Tuesday, October 17, 2017

John 3:16 - Why It's So Powerful!

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In this video, John 3:16 – The Gospel – For God So Loved The Word – The Golden Text - Good News – Pastor Brad Windlan unpacks John 3:16 phrase by phrase and highlights the power of what very well may be the best-known verse in the Bible.  You will learn why John 3:16 is seen as being synonymous with the Gospel (The Good News).  Many have called this verse “The Golden Text”. 
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Who are God's Children?

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It’s an awesome thing to be part of God’s family.   I can remember growing up in church singing the song “Family of God” by Bill and Gloria Gather.  To know that we are sons and daughters of God is a mind-blowingly awesome experience.  All my life I have been blessed, encouraged and challenged by my church family, I know people say “We’re all God’s children,” but honestly that’s not true.  In this video Pastor Brad Windlan shares thoughts inspired by Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life about this very subject.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Dark Night of the Soul – When God Seems Distant & Silent - Purpose Driven Life Day 14

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What do we do when when God is silent?  How should we respond when when God seems distant or far away?  St. John of the cross called these times “The dark night of the soul?”  These can be trying times. But God uses them for good in our lives—to grows us and stretch and strengthen our faith in him. 

Isaiah 8:17 “I will wait for the LORD,     who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.”
God is real no matter how you feel…

EVERY CHRISTIAN!
St. John of the Cross referred to these times as “The dark night of soul.”  Henry Nowen called them “The ministry of absence.”
David, a man after God’s own heart, experienced feelings of God’s distance many times. He cries out in the Psalms asking God why, when, how, etc. repeatedly.

God promised He’d never forsake us, But he never promised we’d always FEEL His presence.

One of the deepest acts of worship we can offer God is serving & trusting Him when we don’t FEEL His presence.

It is true that sin separates us from God.  We can become distracted or caught up in behaviors or ways of thinking that hurt our walk with God.  So I encourage you to lay your heart open before God.  Ash Him to reveal anything in your life that needs to be dealt with and confess it and repent of it.  But sometimes God’s distance has nothing to do with sin.  It’s simply God giving us a chance to trust and obey without feelings… an opportunity to demonstrate that we will trust, serve and worship God whether we “feel” God or not.

3 Tips for Keeping Eyes on Jesus when don’t feel Him:
1. Tell God how you feel.
2. Focus on who God IS.  Remind yourself of the FACTS.
3. Formally Trust God to keep His promises. 

While “Dark Seasons of the Soul” aren’t fun – As you mature you will look back on them as times that you grew in powerful ways. 

Mountain top experiences are fun, but the fruit always grows in the valley.

This talk was inspired by Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life.