Praise & Thanksgiving- Night Of Worship 2020

“Praise & Thanksgiving”

This Tuesday, we ended our regular Fall Semester with a special Night of Worship.

The focus of the night was Praise & Thanksgiving, which might seem contrary to how we feel about 2020. But the reality is, in the midst of our troubles, in the midst of difficulty, in the midst of loss, in the midst of pain, we can still see God. When we can see how He has been working, how He has been good, how He has been faithful, how He has not failed us, we’ll have a much different story to tell about this year. We will have a better story!

While we don’t want to forget how difficult this year has been, we do want to remember that through it all, our God did not fail.

 

Your Purpose Revealed

“Your Purpose Revealed” – Mike Ashcraft

What is God’s plan for my life? Isn’t this the question we’re all asking? Or maybe you’re simply trying to figure out your own plan. Either way, we all desire to know what our future holds and how we’re going to get there. But our purpose isn’t something we find and then execute, it is revealed through faith, and it unfolds by faithfulness!

 

“From a Pit, to a Palace, to a Prison”

“From a Pit, to a Palace, to a Prison” – Clay Everett

 We all like being prepared for things- we just don’t always like having to prepare. Preparation takes work, it takes time, and while it may not always be easy, it’s almost always worth it! God knows the importance of preparation when it comes to your future. Through the story of Joseph, we see that even when it doesn’t make sense today, God can be trusted to prepare you for the purpose He has for you one day!

 

“A Year Of Adversity & A Day Like No Other”

“A Year Of Adversity & A Day Like No Other” – Carson Goslee

   This year of adversity has put our confidence and our courage to the test like very few seasons have! For many of us our plans, hopes, and dreams seem to be put on hold. We may even doubt God’s ability to see us through to the other side. But just like Joseph in the bottom of the pit, God was with him and God is with you! What He wants is for us to trust Him with our future and to trust Him with our present, no matter how bad it may be!

 

A Life Transformed

“A Life Transformed” – Clay Everett

     Living differently begins with thinking differently! To experience transformation in our lives we need to recognize the power of our minds, and the reality that if the ways of this world have shaped our hearts then they’ve definitely shaped our minds! But here is the good news: we can choose what we set our minds on and we can choose to pick up different ways, better ways, renewed ways of thinking!

 

Change Is Possible!

“Change Is Possible” – Formed Part 2

      Change is possible. Transformation is available. Because God is that good! In His kindness, God works to change our minds and change our hearts. But make no mistake, this work of formation is a lifelong process. God is committed to complete a good work in you because He is committed to you. Our part is to let God begin to do His work in our hearts!

 

Conformed Heart

“Conformed Heart” – Clay Everett

      Formation happens all the time. We are always being formed by something. The reality is that the ways of this world- ways of thinking, feeling, responding, and living that are opposite of the ways of Jesus- have also formed us, or conformed us. And if we have conformed by the world then we need to be transformed by God- and that is exactly what He has in mind!

 

Night Of Worship & Communion

Night Of Worship & Communion

      Everything about the Christian life is received. We receive salvation as a free gift. We receive forgiveness. We receive our identity. We receive community & family. We receive an inheritance. We receive a mission and a purpose. This past Tuesday was a special night of receiving communion together and remembering all that God has done for us. Our natural response is to worship and to lift high the name of Jesus!

 

God’s Promised Presence

“Holy Spirit: Our Promised Presence” – Clay Everett

      Presence is powerful. If you’ve ever been in the presence of someone famous or important you know what we’re talking about. You don’t want the moment to end, but when it does you leave excited, motivated, and ready to take on the world. If that’s true of a celebrity, how much more true would that be of God. How would knowing that God’s presence dwells in you empower you?

 

Jesus: Our Satisfying Source

“Jesus: Our Satisfying Source” – Clay Everett

      Jesus lived a remarkably compelling life! A life marked by self-giving love. As followers of Jesus we are called to live like Jesus, and to love like Jesus. Yet our attempts to live like Jesus are often met with failure and fatigue. The truth is, we were never meant to live the Christian life in our own strength, but rather in total dependence and radical trust in Jesus as our all-satisfying source of life!  This is the invitation of Jesus to abide.