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July 2019

Captain of My Ship

Jesus is Lord over the storms showing that the physical world is subject to his command. Storms will come. Jesus doesn’t invite us to smooth seas, but to the obedience that trusts in his presence.

A Man of Marvels

Miracles reveal who Jesus is, authenticate his ministry, and bring glory to God.

The transitional verses of Matthew 15:29-31 might seem to be incidental. However, these three verses have a tremendous level of importance that speak to God’s love and grace for those outside of his family.

June 2019

The Root of the Fruit

God lovingly cares for us as we are connected to Him through Jesus, the one who makes our lives productive. The evidence of our connection to Him is found in our willing obedience in loving as He does.

A One-Way Street

Jesus is the only way to enter into God’s presence. All other paths lead in the wrong direction.
David Fittro, is the CMF/Equip Missionary to Birmingham, UK. He spoke as part of the annual Faith Promise Mission Emphasis.

A Grave Buster

Jesus’s main concern is not to make your life better, but to make your faith better as you trust Him in the middle of life.
Ben Hedger, the Director of Blackbox International, spoke as part of the annual Faith Promise Mission’s Emphasis

The Good Life

The good life is not a life of self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment as we have been taught and lead to believe. Contrary, the good life is a life led by and totally dependent on Jesus Christ. 
John 10:10-18
Psalm 23

An Open Door

Jesus stated, “I am the door.” What does this pastoral analogy mean? It is a divine declaration of a protective and provisional role that Jesus offers to play in our lives. But we must choose to enter the door before its expiration date arrives.
Messsage presented by Lance Hurley, Executive Director of Ignite Churchplanting during Faith Promise 2019

May 2019

Light In A Dark Place

In the middle of the Feast of Tabernacles (also called the Festival of Lights), Jesus declares He is the light of the world. Since light is know to reveal, Jesus is saying that He reveals who God is in a dark sinful world. Yet, the reaction to His light is less than warm.
“I am the light of the world” is also the only “I Am” statement that Jesus shares with us.

Bread For The Journey

Jesus is what truly satisfies the hunger which fills our lives. When we choose to address our hunger with that which is temporal, we miss out on that which satisfies.

A Messy Messiah

Matthew’s record of Jesus’ genealogy messes with the tight categories and limited exclusions that we often place on those who can be part of and used in God’s family. The way Matthew’s Messiah messes with us is in the inclusion of a set of mothers in an otherwise patriarchal genealogy. As we consider why these mothers are included we witness three teaching concepts that mess with our traditional understanding of who is in and out, who is useful and unuseful.

The Misfit Among Misfits

Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus highlights four women. That in itself is unusual. However, we when look more closely at the women included it becomes scandalous. The women in Jesus’ family tree are an unlikely group of sinners and misfits … and because of that, we see He is able to work through our imperfections.

April 2019

Just Like Us

Jesus was just like us–born with a past and a history–and we have been made to become like him.