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



Sinless Delight

2nd
Look 4.04.16

Hi folks- for this week’s second look I’d like to direct you to a passage in scripture: John 8:1-11. I want to invite you to read it this week. Try to picture the scene playing out in your mind. I love how at the end of this story there are two things Jesus says:

  • I don’t condemn you
  • Go leave your life of sin…

I love this- He doesn’t say it the other way around: “Go leave your life of sin and then I won’t condemn you…”

This is powerful to me. My process of leaving the sin in my life is to begin with the fact that I am forgiven and not condemned by God. But rather I am chosen, holy and dearly loved… When I live in this reality- I begin the long road to freedom!

I’d also like to invite you to take some time this week and listen to this song. We sang it on Sunday during communion. Have a great week everybody!!

Here’s the link to the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HELQyZNnR-g

Here are the lyrics:

Come out of sadness… From wherever you’ve been

Come broken hearted… Let rescue begin

Come find your mercy… Oh sinner come kneel

Earth has no sorrow… That heaven can’t heal

Earth has no sorrow… That heaven can’t heal

 

So lay down your burdens… Lay down your shame

All who are broken… Lift up your face

Oh wanderer come home… You’re not too far

So lay down your hurt… Lay down your heart

Come as you are

 

There’s hope for the hopeless… And all those who’ve strayed

Come sit at the table… Come taste the grace

There’s rest for the weary… Rest that endures

Earth has no sorrow… That heaven can’t cure

 

So lay down your burdens… Lay down your shame

All who are broken… Lift up your face

Oh wanderer come home… You’re not too far

So lay down your hurt… Lay down your heart

Come as you are

 

Come as you are

Fall in his arms

Come as you are

 

There’s joy for the morning… Oh sinner be still

Earth has no sorrow… That heaven can’t heal

Earth has no sorrow… That heaven can’t heal

 

So lay down your burdens… Lay down your shame

All who are broken… Lift up your face

Oh wanderer come home… You’re not too far

So lay down your hurt… Lay down your heart

Come as you are

Come as you are

Come as you are



Our God is a Mighty Warrior

Hello SNC brothers and sisters.

This week I’d like to leave you with something simple.

I’d like you to watch this video several times this week and contemplate the lyrics…

This is a beautiful picture of our mighty and powerful God and exuberant praise to Him

Have a great week everybody!

Pastor Ryan



Ephesians: Powerfully Alive

Hello Everyone,
The New Year is about to begin and that means a new sermon series for us. What will be studying on Sunday mornings?
Our next series is:
Ephesians: Powerfully Alive
Have you ever met someone who just had something about them? Something that felt life giving? They have an area in their lives where there is life. I’ve met people like this through my life’s journey, and one thing I can say is – in one way or another they inspire me. I’m inspired by creative people who have found freedom to reach; stretch and dream. I’m inspired by leader type people who know how to create a vision and get people to join them; I’m inspired by contemplative people who have found a way to live life that cultivates a deep and powerful relationship with God. I’m inspired by marriages that are marked by mutual trust; respect and passion; that there feels like life is there. I’m inspired by life.

Ephesians is a book about where we find real life; and what it looks like to live it. It’s also about what it looks like to be a church that is powerfully alive. A church like this can inspire; protect; heal and build the kingdom of God in amazing ways. When I read the book of Ephesians, I’m often inspired. No book in the Bible has more profoundly impacted my life. It has been a huge blessing for me and I’m excited to see the ways it will bless us all . . .

So starting this upcoming Sunday, we will begin our new sermon series in Ephesians. See you there!

Pastor Ryan