Boy have those times gotten me in trouble. Over the years I've learned how to depend on a different kind of wisdom, one the Bible teaches. I look forward to sharing with you these things as we continue our study in the book of James. Bring a bible or be ready to use your phone app!
Last week I announced that Josh Boyd will be leaving Orchard Community Church. We are sad and grateful for Josh's next step into teaching at The Cambridge School. Tomorrow is his last Sunday so please be there to celebrate this time with Josh and his wife Natalie.
Words can hurt. We all know that. Something happens and someone says something or maybe you say something and emotions rise and then.... Feelings trigger something inside of us and if we don't have the restraint God offers our words come out like fire and can burn others. The Bible has something to say about it and how we can function as a healthy church. I look forward to sharing this with you tomorrow.
This is a loaded question that take some time and discussion to really understand. You see the easy answer would be another question like "What do you mean?". At the heart of the question there is a motive and an assumption. That is what I want to deal with this Sunday. God is always looking at our heart and when it comes to faith and deeds or faith and works, He looks even closer. Salvation is a gift from God to those that worship Him. When someone has been giving something so great it makes sense that the watching world would be able to see the marks of God on that person. I look forward to diving deeply into the bible and this topic with you Sunday!