Growing Through Challenges, Part 3

What does a dog lapping water have to do with my spiritual life? A fair question. In the story of Gideon from the book of Judges in the Bible we are told about a small Israelite army facing a large Midianite army. They were outnumbered 4 to 1. The Lord said their army was too big and that any one who was afraid could leave. The army shrunk by about two thirds. Now they were outnumbered 13 to 1. The Lord said their army was still too big. If they won they would boast about how awesome they were. So the Lord ordered Gideon to have a test of the soldiers. He was to lead them to water and whoever knelt down with their face in the water was to leave, but whoever cupped their hands and lifted the water to their face and lapped the water like a dog was to stay and fight. That test dwindled the number down to 300, or 450 to 1. Now they were ready.

Sometimes when the odds seem impossible, we are just being prepared to be shown us how capable and powerful and able the Lord is to lead us and help us. We are given the opportunity to learn that with God all things are possible – if we will relinquish control.

Join us Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as we look more deeply at this story and its meaning.

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Growing Through Challenges, Part 2

In part two of our series on Growing Through Challenges, which is based on the story of Gideon in the book of Judges, we see that Gideon is called on to fight against an enemy of Israel and to free them. Gideon doesn’t feel like he is the right person to take this on and asks the Lord for a sign (or three) that the Lord will be with him and help him to have success.

The questions we are going to look at are: Does God give us signs? Is it okay to ask for a sign? If God does give us signs what do they look like or how do we know they are from God?

Join us Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as we explore this interesting subject.

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Growing Through Challenges, Part 1

We are beginning a four part series on how we grow through the challenges we face. It is valuable to know that we all will have challenges if we try to change our lives for the better – if we try to move from self centeredness to caring and concern for others. There will be resistance. The question is how do we overcome the resistance and find greater peace and happiness?

Join us Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as we begin to address this question.

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The Freedom That Forgiveness Brings

Forgiving others takes time. That is okay. The sooner we can begin the journey from resentment to forgiveness the sooner we will find peace and connection.

This week we will talk about the journey toward forgiveness. We hope you will join us for this important discussion and find support for your own journey forward.

Sunday 10:30 a.m.

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Habits That Bring Peace

Peace is one of those things that we all grasp and hope for, but can be hard to come by. We can mistakingly think that if our external circumstances are all as they should be (according to our view of things) then we will have peace. But if we think this is the answer then we most likely are trying to control our external circumstances so that they will fall into the magical formation that will allow peace to descend on us. This is unlikely to happen, let alone bring us the peace that we seek.

Peace is more of a byproduct of a life lived in alignment with the the Creator’s design. When we live this way we then have confidence that God is directing all things, providing all things and leading us to happiness no matter what it might look like at any particular moment. We trust in the big picture and the big goal and don’t let the details blew up our ability to be content.

When we remove all the stressors that come from self centered or short sighted choices the end result is peace. For example, when we stop being dishonest there is never any concern about someone finding out what really happened or what we really said. That stress is removed. That is one small example.

Come join us as we look at ways to build habits that bring true peace into our lives. See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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25 Year Celebration

In September of 1994 we had our first worship service to begin forming this church community. This Sunday we are celebrating 25 years of working to share the living waters of truth that flow from the opened Word. We hope you can join us for worship and the celebration beginning at 10:30 a.m. 
“Let anyone who thirsts come. Let anyone who desires take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17
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Healing, Part 3: Humility Heals

When we have tried and tried to change and be healed of the things that take away our happiness and peace of mind with no lasting effect, perhaps it is time to try something different.

This Sunday we will continue our series on healing and look at a story from the Word that helps us to see what it really means to humbly go the Lord and let the Truth’s healing power have its impact.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Healing, Pt. 2: The Healing Power of Truth

There are several stories in the Bible about people being healed by immersing or washing themselves in water. Jesus said that everything He taught was a parable or allegorical story designed to teach a lesson. In these parables water is most often a symbol for truth.

What is the relationship between truth and healing? Does the truth have the ability to somehow bring about health and healing? Is there power in the truth?

We will talk more about that on Sunday. We hope you can join us for worship at 10:30 a.m.

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Healing, Part 1: When We Are Stuck

There are a variety of stories about healing in the Bible. Each one tells us something different about what we can do to be healed of things that control or bind us or that keep us from experience the fulfillment and happiness that God created us to experience.

This week we will look at how we can begin to be set from from the bonds of hurtful habits or addictions that control us and keep us from joy and peace.

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Encourage One Another

Stories in the Bible are given because they illustrate what we go through in our lives. They describe situations we find ourselves in, how we might react in unhealthy ways, and show us how we can make better decisions going forward.

There is a story about the Children of Israel, having left slavery in Egypt and arriving at the Promised Land of Canaan, being faced with a decision about whether to go into this land that flows with milk and honey that was promised to them or to turn away.

To assess the possibility of going in and taking the land for themselves they send in twelve spies to do some investigation. When the spies return Caleb and Joshua say, as their God promised them, that they can go ahead and acquire the land. There are ten other spies that give a different story. They say it can’t be done because of the walled cities and giants living in the land.

When we are faced with decisions what voices do we listen to and believe? Do we react from fear or do we gather our courage and go forward, trusting that we will be cared for?

It is clear that it is difficult to always stay positive and trust that the way forward will be good, safe and fruitful. We can, however, strengthen each other by offering more positive support. Can we offer words of encouragement? Can we support the best we see in each other rather than picking on weaknesses we may see?

This week the challenge is to find ways to encourage one another – to look for the good we see and make mention of it.

We hope to see you this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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