Gifts

Hi everybody!

For this week’s 2nd look I’d like to invite you to spend some time in the Scriptures.

Take a few minutes every day this week and read the following Scriptures. As you do – what thoughts come to mind?  What do you notice? What do these passages teach you about the spiritual gifts? 

I’d also like to ask you to take a few moments and pray asking God what your spiritual gifts are. Here is a reading order for you…

Monday: 1 Corinthians 12

Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 13

Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 14

Thursday: Ephesians 4

Friday: Romans 12:3-8

Have a great week everybody and may God bless you!

Pastor Ryan



What Is God Doing In Your Life?

Hello Everyone

And Welcome to this week’s 2nd   LOOK

 

“What is God doing in my life?”

 

This is a question we as Christians need to get used to asking. What is He doing? What is He showing me? Where is He leading me?

 

These are all forms of that same initial question. As we want to walk in Step with the Spirit – this seems to be one of the most important questions we can ask. How can we walk in Step with Him if we don’t see what He’s doing in our lives – or what He is trying to show us.

 

This week, I’d like to invite you to take some time to begin asking this question. Or ask one of the other three questions. Take some time everyday to pray and ask the Lord to show you how He is at work- and then to maybe take a good look at what is going on to see if you can see His fingerprints on your life.

 

It’s always pretty exciting and awe inspiring when you can see God at work in you.

 

Have a wonderful week everybody!

 

Pastor Ryan



Who Is The Holy Spirit?

Hello SNC friends and family,

Last week we looked at 4 simple but major truths about who the Holy Spirit is.

This week- as you continue to consider the person and the presence of the Holy Spirit- I’d like to leave you the quote I shared from RA Torrey. Take some time to read this everyday this week. Let your mind just marinate in this short article. This quote has continually ministered to me over the years. Have a great week everybody!

 

“Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must first know the Spirit himself. A frequent source of error and fanaticism about the work of the Holy Spirit is the attempt to study and understand His work without first of all coming to know Him as a Person.

            It is of the highest importance from the standpoint of worship that we decide whether the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, worthy to receive our adoration, our faith, our love, and our entire surrender to Himself, or whether it is simply an influence emanating from God or a power or an illumination that God imparts to us. If the Holy Spirit is a person and a Divine Person, and we do not know Him as such, then we are robbing a divine Being of the worship and the faith and the love and the surrender to Himself which are His due…..

It is also of the highest importance from the practical standpoint that we decide whether the holy Spirit is merely some mysterious and wonderful power that we in our weakness and ignorance are somehow to get a hold of and use, or whether the holy Spirit is a real Person, infinitely holy, infinitely wise, infinitely mighty and infinitely tender who is to get a hold of and use us. The former conception is utterly heathenish, not essentially different from the thought of the African fetich worshipper who has his god whom he uses. The latter conception is sublime and Christian. If we think of the Holy Spirit as so many do as merely a power or influence, our constant thought will be, “How can I get more of the Holy Spirit,” but if we think of him in the biblical way as a Divine Person, our thought will rather be, “How can the Holy Spirit have more of me?” The conception of the Holy Spirit as a divine influencer or power that we are somehow to get hold of and use, leads to self exaltation and self sufficiency. One who so thinks of the holy Spirit and who at the same time imagines that he has received the Holy Spirit will almost inevitably be full of spiritual pride and strut about as if he belonged to some superior order of Christians. One frequently hears such persons say: ‘I am a Holy Ghost man’, or ‘ I am a holy Ghost woman.’ But if we once grasp the thought that the holy Spirit is a Divine Person of infinite majesty, glory and holiness and power, who in marvelous condescension has come into our hearts to make his abode there and take possession of our lives and make use of them, it will put us in the dust and keep us in the dust. I can think of no thought more humbling or overwhelming than the thought that a person of Divine majesty and glory dwells in my heart and is ready to use even me.

It is of highest importance from the standpoint of experience that we know the holy Spirit as a person……



Does the Bible Condone Slavery?

Does the Bible condone Slavery?

It doesn’t seem to say “No” to slavery – so it must be condoning it right? Slavery still exists in the world today – should Christian be people who crusade against slavery or should we just let it go?

These are great questions, and something I’d like to address in our 2nd Look today.

