Uncomfortable King - Uncomfortable - Daniel 2

Uncomfortable King - Uncomfortable  - Daniel 2

The king wakes up and yells for his wisest men. They run in and see a distraught and angry king. He had a terrible dream and wants to know what it means or he will kill all of his wise men. Is this what true power looks like -- that it can wake up on the wrong side of the bead and end life in whomever it chooses? Perhaps Daniel’s description of the dream will bring comfort to the king, but maybe not.

Uncomfortable in Culture - Uncomfortable - Daniel 1

Uncomfortable in Culture - Uncomfortable  - Daniel 1

Daniel and his 3 friends are the best of the best. They are all royal Hebrews: handsome and filled with wisdom. But when they are taken captive by Babylon, they are put in a place meant to demean them. They are given new names glorifying false gods and are given food sacrificed to those gods. How would you handle this situation? It’s interesting to see what Daniel does.

Here Am I, Send Me - The Spirit Experience - Acts 28

Here Am I, Send Me - The Spirit Experience  - Acts 28

At the closing of the book of Acts, Luke beckons us to look back, not only looking at the successes and failures of the church but to look at them through the life of Paul. We see where challenges and struggles with eyes that will not see and ears that will not hear take place. Yet, Paul, in chains, still preaches without hindrance. He continues to say, “Here am I! Send me!” May we face the challenges with the same creed.

Rough Seas - The Spirit Experience - Acts 27

Rough Seas - The Spirit Experience  - Acts 27

Paul has been passed from local official to local official. No one knows what to do with him; they think he is innocent, but he wants to stand before Caesar. This sends Paul into the chaos of the sea, riding a ship from the outskirts of the empire to the center of Rome. But along the way there are problems. Huge storms and a shipwreck show us God’s love and guiding grace among difficult times.

Belts and Bribes - The Spirit Experience - Acts 20-26

Belts and Bribes - The Spirit Experience  - Acts 20-26

Paul wants to go to Jerusalem to visit the church there; however, on his way, folks keep talking about Paul in chains down in Jerusalem. When he arrives, a riot immediately ensues, forcing the rioters and the government to act in the only powers they know. Paul is showing them and us a different way, where we don't have to worry about what the opposition will do to us. Paul is showing us the way of the kingdom.

7-17-19 Email Backpacks

School Supplies for Haiti 

  • Last Pickup August 4th

  • BIG NEED: Backpacks

  • Normal school supplies are needed. 

  • I have been told Dollar General has a great selection. 

  • This Week’s Reflection Questions

    • Tell about a time when you looked for power.  Where did you try and find it?

    • Read Acts 19:1-7.  What does God’s Spirit do when Paul lays his hands to the disciples in Ephesus?

    • Read Acts 19:11-20.  What powerful things does the Spirit do?  How do the Jewish exorcists misuse that power and the name of Jesus?

    • What are some ways that we might misuse the name of Jesus and the Spirit’s power today?

    • Read Acts 19:21-41.  What concern does Demetrius have concerning the message of Paul about Jesus?  Why do you think he has those concerns?

    • In what ways has Jesus confronted and challenged you? How has that caused you to be changed?

  • Watch the Week’s Sermon

    • True Power

    • Paul walks into Ephesus, and he sees multiple displays of power. First he sees the Spirit of God when some are baptized and they begin speaking in tongues.  Then he sees the Spirit when some begin to use the power for their own gain and are quickly humbled. Finally, there’s power of the crowd when they feel Paul’s message of Jesus threatens their city and their God.

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  • The Spirit Experience - Sermon Series 

    • The Book of Acts

    • It’s about those who are enlivened by the Lord’s Spirit and are going out and acting as witnesses. 

    • Sunday 10AM

  • Needed: Sunday Photographer

    • We would like someone to shoot pictures of families on Sunday Mornings. 

      • In on our ongoing efforts to keep directory updated we want to shoot pictures of families at church. 

      • Let Pastor Cris know if you are interested. 

