The Spirit of Jesus: Transforming Kindness
It is the Spirit of Jesus who fills us with the power to change our hearts, minds and actions. When you are frustrated or overwhelmed, don’t throw up your hands and give up. Instead, we get to throw up our hands in worship. We can get so frustrated with our past attempts to change for the better that we just settle for trying to hide or manage what’s really happening within. But it is the Spirit of Jesus who fills us with the power for true transformation! Join us as Pastor David continues our sermon series and teaches on The Spirit of Jesus: Transforming Kindness. Blessings!
The Spirit of the Father: Love Not Shame
The Holy Spirit causes us to experience God the Father’s love for us, giving us hope in place of our shame. Jesus took upon himself our shame. Getting free from the power of shame through experiencing God’s love releases courage, creativity, innovation, risk, joy, and fun! Join us as Pastor David starts our new sermon series and teaches on The Spirit of the Father: Love Not Shame.
Missions: Empowered for a Purpose Part 3
That Guy at Lowe's
Whether it be face-to-face, driving on the road, or through our interactions on social media, we are called to be a people who exercise great patience to others. Even when people don't deserve it! In 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Paul tells Timothy that because of the patience shown us by Christ, we need to model great patience to others. Join us as Terry Kirkindoll shares about what it looks like to develop a patience that leads to Christ-likeness. Blessings!
Missions: Empowered for a Purpose Part 2
Missions: Empowered for a Purpose Part 1
How I Fight My Battles: Defend the Promises
"Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well..." (1 Timothy 1:18) Along with attacking our identity in Christ, in times of spiritual conflict satan goes after our promises from God through the gate of disappointment, so we quit contending for the future God has for us. When we least feel like it, we must defend the promises of God over our lives (1 Timothy 1:18). As we wrap up the sermon series, How I Fight My Battles, Pastor David teaches on stepping into the fullness of our purpose and destiny in times of spiritual warfare!
How I Fight My Battles: Identity Theft Protection
"I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you." (Psalm 2:7) Has this season seemed like you are battling for your very life? Have you been hit by disappointments and unexpected stresses? You’re not alone in this, but we don’t fight alone. We will be starting a new sermon series called, How I Fight My Battles, on how to overcome identity theft and defend God’s promises over our lives. Declaring each morning who God has decreed us to be (Psalm 2:7) positions us in His authority to take on battles big and small in the day. Join us as Pastor David teaches on strengthening our identity in Christ daily to walk in victory through spiritual conflict!
A Father of Faith
Bow of Bronze
“He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze” (Ps 18:34, 2 Sam 22:35). The stress and conflict in our lives is often used by God to train us in the use of greater levels of spiritual authority. Jesus is Lord, and He sends us in His authority against all the works of the evil one who seeks to steal, kill and destroy. He upgrades the weapons in our hands for greater spiritual victories ahead. Pastor David shares in this Sunday's message on what it looks like to walk victoriously through the difficulties of life.
Family Honor: A Kingdom of Honor
“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;" - Matthew 15:8 Honor is an attitude of the heart that guides our words and actions to intentionally represent an honorable God. We cannot truly say we honor God if our words don't match our attitudes and our actions. We are called to be a family of honor in which we serve and love everyone including the poorest of the poor, the richest of the rich, close family and friends, as well as those who think and believe differently than us. Our words and actions must come from a heart filled with honor towards God and his creation. This Sunday, we will finish our Family Honor series by looking at Scripture to see how we can most fully represent the heart of our Father by honoring all people.
Family Honor: Honor and Age
"I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime - until your hair is white with age." Isaiah 46:3-4 In a society that increasingly values youth and innovation, older people can naturally feel invisible, isolated, and anxious. But this is not how it ought to be in God's household! We are called to a family honor in which the younger honor the older - not only to be blessed by them, but to be a blessing to them. This Sunday, we will continue our Family Honor series by examining some practical ways in which the Garden can excel in conveying honor to our seniors. It may not be what you think!
Family Honor: A Family of Friends
Join us for the second installment of our Family Honor series: "A Family of Friends." In Roman society, the "honor system" demanded that those with power should be honored by those with less power. In God's Kingdom, everyone is to “honor one another above oneself” (Rom 12:10). Healthy friendship is founded on the mutual exchange of honor among friends.
Family Honor: Mothers and Daughters
“Many daughters have done nobly (lived and contended as royalty should), but you excel them all.” - Proverbs 31:29 Honor removes the inner question mark, combats fear and offense, and gives the confidence to release influence. A daughter’s honor releases a mother from the question of failure in the past, and a mother’s blessing releases a daughter from the question of not being enough for the future. We celebrate each and every one of our daughters and mothers at The Garden!
Turning Fear Into Faith
There are moments in our lives where fear, worry and hopelessness cause us to get our eyes off of Jesus and onto the storm around us. Jesus taught his disciples to live out of a place of faith in him. When the moments of fear came, he brought peace, security and hope which turned a moment of fear into an opportunity of faith that produced miraculous results. Let's set our focus on Jesus and lean into him to increase our faith that will see mountains move in our present circumstances.
The House God Builds: The House of Arrows
“Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth...they will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies at the gate.” (Psalm 127:4-5) The house God builds is a house of arrows, from which our children will be launched into the strongholds of God’s enemies. Built in partnership with God, this house is not primarily for our comfort, but for the conquests of the next generation. We bring gifts and commit pledges today, to build a home for tomorrow!
The House God Builds: Provision Without Anxiety
Because God is the one building this house, it is human vanity to think stress and anxiety will produce quicker or better results. “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat - for he grants (even in his) sleep to those he loves" (Psalm 127:2). As the parable of Jesus reveals, the seed sown by the farmer grows while the farmer is asleep. After we sow and water, it is God who gives the increase. Physical, emotional, and spiritual rest actually release greater divine provision than stressful, anxious work. God has called us to a great purpose and He has already prepared the provision for each step. Let's learn to rest in him in the process!
The House God Builds: A House Only God Can Build
Let Heaven Come: Revival is For All Generations
"I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; [...] your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions." - Joel 2:28 Joel 2:28 promises that God will pour out his Spirit on all generations! Listen to this sermon from the Let Heaven Come series as Pastor Timothy Berry and Joseph Chestnut share about all generations having profound impacts on revival.
The House God Builds: The Desert Wind
This Sunday, we start a new sermon series called The House God Builds! Psalm 126 asks God to restore our well-being like streams unfrozen by the hot desert wind. The hot desert wind is a picture of whatever tests our faith - unknown future, complex problems, significant shortfall. “Sometimes God does not show us the way, He only shows us the next step. Will we trust Him and obey?" asks Pastor David.