The difficulty with answering a question like this is that once again there seems to be a million miles between the ancient world and today. Slavery in the ancient world looked different than we understand it today. We need to be careful when we consider a question like this – to take their context into mind.

I’d like to share two website links with you that really addresses this question quite well. I have two reasons in doing this –
They address this issue very well and say it as well or better than I could.
I think very highly of these sites and believe they can be very helpful resources for you with a variety of questions.
Here are the links.

http://www.gotquestions.org/bible-slavery.html
http://compellingtruth.org/Bible-slavery.html

May the Lord enable you to experience His grace and peace this week!

Pastor Ryan



We Love Because He First Loved Us

“We love because He first loved us…”
1 John 4:19.

This verse has been haunting me over the last few months especially with my Bell’s Palsy. From the very beginning of the onset of Bell’s, I heard very loudly from the doctors that I was likely overstressed and needed to rest while I worked through this illness… I had one doctor who told me that this was my body telling me it couldn’t keep doing the things it was; that something needed to change.

Following doctors orders I went to an acupuncturist when my family was visiting Mammoth. As I lay there on the table – this woman putting needles in my face, feet, hands and head; she asked me a very powerful question: “Ryan if stress is part of the issue – which I believe it is – what is causing you stress?”
I began to talk it through with her. It felt ironic to me; this woman was clearly a Buddhist; didn’t subscribe to my faith in Jesus but she had a deep peace about her and somehow God was going to use her to minister to me. At one point in the conversation she said: “Ryan, I just think that all this pressure you put on yourself; that maybe you carry for other people – is really never going to be lightened until you learn to let other people go and realize the person whom you are really trying to receive love from is yourself. In the end, the only person who can give you love – is you.”
Upon first glance that sounded fine and all. It had some inspiration to it, something in me related to it – but then I realized that even that was empty. It’s taken years for me to grow to a place where I even like myself. Why would I be looking for love from somebody who I don’t even like or respect? I’m not eternal, I’m not powerful – I’m just a small life living in a small town in a small area of the world. And then the reality is – if loving myself was the key – I would think I’d have figured it out by now. It seems so far away… Something was missing in this. If the key is me just looking in a mirror and saying I love myself and then believing it – that seems easy enough, until I don’t do it well – then can I love myself and accept myself when I cannot love and accept that I love and accept myself?????? It’ so confusing.
Unless, I was never the person I truly needed to receive affirmation and acceptance from. I found myself on that table – a human pin cushion – saying to this young acupuncturist lady – “In my worldview – I think it’s wonderful to love ourselves – but the truth is that ability to love ourselves flows from the reality that we are deeply, truly and perfectly loved by the God who made us. That even in those moments when we are truly human – we fail – we betray – we curse – we stray – that God’s love remains.” Then these words came out of my mouth and they struck home with me: “I guess so much of the weight I carry to please others – the weight I carry to be the best doggone preacher the world has ever seen – the pressure I put on myself to be a perfect father – the pressure I place on myself to say just the right thing to people who are struggling – the pressure I feel to be Jesus even when I can’t – that pressure comes when somehow I lose touch and awareness of the fact that I am loved already; loved perfectly; loved truly and deeply…”
Man that was a huge thought. We both sat there and she said: “That is beautiful – will God love you even when you lose awareness of the fact that He loves you?” I said “Yes”. Then she said – “So I guess to the level you can embrace that truth – is the level you can release some of this weight…”
Why do I say this following up a sermon on marriage? Because we need to be reminded of it every day: WE ARE LOVED! It is this love that inspires us; it frees us; it heals us; it empowers us to love others. To love our spouses.
I’d like to invite you to take some time this week to read 1 John chapter 4:17-21. God’s love for us is hand in hand with our love for others.

Please know that you are loved right now. As a matter of fact, you’ve never been more loved than you are right now. God’s love for you has been written in His mind throughout eternity. He can be nothing towards you but loving. I hope this gives you peace today and brings you freedom. All the stuff we DO must flow from who we ARE –

And YOU ARE LOVED!!!



Why Do People Hate “Religion?”

Do you want to know why people hate “Religion” so much?

They say you can talk about anything with strangers except for politics and “Religion”. Atheist author Christopher Hitchens wrote a book titled: “God is NOT Great; how religion poisons everything;” and it has become more and more prevalent to hear people saying they don’t want anything to do with “Religion”…………..  

Why?

