2nd look

Jesus Has Authority to Forgive Sin, Mark 2:1-12

Hello SNC brothers and sisters!

For the second look this week let’s focus on a phrase from a verse within the story we looked at on Sunday.

Here is the phrase: “When Jesus saw their faith.”

This is a very interesting phrase that I didn’t have time to dig into during the sermon. What do you think about it? Take some time this week to sit with this phrase. How does it fit within the overall story? What do you notice from this phrase?

It’s amazing how God can so often speak to us from the bible with merely a simple phrase like this. I truly hope God will bless you this week as you consider these words.

Pastor Ryan!



Mary’s Song: A Mother’s Song of Hope and Joy

Hello SNC brothers and sisters and welcome to this week’s 2nd look.
 
I truly hope you had a wonderful holiday with friends and loved ones.
I want to invite you to consider this scripture this week:

“He has shown thee, oh man, what is good and what the Lord requires of thee. But to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God” Micah 6:8

Think about the three things Micah lists here:

  • To do justly.
  • To love mercy.
  • To walk humbly with God.

Take some time this week to consider what these three things are. Obviously one of our big points on Sunday was about walking in humility with God. What do these things mean to you; and how does it intersect with your life?

Have a great week everyone!

Pastor Ryan



Jesus the Compassionate

Hi friends,

This week I want to invite you to spend some time looking at a teaching on compassion and what it means to be a neighbor. Last Sunday we talked about what Kingdom Compassion (KC) looks like. Jesus teaches on this in Luke 10:25-37.

Here’s a question to consider while you read this: What ways is this man showing compassion to his neighbor? What makes it so difficult to show compassion in this way?

Enjoy this teaching and may God grant you his wondrous peace this week!

Pastor Ryan



Cultivate Contentment

Hi Everyone.

I’d like to ask you to reflect with me upon a passage this week. It’s a beautiful teaching of Christ, perhaps one of the most majestic of all that we have recorded. In this passage Jesus is teaching about contentment and the Kingdom of God. As you read, reflect upon what in this passage can help us to be content.

Have a great week everyone and may God grant you His glorious peace!

Here’s the passage: Matthew 6:19-34

Pastor Ryan



Choose Life

Hello everyone!
     Bear Grylls, the host of the TV show “Man vs. Wild” and “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” was asked once what were some motivational ideas he lived by. One of Bear’s responses was: “One step more.” Be willing to push yourself one step further beyond where you would normally or comfortably go. Be willing to push yourself one step further than most people. He said this short phrase motivated him and pushed him throughout his life and is a big reason for the success he has enjoyed.

     I remember reading that and finding it to be inspiring. From there, the idea of developing something called a “Next Step” group began to grow in my mind. What are the next steps we can take in life? How can we push further, deeper and so on.

      This past Sunday we talked about making intentional choices to do life-giving things with our minds and lives. We looked at Paul’s instruction to think about noble, pure, excellent, true, praiseworthy and admirable things. Then I asked the question what it might look like to make intentional choices with our minds to think about these things. This week I want to invite you on an experiment.

     Take some time this week to go one step further with your mind, to do something new. To try something that might develop your mind; deepen it; train it. Maybe it involves taking some time to read a book or article on some kind of spiritual topic. Maybe it’s choosing to listen to music this week that uplifts you and challenges you to think about wonderful things. Maybe you choose to watch a YouTube sermon or a podcast this week. There is a variety- but my invitation to you is to take some time this week to intentionally choose to do something enriching with your mind.

     Give it a shot. If you need suggestions shoot me, or one of our Elders an email- we’d be happy to discuss them with you!

 

Ok have a great week everybody!

Next week is our last sermon in the Be@Peace series!

Pastor Ryan



Easter: Resurrected and Resurrecting

Hi SNC Brothers and Sisters!

We had a wonderful Easter Sunday!

Standing up front and hearing many voices singing behind me during worship was truly awesome! I don’t think I compliment you enough on your voices!

Anyway, there is a beautiful song I’d like to invite you to spend some time this week for the 2nd look. It’s called “Resurrecting” by a band called Elevation Worship.

Below I’ve given you the link to watch the song on YouTube! It has the lyrics included with the video!!!

Have a great week living in absolute peace with God!

Pastor Ryan

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFQoUkWIZnY



The Key to Peace

SNC Brothers and sisters!

Welcome to this week’s second look.

I want to invite you to take time this week to simply sit and consider Romans 8.

During the sermon this weekend we discussed how God favors us.

I gave a bit of a roadmap of some of the major ways Paul lists that God favors us.

Here’s the roadmap:

 

Romans 8: The ways God favors us

– We Are No Longer Condemned-

Vs 1-4

– We Are Given the Holy Spirit to help resist sin

– Vs 5-13

– We Are Made God’s children and heirs

– vs 14-16

– We Are Given The Holy Spirit who helps us endure

– vs 17-27

– God Has a great plan for us

– vs 28-30

– God is FOR US. We are always in His love-

Vs 31-39

 

Take time this week to read Romans 8 and consider these ways God favors you. Let these truths be at the forefront of your thinking this week!

 

It’s amazing how wonderfully joyous and freeing these truths can be. I hope you find them to bring you peace this week.

 

Pastor Ryan



Relax… He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands

 
Here are a few questions to ponder this week as you try to live in God’s peace.

1. On Sunday, DeRon said that “thanksgiving is a big key in God’s peace.” Take some time this week to think about some of the good things God has done in your life.

2. What do you think of the lighthouse picture DeRon brought, and the example that Jesus wants to be your lighthouse?

3. What changes can you make in your life that might help you to live in God’s peace?


Let’s Give Peace a Chance

Hello SNC Brothers and Sisters!

