Archive | October 2017

Why You Don’t Feel God

It’s natural to want to feel the assurance that we aren’t alone or that God is hearing our prayers and getting ready to answer them. However, just because we don’t feel Him or see anything immediately happening doesn’t mean that He isn’t there and isn’t working. Today’s devotional, reposted from Charisma magazine, points out an encouraging truth about what’s really going on when we can’t sense God’s presence.

 

The fact that you may not feel God does not mean that He is not there. (Unsplash/Jad Limcaco)

 

God’s presence may be understood in two ways: His unconscious presence and His conscious presence. Many of us tend not to appreciate God’s unconscious presence; rather, we long for His conscious presence—when He clearly shows up.

The theological term that is relevant to both ways we experience God’s presence is the omnipresence of God. God is everywhere; there is no place where He isn’t (see Ps. 139:7-12).

Theologians speak of the “three big O’s”: God’s omnipotence (that He is all-powerful), His omniscience (that He knows everything) and His omnipresence (that He is everywhere)—His glory fills the universe and all He has made—but it also means that we cannot run from God. Jonah found this to be true. God told him, “Go to Ninevah.” Jonah said, “No.” He rose to flee “from the presence of the Lord” (Jonah 1:2-3) but found such a notion impossible to fulfill. Wherever Jonah went, there was God!

Are you trying to run from God? Give up! It is a hopeless venture.

The fact that you may not read more

source: Charisma

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Dead Promises

Have you ever had a dream, a promise from God that you’d held near and dear to your heart? Then inexplicably everything around you seemed to conspire against you and your fondly held desire. There was every indication that that dream had died a tragic and untimely death and you were left feeling angry and betrayed. I know I have. Today’s devotional is a video put out by Streams Ministries that addresses this sort of disappointment and brings hope and encouragement.  There will be no Sunday message again this week. Enjoy the video!

http://dreamsandmysteries.com/videos/mystery-of-dead-promises/

 

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Distractions

Pretty much everyone has heard the joke about the guy with ADD. He’s saying he’s not suffering from ADD and mid sentence he starts talking about the squirrel he saw. Obviously we are not all afflicted with ADD, but the issue of getting sidetracked by distractions that come into our lives is something all of us are prone to if we don’t remain focused on the tasks at hand. Today’s devotional, reposted from Faithgateway, encourages us to stay focused and mindful so that we can accomplish what God has for us to do.

‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.’ — John 4:34

Distractions. We all face them on a daily basis. Whether they’re relatively harmless or destructive, God wants us to resist them and keep the main thing the main thing — fulfilling our purpose.

None of us wants to live a life where we can say we have done many things but not the one thing God assigned us.

We want to cultivate a habit of focus, and the motivation that comes from a clear vision. We want the grit to complete our task, and the guts to say no when we need to. Extraordinary accomplishments in the kingdom of God are rarely happenstance. They result from our daily choices and everyday actions. But we must decide to be single-minded and focused on the task He’s given us. I cringe to think of the great works for God that were never finished because people grew distracted from their purpose.

Determine in your heart today to read more

source: faithgateway.com

God Made You on Purpose

Have you ever felt like you were just another face in the crowd? Anonymous and just part of the colorful blend of faces with nothing to recommend you or make you stand out? Not so. Today’s devotional, reposted from Faithgateway, assures us that we are a one-of-a-kind work of art created by God on purpose for a purpose.

 

I like the idea that God only made me once. Like paintings — there’s something special about the first one. My cousin Joe just recently passed away, but for my entire life, he was a painter. An artist. My home is filled with paintings and sketches and illustrations he made just for me. In fact, one of the paintings he gave me proudly hangs in my dining room. It’s huge and abstract and purple and blue and black and weird. I love it. A few years ago, I asked Joe what it’s like to replicate art versus painting the original piece.

The short answer he gave is that the original is work, but fun. Any copies, exact or modified, are boring, if not mindless. Creating is just problem solving, and once you read more

source: faithgateway.com

 

There will not be a sermon posted this week; our apologies. You can still read this week’s bulletin, however, on the Publications page.

Our God is Compassionate and Gracious

God is love. We hear that all the time. But what does that mean? Today’s devotional, reposted from Faithgateway.com, shares an idea of what part of that love might look like fleshed out.

Imagine living in the ancient Near East in 1500 BC. You’re a Hebrew, formerly a slave in Egypt, now traipsing through the desert around Mount Sinai.

You inhabit a spiritually charged universe of “gods” and “goddesses.” And these divine beings are anything but nice. Read any ancient text. The gods were mean — finicky and capricious and ready to fly off the handle at the slightest infraction.

So, you made sacrifices. Naturally. To keep the gods off your back. Or maybe to get the gods on your side. At first it was a bird or a goat. Then you ratchet up to a bull. But eventually they might ask for your child. Maybe even your firstborn.

Anybody remember History of World Civilization class from freshman year? Think of the story of Troy. It takes place around the same read more

source: faithgateway.com

God Says You Are Enough

I don’t know many people who don’t struggle with feelings of  inadequacy at least some of the time. Today’s devotional reposted from Faithgateway.com addresses this feeling with the encouraging reminder that because God in us is enough we are too.

 

We are a generation of women who have never worked harder to have it all, yet go to bed most nights worrying that we aren’t enough. We are constantly asking “Why?” We are constantly measuring. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, if you’re married, if you’re rich, poor, old, young, in college, or out of college. Every human heart struggles with this. We are always looking around to see how we measure up to everyone around us and usually focusing on all the ways we fall short.

I believe our struggle with wondering if we are enough goes back primarily to how much we trust God. We aren’t struggling because of the specifics of our circumstances as much as we are struggling because we fail to trust God to give us what we need, to show us where read more

source: faithgateway.com

Hope

Hope is a good deal more than wishful thinking or keeping a positive attitude. Hope is a confident, joyful expectation of good. Sunday’s message talks about what hope is and is not and the importance of hope in our Christian walk. Click on the arrow to listen to the message.

 

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