Maybe people hate “Religion” so much because it actually does does poison things. “Religion” can create insecurity like nothing else in this world. Christianity has not been immune to this. It’s so easy for churches to become wrapped up in the external: “how to’s” of Christianity and to get away from our identity IN CHRIST, And when we do this – we become a “Religion” like all others…. And it is poisonous.

Have you ever read the book of Galatians? Did you know this letter Paul wrote was really; for all intents and purposes; a battle against the church becoming “Religious.” In the churches of Galatia there was a “Religious” movement growing; a teaching that threatened to rob people of their freedom and identity in Christ. What was it? It was a teaching that required all believers; if they wanted to be true Christians; to get circumcised; and to observe Jewish worship rituals.  

To be sure; these things aren’t bad in themselves; but they were being put forth as a requirement of being a Christian. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians he fought against this vigorously with venom and intensity. WHY?

Because the minute we make our salvation about OUR behaviors – we see the cross of Christ lose its power. If we need Jesus and then we need to observe these religious rituals in order to be “acceptable” to God – then ultimately we are saying that what Jesus did on the cross was not enough – that we need to save ourselves. 

Ok… but doesn’t God want us to avoid sin; doesn’t He call us to grow in Him – to follow Him? Yes – but as an outpouring of our gratitude and devotion to Him for completely changing our destiny and identity. We obey Christ not to make ourselves acceptable to HIm – we obey BECAUSE HE has made us acceptable to Him.  

You are already forgiven; already loved; already given grace; already redeemed; already shown God’s plan; already been sealed with God’s Holy Spirit; now you obey out of gratitude and because there is nowhere else to turn where you can find real life.  

Let me see if I can make it simpler…

“Religion” teaches us we need to obey TO receive Christ (Phariseeism), or Allah’s mercy (Islam), or Enlightenment (Buddhism); or nirvana (Hinduism); or godhood (mormonism), or membership to the exclusive club of people being saved (Jehovah’s Witness)….

Christianity teaches us we need to obey because we’ve received Christ. We have received real life in Him – and so we follow now out of devotion and a desire to not let anything come between us!!!  We live out our new identity with Him because ultimately there is no better life offered to us than this!!!

I’m parking on this thought today because there is an aspect of Christianity that involves effort. In fact this is what prolific christian author and philosopher Dallas willard wrote: “Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning…”

We are called as Christians to follow the Master. We are called to try. But not to make God pleased – but because we have a new master who loves us and calls us to follow Him! In Ephesians – especially later in the letter – we will see Paul begin to challenge us. He will call us to some radical living. He will set out standards that may require difficult changes and yet what He proposes is truly better than anything the world has to offer – and it is possible because we have God’s Holy Spirit!

But we must start where we have been – at being loved by God. Everything starts there and then grows.  

My hope is that this knowledge of you being loved and secure in Christ – will well up in your soul and bring you much freedom. You are loved my friend.  

Have a great week and be reminded of this powerful life changing truth!!!

Pastor RyanWha



Christians: Built to Build

Hi everyone –

As we begin this week’s 2nd Look I want to direct you to click here and watch a story of a young man who lived in my hall when I worked at Biola.

This is a perfect example of what I was talking about on Sunday. We have been given skills and talents and special gifts for the common good – the trick is figuring out how to use our gifts for the benefit of the kingdom! Zach lived in my hall when I supervised a dormitory at Biola. I remember him always being a quieter guy – very respectful and creative. It’s so awesome to see him using his talents to give Jesus glory.

On Sunday we looked at Bezalel and Oholiab – two guys who were appointed and empowered by God to build His tabernacle. This was a place that would become central to the nation of Israel’s life with God. It would be God’s house among His people. This was a big task – a huge job that most would find intimidating. It’s interesting how God allows us to join Him on even His biggest tasks out there.

The point I was making on Sunday was that God does this over and over again. He has a big task that needs to get done – He brings us along – empowers us and gets the task done! Each of us is wired to join God on some task He is undertaking. Each of us is specifically constructed to make a unique contribution to what God is doing here on earth. I have two great examples for you.

If you missed either of the things I’m about to talk about – you really missed out. But do not worry – we will do these things again:

1) The worship and prayer night: At the worship and prayer night we saw a group of people using their passion and talents for music and prayer to lift up God’s praise. As a congregation we joined together and praised Jesus! Such a powerful night and while God could just put a huge flaming cloud over our church and draw us there – then have a choir of Angels erupt the heavens in song – this is not what He did. He chose to use humans to do His work.

