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What is your reaction when your vehicle needs major maintenance? New brakes, tires, battery, belts, you name it and your mechanic has probably put it on the list. I believe I am accurate in saying your first thought is cost and your first feelings are probably frustration and annoyance. It takes a while to get to the place where you realize maintaining your vehicle will ultimately keep you and others safe on the road and your car lasting a long time. At some point you even start to debate whether or not it’s worth it…should I pay for this repair or just send it to the junkyard? Honestly, who cares, it’s a car (I apologize to all you car people I just offended). What is your reaction when close relationships in your life need maintenance? You have been lied to, talked about, rejected, cut off, used, you name it and it has happened to you. Maybe I’m accurate in saying your first thought is why and your first feelings are hurt and pain. At first, you ponder whether or not it’s worth it, to keep this relationship. At some point though, you realize that maintaining and repairing these relationships will produce long-lasting and healthy bonds that ultimately will honor and glorify God. Honestly, who cares, well Jesus does and He cares about it deeply. I hope you join us this Sunday as we take a look at relationship maintenance. Blessings, Pastor Blake...

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Where to go from here

Each week seems to bring with it a new batch of, “really? Am I really seeing this?” I can tell you that I am appreciating my time in the Word more and more these days. A consistent truth that has stood the test of time and remains a constant anchor in the middle of the storm. Everything you read outside of The Bible these days must be tested and researched as to who is writing/speaking it and what is the purpose of the message. When I go to the Scriptures, I know who it was written and inspired by, and I know its purpose…to instruct and lead mankind to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Anything else one might glean or extrapolate from Scripture is secondary. This week we will be looking at Luke 16, as Jesus gives instructions to His disciples and the Pharisees listening. He will instruct them on what it means to be a good steward of money, relationships, and our salvation. Bringing to light these questions… What does it mean to be a steward of truth in the current climate? How can I be involved in the conflict without being overcome by it? Where is the role of the Church during this time of trials? When will we see the bride of Christ follow the commands of Christ? These questions have been put here to inspire you to think and invest time in the Scriptures and even more time in purposeful silence before God. I am praying for you this week, for boldness, courage, and wisdom for the challenges facing each of you. Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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Get Connected!

Attending Sunday services is a wonderful thing. Being connected and engaged with other brothers and sisters in Christ allows you to fully embrace the efforts of the church. Life happens in groups. You can grow spiritually in your walk with Jesus and in turn help others become discipled. Groups allow you to meet the needs of others in hard times and in turn have that same support system when you are facing trials. LifeGroups can bring such joy into our lives through fellowship, food, hanging out…and well, doing life together. A constant prayer within our church and churches across the globe is unity. Unity just isn’t Sunday mornings. It’s the other 6 days of the week too. And if we can be connected throughout the whole week, we can present the unity needed to share the Gospel to a world desperate to receive God’s love. This Sunday will kick off our LifeGroup season so we want to encourage you to find a group or Bible study to get connected! Pastor Blake Wilsford...

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Compelled to Forgive

Debbie and I have been married for over 40 years. I read a newsletter article today from pastor Mark Buckley. He says, “It takes a lot of forgiveness for a marriage to last over forty years. It takes a lot of grace to actually enjoy life together as the years go by.” Ah, that’s the important difference. Many people endure a miserable marriage because of the consequences of leaving, but how do we actually enjoy the relationships in our life? An essential step in our relationship with God is learning to forgive because unforgiveness separates us from him. We need to forgive the big offenses that may have happened many years ago. We also need to learn to forgive the small, daily offenses that can completely remove joy from the relationship. Is it possible? How? Have I learned anything about forgiveness in the last 40 years? 😊 Please come Sunday and find out! Jim Bentley Minister, Pastoral Care...

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Compelled To Share His Love

How has your week been going? Have you found it any easier to pray only giving praise and worship to the Lord? Have you found ways to present your requests before the Lord in a way that worships him and does not ask of anything? I know it’s not easy…but keep going, fight through the lie that you can’t or just don’t have the time. A quick example of this concept from me this week…I was having to haul a truck bed loaded down and trailer load of trash to the dump with a truck that I didn’t know if it would break down or if the load would shift and spill out on the road. As I was leaving the house with some trepidation and nervousness in my heart I started to pray, as I usually do when I am doing something crazy, started asking for protection and safety. I immediately stopped myself and started thanking the Lord for the ability to drive the truck, the availability of the truck and trailer, the health to lift it all, the eyesight to drive, and thank Him that He was going to safely deliver it to its destination. The rest of the drive was peaceful and filled with joy, no nerves, no anxiety…thank you, Lord. This week we will be starting a new Series titled; Compelled. This series will be based on the verse written by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:16, where He speaks of his inability to NOT preach the gospel, that since his salvation it is almost as if he no longer has a choice, he does, yet he describes the feeling as being compelled! We will be doing something very different this Sunday, maybe different than you have ever done on a Sunday morning, so keep...

