One of the names that the Bible gives Jesus is, our counselor. This week we start a series looking at different questions our counselor asks each of us. This week the question is "why are you so afraid?" If we know that Jesus is with us no matter what we face and that whatever we face fits into His plan for us, then why are we afraid? Find out more!
This week we look at the questions asked of the 2 blind men that asked to be healed. Jesus said, "Do you believe I am able?" Do you? do you believe that He is able to heal your broken body? Do you believe He is able to repair a hopeless marriage? If you believe this, then pray like it. Our prayer requests often reveal the level of our faith.
Have you ever been offended? It seems like more and more people are getting offended in our culture. When you get offended is it because someone upset you? Is your anger justified? Too often when we do get offended or upset it comes from a place of not righteous anger but self-righteous anger. What can we do? Find out more!
Everyone seems to keep getting angrier and angrier in this world of ours. And if we are honest we are no different. Things upset us as well. Maybe you are more easy going, maybe you are a "hothead." The reality is that all of us could use a little work when it comes to not being offended or angry at "those people." Who are those people? Well they are different for each of us. What do we do with this anger we have? What is the big deal with this anger? why is it so bad? Find out more this week!
Join us this week for week 3 of our series "offended."
the Bible tells us to not allow bitterness in our lives. It even goes on to describe it as a root, something growing deeper and deeper in our lives. Have you ever been doing yard work and "discovered" a root that shouldn't be there? They grow even when we are unaware of them, sneaking, and infecting every part of our lives. Remove bitterness!
Do you ever get upset? Do you ever get offended? Of course, you do! Everyone does. How can you move past this? Think about this: have you ever forgiven someone for wronging you and felt like you dealt with it. Then only later it comes right back just as strong as before? Why? Why is it so hard to forgive people? I don't mean to forgive someone for bumping your car. I mean someone who hurts you, breaks your heart and stabs you in the back...why is it so hard? In this week's message, we will look deeper at forgiveness and how we can try to move towards more forgiveness in our lives!
Instead of just another New Year's Resolution that you will not keep...how about what you already decided to do when you accepted Christ. Time to get back to the basics and do what we should have been doing all along.
This week we start a new series called Resolutions. We are not going to talk about making just another New Year's resolution, those never work out! As a matter of fact, over 80% of those typical resolutions are never kept. No, we are going to look at those things that we have already decided to do. Those things we already resolved to do when we became Christians. This week we are going to look at the helper, the Holy Spirit.
This week we continue our series, Resolutions. Are you ready? ready for what? Ready to love others as yourself? God calls us to always be ready, but are we? The truth is that we think those things must be reserved for Pastors or "professional Christians." Or perhaps we think that we do love others, but what about when things go sideways? When things go sideways, when things get hard, do we love others then? Find out more!
This week we are going to look at courage. Are you ever afraid? We ALL are afraid, courage is NOT the absence of fear. No, courage is the faith to act in the presence of fear. Those fears are going to remain, they don't just magically disappear because you want them to. Find out how to be courageous!
This week we learn that if you love God then you obey Him. This isn't out of fear of what He might do to you "if" you don't obey. No this is because of our faith in His love we live out our faith by obeying Him. This is not a call for you to be trapped to following a crazy long list of rules, how about the ones Jesus mentioned? Love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself?
Why do we even have this church? Did we really need another church in Fredericksburg? Find out why we started the church and what matters most to us. All that matters is Jesus, the Bible, and community!
Have you ever had a question so hard you wouldn’t even say it out loud? Or a doubt so big you didn’t feel like you could share it—especially at church? Maybe it’s time to ask the tough questions together in our new series, Ever Wondered Why? It is okay to ask these questions? Is it okay to have doubts? Is it okay to cry out “why God???”
Have you ever had something happen to you or someone else and wondered "why God?" Why would you let this happen? Have you ever turned on the news of the latest shooting and thought "why?" Why does God allow pain and suffering in our World? The short answer is sin, remember in a world where we have the choice to love God and follow Him, people also have a choice to deny Him and do bad things. Find out more this week!
Have you ever wondered why? Have you ever wondered why some prayers are answered and some are not? Be honest, do you believe in the power of prayer? Many times we see God show up and show off in some big ways, and prayers are answered when all seems hopeless. But then the next day or week we pray the exactly same way and nothing. God doesn’t answer the prayer. Am I praying the right way? Is there something wrong with me? I don’t understand. See, just as prayer is powerful it is also confusing. This week we look at why prayers are not answered, or at least a few reasons that might be why. While we can not know the exact reason for every single prayer request, we can certainly examine a few things.
Why? Is it okay to ask why? Is God going to get mad at me? God can handle your questions, He can handle your doubts. Bring them to Him. In fact, remember that God would rather you run to Him with questions than run away with doubts. This week we try to understand how to believe and trust in something that you can not see. Something that you can not control. Have you ever struggled with trusting God? Find out more in today's message.
