What are you afraid of? Snakes? Spiders? Cheetos? While most fear is not good, there are times when it helps to be afraid. Like a fear of moving cars so you don't walk out in front of traffic! We should be afraid of God, but not the kind of fear that cripples us, not a fear that God is going to "get us." He is not just watching us waiting for us to mess up so he can zap you. But we should have a fear that God is really who He says He is, a fear of what we are saved from. We should really believe what the Bible says and fear what happens if you do not make Christ your savior. Shouldn't our life reflect someone who fears God? Does yours?
Have you ever looked at your life and felt like things haven't gone the way you thought they should? Have you ever felt like God wasn't in control? Be honest...did you know that God NEVER breaks His promises to you. Listen this week as we look at the promises of God and how we are to live like be believe in them!
Listen, the law can not make you perfect...in fact if it could then why did Jesus need to come? This week we are going to look at how we are set free, how we are saved. Set free from trying to be good enough, saved from being alone in this World. We will never be good enough, but God's grace is MORE than enough!
Remember that the law does not make you perfect, you can not do it. So...knowing that none of us can actually live up to the law, why give it to us? Why did God give us something that we can not actually follow? Have you ever thought that He gave us the law to show us how much we need Him? None of us can ever hope to good enough, but the good news is that we were never designed to. From the beginning of time God knew that we needed Him. Surrender today and ask Daddy for help!
For too long we have tried to be good enough, tried to simply do more things hoping it will make us better somehow. Jesus came so that we could be set free from that! Instead of trying harder to be a good person, how about surrendering and allowing Christ to transform you?
Did you know that all sin was paid for once and for all when Jesus died on the cross? Have you ever felt like you were not good enough? Have you ever thought the world would be better without you? Have you ever felt like you were a failure? That all comes from the devil and not God. Jesus died for ALL of us, no matter what we think of ourselves. He loves us! There is nothing you can do to make Him love you more, you can stop trying to be good enough and instead work on loving Him more!
How many times have you just wished you knew what God wanted you to do? This week we look at three things we are told to do. Draw near to God, hold tight to the confession, and stir each other up! These things will transform us, these are the things that will change us! Remember this week to do more things that make you feel near to God and less thanks that make you feel far from God.
It has been said that healthy things grow, this is indeed true. Think about your children, your plants, they grow. If they were not growing there would be an issue for sure. One thing that ensures that you grow as a Christian and that the church grows is that we reach those around us.
Of all the things that hold us together and all of the things that we need to grow and be healthy, connecting is very high on the list. We are meant to connect, we are not intended to be alone!
Remember healthy things grow! Don't forget that we have to take an active role ourselves, think about olympic athletes and how much they train. As Christians we must also train to become closer to God. Have you ever grown weary? What about tired of trying to be good enough? Athletes get tired too, but the goal is clear and it is more than worth it!
God has given each of us gifts, what will you do with your gifts? It is up to you to use those gifts for several reasons. The biggest reason is that if you use those gifts you will grow in your relationship with God. What will you do today to use those gifts?
This week we are finishing up our series titled "Healthy Things Grow." Perhaps the one thing you can do to grow the most in your faith is to honor God. How do you honor God? Why do you honor God? Should you honor God? We honor Him by living out what He taught us. We do not honor Him by feeling guilty.
This week we are starting our series in the book of Hebrews, today we are looking at how God speaks to us. What an amazing gift we have that the creator of the universe wants to hear from us, and even more crazy, He wants to talk back! Do you know what God's voice sounds like? How long has it been since you heard his voice?
We are not supposed to worry, right? Doesn't the Bible say to not do it? Yes, but why do we struggle so much with peace? Why does it seem like we can never find peace in this crazy world we live in? Find out more in today's message!
The real story that several of us miss is the fact that we neglect God. Every time we doubt, every time we try to do whatever we want, we are doing so because we are neglecting our relationship with Jesus. The entire reason that God sent His son to die for us was so that we could have a relationship with Him!
Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to endure the things He did before He died? The betrayal, the lies, the abuse, the loss, all before He was crucified. Because no matter what you are facing in this world Jesus has endured it as well. When you are at your lowest, He is right there beside you, reaching out, offering His loving arms…saying “I know.” I know child, I know what it feels like, and I am here for you!
The Bible is very clear that we are to look closely at our own hearts and of those around us. Why? Because the risk of our hearts hardening is very real! To protect us all we must seek to encourage each other! This encouragement comes from being there for each other, for looking each other eye to eye and say "it is okay to not be okay!"
Have you ever just been tired? And what about more than physically tired? Has your soul ever been tired? God knew that life would happen and wear us down. That our souls would need Him, we need Him more than we know. He offers rest, He offers peace, it is up to you and me to accept this peace!
Jesus died for all of us, not some of us. He died for the lost, the big sinners, the little sinners, all of us. No matter what color, no matter what size, no matter what age, He died for us ALL! There is no sin too big for the cross!
It seems like we are always worrying about running out of power. Our phone, computers, what about our own spiritual lives?
Often deep down inside, we feel empty, tired, dry. Somewhere along the way, we bought into the lie that Christianity is more about “doing” than “being.” But you and I don’t have to live life on empty.
In this three-week recharge sermon series, we will look at new kind of spiritual experience—one rooted in building an up-close, spiritual, and intimate relationship with God.
Let us look together at something we can stop and something we can start, not with the goal of creating a longer checklist of spiritual obligations but instead helping us refocus on what’s truly important to recharging spiritually!
God does not want you empty! He wants you full, yet this does not mean it is time for you to add something to your list again. While it is important to read your Bible, to pray, attend Bible Studies, this time how about trying something else. God wants to be your friend. Being God's friend doesn't become a burden, it fills you up!
