Breaking Free

Submission, love, and understanding are three terms examined in the first three installments of Fireproof Your Marriage.

Week four highlights a different word: parasites.

We have some understanding of bugs that bite, but what about relational parasites that do more than bite?

Some very practical instruction from God's Word on this topic.

See you on Sunday.



Love For A Lifetime

One of the keys that opens the doorway to intimacy in marriage is understanding.

Understanding is perceiving your partner's perspective.

This Sunday's message will explore the value of understanding through the lenses of understanding the seasons or passages of marriage.

The psychological community breaks down the dynamics of these seasons, but the Holy Spirit provides us with a picture of how it functions.



He First Loved Us

We resume our Fireproof Your Marriage series this Sunday.

Almost weekly numerous flyers cross my desk about marriage seminars.

Some stress the value of communication and others tout the role of conflict resolution or exposing the money factor in relationships.

One thing seems to be missing in all of these seminars. In our next study together an honest look at the most important element of marriage will be our focus.

What is it and how is it developed?

See you Sunday.




Breakthrough or Breakdown

The term “breakthrough” is a buzz word in Christian circles. What is a breakthrough?

“I used to be a drug addict, but I don't do drugs anymore.” That's a breakthrough.

“My mind used to be filled with negative thoughts, and now I think first about the positive.” That's a breakthrough.

This coming Sunday we will examine what determines if one will experience breakthrough or a breakdown.

And of course, our God is so amazing that He provides a model – not just a bunch of commands, but real people putting His principles into practice.

Could you use a breakthrough? God has a word for you!

Two Tools From Ephesians 5

For three decades I have done pre-marital counseling which I call Nearly Wed. The objective is to prepare couples for a new journey in their lives, and make them aware of those areas on the road that are hazardous.

The Fireproof Your Marriage series is an excellent tool in helping couples at any stage of the marital journey, and in all relationships as well.

Speaking of tools, I will unpack two tools which can help us embrace the principles of Ephesians 5.



Four Sources Of Hope

Recently, while traveling, I noticed someone reading a book, When Will There Be Good News? Catchy title I thought. I found the book in a book store, discovered it was a novel by Kate Atkinson.

Interesting story-line and all, but I don't do novels. It was that title that got my attention. It seems like everybody's asking this question these days: When will there be good news?

Time magazine said, “We are in the worst financial crisis in the nation's history.” Things are so bad economically we hardly pay much attention to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We shouldn't be surprised.

This coming Sunday I will be speaking on Four Sources Of Hope. How about some good news? We will turn to the God of “good news,” a God who specializes in turning people and nations around.

Four sources. Four principles. Four reasons to be optimistic about tomorrow.

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


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