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Are You All In?

Jesus fed five thousand people and then told them that in order to have eternal life, they must eat His body and drink His blood. John 6:60 says, “On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” This is a hard teaching. We have the benefit of knowing exactly what Jesus meant when he said this, but He didn’t clarify it for them. In fact, He said this to separate those who were there to follow Him wholeheartedly and those who simply wanted something from Jesus, whether it be food, miracles, or good teaching. They literally thought He was telling them to physically eat Him in order to attain this life. But that’s not the craziest part. The most convicting part is the way that the twelve responded to His words. John 6:66-69 continues, “66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 “’You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’” Although they may not have understood exactly what Jesus meant, they were ready for whatever Jesus had for them, even if it was to eat His flesh and drink His blood. The question this week is, “Are you completely sold out for Jesus just as the twelve were? Are you all in?” As you take time to pray and fast this week, ask the Lord to search your heart and remove everything that holds you back from wholeheartedly giving your entire self to Him. Peace, Joseph Wegert...

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More Than Just Rules

For the past 7 years, we have started the year off with a season of fasting and prayer. Each year we have fasted and prayed with a different focus…Fast, Pray, Serve – Fast, Pray, Worship – etc… This year we will be changing it up a bit and titling January’s sermon series as, Disciples, Fast & Pray, As we enter into, what I believe to be, a year of harvest, it is important for God’s people to understand these two most fundamental acts of the disciple. I want to encourage you now to begin to prepare your heart before the Lord regarding fasting and prayer. Ask Him what He wants you to learn, journal each day while reading the Word and praying, talk with mentors about what they see as areas of growth for your life. I want to see us as a congregation grow up a bit in the area of fasting. This year we will not be encouraging abstaining from things, rather be focused on true fasts. I and the pastors and elders believe that in order to face what the coming year has in store, we will need to be prepared. According to the Bible, these two elements are how we do this, when we pray we begin to recognize God’s Holy Spirit: Matthew 10:16-20 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account, you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given...

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Goodbye Religion

It would seem these days that the word, “religion”, is more like a curse word. It brings up connotations of rules, hypocrisy, greed, boredom and hurt. And…if I am being honest, that is exactly what religion does. Throughout history, religion has been a way for people to find a greater meaning to life, control large groups of people, and provide answers for things outside our control. This is why Jesus came to abolish/fulfill the law and establish a new relationship with mankind. Before Christ, the Israelites relationship to God was a religious one. This was intentional by God, that through His chosen people He could show the world that religion is not enough, and that man is in a desperate spot of trying to attain the level of righteousness demanded by a Holy God. This is what makes the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus so AMAZING!!! He did not come to establish a new religion but abolish all religion and exchange it for a personal relationship. We’re reading in Hebrews 8 this Sunday and if you could make the time to read it, that would be very beneficial to hearing the Word spoke this Sunday. Throughout the whole chapter, the author is establishing this new/better covenant that God has made with His people and how it will not be one of laws but of love. I pray this season finds you well…and if it doesn’t I pray you find comfort in Christ. See you Sunday, Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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It’s time to Grow Up

Has anyone ever told you to, “grow up?” It is such a condescending way to speak to someone because it is essentially saying that although you have the appearance of an adult you have the behavior and maturity of a child. This of course is insulting because we like to believe that we have grown past childish things and matured into fine human beings. For many of us, however, this just does not seem to be true. Why is growing up thought so highly of? Wasn’t it great when you were a kid and all your mistakes were just chalked up to learning and there wasn’t a great expectation on you so you could really do what you wanted to? I have often asked myself why I was so eager to, “grow up” when I was a kid. Now that I am here…I would much rather go back to the carefree days of adolescence when my greatest concern was what I was going to eat and what I would do for fun today. If no one grew up then there would be nobody to look after our needs. Sooner or later our caretakers would pass on and all the responsibilities that were once theirs now become ours. So the real question is when those responsibilities come your way, would you rather be mature or ignorant to handle them? The answer is simple, the process is not. This is the issue the author of Hebrews is addressing in our studies this week. Where are you in your spiritual growth? Have you matured and are capable of teaching and passing on the knowledge that was given to you? Or, have you stayed where we left you and you still need the simpler things in life to survive. Take some time this week...

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Let’s take a Break

REST…That is all. Peace, Nathan Bentley   Hebrews 4:1-11 “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ” And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” And again in the passage above, he says, “They shall never enter my rest.” Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”...

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The Lion & the Lamb

A couple of weeks ago we talked about the first area of shepherding in our lives the author of Hebrews says to not forsake, which is, encouraging one another, meeting together, and speaking truth to one another. This is such a crucial aspect of any Christians walk, to have others around them that will call them on their faults, lovingly, and encourage them so as to keep each other from deceitful & hard hearts. This week we will focus on the second and third form of shepherds in our lives, being, the pastors and elders in our local church and Christ himself as the great shepherd. Understanding these relationships will help us to know what to do when hard times come and where to turn for wisdom. By the way, these are not a pick one or two of the three type scenario, rather it is a comprehensive approach of having all three. Spend some time this week reading through Hebrews 10:24-25, 13:17-25. Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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