It isn't supposed to be so difficult to stay recharged spiritually. Yet...it is! Have you ever tried to read the Bible more, only to feel guilty that you forgot to do it? Have you ever fell asleep praying? Have you ever started praying and then ADHD kicks in and you lost track? Hard isn't it? It is not supposed to be that way. How about trying something different?
We all need to recharge, what are you going to do to try and be filled up? Aren't you tired of always being empty? Aren't you tired of living far from God? Today is your chance!
Have you every thought "why?" Why God would you allow this to happen? Why God? What I have found is that we are not meant to know everything. So what do we do with that? I want to know! The closer you are to God the less you want to know why and the more you want to know WHAT God has for you, what you can learn from this.
Have you ever needed to be forgiven for something? I think we all have! Jesus after enduring the cross and all the pain that goes along with it looked at the crowd and prayed this simple prayer: "Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing!" This prayer changed everything! This prayer is what the cross is all about! You are forgiven, the past is gone, you are 100% set free!!!
When Jesus said "I Thirst" have you ever thought maybe He meant more than just I am thirsty? After all Jesus never just said something to just say it, there was always a reason. Besides fulfilling scripture, is it possible that He wanted to remind us that the secret to life, the only way to be satisfied is to THIRST after Him?
When Jesus said "it is finished" He was saying more than you think. Also just because Jesus was finished doesn't mean we ever get to "finish!" We are meant to not just start the race, but to finish the race! Watch this message to find out more.
It is EASTER!!! Did you know that central to the cross was the idea that we could NEVER be good enough. Honestly how good is good enough? On a scale of 1-100 where are you? Jesus is a 100, Hitler a 1, you? No matter what number you have, Jesus makes up the difference! That is the freedom He offers, that is salvation!
In this series, "What is your purpose" we will be addressing the question, "Why on earth am I here?” This is one of the things I hear from many of you. What am I here for? What is life all about? Or if I were to ask you a question, “Why do you think you’re here?” Here’s what some of you have said: “I don’t know… It’s an accident… My parents didn’t intend to have me… I’ve never thought about it.”
What’s your role in life? What are you all about? Grow up, breathe, pay taxes, and die?
Over the next few weeks we will look at what it means to live for God and the purpose He has for your life!
Did you ever ask yourself what your purpose is? Have you ever wondered if you even have a purpose or if you are just some cosmic mistake? You DO have a purpose, God created you for His purpose, check out todays message to find out more!
Pastor Tommy Russell, 2/7/21
What is God's purpose for your life? One of the things that gets in the way of us knowing God's Will and purpose for our lives is our values. Did you know that your values determine how you are going to live your life? Tune in to find out more. Oh and yes I'm in my house because we had to cancel in-person because of the blizzard of 2021.
Everyone has a purpose, that purpose is simple...love God and love people. Jesus told everyone that all that matters are these two things. Think of them as your purpose statement cliff notes. We also know that in order to love others we need to serve them. Just saying "I love you" is not going to be enough, we as the church can do better. We as the church MUST do better!
We have been able to gather our purpose in this world is the love God and love others. Did you know that this is a race that we must run every day? We do not get to stop our purpose or complete our race until we stand before Jesus. So we need to think of this as a marathon, not something you take lightly. We should all be training, we should all do our best to cast aside those things that keep us from Him!
Have you ever heard the term "When Pigs Fly?" Maybe something like, "when will the Dallas Cowboys win a Super Bowl?" "When pigs fly!" There are lots of examples, some silly, some not so silly. When we think about miracles many struggle with believing that they still happen. Do you have something in your life right now that needs a miracle? Is there something or someone that is beyond fixing? Have you thought "this will work out...when pigs fly?" This series is going to look at the different miracles we see God performing in the Bible and still performs today! Do you need a miracle? Lets make some pigs fly!
This first week we are going to look at the miracle of deliverance. Is there something in your life that is just too big? Something that when you think about it, there is no way you see an answer? No matter if it is an addiction you are facing, a broken marriage, a wayward child, God is still in the miracle business. Perhaps it is time to do some spiritual warfare, to rally under the authority given to you by Jesus! Are you ready to see pigs fly?
Do you believe that God is still in the miracle business? Do you believe He still heals people? What happens when we pray for God to heal someone and they are not healed? Why does God choose to heal some people and then let others die? Have you ever struggled with this? What does this do to your faith? For many it rocks their faith! In today’s message we are going to learn that our faith can not be built on what miracles Jesus does or does not do, instead our faith must be built on what He did on the cross. God does still heal, He doesn’t heal everyone all the time. Just because He hasn’t answered your prayer for healing, or anything for that matter…do not stop asking.
Won't you join us this Sunday at church? Listen, if you already have a church home, great...GO! If you don't have a church home, maybe it has been a long time, or maybe you just are not sure. Then come to Fredericksburg Church, 100% of people are welcome. We are not perfect, don't claim to be perfect, and are not going to expect you to be perfect. We just want to worship Jesus, laugh together, cry together, and learn how to love like Jesus. This Sunday we are going to see pigs fly!
Listen, did you know that God promises to always provide everything you need? Not what you want, I want a lot of things, but He only promises needs. Miracles of provision are still happening today all around us, sometimes directly from God, and other times He uses normal people like you and me. Are you ready to see some pigs fly?
Join us this week as we look at the different gifts that the wisemen brought Jesus. How many wisemen were there? Three? Are you sure? When did they come to see Jesus?
This week we will look at the gift given to Jesus that represents His priesthood. It is great that we have a high priest that has been through everything we have been through, and then some!
This week we will be looking at our last gift before Christmas. Please join us as we celebrate Christmas together!