This past summer we played a song for you called “Faithful One.” I received feedback from some of you that you really enjoyed this song. As I said then: this song has ministered to me during some of the most challenging seasons of my life, and I was really glad to hear some of you felt this was a beautiful song.

I invite you to listen to this song during your times with The Lord this week. Below I have attached a link to it. I’ve been listening to this version of the song since my days in college. I truly pray it will give you encouragement and moments of peace this week!

I love you my church! Have a wonderful week!

Pastor Ryan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwYaDqBNBI0



Jesus’ Refueling Station

Howdy SNC Friends and Family,
This is our weekly 2nd look!

As we talked on Sunday about the importance of us having personal prayer time with God, I knew I was addressing a specific question that might arise for some of us.

Ok Pastor Ryan, you are saying that we need to be in prayer, that this is something Jesus prioritized and we really must as well; but how do I do this? I’m not very good at this prayer thing…”

That’s a great question. Let me give you a few quick suggestions.

1) Prayer is conversation with God.

This is plain and simple. You talk. You listen. You share your heart. You listen for God to share His. You enjoy time with God, and He enjoys time with you.

Throughout my life, I’ve often felt as if I was missing a grand secret about prayer; or that I was simply not trying hard enough. Jesus made prayer very simple for his disciples. I think He did this because He didn’t want them to be confused, and because God approaches prayer very simply. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect, or high and mighty- or theologians. He wants us to be ourselves; to approach him authentically; honestly; and simply. I truly believe God is happy when we simply show up to prayer. If you have had trouble with prayer; feeling like you stink at this and wishing you were anywhere else but in prayer; please know that we all stink at it. God is so perfect, so amazingly brilliantly holy; that anything we bring to him is dirty and soiled compared to his glory. But his great love for us moves beyond all that. Be at peace my friend. He’s happy you are here! Prayer is first and foremost a conversation with God. What does that conversation look like?

2) Jesus teaches us to pray.

In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus teaches us how to pray. We get so used to reciting it. Many Christians have read and re-read this prayer so often that we may lose the gravity of what is really here. THIS IS JESUS TEACHING US HOW TO PRAY! If you ever wonder if you are doing this thing wrong- you don’t know how to pray- then simply follow what Jesus teaches us. Let me break it down for you quickly:

  • Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name
  • Start your prayer acknowledging God’s greatness. Basically we start praying by lifting God up in praise. Praise him for His awesome power- His incredible love- His inspiring goodness- His never-ending grace- His powerful provision- His infinite wisdom. Thank Him for how good he has been to you. These are some examples of how to start prayer through praising him.

 

  • Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
  • We plead with God that his kingdom would come. When we begin prayer acknowledging God’s greatness, it seems only natural that out of that we would understand that it is best for everyone in this world that God’s kingdom would come and His will be done. This part of the prayer is an earnest pleading for God’s kingdom to come. We are truly asking God’s will to be done in our lives and in the lives of our church and community. We want to see God’s kingdom infiltrate our hearts and the hearts of those around us. There is nothing more needed or essential than this. God’s kingdom is the greatest of them all. Do we believe that? Jesus calls us to prayer for this to happen.

 

  • Give us this day our daily bread
  • We pray for God to meet our needs. The purpose of this section of prayer has a couple different facets to it. First, it is us asking God to meet our needs. We come to God honestly and ask for him to be the great provider we know He is. I love the fact that we have been encouraged multiple times to pray and ask God for things. We are encouraged by Paul to let our requests be made known. We are encouraged by Peter to cast our cares upon Him for he cares for us. Jesus taught us that God would meet our needs because He is a good father and we can rest in this truth. Jesus calls us to ask God to meet our needs. A 2nd facet of this is that we need to be reminded that God is capable and faithful to meet our needs- but he’s not always required to meet our desires. Sometimes our desires are not truly what we need. This is a prayer of request but also a prayer of submission. Oh lord I think I need this- but in the end I’m trusting you to know better than I what I truly need. Oh father, give me this day, what I need.

 

  • And forgive us our debts as we forgive those who are indebted to us
  • Confession is major part of prayer. We often view confession as us bringing some hidden secret to light before God that he didn’t already know. God knows all the junk in our trunk. He knows it all. Confession is us acknowledging that we sin. It’s us admitting we aren’t perfect before God and we desperately need him. I still need the cleansing blood of Jesus today even though I’ve been a Christian for nearly 30 years. I’m still a messed up guy who is in a battle with sin in my life. I need to confess this. It can be wonderfully healing to bring our brokenness before God and lay it as his feet once again. Also important though is the second half of this verse. We need to be regularly searching to see if we are harboring grudges or bitterness against someone else. We the forgiven are to be forgivers: and this not just for those who hurt or wronged us but also for ourselves.

 

  • Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
  • This is a prayer for protection. Jesus is telling the disciples to pray for God’s empowering and leading when we are tempted or put in trials. Some may say Jesus is also telling the disciples to ask for God to not permit this trial or temptation. We know from James that God cannot and does not lead us into temptation; but he may permit it for our own deepening. We can ask God to strengthen us and deliver us from this evil. What’s interesting is how this verse is followed up with a further teaching Jesus makes on forgiveness. One could possibly see a connection with the temptation and evil Jesus is asking God to deliver us from the temptation to be bitter and do evil to another person. In either case, Jesus is asking God to deliver us strengthen us and even go out of his way to prevent this temptation.

 

As you look at these things, you can pray along these lines. In your own words you can pray these different areas and you would go a long way towards developing a wonderful and powerful life of prayer. Take some time this week and pray through this- over time this prayer will bless you.

Have a great week everybody!!!

Pastor Ryan