Archive | September 2018

Compelled: Being a Light in a Dark World

Pastor Mike brought the 4th installment of September’s series on evangelism. Unfortunately we had a glitch with the internet and the broadcast was interrupted, so here is the first part, and then click on the arrow below to listen to the rest of the message. We apologize for the interruption. Thanks for listening!

 

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Waiting

I don’t know about you, but I’m not very good at waiting patiently. If you are in the middle of a long season of waiting or if you have already been, today’s devotional about waiting, reposted from faithgateway.com will be a wonderful encouragement for you.

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“A woman’s car stalls in traffic. She looks in vain under the hood to identify the cause, while the driver behind her leans relentlessly on his horn. Finally she has had enough. She walks back to his car and read more

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Fall Fun

Fall officially begins Sunday, September 23rd, but if you live up north like we do fall has been here for awhile already. So here is a fun family activity originally posted on fatihgateway.com to kick off your fall season wherever you might live. If you don’t have kids call up some friends and make a night or an afternoon of it and enjoy the new season.

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“Fall is my favorite season!  I think I’d go in mourning if I ever had to move to an area of the world that doesn’t experience the crisp, cool breezes and vibrant colors and scents of autumn!

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Evangelism III

Sunday morning Pastor Shayna presented the third installment of September’s series on Evangelism. She talked about eternity and the urgency that should compel us as believers to share the Good News with those around us. Click here to listen. Sunday’s bulletin is posted on the Publications page of this blog.

Shame is Not Your Name

If you are dealing or have dealt with crippling shame that has/had you down for the count then read this encouraging devotional by Craig Groeshel on faithgateway.com and learn how you can be set free.

“As a pastor, I’ve discovered that many people are dying slowly in a secret tomb of shame. Some are ashamed of their poor financial condition, plagued with guilt about their irresponsible spending and debt. Others are ashamed about sexual sin from their past. Many carry extreme guilt read more

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Evangelism II

Pastor Caleb continued the September Sunday series on Evangelism yesterday. We’ve gone to a live broadcast on Facebook now instead of audio recordings. You can watch and listen to Sunday’s message here 

As always, you can read this week’s bulletin on the Publication page of this blog. Have a great week! Thanks for being a part of our online family. Blessings to you.

Can I Get a Witness

Today’s devotional is an encouragement goes along with this month’s sermon series on evangelism. It is an invitation to participate in the great commission in your world written by one of our staff pastors.

Before He returned to heaven, Jesus asked us to be witnesses. Some people turn pale at the idea and start to stutter, backing away with hands extended as if they’d seen a poisonous snake. Being a witness conjures up images of wild eye creatures garbed in Christian witnessing tee shirts hollering in a bullhorn at passersby. Or going up to perfect strangers and giving them a three-point sermon on salvation complete with references and cross references. While there’s a place for those types of ministry, that’s not necessarily what Jesus is requiring of us.

What is a witness then? Someone who recounts something they have, well, witnessed. Seen. Experienced. Acts 2:32 says, “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.” Acts 3:15 says, “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.” Acts 5:32 says, “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” 1 John 1:1-3 says, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touchedthis we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” The New Testament – Acts in particular – is replete with examples of early believers who simply told about what they had witnessed. With that in mind, what have you witnessed that you could share with, say, a neighbor or a coworker or a friend? Obviously, you didn’t see Jesus raised from the dead, but you have certainly experienced the work of the living, risen Jesus in your life, right? How about when He saved you? Perhaps you witnessed a healing or answered prayer? Maybe God protected you or intervened in your life in a miraculous way. Or maybe God did something simple that was meaningful to you. Ask God to help you remember something you have witnessed that you could share with someone else. Our sermon series for September will be about evangelism. We will be sharing some non-intimidating, non-life threatening, relatively painless ways you can be a witness and share your faith. So, I ask you – can I get a witness? Jump in and take the challenge to be a witness in your world.

(c) 2018 Heidi Fields Associate Pastor Joy Christian Center