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How Worship Is Meant To Be Lived – Humble Submission

2nd Look 10.17.16

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the 2nd look.

I want to give you this biblical passage for you to consider this week:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

What would it look like for us to take time to think about the things this scripture has called us to think about? What are these things in your life? I’d like to invite you to give yourself some time each day to think about this passage and the things it mentions. It doesn’t need to be all day long- you could start with a 5 minute mind renewal exercise and then grow it from there if you feel you can. The point is to have our minds centered on the things mentioned in this passage. We have to start somewhere. Join me with this during the week; I think you’ll be surprised to see how refreshing it can be.

Have a great week everybody and May God grant you His wonderful peace!

Pastor Ryan



The Sustainer of Worship – Gratitude

2nd Look  October 10, 2016
 

Howdy everyone and welcome to the second look! I want to make a simple invitation to you this week. I’d like you to watch the video link I’ve included below, and then take some time at the end or beginning of every day to simply allow yourself to be grateful. Don’t censor it- just let yourself be grateful for any old silly thing. Let the little girl in this video be your teacher about gratitude this week.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yuQXUn3MEg

 

I am grateful for all of you! Have a great week my fellow beloved of God!

Pastor Ryan



Gut Check: Where Worship Begins

2nd Look- 10.04.16 Living Worship

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the 2nd look.

This week I’d like to invite you to read Psalm 8 multiple times, if not daily. Really let it sit with you and consider what David is saying about God’s greatness and who we are as humans. This is a beautiful psalm that seems to capture the heart of what we are talking about right now with worship.

Have a blessed week everyone and may God grant you his incomparable peace as you walk with Him!

Pastor Ryan



Meet Your Father (Father’s Day)

2nd Look 6.21.16
Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s 2nd look.
This will be my final 2nd look for a while as I am embarking on my sabbatical starting tomorrow!

This past Sunday we looked at who God is as our Father!

My invitation to you this week is to spend some time reading one of Jesus’ greatest illustrations on God’s love to us as a father: Luke 15:11-32. It is one of the most powerful and beautiful stories of God’s love to us as a father.

Take some time to sit with this story. Read it several times this week and let it speak to you. As you read the story ask yourself- what do you notice about the way the father loves the son?

Have a wonderful week everybody!

Pastor Ryan



The Door Opener – Brave Conversations

2nd Look 6.14.16

Hello everyone!

This is the final 2nd look for our “Got the skills” series…

As you progress through this week I want to make 2 invitations to you.

#1- Open each day with a simple prayer: “Lord would you allow me to have a brave conversation with someone today? Who would you want me to talk with?

#2- Take some time to read 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. As God provides you with opportunities to have brave conversations, try to be the things you see in this passage. Try to be more loving.

As you do these two things, and embark on brave conversations, you may very well be shocked to see just how God leads and uses you this week.

May God bless you!

Pastor Ryan



The “Safety Maker”

2nd Look- 6.7.16

“God put you in my path… I had no choice”

This week we looked at what makes us a safe presence to others and one of the biggest contributing factors is Radical Hospitality.

What is this?

Radical Hospitality seeks to show people:

  • They are valuable because they are human- that they are not a lost cause, or not worth our time. Every person is valuable simply because they exist, not based on what they do, their successes or failures, their appearance, their status or wealth, their age, gender, or ethnicity; but simply because they are a human being.
  • They are wonderfully made by God- talented with something great to offer.
  • They are important and loved by God.

This is the path of Jesus in what he did; what he said and what he taught. Everywhere Jesus went- we see him doing these things.

I love the line we opened this article with. I think it would be amazing for us to arrive at a place where we had eyes to see things this way; that God puts people in our path and there is a great blessing for us should we engage and seek to show Radical Hospitality. Such great blessing that we would come to see that there really is no choice.
 
So who has God placed in your path? This week, I’d like to invite you to think about that and to ask the Lord to give you eyes to see whom he is directing you to. Think this week about with whom you can practice Radical Hospitality with.

May God’s peace settle in your hearts this week!

Pastor Ryan



The “Game Changer”

2nd Look 5.31.16

Hello everybody.

For this week I’d like to invite you to take some time with this song.

As we finished the sermon this past week we were reminded that as the BELOVED of God we are called to BE LOVE. That’s the main point of this song by a band called Decemberadio. The song is called: “Least of These”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51FNdl82OWw

I wan to invite you to listen to this song a few times this week. Below are the lyrics. Have a great week everybody and may God grant you his wondrous and incomparable peace!

 

Be love to me… Be hope to me
Cause I’m the least of these… (4x)
Be love, be love

Be grace to me… Be peace to me
Cause I’m the least of these (4x)

My heart is crying out… My hands are reaching out (2x)

Be love, be love to me
Be love

 
I’m the child without a home… I’m the widow left alone
So be love, be love to me

Cause I’m the least of these…. I’m the least of these (4x)

My heart is crying out… My hands are reaching out (2x)

Cause I’m the least of these… (4x)

Be love, be love


The Struggle Is Real

2nd Look
Got The Skills Part 1
Divine Anticipation
 
Hello everybody and welcome to this week’s 2nd look.

This past Sunday we began a new series looking at life skills we can develop that make our faith magnetic to others. The first skill is Divine anticipation. What is this? Divine anticipation is living with the trust that God is near and He is able; that He wants to work through us, and that when we follow Him; He will move.

After sharing this- we looked at three ways for us to build divine anticipation in our lives. I invite you to join me with one of those things this week.

Counting your blessings.

Take time each day to count your blessings. You might want to make a list in a journal. It doesn’t have to be a long time. You can do this for a few minutes each day. It’s really quite simple though. Just take some time- to consider all the ways God has blessed you. No blessing is too big or too small to count. It’s amazing that as you do this- you may find your list growing longer and longer.

Why do this? Because as we begin to count our blessings we are once again made aware of God’s presence. This is one of the big challenges for us as Christians. We often forget God is near, and that He is for us! He is in our corner. He is on our side. He wants what is best for us.

Let’s be reminded this week of God’s presence! Join me in counting your blessings.

Have a great week everybody!

Pastor Ryan



Filling the Void

2nd Look 5.9.16
Hello everyone.
This week please look at the definition of each of the 8 traits:
faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, Godliness, brotherly kindness and Agape love.
Think about where you are in your journey with each step and what practical steps you can take (what can change in your life) in order to grow and mature in these traits.
You may also want to take a look at the attitudes listed in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and what those should look like in your life.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Have a great week.
DeRon


Giving Away the Awakening

2nd Look 5.2.16

Hello my friends and welcome to this week’s 2nd look. You may recall that this week’s sermon was our final in the “Breaking Free” series. For this week, my invitation to you is simple. I’d like you to set aside some time each day to reflect on your journey of Breaking Free. Here are some questions you can reflect upon with the Lord:
  • Has there been something you’ve needed to break free from?
  • Why is this thing so powerful in your life? What need does it fill for you?
  • Have you found something to fill this need instead of the destructive thing in your life?
  • How has that process been going for you? What has been working for you? What has made it difficult for you?
  • Who can help you in this process? Are you letting them?
  • Lastly- who can you help?

Please take some time this week and consider these questions. They can be very helpful for you to think very intentionally about where you are at in the journey of breaking free.

Have a wonderful week everybody!

Pastor Ryan