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Saints & Struggles: April 29

This week’s readings are based on the “Struggle of Failure” sermon from the Saints & Struggles series. This season, we want to focus on how God helps us in the midst of struggles. Slow down, read the text, and then let it read you… “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV) “And I am certain that God, who began... Read More
at Friday, April 29, 2022

Saints & Struggles: April 28

This week’s readings are based on the “Struggle of Failure” sermon from the Saints & Struggles series. This season, we want to focus on how God helps us in the midst of struggles. Slow down, read the text, and then let it read you… “I waited patiently for the Lord;  he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a... Read More
at Thursday, April 28, 2022

Saints & Struggles: April 27

This week’s readings are based on the “Struggle of Failure” sermon from the Saints & Struggles series. This season, we want to focus on how God helps us in the midst of struggles. Slow down, read the text, and then let it read you… “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT) “This is... Read More
at Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Saints & Struggles: April 26

This week’s readings are based on the “Struggle of Failure” sermon from the Saints & Struggles series. This season, we want to focus on how God helps us in the midst of struggles. Slow down, read the text, and then let it read you… “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) We struggle with failure due to the consequences that come with it (guilt, regret,... Read More
at Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Saints & Struggles: April 25

This week’s readings are based on the “Struggle of Failure” sermon from the Saints & Struggles series. This season, we want to focus on how God helps us in the midst of struggles. Slow down, read the text, and then let it read you… “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” ... Read More
at Monday, April 25, 2022

ICON: April 22

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, ”Friends, haven’t you any fish?” ”No,” they answered. He said “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. John 21:4-6 When we read this passage today I think it’s fair to say that we all think... Read More
at Friday, April 22, 2022

ICON: April 21

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” John 20:1-2 Fun Fact: Did you know that the stone that would have been in front of Jesus’ tomb would have weighed 1-2 tons. Not only did it... Read More
at Thursday, April 21, 2022

ICON: April 20

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.   When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:28-30  The words It is finished have a TON of meaning behind... Read More
at Wednesday, April 20, 2022

ICON: April 19

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”  John 17:20-21 In this verse, Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane praying and praying fiercely. This is one of the last things He does before he is taken into custody to be crucified. Other verses say he was praying so fiercely that he was sweating blood. In this particular prayer, we get a... Read More
at Tuesday, April 19, 2022

ICON: April 18

“ The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. ”  Colossians 1:15  (NIV) This is such a short verse yet it is packed with information about who Jesus is, has been, and will always be. “The Son (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God” What this means for us is that Jesus was acting, representing, and being God (who is invisible to us) in a way we can understand. God wants us to know Him and Jesus was part of that plan... Read More
at Monday, April 18, 2022

ICON: April 15

“ But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. ”  Luke 5:16 (NIV) Jesus was fully reliant on prayer. The disciples realized that Jesus prayed differently than anyone they had ever encountered. As a result,  they specifically asked to be taught how to pray (Luke 11:1-13). What was the prayer life of Jesus like? More than 40 times Scripture mentions that He withdrew somewhere to pray. Jesus began and ended His ministry in prayer (Lukr 4:1-11; 23:46-47). He is... Read More
at Friday, April 15, 2022

ICON: April 14

“ Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures—either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working. Trivialize even the smallest item in God’s Law and... Read More
at Thursday, April 14, 2022

ICON: April 13

“ I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. ”   John 15:5 (NIV) Jesus was fully reliant on the Holy Spirit. Do you realize that the same Holy Spirit Jesus was filled with, is the same One we have access to today? Every aspect of Jesus’ life was saturated by the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches us that Jesus was conceived by the Spirit (Luke 1:35), anointed by the Spirit (Luke... Read More
at Wednesday, April 13, 2022

ICON: April 12

“ Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! ”  Phillippians 2:6-8 (NIV) Jesus was fully human. Augustine writes, “if you diminish His humanity, then you diminish what He did for us.... Read More
at Tuesday, April 12, 2022

ICON: April 11

“ For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. ”  Colossians 1:19-20  (NIV) Jesus was fully God. Understanding this is essential to reconciliation. But, many of us struggle with following Jesus, because of His deity. We know that He is fully God, but we also know that we are fully not. In one fell swoop,... Read More
at Monday, April 11, 2022

ICON: April 8

“Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God. He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”  1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (NIV) The dictionary says that surrender means “accepting that the battle has been won not on your terms, and you willingly give your life over to the authority of the winning side.” How accurate is this definition? When we accept Jesus,... Read More
at Friday, April 8, 2022

ICON: April 7

“ ...he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. ” Colossians 1:18b (NIV)  Christ is “firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” This is a reference to the resurrection of Christ and is of utmost importance to us as believers. During this Easter season, we celebrate this most glorious resurrection. It is of paramount importance in the life of all followers... Read More
at Thursday, April 7, 2022

ICON: April 6

“ In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets…, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being… ” Hebrews 1:1-3a (NIV) We know Jesus is supreme because it was “through whom also he made the universe.” Jesus was there at the beginning when God said, “let us... Read More
at Wednesday, April 6, 2022

ICON: April 5

“ And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be the head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. ” Ephesians 1:22-23 (NIV) It is God who appointed Jesus to “be the head over everything for the church.” God, in his wisdom, gave us Jesus, the one who knew no sin, the one who leads with truth and grace, as the one best equipped to have the ultimate power in our lives. This was not the... Read More
at Tuesday, April 5, 2022

ICON: April 4

“ And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. ” Colossians 1:18 (NIV)  We see in this verse of scripture that Jesus is called the head of the body. When something or someone is called the head, it represents being on top or being in charge. The head controls the body. The body can do nothing unless the head tells it to. This is a reminder that Jesus is the one... Read More
at Monday, April 4, 2022