2) The prayer day – was another great example of people in our church using their God given creativity – passion – and effort to make a really cool innovative experience here at church. I was so proud of our prayer team for the fact that they would put something so simple and yet helpful together. What a great experience for me to pray. Next time I’m bringing my kids with me.

I see examples of people using their God given gifts to serve every day. One of the biggest challenges however is that there are still many who haven’t really discovered the ways God is calling them to make a difference. Let me give some thoughts that might help you if you’re someone trying to figure out how to get involved:

1) Passion – This is a great question to start with. When you think of working at the church, are there things you get excited about? Is there something out there that gets you mad – or motivates you to get going? This might be a great indicator of an area God stirs your heart to ministry, service and action. When I think of people and ministering to them – the thing I get most excited about is when I see people grow and lives changed. I have found I want to devote myself to helping others grow especially in their relationship with Jesus. If you want a good indicator of what some of your passions might be – look at your bookshelf. If you’re a reader – you may find your bookshelf tells the story of what you are passionate about. Or look at the things you are often drawn to learn more about; the things you get animated about when you talk about them – or the things you think often about. These are all indicators of passion that God has placed within you.

2) Natural fit –  Are there things that seem to come naturally to you? Certain jobs you excel in? Are there certain environments where you feel more at home than others? What would people tell someone in need to call you about? For example – if someone needed help fixing their car – people would not tell this person to call me. But if someone was having marital problems – I might be someone this person would be pointed to. Natural fit can often be an indicator of wiring. Certain people are a great fit for children’s ministry. They love kids – have a great disposition around them and a huge reservoir of patience. Others feel – from the minute a child walks in the room, that their energy and vitality is draining away. They feel uncomfortable. This is a good indicator that children’s ministry is not a good fit for them. Sometimes we think the things we do naturally or that we receive joy from doing are things God would not want us to do. After all – doesn’t He want us to suffer as His servants? Sometimes our path leads us down a road of suffering and trials even when we are where we are supposed to be – but that doesn’t mean we aren’t wired for it. Jeremiah – a prophet for God – suffered greatly in His service to God and yet there was no doubt he was passionate and wired to do what he was doing. I read the book of Jeremiah in the Bible and I cannot see him as a guy who would remain silent and uninvolved if he didn’t have this ministry calling. He was naturally wired to be a man with a voice.

These are two indicators of God’s wiring. There are many others we can look at if we had the space. My hope for you is that you find God’s wiring for you; or you take joy in how he has wired you and use this to serve the kingdom of God. There is no better thing to do because what you are doing has eternal significance. Think about it – if God is eternal and He is building a kingdom that is eternal; then it stands to reason that the contribution you make has eternal significance as well.  Is there any other endeavor we can be part of that has that kind of distinction to it?

Have a great week everybody!

Pastor Ryan

 



