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This week's message turns our attention the Healing that occurs when we embrace our belovedness. Key Points We are God’s beloved; that’s our truth and we cannot change that. We are called to recognize and claim our belovedness, so that we may share this with our neighbors and the world. Our journey leads to healing, which leads to gratitude, which …
 
When we embrace our belovedness we also need to demonstrate the same passion as Jesus did for the marginalized. Scripture: John 2:13-22 Key Points Part of being beloved is recognizing the sacred value of our bodies and honoring them as such. Passion, then, must be an inherent part of belovedness since our belovedness is the expression of God’s deep…
 
Listen to Him! It is a message from God that as Disciples we are called to be listeners in this world. When we listen we clearly hear are calling to love and worship God. It is also in listening that we will hear the Gospel message and go and share that message with the world. Key Points Disciples are called to listen to Jesus. Listening to Jesus l…
 
We begin our Christian walk at Baptism when the Heavens part and God proclaims, "You are my Beloved." Key Points 1. God calls us to live lives that are representative of being beloved by God. 2. Knowing we are beloved does not come easy yet we must never forget we are beloved. 3. God is Love Self-Reflective Thoughts for the Week Ahead What does it …
 
There is no doubt that Christ left this earth with one main message: tell and teach others. Teaching and making disciples is what the Christian neighborhood watch program entails. Key Points There is no doubt that Christ left this earth with one main message: tell and teach others. Teaching and making disciples is what the Christian neighborhood wa…
 
The church in Acts had to completely revolutionize their way of thinking and widen the scope to allow “all” in their gospel message. Christ often works in ways we do not understand—or even agree with—but his plan is always best. Self-Reflective Thoughts for the Week Ahead When did you feel lost and who was your mentor who walked with you to bring y…
 
Our neighbors are more than the people down the road. Our neighbor, according to Jesus, is anyone in need. Being neighborly means reaching beyond ourselves and into the lives of those who need help. Scripture: Luke 10: 25 - 37 Self-Reflective Thoughts for the Week Ahead 1. We are called by Jesus to be welcoming to our neighbors, who is the neighbor…
 
From the creation of humankind, God established a precedent for the dignity and value of all people: it is found in humanity’s unique connection to God. Humankind’s value and dignity is not based upon ability, age, or perceived value, but rather given to each person by God.
 
God desires for his people to express their adoration and devotion to him in the appropriate and fitting ways that he has prescribed. We must approach God with appropriate reverence and adoration; this befits him and provides great comfort and joy for us.
 
God’s mercy is cause for thanksgiving; when we cry out to him, he can restore us, even when our troubles are the result of our own sin. When we are exhausted from the hard circumstances of life, we must depend on God and not our own strength.
 
In an always-connected world, we needn’t sugarcoat it: disconnecting and finding solitude is hard. But it is also necessary. Through the additional spiritual practices of journaling, sharing meals, and observing communion, we can experience rest and life with God.
 
God calls us to come to him and find refreshment by creating times of sabbath within our lives and families. As disciples of Jesus, we need to develop the practice of sabbath by disconnecting from our work, phones, and busyness to enter intentional times of rest with God, family, and friends.
 
In the midst of the challenges of ministry and a demanding schedule, Jesus would withdraw to solitary places to pray. We can follow Jesus’s example by practices such as entering into the quiet place to meet with God, observing fixed hours of prayer, and prayer walking.
 
Jesus modeled a life of regularly withdrawing into places of silence and solitude for prayer and refreshment. As disciples of Jesus, we need to follow Jesus by entering into times of solitude and silence, intentionally setting aside time to withdraw from our busy, distracting world.
 
Suffering doesn’t always make sense to us, but sometimes suffering can serve a purpose. The world we live in is broken and full of hurt and pain. Evil desires for us to give into that pain, brokenness and yet we have a choice to make. We may follow into that brokenness allowing that to overcome us, or we may choose to remain steadfast in our faith.…
 
This six-week series serves as a snapshot of the book of Job, providing comfort and encouragement to those experiencing a difficult circumstance. Have you ever felt broken? Have you ever wondered why? Job’s story is often our story. Yet, even in the midst of pain and suffering, we can trust in the power of our creator. Sometimes bad things happen t…
 
God shows his faithfulness to his word given to Israel by blessing and judging them based on their loyalty to or rebellion from him. We can use the Historical Books of the Old Testament to understand God’s faithfulness, his loving discipline, and how our obedience to him can draw others to faith.
 
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