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Sharpening A Spiritually Dull Life

The following is a brief challenge shared with our deacons by Pastor Mike Summers at our last leadership team meeting. We trust you will benefit from this biblical wisdom as well. ***************** As a small boy I loved watching my great grandpa work in his garden. Each evening when he was finished weeding or hoeing or planting or harvesting he would meticulously clean,…

Are You Spiritually Complacent?

Spiritual complacency is a danger that lurks near the door in all our hearts. In our leadership team meeting this month, these questions were part of a challenge given to our pastors and deacons by our senior pastor Mike Summers.Ask these questions of yourself and consider the state of your own heart.1. Do I reflect a practical indifference to basic spiritual…

For Those Who Are Suffering

Because we live in a fallen world, there is suffering. For those who are experiencing pain and adversity, may these words from scripture be a strengthening grace in your life today.Romans 8:18-39 We know that our sufferings are worth it. They are not worthy to be compared to the future experience of joy and glory with Christ in heaven. And we know that nothing can…

The Resource of Truth

Truth is a resource. If we believe what God says in His word it has a profound effect on us, changing the way we respond to life. Last week we were challenged to “consider Jesus” as we run the race, so that we do not become overwhelmed by discouragement (Hebrews 12:1-3). The author of Hebrews offers us the knowledge of Jesus’ experience as a resource to…

People Are Our Ministry

Nobody ever comes to a church with a sign around their neck saying, “Will you love me? I have been through a failed marriage” or “Will you care for me? I have just experienced a devastating loss” or “Will you accept me? I don’t know the Lord.” We are the Body of Christ and people are our ministry. We are called to reach out to the hurting, discern their need and minister…

Qualities for Usefulness to God

God delights in using ordinary people to do extraordinary things for His glory. The story of Phillip in Acts 8:26-40 is about an ordinary man who was useful and effective as a servant of God.Luke introduces us to Philip in Acts 6 as one of the deacons selected by the Jerusalem church. In a large and growing ministry, Philip was known as one who had a good reputation and…

Born to Die

God’s Son came into this world in a very unique way and for a very unique purpose. Hebrews 10:5-7 gives us a brief glimpse into heaven prior to Jesus’ incarnation on earth and takes us into the conversation that God the Son had with the Father and the Spirit at the time of His incarnation:“Therefore, when He came into the world, He said, ‘Sacrifice and offering You did…