One of the deepest longings of the human heart is for life to be good. We are designed by God to yearn deeply for the perfection for which He created us. But we live in a broken world, enduring things like a pandemic, economic hardship, loss and grief. In the midst of crisis we figure out how to keep going and push through. But we are human, with limited resources. What happens when the tank is empty and there’s nothing left? At some point we need to figure out how to replenish our reserves. The exhaustion and depletion are real. But there is hope...in Jesus.
The Bible tells us that the river of life is more than enough us, that it gives us life abundantly…enough to overflow as we bless others. But I think a lot of us spend more time feeling dried up, worn out, and weary than we do feeling the rush of a river of life running through us. Sometimes I’m happy to have enough energy just to get through my day.
So how and where do we experience this river of life? How do we live abundantly, with more than enough for today, tomorrow, and the next day, and to share with others as well? Over the next five weeks, we will learn how to replenish our reserves and live out of the overflow of hope and peace that we have in Christ, in a new series that we’re calling Resilient: Strength That Prevails. Join us as we gather together to worship and learn how to live out of the supernatural resilience that is available to us through Jesus Christ.
Friends, for too long we’ve been running on empty. Let’s learn how to refill our tanks so we can thrive and flourish as God intended us to!
We are in week two of our new series, called Resilient: Strength That Prevails. This week, we’ll be looking at how it is possible for us to flourish and thrive, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Sooner or later, all of us will face circumstances that have the potential to rob us of our creativity, inspiration, energy and initiative. But for followers of Christ, there is strength to prevail available to us!
We are in week three of our series, Resilient: Strength That Prevails. This week, we’ll be considering the unconverted places in our lives and what the process of more closely aligning our hearts, minds, and actions with the heart of Christ looks like. Those unconverted places, those areas where we haven’t yet surrendered to Jesus, where we struggle to walk in obedience to Him, aren’t profitable for His kingdom or for us.
We are in the fourth week of our series, Resilient: Strength That Prevails. This week, we’ll are taking a look at what the Bible refers to as our ‘inner being.’ The apostle Paul, writing to the church at Ephesus, says, “I pray that out of his (God’s) glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” But what is our inner being? And how do we access the strength and power God puts there? I invite you to join us as we seek to understand more deeply what it means to access and live out of this inner part of ourselves and how to connect with God in that place.
The process of getting to that deeper part of who we, are and connecting with God there, will look a bit different for each of us. And, like anything worthwhile, it will take time, patience, and perseverance to get to what’s at our center. But I can tell you from personal experience, the process is worth it.
We are wrapping up our series, Resilient: Strength That Prevails this Sunday. And as we do, we’ll be taking a look at the importance of steadfastly looking forward, not gazing back to the past. I invite you to join us as we as we unpack why the direction of our attention matters so much and how we can make sure we are facing the right way.
Practically speaking, we all understand the value of looking where we’re going. But it’s actually easier said, than done. Our hearts are drawn to the past, to the good ol’ days; to what was, because what is can feel overwhelming, frustrating, even hopeless. The past – even if it was hard – feels safe because it's known. The future – what’s unknown – is scary. And yet, we also know that unless you want to get sidelined or stuck, you gotta look where you’re going!