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit? Oftentimes, people will refer to him as “it” effectively eliminating the personal nature of the counselor whom Jesus left behind for us. In 1 Corinthians 2:6-10, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit will search the depths for us. Paul is telling us that the Holy Spirit will illuminate the things of God for us—he helps us understand Scripture and other truths. In the Greek, the word used to describe him is parakletos (παρακλητος), and like we learned last week, a word in Greek doesn’t always have one meaning. The parakletos could be intercessor, advocate, counselor, or helper and the Holy Spirit is all of these. In fact, this word and concept are one of the reasons we call lawyers “counselor” because they are an advocate and intercessor for their clients. This weekend we’ll explore the third person of the Trinity: parakletos. Who is he? What role does he play? Why is he so frequently overlooked or diminished? I hope to see you here at church with us. Chad Roche Associate Pastor...

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Joined Together as One

This Sunday I will be returning to our series on unity, United We Stand. We’ll be looking at the book of Ezekiel right after Ezekiel’s experience with the valley of dry bones, investigating God’s character through the Two Sticks Become One. This is a time of Israel coming out of exile and becoming one nation again. God is not a God of chaos but a God of order. He desires for His people, His church, to be one, to work together for His glory in unity, not for everyone to be focused on their own desires and direction but to be centered on God’s kingdom and their individual part He has given them. Have you ever teamed up in the workplace on a project and you have done your best to complete your part, but you and others are waiting for one co-worker to provide their necessary piece so you all can complete the overall project, be successful and impress the boss? What is your reaction in this situation? Do you talk with the others and discuss your disdain for this employee, their lack of reliability and work ethic? Are you cursing their name knowing this is going to look bad on you, not to mention the team, but you are mostly concerned about you? Now, how does that look as you are part of the body of Christ? You’re doing your part of the ministry but others serving beside you are really failing on holding up their end. They are such a distraction to you and your ability to perform within the church! I’ve been there. Have you? It is so irritating! Can’t they get their act together?! Now, go back a re-read this paragraph and see where your focus is. It’s not God, is it. We tend to...

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Forward Blessings

Have you ever felt like giving up? Have you ever given up? We can all admit to giving up on something at some point in our lives and often it’s a regret and memory that sticks with us. Sure, you experience the temporary relief of the pain, trial, and challenge that you were experiencing but, in the end, quitting only leads to pondering ‘what if I had stuck with it’. Have you ever persevered? Have you seen something from start to finish, no matter the blood, sweat, and tears it took to pull it off? We all have to some degree. Those who have stuck it out to the end experience the victory, the prize, the achievement…the blessing. God’s blessings come from perseverance. God knows and understands how hard and challenging life is yet calling us to move forward no matter how many times we get knocked down. It’s the movie we all desire to watch, isn’t it? The hero gets knocked down, but ultimately defeats the villain in the end. The family torn apart but, comes back together due to the endless pursuit of relationship and love. The setback with the sports star who rises at the finish to gain victory. These are the shows we tune into because as humans we were created and designed to persevere. James 1:12 says ‘Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him’. I can’t wait to see you all on Sunday as we press forward to receive God’s blessings. Pastor Blake...

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Wisdom, the second half of prayer

When I was a young man I sought God’s wisdom on attending college, for weeks! When he finally spoke to me I was shocked and embarrassed, but the answer has changed my life! Do you ever look for wisdom? Do you ever pay for wisdom? Is wisdom inexpensive? Is it hard to find? Do you desire wisdom? What does the Bible say? What does God say to YOU! How does God give his Wisdom to you? Do you know his voice and can you recognize it when he speaks? The Bible speaks of wisdom over 367 times, yet, often we find ourselves lacking wisdom and even making wrong choices. We seek wisdom for career, marriage, kids, business, family, moves and more. We go to counselors and seminars, read books, and watch videos to find wisdom. When we pray we tell God our needs but how much is he talking back? Come this Sunday and I’ll share a few things God has shown me about his Wisdom and how he provides it to us Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:12-15 NIV Jim Bentley...

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Know your Foundation

Last week we began a small series on unity in the church and will continue that series this week as we wait for the 4th episode of The Chosen to come out on May 11th. On Sunday, I asked you to consider if the unity of the church is as important to you as knowing truth. There is always such a great emphasis on have the “correct” theology but little care about what divisions exist in the church. As I talked about the heart of the Father for unity amongst His bride, I shared how we need to allow humility and empathy to reign in our hearts and minds when listening, working with, and engaging with other believers. With all that said, this is not to say we do not stand for truth, even if it will cause a fight, that we do not expel the wicked one from amongst us, as we are told to do in 1 Corinthians. How do we do this and maintain unity? First of all, we need to establish what the reasons for expelling someone from the church were in the Old Testament, second, we need to understand the hearts of the ones doing the work of expulsion, third, we must recognize the Father’s heart for all His children, those who have gone astray and those whose hearts are filling with selfish pride for having obeyed. This is not easy. This will not be cut and dry, with us handing you a little laminated note card for you to carry around and make sure that when someone disagrees with you, you have the right to tell them off or just accept them. We are meant to wrestle with these things, we are meant to go before the Lord and continually ask for wisdom. If...

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