The Gospel message is an adoption story. God went to great lengths to make us part of His family and call us His sons and daughters. Because we were adopted by God, we belong to God. We now have a place to call home and a place where we belong. But there is second implication of this amazing truth that God has adopted us into His family and its found throughout the New Testament. Because we belong to God, we belong to each other. Because we belong to the family of God, because we belong to the body of Christ, we then belong to each other. We are family.
February 25, 2018 - Family
February 25, 2018 • Clay Everett
Beautiful Disruption: Part Three
Promised Joy • December 16, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
Hope fuels, peace protects, but joy demonstrates. When we exhibit joy regardless of the circumstances facing us, it shows the trust we've placed in His ways. Joy isn't an emotional acknowledgment to things going well or working out. Joy is a response to faith. In His presence, there is a fullness of joy that our circumstances cannot touch. His presence is a guarantee of His promise. Through the ups and downs, we can choose joy in light of a promise.
December 15, 2018
Disruption. When many of us read this word, our mind instantly gravitates toward a negative picture. From our perspective, disruptions are on par with inconveniences, annoyances, and obstacles. No one goes looking for an interruption. We love predictability and being able to control our circumstances. But, what if settling for the routine is setting us up to miss out on a vibrant faith? What if the very thing our soul needs to grow and flourish is a shock to its system? Could pausing and allowing life to come to a screeching halt enable us to articulate how God is moving in our lives? We think so. If nothing changes, if no disruption occurs, we have the potential to lose sight of all that God has done over the past year, and where He is leading us in the future.Transformation doesn't happen without a disruption. Christ making His home in our heart serves as a disruption to the old way: old patterns of thinking, old patterns of responding, old ways of dealing with bad habits and difficult people. Newness requires adjustment and reflection. Old things don't go away easily. The new will disrupt the old. But, it's a beautiful disruption that brings life and freedom as we surrender the old in light of the new. What would it look like to have an intentional disruption by carving out space in our lives to hear God’s voice? We will walk you through a personal spiritual retreat with Scripture, journal prompts and reflection questions.This is meant to serve as a guide to frame your time together with God. Our prayer is that this personal retreat will be a disruption that stirs your heart, energizes your soul, and focuses your eyes on Christ.