  • Thursday Bible Reading

    • 11AM on Thursdays, we get together to read the Bible and talk about what we have heard. We are currently reading 2 Kings.

    • This is Pastor’s favorite Bible study. Join us as we listen to scripture for 45 minutes then talk about what we have heard.  

    • We have been doing this Bible study for almost 2 years, and in that time we have read. Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1+2 Samuel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Job, Isaiah, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, Philippians, Hebrews, and Revelation.

    • All of this in just an hour and 15 minutes a week. Come join us as we continue to read the Bible together. 

  • Prayer List!

    • We have made changes to the prayer list. 

      • We will keep a prayer request on the list for 3 weeks. 

      • Please let us know every 3 weeks if you would like to keep someone on the list. 

      • This change was made to ensure an accurate list of prayers. 

    • Here is how to give us a prayer request. 

  • See you Sunday!

True Power - The Spirit Experience - Acts 19

True Power - The Spirit Experience  - Acts 19

Paul walks into Ephesus, and he sees multiple displays of power. First he sees the Spirit of God when some are baptized and they begin speaking in tongues. Then he sees the Spirit when some begin to use the power for their own gain and are quickly humbled. Finally, there’s power of the crowd when they feel Paul’s message of Jesus threatens their city and their God.

Manufactured Gods - The Spirit Experience - Acts 17

Manufactured Gods - The Spirit Experience  - Acts 17

Paul goes into a new city; first he goes to the Jews then he ends up with the Greeks. However, when he goes up to Athens, he does not go to the Jewish center but instead to the center of Greekness, Mars Hill, where the learned came and discussed the wisdom of the world. But sometimes gaps show up in the manufactured idols, and statues get made to unknown gods. Paul gives this unknown god a name and tells his story.

Freedom To - The Spirit Experience - Acts 15

Freedom To - The Spirit Experience  - Acts 15

Back in Jerusalem the church is hearing all these amazing stories about how the pagan Gentiles are confessing their sins and turning towards the one true God. They are rejoicing until someone in their midst asks if they are circumcised. After all, this one God they are worshiping called for all His followers to be circumcised. What does the church do? Actually maybe the correct question is how does the church handle the issue?

Answer the Door, Rhoda - The Spirit Experience - Acts 12

Answer the Door, Rhoda - The Spirit Experience  - Acts 12

Rhoda and all her Christian friends are praying for Peter. He is imprisoned by a murderous Herod, and suddenly he is miraculously freed from prison. He then goes to his praying friend’s house, knocks on the door, and yells, “Let me in, guys!” Rhoda hears Peter’s voice and thinks it’s a ghost and runs inside. Answer the door, Rhoda.

Pursuing Purity - The Spirit Experience - Acts 8-9

Pursuing Purity - The Spirit Experience  - Acts 8-9

Saul sees his job as one of purity. He is trying to hunt down this new strand of idolatry, those followers of Jesus (this so called “The Way”) and imprison them.  His job is done so well that those in “The Way” have left Jerusalem and have begun spreading to the ends of the earth. But his job is not done yet; he chases them to Damascus to imprison them. However, as he is pursuing purity, he discovers that their spreading has already happened.

Letting Go - The Spirit Experience - Acts 6-8

Letting Go - The Spirit Experience  - Acts 6-8

The story of Stephen in Acts is remarkable. He’s a man who comes to prominence when the disciples needed help with the dishes. This man was a thorn of discomfort to the religious leaders of the temple, and they began to rile up the crowds against him saying Stephen wanted to destroy the temple. He then tells the story of God’s people saying that it has always been about letting go.

The Beautiful Name - The Spirit Experience - Acts 3-5

The Beautiful Name - The Spirit Experience  - Acts 3-5

Outside the temple there was a gate called Beautiful. This gate was a sign post as to how the kingdom of God was here with the people, and that kingdom was making everything beautiful. However, outside this beautiful gate is a disabled beggar asking for change. This gate is hardly living up to the expectation of its name, but then Peter comes by and gives this beggar life and beauty in a name that is above every name.