Have you ever wondered about the difference between religion and grace? Religion is our attempt to be better. We think by trying harder somehow will keep God from "getting" us or make Him love us more. But that is not how it works, instead, Grace is for each of us. Instead of trying harder, trust MORE!
Today we have a guest speaker, Christ Stewart helps us to understand that the gospel needs to be honest. Remember that when someone hears the gospel it changes them, they can not stay the same. Listen and find out more.
This year we are talking about things not going according to plan. Has that ever happened to you before? Have things ever turned out differently than you had hoped? The entire Christmas story is full of things NOT going according to plan. The gift for us is that we do not have to understand the plan to trust God has a purpose!
Have you ever not felt loved? Maybe have you thought or said, there is no way God loves me. How could God love me? 100% God loves you, the problem is that we are thinking about love the wrong way. God doesn't love you because you are worthy, awesome, amazing, etc. He loves you because you matter to Him. You are valuable to Him, you are his prized possession in fact! It is more than the saying, "Jesus loves you." We need to not just hear it, not just believe it, but FEEL it!
This Morning Austin helps us by looking at a verse that we often overlook. One problem we have is when we talk about God more than when we talk TO God. No matter what you are current or future circumstances may be, remember the Lord is your shepherd. There is a reason we are compared to sheep and in need of The Shepherd. Will you trust the shepherd to guide you? To take care of you? To defend you? Find out more!
You can discover a whole lot to smile about if you know where to look. And we can help you find it! Don’t let life get you down. Stay joyful. Stay hopeful. And Stay Positive!
Cynicism and negativity may be the easy choice, but they're not the best choice. If you seek what’s good, you’ll see what's good. Let's embrace the way we're created to think and Stay Positive.
With election season ramping up the amount of negativity and cynicism we will be exposed to is going to increase GREATLY! In our new series titled “Stay Positive,” we are going to learn to be thankful and excited in spite of all the negativity we experience in this world.
Remember this, there is no limit on hope!
We have just finished our series, “Winning the War in Your Mind!” I really enjoyed sharing the scriptures and insights with you during this series and during the process, I found that I did not think we spent enough time on a few of the passages. The past series had to do with our thoughts, the negativity, etc. We learned that negativity may be the easy choice but not the best choice. There is something I was reminded of, if you seek what’s good, you’ll see what’s good. In our world negativity abounds, and cynicism is the choice of many. With election season ramping up the amount of these we will be exposed to is going to increase GREATLY! In our new series titled “Stay Positive,” we are going to learn to be thankful and excited in spite of all the negativity we experience in this world.
This week in our attempt to stay positive we are going to look at gratitude! Did you know that gratitude and thankfulness lead to peace? This is not just some goofy saying, no it is our choice. Our choice is to find the good, the silver lining of every cloud. When we take the time to focus on what we have, on the good we have less time to see the bad. This does not mean that there are no bad things. There are of course terrible things that happen so we must not ignore those...they are in fact still clouds. We must find that silver lining!
This week we learn that our confidence can not come from our abilities but rather from God...that is why we don't need self-confidence, we need God-confidence! This comes from us replacing lies with truth. The truth we are talking about is that God is always for you and that He will NEVER leave you! Watch this week as we learn more.
This week we look at the words we use. Have you ever heard the phrase sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me? That phrase is a lie! Words have the power to bring life or death. To build up, or to tear down. Our words must be used to encourage those around us. We have no idea what they may be going through in their own life. Our words have the power to help them or hurt them. Then there are times when there is nobody to encourage us, what do we do then? We encourage ourselves by remembering all that God has done for us!
This week we are going to look at enthusiasm. Are you spiritually enthusiastic or spiritually complacent? What happened? How does a person go from "ready to put hell out with a water gun" to "my faith is private, don't want to share it." How do we grow into a lack of enthusiasm? It is because we do not daily spend time with Him. Daily we do not spend time with Jesus. Think about it this way, if you were trying to get healthy, you would go to the gym, watch what you eat, etc. You wouldn't do this once a week for 1 hour and think that was enough. Spiritually we can not expect anything different.
Money...if we are honest it seems like money will fix EVERYTHING! Truth be told, it will not. And it doesn't seem how many times someone tells us that we always go..."yeah but..." The real answer is a mindset not of scarcity but of abundance. Abundance doesn't mean you will have all the money in the world, it means you will always have enough. All that God provides is MORE than enough. I hope you will check out today's message.
Our thoughts are powerful. They change our perspective, impact our decisions, and influence our habits. But what do we do when we become trapped by our thoughts, unable to escape negative and unhealthy thinking? Let’s learn what it means to take our thoughts captive and win the war in our minds.
