2nd look

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 


A Father’s Blessing

Hello my fellow beloved of God!
 
I invite you this week to listen to this song. At the heart of this song is a simple truth- that we are blessed by God and in his love ALREADY!
 
I pray this song will bless you this week.

May God’s peace be with you

Pastor Ryan
 
 

Here’s the link to the song

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



A Most Unlikely Prophecy

2nd Look

 

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s 2nd look!

I want to invite you to watch this youtube link this week.

This is a song we will be doing quite often this year it’s called: “Jesus, son of God”.

This song is a simple and wonderful reminder of the amazing greatness of Jesus and his incredible love for us. We need to have both truths be firmly in our minds.

 

Please enjoy this song as much as you can. Have a wonderful week!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj_s9_45QpI

 

Pastor Ryan



A Call to Protect

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s second look.

For this week I invite you to read the story of Joseph in Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 2:1-12. Read it several times this week. Close your eyes and picture the scene in your mind, or even try to put yourself in the shepherd’s and the Magi’s shoes. What thoughts, emotions do you feel in this passage? What things to do notice or observe? On Sunday we will get into this story and my hope is for you to spend some time with it this week!

We are in the home stretch- Christmas is this upcoming Sunday! May God bless you and your loved ones in this final week! Merry Christmas!!!!

Pastor Ryan



A Call to Prepare

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

For this week I’d like to invite you to read the story of Mary in Luke 1:26-38. Try to read it several times this week. Close your eyes and picture the scene in your mind, or even try to put yourself in Mary’s shoes. What thoughts, emotions do you feel in this passage? What things to do notice or observe. On Sunday we will get into this story and my hope is for you to spend some time with it this week!

I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season!!!!

Pastor Ryan