Devotional

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)

A Message From Our New Pastor

Dear Saints,

Thank you so much for the warm welcome last week! It is truly a blessing to take on the mantle of full-time Pastor. I look forward to getting to know you better and to hiking up the pathways that continue to lead us closer to God. We are all on a journey, and I am grateful that we find ourselves on the same road and have the privilege of traveling together. It is time to be brave and invite the friends, family, and neighbors that we have been hesitant to reach out to. It is time to be courageous and build upon the ministries we have. It is time to be inventive and discover new ways we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community. The church was never meant to be a building… the church is God’s body moving to love and serve the world. Church is not the building we show up to on Sundays, it is who we are called to be all seven days of the week. 2 Peter 1:3 tells us, Christ’s divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness. Go Church!

In Loving Service,

Pastor Stacy

The Life of Peter

Hello Saints!

I pray you are all feeling blessed and continue to have an open ear to God's voice.

In last week's sermon I spoke about Peter being one of the heroes of the Bible, because he was a disciple who walked and talked with Jesus and dedicated his whole life to spreading the gospel. If there is one thing we can say about Peter is that he never let his failures define him. Instead of being at the foot of the cross, Peter is found denying he knows Jesus. When Jesus tells Peter to walk on the water he steps out in faith but quickly mistrusts and starts to sink. But Peter never said, "I'm not worthy to spread the gospel, I failed Christ in his darkest hour; even when he wanted me to walk on water I failed to trust him... how could I be a leader to anyone?" Our failures do not define us! Our true identity is found in Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:16-18
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

God has a plan and a purpose for our lives. We are not called to be perfect, we are called to show up everyday and love the best we can. Peter's life is a great reminder that we don't always get it right, but God's not seeking perfection, he simply desires our devotion.

God forgives! And God helps us to live!

-Pastor Stacy

The Challenges of Life

Excerpt from Sarah Young in Jesus Calling:

Thank me for all of the Challenges in your life.
They are gifts from me - Opportunities to grow stronger and more dependent on me. Most people think that the stronger they get, the less dependent they will be. But in my kingdom, strength and dependence go hand in hand. This is because you were designed to walk close to me as you journey through your life.
When circumstances are tough and you rise to the occasion by trusting in me, you are blessed. It's exhilarating to get through challenges that you thought were too much for you. When you do so in reliance on me, our relationship grows stronger.

Your success in handling difficulties also increases your sense of security. You gain confidence that you and I together can cope with whatever hard times the future may bring.
You are ready for anything through the one who infuses inner strength into you.

Joy

It seems that joy these days is hard to come by. As a Christian do you find it easy or difficult to model joy? Is it written on your face or prevalent in your actions? What emotions are you promoting daily? Joy is responding to the presence of Christ in our life regardless of our circumstances. Joy is actually something we can choose. I do not mean putting on fake smiles, or pretending that all is well when chaos is raining. Instead, it's having a real smile in spite of the chaos because you know Christ's holding you and won’t let you drown.

In Peace and a whole lot of love, Pastor Stacy

Trust and Obey

Hello Everyone,

One of our Hymns this week is Trust and Obey, because we did not end up singing it last week. In 1886 Daniel Towner who was a music leader for D.L Moody was leading a worship service and he asked people to share their testimony. One young man stood up and said he was not sure if he was saved, but he was sure he was going to trust and obey God. These words stuck with Towner and he sent them to a friend named John Sammis who turned this testimony of two words into a beloved hymn. Do you see what God can do with just two simple words out of the faith of a young man? Never underestimate the power of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to take the simple fruit we bear and turn it into a soul feast for millions. Faith the size of a mustard seed can indeed move mountains.

Blessings to all of you!!!

Pastor Stacy