This week we look at how to win the war in our minds! Have you ever thought you are not good enough? Have you even thought there is no way you can do something? Will always be unhappy? Never have a good marriage? Always be alone? These are strongholds in your mind that the Devil has put in your mind! Jesus destroys these strongholds if you will allow Him!
Have you thought about why you can't focus? Try it, set a timer, and just try to focus on one thing for a minute. I tried to pray for one minute without my mind wandering...I failed! Our mind keeps going when what we need to do the most is meditate. This means to dwell, to focus, to think about. What is the lie in your head? 100% the Bible has a promise that defeats that lie! Pray it, ask God to remove it, and repeat until it is gone!!!
This week we are looking at negative thoughts. We all have them...and all too often our default setting is negative. For instance, if you are watching your favorite football team and they fumble, 9 times out of 10 you instantly think or say "there goes the game!" Why? Because for too long we have not held our thoughts captive and refused to believe the negative. We must take hold and trust that God is in control. In ALL things, what things? ALL things God is in control!
How in the world do we fight those negative thoughts without God? The answer is we do not! We must go to Him for help. How often when we are faced with a problem do we say "all we can do is pray?" Like prayer is some last resort instead of the most powerful weapon we have. Prayer is to be our first line of offense instead of our last line of defense. This does not mean we should just sit back and do nothing, just that prayer is first!.
Today is a great day to build healthy, godly habits that help us honor God and love others. In this series, we are going to discuss selections from the book of Proverbs!
This week we are starting a new sermon series over Proverbs. We will not be going verse by verse but picking out several over the next weeks. This week we start with the beginning, looking at why we have and need Proverbs in our lives. Remember this, we do not have all the answers. Knowledge comes from following God and seeking out the wisdom and instruction of others!
This week look at envy. Don't mistake this for a minor thing, the Bible tells us it is like a rot in the bones. Odd way to describe it? Think of it like cancer, not something you see...it is sneaky, killing you from the inside out. Should you ignore it? Act like it isn't there? Of course not! Envy and Jealousy are just like that. They rob you of your joy...you make you get trapping thinking you are NOT enough, what you have is not enough, comparing everything to others around you. DO NOT fall for the trap!
How important is God to you? How can you prove how important He is in your life? Does your life really show what is the most important to you? This is not meant to make you feel guilty but to realize that we ALL need to spend more time getting closer to God. What can you do this week to spend more time with God? What do you need to do less of?
Compassion... is a word we think we know. It is a word we think we show. But compassion is so much more than a word. It is a feeling in our gut that forces us to action! Like you see someone suffering and you CAN NOT avoid taking action. The problem is that this is not our default setting. We might show compassion to someone close to us, or to a group that we relate to, but what about those we don't like? What about those who have hurt us? Showing compassion helps us to get closer to God!
For so many years I have heard parents say to their kids to watch who your friends are. This was mostly warnings of the "wrong" type to hang out with and how they could bring you down. Now a few years later as an adult, this is 100% true. Does it really matter who we call friends? YES!!! Does that mean that you should get rid of people in your life...maybe. Simply put, do they cause you to be closer to Christ or push you farther from Him?
Have you ever made a mistake? Have you ever done something that seemed like a good idea and it turned out to be a really bad idea? We all have! The truth is that too often we mess up because it seemed like a good idea. the Bible tells us to try trusting God's plan, try trusting what He wants instead of our ideas. This concept stinks because if we are honest we don't like trusting, we like understanding! Can we trust God? Can we trust that He knows better than we do? YES!!!
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, right? Isn't that something that is in the Bible? The bill of rights? Nope! In fact, often our opinion usually gets us into trouble, sometimes we use it to justify some pretty terrible things that can be said. There is a right way and a wrong way to express your feelings. Remember Jesus didn't change the world with opinions but with the truth!
Remember we can not be good enough, none of us! We can not make up for our sins, only Jesus can do that. And He did that!!! What can we do then? We can love like Jesus. We can look at people like He did. We can work at showing Jesus to everyone we encounter this week. Love everyone? You mean that one person you can not stand? Yes! How can you do that? Only by the help of Jesus!
Every day we face conflict, this is a certainty. What will you do? When we face conflict we have a choice, a choice to take the road that God wants us to take, or the road the "world" says we should take. These crossroads come before us every day, and unfortunately our default setting is to choose the "world's way." This is OUR choice, what will you choose today? Remember the words of the prophet Jeremiah, "Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls!"
How often do we allow our past to control us? The default for most is to be defined by the past, to feel shame, remorse, even crippled by mistakes. Did you know that you can be set free from that? Jesus did not die so that you could lament over your past, He died so you could be forgiven. God's forgiveness is not like you and I, when He forgives it is GONE. So if something from your past keeps coming up, back in your mind..good chance it is the "other" guy.