It's normal to struggle in the faith, but it's important to know that in the struggle we need to remind ourselves that God is always there for us. His promises are true, and He will bless us beyond our imagination if we make decisions to follow Him now.
Scripture Text: Psalm 73
The vine is frequently used in the OT as a symbol of Israel, but it was often shown as inadequate or lacking in some way. God had originally planted Israel in the Promised Land to be a means of revealing His word to the world and for teaching all nations about His grace. Israel was to flourish as a living example of how obedience bears the fruit of righteousness. God promised to bless Israel over and over, but Israel failed to do this. By Jesus declaring that He was the true vine, Jesus took the place of Israel. The Father owns the garden, Jesus is the vine, and his followers are the branches. Not only is bearing fruit the main emphasis, but Jesus makes it the identifying mark of a true believer, a true follower of Christ.
Scripture Text: John 15:1-11 NLT
Everything in the Bible is in your favor, it’s meant to help you, build your character, strengthen you, encourage you. Though at times things may seem difficult, you feel like God is distant, you feel like you are losing at life or even your faith feels boring. It's in those times that we should press into our faith even more because in Christ there is:
People talk a lot about revival in the church. What exactly is revival? How do we prepare for it? As we wrap up our series on the book of Nehemiah, we are going to find 5 things that can begin or sustain a revival in our lives, and it all has to do with God's Word.
Nehemiah had a mission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He knew it would be a challenge, but he had faith in a great God to complete the project.
1. Rebuilding requires unity
2. Rebuilding brings opposition and discouragement
3. Rebuilding means protection
4. Rebuilding brings hope
We live in a world where it is getting harder and harder to find people that care for one another. Our world of social media makes it easy for us to bring a persons reputation down in an instance. However, as Christians we are called to care and find opportunities to serve. We are called to believe that mountains that seem impossible around us, can be moved and will be moved. Nehemiah was an individual who did just that, he cared enough to do something that seemed impossible.
Scripture text: Nehemiah 1:1-11; 2:1-8; 2:17-18.
Does it feel like everyone in your life is always fighting or arguing about something?
In this message, Pastor Ryan shares about the dangers of living life without God and how it can affect how we treat the people around us. There is a way to live at peace with each other and James 4:1-10 gives us the solution.
Here is a recent message Pastor Ryan shared on the value of life.
Check out this great resource by Author Randy Alcorn to learn more about this subject. You can download the free PDF here.
TEXT: MATTHEW 6:3–4 (NLT)
But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
When you give do you look to see who is watching? Are you more concerned about personal credit or seeing God get the glory when you give?
“God, everything belongs to You. You can have all the credit.”
Find a way to give quietly today. Give a gift anonymously or privately. Trust that your heavenly reward will be much greater than any earthly praise or appreciation.
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Youth Pastor at People's Church in Arnold, MO.