Law vs. Grace

Hello Everyone,
I’m sitting here very excited. The last 7 weeks have been a very challenging study of the “law” portion of Exodus. I’m very grateful to God for His guiding in this time because as I said when we started this – I was not looking forward to teaching the law. He has been very faithful. With this said – let me invite you to not let your study end there. There is always something to learn from God’s Word and I invite you to go deeper with this. There are great online resources and commentaries out there that can help you grow deeper in your study of any passage of Scripture. I truly hope you have been blessed and challenged in this study. To be honest, I’m still being challenged from the sermon on murder and adultery. The study for that sermon – preaching it and my own reflections have continued to speak to me and it has honestly been unsettling to me at times. (I referred to this earlier in one of my 2nd looks.) I hope that God has touched your life through our study as He has touched mine.
    Okay – so what is our second look this week?  Well – on Sunday we spoke about a lot of things – basically we spoke of lessons we can learn from the law.  As Christians, the Old Testament law has a different significance for us than it did the ancient Israelites.  There are many wonderful things we can learn from the law but it wasn’t necessarily written to us.  The law doesn’t save us – it’s not designed to.  Following the law doesn’t make God happy with us so that someday we’ll go to heaven.  If anything, the law can show us how guilty we truly are.  The law for us as Christians – is a beautiful portrait of a perfect and holy God – calling His people – who He redeemed – to follow Him. This is a powerful lesson to learn from the law: to see the holiness of God in its words and to see that Redemption leads to a calling. Let me repeat that – Redemption leads to a calling.  This has been something I’ve been thinking about for quite some time.  Like many of you; I’ve grown up in the church – grown up around Christianity.  For much of that time – I thought God was angry and displeased with me because I wasn’t following the “rules.” Then when I entered my late teens and early adulthood, I began to bristle against. this.  I was tired of feeling like a screw up – tired of feeling guilty.  I began to lean away from the law; to lean away from feeling obligated in my faith – to God. I didnt want to read books by anybody who made me feel bad about myself or my faith. In my early twenties I discovered “grace.” I became this big “grace” guy – God has given us grace and even if I screw up and don’t follow Him He will still love me…. So…. this means it doesn’t really matter what I do.
      But then addiction entered my life and there was this huge battle between grace that gives me permission to do whatever I want – and the law written in me that said I need to be perfect to please God. I couldn’t balance this. Is God mad at me for all the ways I stink and fail Him – or is He happy with me even though I hurt myself; Him and others?  Which is it???
      Now here I am in the last year of my thirties and beginning to see that my picture of grace can be destructive.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of my heroes writes in his book- “The Cost Of Discipleship”; that there are two kinds of grace: Cheap and Costly.  He says Cheap grace is actually at war against the church and it is an incredibly destructive force.  Cheap grace basically is the kind of grace that says:  “It doesn’t matter what I do – God will always love me anyway – so I don’t need to follow Him or submit to Him.” Costly grace; the right kind according to Bonhoeffer; basically says:  “We didn’t deserve Christ but in His grace God gave Him to us and as a result we are no longer our own but we belong to Him.  We don’t live any way we want because we have received God’s costly grace and are His now.  Our redemption leads to a calling“.
     This is something we need to think about and ponder as Christians. The Apostle Paul writes about this when he says: “You are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” The law reminds Israel and us that they were redeemed for a purpose.  Paul reminds us we have been redeemed for good works – to be God’s masterpiece. Think about it – when we don’t do these good works that God has set aside for us – we aren’t living the ” God’s workmanship” life that we were meant for. I can’t help but wonder the untold amount of good deeds left undone – all that has been lost.  Have you heard of the principle of compounding interest?  It basically says – if you invest a little bit of money in a savings account – or some kind of investment account; and you do this over a long time – the interest will grow and compound and you can become quite wealthy as a result. But if you don’t do this – it will be that much more difficult to raise money in the short time. You can likely lose thousands or millions of dollars in compounding interest! I can’t help but wonder how many good deeds have gone undone and have been lost – in my life; many of them small deeds that over time compound our impact for the kingdom – like compounding interest; and when we fail to do these small deeds – the impact is lost.  We are redeemed by Jesus for a purpose! The law teaches us that. What is your purpose? And what are the things that hinder you from pursuing that?
        Maybe this week is a great time to bring this question before God – Lord, what are the good works You prepared for me to do in advance? Is there anything hindering me in that process? Take this before God and let Him lead you in this; but be ready because this question usually results in action.  He’s got plans for you my friend.  Have a great week!
 
Pastor Ryan
 


Murder? Adultery?

