We live in a world of often very divided loyalties. While Jesus told us that "no one can serve two masters," many in our world regularly test that argument. In this message on Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus challenges us to be single-minded in our loyalties and service. Listen prayerfully to this challenging message.
We live in a world without much blush or shame. Shameful behaviors are not nearly as shameful anymore. And yet some of us have the opposite problem - some of us are ashamed for all the wrong reasons. In this conversation about Paul's second letter to his young friend Timothy, Paul encourages a thorough rejection of shame - a fanning to flame the gift of the Spirit given to Timothy. May God fan the flame burning in each of us!
When the Bible talks about the people of God, it frequently describes us as "the Bride." Marriage language is all over the book. In this message, Pastor Kevin considers a laundry list of behavioral reminders at the end of the book of Hebrews as "bridal instructions." In Hebrews 13:4, we are encouraged to "honor marriage." May these reflections help us to honor marriage well!
It is very exciting and good to hear stories of audacious faith and prayers gloriously answered by God. But as we review all Jesus taught us about faith and prayer, it seems Jesus was interested in something even simpler. It seems Jesus was hungry to see any sort of genuine faith at all. In Luke 18, Jesus tells a story about a woman who refused to give up even though she's dealing with jerk for a judge! Listen carefully to how Jesus applies the story...
In this final message in our "Building A New You" conversation, Pastor Kevin considers three Bible passages encouraging us to action. At the end of the day, if we don't take everything we've learned and put it into action, we're just spinning our wheels and wasting our time. May God inspire all of us to joyously jump into the fray!
Where does faith come from? How do we grow in faith? Is faith some sort of magical gift from God over which we have no control or are there practical, simple ways we can increase our faith? In this message, Pastor Kevin looks at just a couple verses from Isaiah seeking answers to these questions. May we find faith welling up within us as we hear what the Bible has to say on these things!
How well do you see? How well do you see the things that really matter? As we continue our "Building A New You" series, we turn in this message to our eyesight. In Psalm 119:17-24, the psalmist begs God to "open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in your Word." Listen prayerfully as we unpack this important passage.
Continuing our "Building A New You" conversation, this week we consider together the Apostle Paul's encouragement to embrace a transformed and renewed mind. We all know God desires our hearts, but this living in relationship with God thing not just about our emotions. God also desires our mind and our will. In Romans 12:1-2, the Apostle Paul clearly describes the manner in which we can give our head as well as our heart to Him, so that He can give them back to us renewed! Listen prayerfully!
Do you ever wonder where we stand on God's timeline of human history? Are you looking at the world, speculating constantly about possible fulfillments of biblical prophecy? What are we to do with our questions? And does God call us to respond, whatever may or may not be going on prophetically around us? In this glance at Joel 2:1-18, Pastor Kevin encourages us to consider what God's instructions always are. May we all listen prayerfully!
At the very center of our relationship with God and each other is the issue of forgiveness. We are called to forgive as we have been forgiven. And yet this isn't always easy. In this discussion of Colossians 3:12-17, Pastor Kevin explores three comments the Apostle Paul makes about forgiveness. May God help each one of us receive the conviction of the Holy Spirit on these issues and forgive as we have been forgiven! Listen prayerfully.