Tithing As Worship

2nd Look 11.15.16

 

Hi folks,

Welcome to this week’s second look.

For this week I’d simply like to invite you to take time each day to read and reflect on 2 Corinthians 9:1-15. As the week progresses what seems to emerge to you from this passage? This passage has been a great comfort and encouragement to me this past week as I was preparing for Sunday’s sermon. I truly hope it will encourage you as well.

 

Have a great week everyone and may the peace of God be upon you all!

Pastor Ryan



Worshipping Together

2nd Look 11.08.16

Hi folks and welcome to the 2nd Look for this week.

 

I want to simply invite you to consider this question this week:

Who is spurring me on towards love and good deeds?

Who am I spurring on?

These are 2 great questions for us to wrestle with? My hope is that each of us would be able to answer this question when asked because I truly believe this will enrich your life with God. We are meant to worship Him with our lives and we are meant to do that with others!

Take some time this week and consider these simple questions. You may want to write down the names that come to mind. If you cannot think of someone, take some time to pray about this and ask God whom He might want you to move towards; so that this can be a part of your life.

I truly believe one of the greatest gifts God gives us, is actually the relationships we have with each other. It’s not always easy- sometimes it just flat out goes haywire- but the potential involved in this may actually be worth the risk. I can look back over my life and it is relationships that were and are deeply significant to me that have changed my life for the better. I pray they will do the same for you!

May God remind you of his love for you this week!

Pastor Ryan



Thank You SNC

SNC friends and Family!

I want to take a minute to thank all of you for such an amazing event last night. We had many people from our neighborhood come through and you all were friendly- inviting and welcoming. It was such a fun evening watching you all minister to our neighbors.

Thank you to those who donated candy. We had enough candy this year and didn’t even need to make runs to the grocery store. That was because of your generosity.
This was such a great evening and I, as your pastor, was very proud to see you all in action! You are awesome!

Celebrating you all in my heart today.
Thanks again and have a great rest of the week!

– Pastor Ryan


What’s the Big Deal About Music?

2nd Look 10.31.16

 

Howdy everyone!

Today is Halloween… We have a wonderful opportunity to serve our community tonight through our annual “Trunk R Treat” event. Please be in prayer for this event that God would bless it.

This week I want to basically give you a song to consider with me. I want to invite you to let this song minister to you as you progress through this week.

I have loved this song for quite some time. It’s a song written from the perspective of God talking to us. Where do we find our strength; courage and hope?

My hope is this song will bless you. Attached below is the link to the song on YouTube. I’ve also included the song lyrics for you to read as you listen.

Have a great day everyone and make sure you eat as much candy as humanly possible!!!! Haha- just kidding. But may God’s peace be with you all this week!

Pastor Ryan

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Jqn_9PQK0

 

Believe me now

By Steven Curtis Chapman

 

I watch you looking out across the raging water
So sure your only hope lies on the other side
You hear the enemy that’s closing in around you
And I know that you don’t have the strength to fight

But do you have the faith to stand

And believe me now, believe me here
Remember all the times I’ve told you loud and clear
I am with you and I am for you
So believe me now, believe me now

I am the one who waved my hand and split the ocean
I am the one who spoke the words and raised the dead
I’ve loved you long before I set the world in motion
I know all the fears you’re feeling now

But do you remember who I am?

Will you believe me now, believe me here
Remember all the times I’ve told you loud and clear

I am with you and I am for you

So believe me now, believe it’s true
I never have, I never will abandon you
And the God that I have always been

I will forever be, so believe me now

I am the God who never wastes a single hurt that you endure
My words are true and all my promises are sure

So believe me now, oh believe me now

So believe me now, believe me here
Remember all the times I’ve told you loud and clear

I am with you and I am for you

So believe me now, believe it’s true
I never have I never will abandon you
And the God that I have always been
I will forever be, so believe me now

Believe me now, believe me now


What the Psalms Teach Us About Worship

2nd Look- 10.24.16

 

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Matthew 9:35-38

 

Hi everyone and welcome to 2nd Look!