Hi SNC Fam,
Man this last Sunday felt heavy.  I don’t know if you felt it – but this was one of the most challenging sermons I feel I’ve preached in a very long time.  Not just because of the material itself but because of how God challenged me in preparing it.  Let me explain…
    As last week progressed, I was thinking about how I would preach this sermon – the content of what I was sharing with you all – when a thought began to come to mind about some people I know.  I don’t know them well – as a matter of fact, I do not know their name but one thing I’m certain of – they are drug users.  We call them “meth-heads.” I’ve run into them several time because they live on my street and God has directed me to pray for them. I rarely see them and usually when I do I’m heading out so it’s difficult to stop and talk with them…. But I’m practically certain they are drug users…
    God has placed a soft spot in my heart for them – has reminded me of them often and yet I have really not reached out to them. My thought process is –
” well I don’t really want to bother them – or they wouldn’t want to talk with me – seems like a waste of time.  I don’t want to throw my “Pearls before swine so to speak…”
    But if I was really honest – and God led me to this last week – I deep down believe that to talk with them would be a waste of time — because they are a waste of time. After all – they are “meth heads” – there is no way they could receive the gospel and there is no way they could really change and if they even wanted it – would I really be willing to help them????
    And then Jesus says- “if you call your brother a ‘Raca’ or a fool”- it’s like you murdered them.  It’s not that I call them names although that really can be quite debilitating and painful – it’s that I’ve come to label them in my mind.  I’ve come to believe this lie about them. I don’t see these people trapped in drug abuse as God’s creation – beloved by Him so much that He would send His Son to die for them.  I see them as a waste of time…
     Can you imagine how much this nailed me to the wall???  Here I am preaching about this and confronted with the deep dark truth of my own heart. Oh God have mercy on me – a murderer and adulterer – a sinner. Oh God what would You have me do?  Oh God – please change me – let me live by Your Word – believing that You are speaking to me through it.  Oh God through the power of your Spirit – let me not label people – or tear them down in my heart or with my words. Oh Lord that You might lead me in a mission to bring light to this dark world and to build Your kingdom. Oh God have mercy on me a sinner.
     I want to close this post with a song.  the starting stanze to the song says this:
Lord, I want to feel your heart
And see the world through your eyes
I want to be your hands and feet
I want to live a life that leads
     This is true of my heart for us all.  It’s hard to admit that our hearts can be dark places and yet we have found the truth – Jesus who loves us in spite of our brokenness..  May we see the world through His eyes.  And may you be blessed this week.  Enjoy the song!
Blessings
Pastor Ryan


What does it mean to “honor your father and mother?”

Hi everyone,
I truly hope you had a wonderful sabbath celebration. If you joined us last Sunday then you may remember we spoke about our relationships with our parents and the 5th Commandment which is: “Honor your father and mother.” As I said – for some of us; this is a heavy commandment; one that involves pain – bitterness – regret – and all kinds of other feelings; and yet this is an area that I believe – if it is observed – can lead to a great deal of freedom and healing in our lives. It can lead to us walking unentangled with Christ and seeing a great deal of fruit produced. But as with many good things in this world – it doesn’t come easily. In fact – it may even feel impossible. You may find that in your heart there is no desire to honor your parents. All you may have there is a desire to HAVE a desire.

If this is true of you – then the very first place to begin is prayer. The Bible tells us God has placed His Spirit in your heart to re-form you into the image of Christ. The goal: We look more and more like Jesus. Jesus honored His Father – and His earthly parents. It wasn’t always easy. But God places His Spirit in your heart to make you open to the things that He wants. Maybe the very first place to begin is with prayer.

The tragedy of the Ten Commandments is that they are impossible to observe and that we are doomed to fail them. The beautiful truth of the Ten Commandments is that we are doomed to fail them . . . And God knew that. This is why He sent Jesus and why He puts His Spirit in our lives to walk with us to guide us; and to work His fruit in us. So naturally, the first place to turn with this issue is to Him. I want to invite you to let this be your prayer if you are struggling with this commandment – or any of God’s other commandments:

Dear Father God,
I recognize you are the Almighty Living God of the universe and there is none who equals You. I trust Your wisdom and Your love for me. I trust that You would invite me to a journey with You where I walk with hope; meaning and freedom. Thank You for all You’ve done for me.

Lord I need to confess that some of what You have called me to is difficult – and sometimes it feels impossible. This is where God, I need You to lead me by Your Spirit. Oh Father help me to follow You – to obey You – because right now there is a part of me that doesn’t want to. Please change my heart in this. Please help me desire what You desire. Please help me trust You when my desire isn’t there. And please remind me of the grace You’ve given me in Jesus. I thank You Jesus for dying for me on the cross; and I praise You because Your sacrifice is enough! Oh Lord may Your will be done in and through me. Be honored my King, my Savior, my God. I love You because You first loved me.

There have been multiple moments in my life where I have confronted callousness; deadness; numbness; belligerence and anger even towards God. Where I’ve had to ask God to accept that this is simply true of me and that I desperately needed Him to do some surgery on my heart – to change me and help me. God has shown up in those moments to begin new movements in my life – but sometimes the biggest thing is to simply be honest about where you are at. My hope and prayer for you this week – is for you to be reminded of God’s great love for you and His great wisdom that He truly knows the best way for us to live – and that God would give you desire and strength to follow Him.

Be Blessed Everyone,
Pastor Ryan