Sleeping with and Getting Drunk with the Culture
The Bible has a lot to say about Laziness, most of it not connected to a godly person. However, there are Christians who struggle with being spiritually lazy. How does this happen? Why does this happen? What can be done? Listen here.
God created Humanity is His own Image, we are Image Bearers. Satan then stole our identity in the Garden. Jesus died for our sins to give it back. However, many followers of Christ do Not know who they are today.
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Christians often ignore a practice that was common throughout the Bible. This practice allowed people such as Esther, Daniel, Jesus, and the apostles to expeience Favor, Revelation, to over come temptation, and the ability to hear from God when it came to the Works of God in ministry. It also allowed one to show their sincerness in seeking God with all their heart. This practice, of course, was called fasting.
In CS, Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia, there was a scene were little Lucy embraces, the lion Aslan, (Who represents Jesus in the story), and she says. "Aslan You’ve gotten bigger.” Aslan replies, “That is because you are older.” Lucy: “But You are also older too.” Aslan replies: “I am NOT, but every year you will find me bigger.”
The premise is that all of us who are Christians each year, should see Jesus a little bigger than before. In this talk, we go through Hebrews 1:1-3, where we get a glimpse of how big Jesus really is to the author of Hebrews, who is addressing persecuted first century Christians.
Since the Beginning of Civilization, Satan has used "New Kings" to Persecute God's People. So why does God allow His people to experience Persecution? Although it is hard for one to believe while experiencing it, God uses it to complete the Next Step of His Plan. In the process he wants to make sure His people do not become assimilated into the culture; but rather use ersecution to reclaim their Identity.
How do you know when God is closing or opening a door when it comes to an important decision? Is it possible God would close the door to a good thing like sharing your faith? What role does the Holy Spirit play in such a scenario? These are some questions we will tackle in this talk.
You get out of following Jesus what you pay into Him. Frankly, sometimes we want the Lord to bless us but we fail to press into Him. In the Book of Philippians the Apostle Paul tells us that the faith is like a race where you have to focus on what lies ahead, not what you have left behind.
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When you compare the Western Culture with the Church Culture, there is a obvious difference, mainly that our culture is individualistic. Unfortunately, this has trickled down to the church and has hindered Discipleship.
You cannot reach a new generation for Jesus if you do NOT know them, spend time with them, and Learn from Them. Gen Z is the largest demographical group in history, so they will shape the world to come.
Everyone struggled with idenity, especially younger folks. Many are given identiries by what they do or how others perceive another to be. This talk focuses on why it is so much more freeing to find our identities in Christ.
We have been discussing the importance of handing off the baton to the next generation. Today, we want to look at that from a missionary perspective. Given our changing culture, along with a native culture, how do we Pass the baton to reach new people groups?
In this Video, the focus is Learning to Walk at God's Speed. In order to do that we have to learn to how slow down and allow ourselves to be known and to get to know others. We start out with a film that helped a pastor in Scotland learn how to slow down.
Have you ever known someone that has to be in a relationship because they do NOT like the thought of being alone, whether it is in dating or marriage? Such people tend to suffer from co-dependency, which is essentially connected to finding their worth in others.
Jesus, in this story, has a divine appointment with such a a woman. In the process he shows us some principles in boosting up this woman's mental health
The story of Naomi is one of tragedy and sadness. Many times we have such encounters we can only ask God, Why? However, in the process, there is a right way to cope and one that will not be helpful. As hard as it is to believe, God had a plan for Naomi and Ruth, one which they could have never expected. It's a story of heartbreak and also healing.
With COVID, many have felt the sting of loneliness. For a year and a half, many did not leave their home, embraced people, and kept their distance. The repercussions are still felt today. Yet, the woman Jesus encounters took social distancing to a different level, yet she the grit to keep fighting.
The Path momental health is learning how to think rightly. When it comes to Christians, many struggle because of sin, which leads to guilt and shame. Many Christians have been taught that Christians are immature if they struggle wit sin. Yet, Paul, challenges us to think rightly.
The Story we will look at involves BOTH Physical and Spiritual Invalids. We see many people who match the category of a Physical Invalid, however, we are often blinded by our Spiritual Handicaps. :Do you want to get well, is a Physical AND a Spiritual one.
We all struggle with fear in our lives. Many times that fear is connected to our faith for various reasons. In this talk, Jesus asked his disciples why are they so afraid when they have Jesus in the boat. What ensues is a deeper understanding of who Jesus is
Will You Betray me with a Kiss? That was the question Jesus asked prior to the Romans arresting him. Perhaps the most perplexing problem is trying to figure out how and why Judas betrayed Jesus. We explore this in this talk.
When Peter Denied Jesus three times, the resurrected Jesus asked him three times if he loved him. It was a necessary confrontation because it would show beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus NOT only forgave Peter, but he also restored him to do even greater works than before. When it comes to our lives, the question Jesus wants to know is whether you love him.
Jesus tells Peter, how and when he will die. Peter appeals to the question of Fairness when he seems the apostle John and says, "What about Him?" The response of Jesus. What is that to you?
As Christians, it is easy to compare yourselves to others and expect fairness. But is fairness something we really want?
