September 2010 - August 2011
September 4, 2011 • Jason Williams
Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. We don't always see with correct vision. Sometimes we see what is not really there (fear) and other times we see only what we want to see (selfishness). The statement, "hindsight is 20/20 is a good one, but... there is greater vision than just 20/20. In Genesis 50:20, Joseph reveals to his brothers that even when they tried to harm him, God was at work! Joseph was looking at life through the lens' of Grace. He now recognized that God's plan will always prevail even if it doesn't appear that way. We all need this perspective. Put on the glasses of Grace and see what God is doing.
August 28, 2011 • Jason Williams
Everyone, everywhere... is a worshipper. We worship all kinds of things. Foolishly, many worship themselves, fame, money, achievement, nature, false gods... the list is extensive. Worshippers who are wise recognize the one true God and worship God for who he is and what he has done. The doorway into the sanctuary is Jesus Christ who made it possible to personally come into to the presence of God the father. Jesus, we remember what you have done and we recognize your grace in our lives.
August 14, 2011 • Rob Williams
We all face problems and pressures in our lives. This section of Genesis has a great message for us as individuals and families to encourage us, strengthen us and give us hope in the Lord. In this passage, we see how God guides us in crisis, how God transformed Judah and He can Transform us, and that Jesus put His life on the line for us. A very timely message for each of us today.
August 7, 2011 • Jason Williams
Wait for it... wait for it... Are you sick of waiting? Most people hate waiting but it can be one of God's most useful teaching tools. One of the heroes in the bible who foreshadowed what Jesus the Christ would be like is Joseph and he did his fair share of waiting. God wants us to not only wait on Jesus but to wait in Jesus.
July 31, 2011 • Jason Williams
It is a universal truth, we will all face it... Every person who has ever lived has wrestled with it, including Jesus. What is it? TEMPTATION! Temptation means "testing" and when put to the test, will we pass or fail? We can Overcome temptation with a proven strategy found in the testing of a young man named Joseph.
July 24, 2011 • Jason Williams
We fear it. We exert great amounts of energy to avoid it. What is it? Being Exposed. Exposed for who we really are. Jesus said in Luke 12 that what is hidden will be revealed, that which is whispered will be proclaimed on the roof tops. The reality is that we all stand exposed before the creator God. It does not matter how clever or crafty we are at concealing our sin. There is good news. When we are exposed and respond by confessing and repenting of our sins...God's grace breaks through.
Living the Dream
July 17, 2011 • Jason Williams
What's your dream? We all have dreams of what our lives could look like. What's God's dream for your life? Have you asked him? When our dream for our life and God's dream for our life align... then we are truly Living the Dream. God's dream has been revealed through the scripture and has gained greater clarity as more of it has been revealed over time. When we receive God's dream (plan) for our lives it is exciting and can't be contained. Reality: Sometimes the dream can feel like its been delayed or derailed-what then? Now you're ready to receive what God has in store for us in Genesis 37 and the life of Joseph.
Best Laid Plans...
July 10, 2011 • Keith Bradford
Jacob finally returns home after a journey full of problems and misadventure. He has four bickering wives, sons who are continuing to cause problems and has fled the land of his in-laws on less than friendly terms. But here God reminds him that he has always had a plan for him that is relentless, eternal, all inclusive and redemptive. God's plan continues today and is worthy of trust and demonstrates that God is worthy of our worship.
Band of Brothers
July 3, 2011 • Jason Williams
Freedom is what our world longs for. Freedom is what each of us truly needs. Freedom from fear, freedom from disgrace... Can only be found in Jesus Christ. He is the God the son, the older brother of every Christian. He is the leader of a Band of Brothers (Christ followers) who are leading our world into Freedom one life at a time.
Wrestling with God
June 26, 2011 • Kevin Deyette
Jacob wrestles with God all night long, and realizes this wrestling match symbolized his life of rebelling against God's plan and God's will. Broken, defeated and with nothing left to give, Jacob calls out to God and God changes him there at that place.
Faith of our Fathers
June 19, 2011 • Jason Williams
We all have fathers. Some of us have a Great father, some have a good fathers, some a bad father, some a terrible father. No matter what kind of father we have had, we all are still in need...of a perfect father. We need a Father who speaks words of affirmation and love into our lives. We need a Father who is consistent. We need a Father who is courageous. Finally, We all need a Father who is worth following. The wonderful news is that the living God is the Father we all are in need of. The Faith of our Fathers will only due if we a genuine Faith relationship with God the Father through His son, Jesus Christ. Happy Father's Day to us all!
You ARE Loved
June 5, 2011 • Jason Williams
You may have been many things: unreachable, unteachable, unfaithful, unwise, undesirable, unworthy... but because of Christ you have never been Unloved! God's love is extended to an undeserving world and that includes us. We need to stop chasing elusive love which fades and flies away with the dawn. We NEED a love that truly satisfies and that can only be found in Christ! His love saves, reshapes, disciplines and satisfies. YOU ARE LOVED!
Stairway to Heaven
May 29, 2011 • Jason Williams
Does heaven seem closed to you? Do you feel abandoned and alone? Does God seem far away?... Then you are ready for the Good News that God has made a way right into his presence. There is a link between heaven and earth! Some call it a ladder others a stairway, the Bible simply refers to Him as Jesus. Jesus is not a step program to God, he is God. Heaven is Open! Jesus is the Stairway to Heaven!