Intro 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Look at the NLT version... 31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful…
Last week, learned how to hear God’s voice and to prepare ourselves to hear God’s voice. You can’t really have a relationship with God if you never hear from him. It has to be a two way communication between you and God. How do you discern God’s voice from the competing voices? How do you know if an…
In his book, Your Reactions Are Showing, J. Peterson states, “You may be surprised to learn that your reactions to the situations you face daily may say a great deal more about you than your actions say.” When you open up God’s Word - Do you open up God’s Word? - how do you respond? How do you react?…
In Acts 12:1-25, Luke—the author of Acts—shares an important story about a prideful king, a sleeping preacher, and a praying church. Three incredible lessons emerge as we examine this passage: first, God expects His people to look to Him for help in difficult times. We see the church (once again in Acts) praying, instead of pouting, as trouble comes upon them. Secondly, God sustains His people with peace in the midst of trials. Peter—now for the third time in Acts—is in prison...and he’s sleeping! Only a heart resting in God’s grace and sovereignty can catch some “z’s” behind bars. Finally, God will humble man’s foolish pride and cause His word to go to the nations. King Herod is humbled (and eaten by worms) for his boasting and arrogance. God’s word steams on ahead as we’re now poised for Paul’s missionary journeys from Antioch.
Slip, Slip, Slipping Away This week Russ Baker will share the message. The faith journey can sometimes be a course of peaks and valleys, periods of plentiful and undeniable faith and then, for some, darker times where you feel lost and alone and far away from God. Jesus says He is always there, wherever you are on that journey But how do I prevent the tragedy of my faith "slipping away" to a point of no return before I even realize it? There is an amazing recovery and prevention principle in the Bible for just this purpose.