There are three tests to determine of your faith is legit. The moral, social, and the doctrinal test. In this section we will learn about the Moral Test and how that can determine if you truly Know God.
There are three tests that the apostle John gives to verify if you have been saved and know God. The moral test. The social Test. The doctrinal test.
This message focuses in on the social tests as it relates to loving others and their Tribes.
There are certain signs that as Christians, we must be aware of when it comes to our faith. These signs will help us evaluate where we are at when it comes to our faith.
A Father Presence, our Lack thereof, can play a significant role on how you are shaped. In this talk we will explore how your earthly father and heavenly one will shape us.
In this section, we are told about the importance of Love, and the avoidance of hate in our lives. Practically, the focus will be on working through anger and hate, something we all struggle with throughout our lives.
Every Teaching we encounter, religious or otherwise, has a spirit behind its inspiration. The question is whether that Spirit is from God or the World system which is in opposition to Jesus and the Father.
Many People try to find hope in things or people in this life. However, if material possessions, personal health, and relationships are your ultimate hope in life, you will be disappointed because all those :hopes" will eventually Spoil, Fade, and Perish. This Easter, we must turn to the Living Hope who preserves forever.
Many times, it is easy to struggle with self-doubt. Some of this is based on your upbringing, other factors include how you perceive your performance, what you think about yourself, or you can focus on how others feel about you. Yet as Christians, we above everyone should have a spiritual confidence that is reflective of the fact that you are born again.
James has some harsh words for the wealthy that are oppressing the scattered church. The Underlying theme is that God cares about the way you use your wealth. The question is whether we see ourselves as stewards or owners when it comes to what we have.
This Message focuses on How Brothers and Sisters in Christ are to Live through Adversity and Persecution. As Jesus Followers we Must Rise Above Our Circumstances and Live in Such a Way that Jesus can Come any Minute.
Prayer and Healing. How does it work? Is Healing Guaranteed? What is a Prayer of Faith? How important is faith when it comes to Physical Healing. In this message, Pastor Kene addresses these issue and more.
Pastor Darrell: December 27th
Habakkuk could not understand why God allowed violence and wickedness to take place in the Southern Kingdom. Like many philosophers have wondered, If God exists, why does He allow it. This message explores this talk and invites us to compare it to what is happening to our country in 2020.
In this Q and A, Pastor Kene shares thoughts on Revelation, The Rapture Question, Heaven, and an important lesson on Forgiveness, especially during this emotional season filled with riots and racism.
In this passage, the recipe for Forgiveness consists of four Ingredients. Discernment. Openness. Perspective. Acceptance. We see these elements as we dine with Jesus and a Woman from the City
If ever there was a time where we need the Assurance of Jesus it is now. If ever there are people who are anxious or panicking it is now. This was the mood at the Last Supper when Jesus said he was leaving them; and it is the the same now with this COVID-19 Pandemic. We need blessed Assurance.
In this Talk, Zach Luginbill, our worship pastor, shares about when the Jesus, the King of Kings, arriving in Jerusalem. As Zach shares, you will see, though Jesus is the King of Kings, he is also quite different from the traditional understanding of what a King represents. Message
Join us in this Easter message and learn how walking seven miles with Jesus changed 2 lives on Resurrection Sunday, over 200 years ago. Learn also how he can change ours during this COVID-19 Pandemic
in this talk, we explore the theme and character in the first two chapter. In doing so, we reflect on whether God works in the lives of those who have no knowledge or desire to know Him.
Have you ever been overlooked when you deserved a promotion? Have you ever reached a point in your life where you have to make a decision but you're not sure if it is the right or wrong thing to do? There comes a point where you have reached a crossroads in your life and you have to choose.
In this Talk, Pastor Kene focuses on how God's providence and human pride intersects in the story of Esther and in our own lives. In the end, God can work through anything.
The seventh chapter of Haman is a defining one because it focuses on identity. Esther had experienced hiding her identity, having her identity taken, and had to come to a point to were she would reveal her true identity.
The message focuses on how God works thru Esther and Mordecai to grant the Jewish nation the ability to defend themselves. In the process, we learn that God is not silent; instead He is faithful to His promises. The same is true in our lives.
We live in a culture where there has been detention when it comes to Race, Class, & Ethnicity, which is why it is important to know how God views these important issues. We must remember that when God created each of use He did so in His image, male and female. Heaven will correct all of our perceptions about Gender, Class, and Ethnicity.
Jesus is often remembered for the deep spiritual conversations he had with people. One of those conversations is connected with perhaps the most well known Bible verse in history; John 3:16.
There are many things we learn from this encounter.
Stacking Rocks was an Old Testament way of Building Monuments. Monuments where a sign of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is important because it's focus is on remembering. Whenever we are anxious the two elements of prayer that can help us experience peace are supplication and Thanksgiving.
Biblical Peace is supernatural in the sense that you can have it via the Holy Spirit when there is no reason you should have it. Somehow, you are able to take it with you in the storms of Life. Listen for more.
Biblical Goodness has more to do with how you behave in difficult situations. There are times when we don't want to do good because of the circumstances. This is when we need the Holy Spirit to carry us in life.