What Takes More Faith – Living in the Wilderness or in the Promised Land? - Part Two

This Sunday we look at Part Two of What Takes More Faith – Living in the Wilderness or in the Promised Land?

In this message we will address why answering this question is so critical to our walk today.

We will take a brief look at the Book of Numbers and what it has to say about the journey of our spiritual ancestors and what it has to say about ours.

Every believer will make the journey Israel made in the Book of Numbers. May we learn from the lessons of the past.

Wilderness or Canaan

There are two lifestyles of faith that need to be examined in the modern church.  One is wilderness living where one just exists day to day never experiencing victory or  breakthrough.  

The other lifestyle is one of living in the land of “milk and honey” but forgetting where the blessings came from which causes constant defeat.  

This first Sunday of the New Year we will look at these two places – the challenge for the church and for the individual as we face 2009.

2009 Resolutions

Wikipedia says a New Year's Resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year's Day and remain until fulfilled or abandoned.

This Sunday, we will take a look at several resolutions from some of our members, and see how they compare.

Come join us.

His Kingdom Will Never End

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.

The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."     Luke 1:26-33

The 4 Titles and 5 Names Of Christmas

Which Jesus suits you? The tiny baby Jesus, so tender and mild, or the grown-up Son of the Most High?

Will Ferrell in Talladega Nights said, “I like the Christmas Jesus best.” He plays a stock car driver named Ricky Bobby. His wife in the movie reminds him that Jesus did grow up, but Ferrell gives grace at the table mentioning Jesus as an infant and finishing by saying, “Thank you for all your power and your grace, dear baby God. Amen.”

We laugh at such lines, but the truth is, many of us prefer the Christmas Jesus.

This Sunday we will talk about the birth of our Savior, but strongly emphasize His state of maturity by looking at the Four Titles And The Five Names Of Christmas.




The Seasonal Shift

Something wonderful happens during the Christmas season. Call it the “Seasonal Shift.” We shift our diets, our music, our entertainment, our spending habits.

For the believer it is a marvelous time to celebrate the First Advent of Christ. The challenge for us is this: will our focus be on the shadows or the substance of the season?

This Sunday we will look at the impact of the season, and how Jesus leads us to the substance that awakens a deeper joy.

Come join us.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Westerfield - Rochester College

We are pleased to have Dr. Michael Westerfield visiting us this weekend from Rochester College, which is just north of Detroit. Dr. Westerfield returned to the classroom as Professor of English in the fall of 2008 after serving as president of Rochester College since March of 2004.

Dr. Westerfield holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Harding University, the Master of Arts from Pittsburg State University, and the Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

Sunday, Dr. Westerfield will be sharing the message, "Tis the Season: A Look at New Testament Love."

Bring your family and join us. You're always welcome.

Loneliness is a wilderness . . .

This Sunday we conclude our series “The Four Faces Of Loneliness.” It's amazing how the Word of God, “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12) addresses areas of human conflict.

The Bible isn't a collection of cute stories. It's a journal of hope, power, and direction. Loneliness will need every resource we possess.

In The Path Of Loneliness by Elizabeth Elliot, she writes, “Loneliness is a wilderness, but receiving it is a gift. Accepting it from the hand of God and offering it back to Him with thanksgiving may be a pathway to holiness to glory and to God Himself.”

The Four Faces reflect us, but also a God of tenderness.





Four Faces Of Loneliness - Part Two

This coming Sunday we take a second look at the crisis of loneliness in our culture. We will introduce four Bible characters who experienced loneliness for different reasons, but were blessed by meeting God in the midst of their crisis.

I believe there is value in studying these individuals and their situations. Romans 15:4 comes to mind: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

God's intervention into the lives of these four wasn't just for them. It was us, as well.

We will see ourselves in these characters and hopefully sense the hope God intended as we view our crisis through the promises of God.


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