During our sermon this past weekend, we talked about how God wants us to bring requests to Him. I spoke about our children’s and youth ministries- how we have a great harvest occurring there and yet our workers are few. I asked our congregation to first and foremost be praying for God to send workers into the harvest.

   I would like to ask you to commit yourself to prayer for these ministries that God would raise up men and women to step into these ministries to help the young ones find Jesus and grow in their relationships with Him.

            Folks we have a wonderful blessing- vibrant ministries in our church where the gospel is being preached and discipleship can happen. WE MUST BE VIGILANT AND SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. It starts with prayer.

 

     Please join me praying this week for our youth and children’s ministries- and in particular; praying for workers! Have a great week everybody and may God grant you His wonderful and incomparable peace!

 

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



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



What Lurks Beneath

2nd Look- March 11th, 2016

 

Bring it into the light!

 

Sunday we talked about how there is something that often lurks beneath the surface with us and this thing often drives the destructive junk that we can’t seem to leave behind. We spoke about how the best way to deal with this thing that lurks in us; is to understand what it is and then to bring it into the light!

 

What does it mean to “Bring it into the light?” It means that we need to acknowledge it before God and men. We’ve got to get known!

 

Nothing has been more healing for me and countless others who have walked the road to freedom, then this principle of getting the hidden stuff into the light. The Bible has a simple term for this process: “Confession.” If you break down the Greek word that we translate as confession- it basically means: “To say the same thing” or “to agree.” So when we confess- we are acknowledging or agreeing that something is true.

 

The scriptures tell us in 1 John 1:9 that confession before God is crucial to being forgiven and healed… in James 5:16 we see the instruction to confess to one another; and that this is crucial for healing.

 

The picture being painted here is- confession is important. We need to bring it into the light.

 

The question I’d like to invite you to consider this week: Is there something you need to bring into the light? And who might you bring it into the light with? With this second question- you don’t need to be hasty with whom you bring things into the light with. It might behoove you to be wise in whom you choose. With anything, the first step is confession to God; and then ask Him whom you might bring things into the light with. You might be surprised at how God will help you in this.

 

Have a great week everybody!

 

Pastor Ryan



The Highest Power

2nd
Look 3.28.16

 

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the 2nd look for this week.

Since last week was Easter, I’d like to follow this up with a wonderful scripture that we need to be reminded of. It’s power packed- full of hope. Recently, a dear friend of mine who has been battling brain cancer has seen all known possible treatments fail. He has decided to enter hospice care to manage his pain and symptoms in his final days of life. It is terribly sad; we are all grieving greatly for him and for his wife and three beautiful young girls. Please pray for them in the days ahead. The reason I bring this up is that in moments like these I am reminded of this wonderful hope we’ve been given in Christ. It sometimes is the only thing we can cling to as we grapple with this awful loss. But as we know our dear friend is in the hands of God- that he is a deeply passionate man who loves Jesus Christ- we grieve as people who have hope; that we will see him someday again. We have this hope because of verses like the one I’m about to share with you. Check it out- you can see the wonderful promise God makes to us…

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you!

Romans 8: 9-11

What wonderful hope we have today. Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. It can be so awesome to be reminded again that this resurrection didn’t just mean something to Jesus but it ushers in; it opens the door; to a “new and living hope”… FOR US!!!!!

Have a wonderful week my dear friends and may God bless you richly with His peace.

Pastor Ryan



Your Fruits Depend On Your Roots

Hello SNC Friends!

For this week’s second look I’d like to remind you of our sermons major statement.

 

“Your Fruits Depend On Your Roots”

 

This week I want to invite you to ask these questions with me. Take at least 5 minutes a day and simply sit with these questions. There’s no need to force things or come up with some huge epiphany – simply sit in the quiet with God – ask these questions and see what comes up. Let me warn you though – these are some very powerful questions that can be quite life altering. Here they are:

 

Lord – what’s going on between us?

 

Is there anything in my life that pulls me from you – that puts a wall up between us?

 

Is there something you’re trying to teach me?

 

Is there something that hinders me from hearing you and being closer to you?

 

May God bless you guys- have a great week!

 

Pastor Ryan