Nov 25, 2018
TRAINING IN GODLINESS: The Joy of Giving
I don't particularly enjoy going to the gym, but i go because I want to get stronger/healthier. I don't really get much joy out of it. Giving can often be like this, we know that we should be doing it but it feels like a struggle. Why should we be generous? How can we truly discover the joy of giving?
 
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
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  • Nov 25, 2018TRAINING IN GODLINESS: The Joy of Giving
    Nov 25, 2018
    TRAINING IN GODLINESS: The Joy of Giving
    I don't particularly enjoy going to the gym, but i go because I want to get stronger/healthier. I don't really get much joy out of it. Giving can often be like this, we know that we should be doing it but it feels like a struggle. Why should we be generous? How can we truly discover the joy of giving?
     
    2 Corinthians 9:6-15
  • Nov 22, 2018TRAINING IN GODLINESS: True Sacrifice
    Nov 22, 2018
    TRAINING IN GODLINESS: True Sacrifice
    When you think about “sacrifice,” what do you most commonly thing about?  War Veterans? Baseball? Diet? What parents do for children? Putting off a needed purchase?   Though there may be an element of sacrifice in each of these, in its original and deepest meaning, sacrifice involved the death of a living creature as payment or atonement for sin.
  • Nov 18, 2018Living in a Foreign Land
    Nov 18, 2018
    Living in a Foreign Land
    Series: (All)
    Have you ever found yourself somewhere, or in a situation, where you didn't fit it, where you felt not at home?  If you are a believer in Christ, if you are a Christian, this is your reality.  Peter calls us aliens, strangers, foreigners.  This world is not our home, yet we have been placed here for a purpose, for a mission.  We will face unique challenges.  How are we to live--how are we to conduct ourselves--while living in a foreign land.  Jim Newman, our minister of Missions from Australia, is the perfect person to help us answer these questions and to help us understand our position and our calling.
     
    1 Peter 2:11-12
  • Nov 5, 2018TRAINING IN GODLINESS: The Monkey on Our Shoulders
    Nov 5, 2018
    TRAINING IN GODLINESS: The Monkey on Our Shoulders
  • Oct 21, 2018BE LIKE JESUS: Bulls & China
    Oct 21, 2018
    BE LIKE JESUS: Bulls & China
    Of all the Christian graces (attributes of Christ), research indicates that this is the most illusive of them all.  By self-admission, this is the one that most of us struggle with the most.  We are more often like the proverbial "bull in the china shop."  What difference would it make if husbands would choose "gentleness" over chauvinism and bullying?  What difference would it make if wives would choose "gentleness" over badgering and nagging? Matthew 11:29; Philippians 4:5
  • Oct 14, 2018BE LIKE JESUS: Good & Kind
    Oct 14, 2018
    BE LIKE JESUS: Good & Kind
    What does it mean to be kind?  What does it mean to be good?  With all of the things that are fake or phony around us it is an urgent matter that God's people display the real fruit of goodness and kindness.  The world needs to taste and see the kindness of Jesus. Luke 6:27-36; Ephesians 4:31-32
  • Oct 7, 2018BE LIKE JESUS: Hidden Strength
    Oct 7, 2018
    BE LIKE JESUS: Hidden Strength
    If you are Christian – a redeemed Child of God – it is God’s will that you grow in patience.  It is expected of you.  Guess what that means?  Your patience will be tried whether you pray for patience or not.  So, why is patience important?  How do I tap into the hidden strength of patience?   1 Timothy 1:15-16; Hebrews 6:1-3, 12
  • Sep 30, 2018BE LIKE JESUS: Humility
    Sep 30, 2018
    BE LIKE JESUS: Humility
    Humility is a very noble characteristic to possess and has become increasingly rare in our current culture. When someone lacks humility it can be painfully obvious but defining it can be trickier. So, what is humility, and how can we cultivate it in our own lives? Let's all enjoy a nice helping of humble pie.
  • Sep 23, 2018BE LIKE JESUS: Anchored by Hope
    Sep 23, 2018
    BE LIKE JESUS: Anchored by Hope
    The world is a desperate place with many giving in to despair.  People simply can't live without hope.  Is your hope an anchor that will hold in the worst of times and till the end of time, or is your hope temporal and merely wishful thinking.  The Hope of every Christian is an anchor for the soul which will hold for all eternity.
     
    Hebrews 6:19; 1 Peter 1:3-5
  • Sep 16, 2018BE LIKE JESUS: Self-Control
    Sep 16, 2018
    BE LIKE JESUS: Self-Control
    Self-control. We all probably cringe a little at the thought of discussing this topic. We are reminded of how much we lack self-control in so many areas of our lives. Even people with no connection to church see the value in possessing this characteristic. So, why it is so difficult to master, where have we gone wrong in respect to self-control and how can we allow God to produce it in our lives?