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  • Are your hearts hard?

    Back in the time of Jesus’ teaching, quite often, the Pharisees had a heart condition that grieved Jesus. Their hearts were hard and insensitive. If you’ll look in Mark 3, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

    God was right there in their midst, and they, of all people, should have realized it. They knew the Scriptures backward and forward, and Jesus fit every prophecy written there. But the insensitivity of their hearts literally blinded them to who He was. The hearts of the Pharisees were also hardened to the needs of the people around them. That very same thing is still happening today.

    Have you ever known any believers who fit that description? Sure you have! In fact, every one of us has done those things at some time in our lives. Every one of us, to one degree or another, has fallen prey to the same mistake the Pharisees did. We’ve gotten so caught up in doing and saying all the “right” things that we’ve let the tender warmth of God’s love inside us grow cold. I know that’s true because if it weren’t, we’d be seeing tremendous moves of God among us. We’d be seeing revival on every corner.

    That’s what God longs to do. God wants His church to be the place people come to find Him. His desire is for the church to be full of people who know its ‘ok’ to not be ‘ok’. If we feel like we need to earn God’s grace and forgiveness, then our hearts have become hardened to what the gospel message is all about. It’s a free gift! And people need to know that they can find Jesus in any place at any time… especially His church. Let’s not become a social club for the healthy, but let’s continue to invest into and invite people that may need to receive His grace, His mercy, His unending love.

  • Sunday Lunch

    Remember, this weekend after the 2nd experience, we will be heading over to 900° pizza to have lunch together. There are plenty of great menu items to choose from. My family and I will be there, so come ready to eat and to do life together!

  • BYOB Weekend!

  • Sundays Setlist

  • Are You Afraid?

    'I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus.' - 1 Corinthians 1:4

    If you’ve ever heard a gifted speaker like Pastor Josh deliver a message, you know how convincing the words can be. You find yourself hanging on every sentence, maybe even taking notes as fast as you can write. Somehow, the way he communicates makes the difference in how much you listen.

    Maybe you feel inadequate talking about your faith in Christ because you are not a dynamic speaker. You hold back, even when a perfect opportunity presents itself, just because you are self-conscious. But God never intended for you to rely on your own abilities as a witness.

    The apostle Paul wrote, “When I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified . . . And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthians 2:1-2, 4).

    We know from other passages that Paul was an excellent public debater, but that is not his point here. He deliberately approached the Corinthians with an attitude of humble simplicity, in weakness, so that God would do the work through him. Regardless of your abilities, God wants to pour His power into your life to enable you to do His work. Continue to make BOLD prayers and make bold asks to people. Invest and invite people to church to hear the gospel message. The reward will always out-weigh the risk.

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