There are things in our life that we wish we could change. Change is something that we all desire; yet change seems to far out of reach at times. We may be unsure of the “how” to become a “better” person. The reality is – any change we want for our lives must first begin in our mind.
In today’s sermon podcast, Pastor Dan shares a biblical perspective on transformation and the process it entails. True change is always going to cost you something. Life-changing transformation can only happen when we renew our thoughts. Pastor Dan reminds us, “The core of transformation begins in the mind.” We must dwell on the thoughts God has about us, and the picture He has for our life. As we seek transformation let us learn to renew our mind, believe God’s promises, and trust in His Word.
Romans 12 (NIV)
A Living Sacrifice
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
How do we stay connected when everything seems to be unraveling around us? When confronted with fear our natural response will be “fight” or “flight”. Depression is a very real emotional response to life’s unraveling spiral. Whenever life’s circumstances and challenges try to unravel us – we have to fight to get back up and get back on track!
In this sermon podcast Pastors Dan and Marcy share biblical insights on the subject of depression and the responses we may have to life’s difficult moments. But, just like the prophet Elijah, God wants you to “get up, eat again, and keep moving forward”. Rise from your pain and renew your strength. Walk rooted in your faith as you look to God’s love and faithfulness to carry you through to your victory.
1 Kings 19:1-18 (NIV)
Elijah Flees to Horeb
Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword.2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”
3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”6 He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
7 The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.9 There he went into a cave and spent the night.
The Lord Appears to Elijah
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram.16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
The concept of fruitfulness is drawn from the activity of trees. Trees produce fruit in season for the sole purpose of being harvested so that others may receive the benefit of its produce.
Likewise, we reproduce what we have planted in our lives so that others may be blessed by our fruitfulness. This is why God did not create us to eat of our own fruit. What we “produce” is for the people whom we serve daily – in order that we may be a blessing to the world around us by giving of our fruit.
In this sermon podcast Pastor Dan shares biblical insights on the subject of fruitfulness and the heart matters and mindsets that contribute to the quality of our fruit. Just like a seed which is buried under ground, you and I need to P.U.S.H. through the things that are holding us down so that we may develop into all that God has created us to be.
Luke 8:4-15 (NIV)
Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed
4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
“‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.’
11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
In today’s sermon podcast, Pastor Marcy shares on the process of becoming a “rooted” and “grounded” person in Christ. Being rooted requires “underground” work that tends to be hidden from others. In fact, the underground roots are to trees what anchors are to ships. A tree’s root system helps it to grow tall and keeps it standing firm.
This underground work is the reason why we should avoid feeling insecure or overly impressed by other’s accomplishments. There is always more than meets than eye when we look at the lives of “successful” individuals. As the saying goes, “The deeper you go, the higher you grow”.
We must seek to become rooted in God’s Word and God’s Truth. God is not a genie in a bottle that can be manipulated by our desires. He is not obligated to supply our “wants”. But rather, as we become rooted in His purpose for our lives, God has promised that He will supply our need according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19).
Matthew 7:24-27 (ESV)
Build Your House on the Rock
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
To Give. We can meet everybody’s need when we speak the language of love.
In today’s sermon podcast, Pastor Dan shares biblical insights which remind us:
Our purpose has been planned. God values us… so He plans for us.
Our purpose is to give. We have not been called to consume, but rather to produce by being fruitful.
Our purpose reveals our identity. We are Christ’s ambassadors. We are sent on assignment by Him.
God has created us to live a life of purpose. But, we must be rooted in Jesus, the “life-source” of the believer. Being “Rooted in Purpose” means that no one can devalue us because we have been created by God in His image.
Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)
Spiritual Fullness in Christ
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God’s unlimited power raised Jesus back from the dead. Because of our powerful God, our life too can be raised from destruction and death. The message of Easter is about second chances… getting back up again… a fresh start! The Easter story is meant to stir up your faith and remind you of God’s unlimited power.
In today’s podcast, Pastor Dan and Mary share a sermon that reminds us about God’s limitless love. This love is best experienced when we are in relationship with Him. Love lets us know that we are valuable. And, God’s love gives our life meaning, value, and purpose. In the midst of life’s most difficult challenges, God’s love will give you peace. However, this peace is found when we are in relationship with Him and choose to abide in His presence.
Romans 8:11 (NIV)
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
We serve an omnipresent God. He is everywhere, at every moment, all the time. God is not limited nor hemmed in by time like we are. Therefore, He exists in the past, present, and future all at once. This is important to know because often times we think we can hide from God. We may become disappointed with Him because of an outcome we didn’t receive, so we try to run and hide from Him.
However, no matter where we run… God is there!
We may try to hide our pain, doubt, insecurities from God… but nothing can be hidden from Him. God’s omnipresent power also means that His grace and love are limitless. His love makes us whole. No one else can fill the ”void” in our life… only God can satisfy our deepest needs.
In this sermon podcast, Pastor Marcy shares biblical insights that will inspire you to stop running from God, start running to Him, and accept His limitless love which cannot be measured.
Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.