2nd look

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



Jesus the Healer

Hi everyone,

I want to give you a simple question to consider this week:

“What do I really think about the kingdom of God?”

Some of us don’t think about it at all. Some of us are aware that the kingdom of God is here but we really don’t grasp what it is. Some of us believe the kingdom of God is powerfully present in us and yet we don’t really live as if this truth touches our lives.

“What do I really think about the kingdom of God?”

Take some time this week and simply let yourself sit with this question. Let it be a matter of prayer for you. The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:20: “for the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” It was clear to Paul that the kingdom was something much more than fuzzy, happy words; a very real, very present powerful thing.

“What do I really think about the kingdom of God?”

May God grant you peace this week as you wrestle with this question!

Pastor Ryan



Jesus Has Authority

Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s 2nd look.

I’d like to invite you to take some time this week to be in Ephesians 6:10-17.

This is the chapter on the Armor of God. We talked this Sunday about the supremacy of Christ, that he is the highest authority; the king of kings. Take some time to read through the Armor of God
– to think about it. What are practical ways you can put on the armor in your life?
 
I so often need to be reminded of the importance of this. I also need to be reminded that Paul didn’t primarily write this to individuals but to a church. So as a group we are meant to put the Armor of God
on together. You, as a part of our church, are meant to play a key role in helping our church put the armor on. How might you help with this?

Take sometime this week to think of these questions. And as always, I pray for God’s wondrous peace to be with you all this week!

Pastor Ryan



A Jesus Calling

Hi everyone!

For this week’s 2nd Look I’d like to direct you to The 7 Truths of Experiencing God written by Henry Blackaby in his book: “Experiencing God”.

 

I invite you to read these truths every day and ask yourself which of these concepts does God want you to understand and deeply set in your heart.

Here they are and have a great week!

  • Experiencing God Concept #1: God is always at work around you.

Henry’s point is that we need to understand God is always at work- in the world all around us.

  • Experiencing God Concept #2: God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal 
  • Experiencing God Concept #3: God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
  • Experiencing God Concept #4: God speaks by the holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal himself, His purposes and His ways. 
  • Experiencing God Concept #5: God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
  • Experiencing God Concept #6: You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
  • Experiencing God Concept #7: You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.


Calling All the Messengers

Hi folks-

I want to share a song with you this week that is a bit of an oldie. It was definitely a moving and powerful song for me back in my college days. Back then I took a hiatus from music that wasn’t specifically Christian in its content; which was huge for me because I loved my rock and roll. This was difficult for me- but during this time I was truly ministered to by this song. It just so happens that this song is connected with the passage we studied this week. As you listen to the song- consider what it’s trying to say to you and how God calls the early disciples… and us.

Pastor Ryan

 

Here’s a link to the song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUzn2nBcrrk

Song Lyrics:

For the Sake of the Call: by Steven Curtis Chapman

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call

Wholly devoted to live and to die for the sake of the call

Nobody stood and applauded them
So they knew from the start
This road would not lead to fame
All they really knew for sure
Was Jesus had called to them
He said “come follow Me” and they came

With reckless abandon, they came

Empty nets lying there at the water’s edge
Told a story that few could believe
And none could explain
How some crazy fisherman agreed to go where Jesus went
With no thought to what they would gain
For Jesus had called them by name

And they answered

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
Wholly devoted to live and to die for the sake of the call

The sake of the call

Drawn like the rivers are drawn to the sea
There’s no turning back, for the water cannot help but flow
Once we hear the Savior’s call, we’ll follow wherever He leads
Because of the love He has shown
And because He has called us to go

We will answer

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call

Wholly devoted to live and to die

Not for the sake of a creed or a cause
Not for a dream or a promise
Simply because it is Jesus who called

And if we believe we’ll obey

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
Wholly devoted to live and to die for the sake of the call

For the sake of the call


A World Shattering Truth

Hi folks-

I want to give you a simple question for this week’s 2nd look:

What does it mean to me that God’s kingdom is near and I am part of it?

Take some time this week to pray and consider this question.This is something Jesus urged us to be aware of; and to re-order our lives with. What does the kingdom of God mean to us? I pray God might speak to your heart this week as you consider this question. May God’s kingdom come and His will be done in us this week!

Pastor Ryan



What Jesus Was Tempted By

Hi folks! Welcome to the 2nd look for this week. I’d like to invite you to take some time to read Matthew 4:1-11 this week. This passage is a more in depth look at the showdown in the desert between Satan and the forces of evil and chaos and Jesus and the kingdom of God. From this point- Jesus will speak and move with unmatched authority. Take some time to look at and think about the temptation story. Each of these temptations are very common to us all.

Have a great week everybody
and may God’s peace be with you!

Pastor Ryan