Our world has changed seemingly overnight. Where before we had dinner and a movie, or a night out with friends to look forward to each evening, we now face weeks of intentional isolation. Schools have been cancelled across the country, with many students doing courses from home. Supplies have been snapped up by people in a panic. Fear seems to have taken hold of our country. But we are here to bring you a different message today. A message of power, love, and self-discipline granted to each of us by God! “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 Even when we face uncertainty, we don’t have to be afraid or timid. God tells us so! Not only that, there are no limits to this promise. Scripture clearly states we are not to live in fear of either the big issues or the small crisis we face. In 2 Timothy, Paul is writing to his protégée Timothy. Paul was, at the time of this letter, about to be executed for preaching about Jesus, and Timothy was no doubt fearful of losing Paul, a man he considered a...

The Christmas season is a time of Grace and Generosity. It is a time when we accept and celebrate God’s grace and generosity and it’s a time when we pass that generosity on to others. But what does that really look like? Here’s what I’ve witnessed in my life: God’s grace is most visible when His people live with an open-handed understanding of all they have and all they are. Grace is most visible when we see ourselves as stewards of all God has given instead of seeing ourselves as the owners of “stuff.” Let’s boil that down to the simplest possible definition: grace is made visible when we are generous. What I would like us to focus on this Christmas season is the generosity of God and how that generosity reflects in our lives. OUR GENEROUS GOD Colossians 1:16 tells us, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” All we have, all we are, has been given to us by our great Creator, God. All you enjoy about life has been given to you by God. We see the generosity of God...

November is one of my favorite months. It’s not that I’m not thankful the rest of the year, but there is something about being surrounded by an attitude of thanksgiving that makes me want to shout my blessings from the roof. I love reading all of the daily posts of thankfulness on social media, and hearing from friends and relatives what they are especially thankful for that day. The attitude of thankfulness is contagious! One of the things I am most thankful for is that my dad and mom taught me about thankfulness and stewardship when I was a child. What does one have to do with the other? God blesses me and provides for me. For this I am eternally thankful. As part of that blessing and provision, He gives me resources that I am called to steward. Stewardship should be a central part of our lives. Each of us are called to steward our finances, our time, our families, and we are to be good stewards of our environment. That stewardship not only opens us up to more blessings from the Lord, it also opens our lives up so we can be conduits of blessing. When we are good stewards,...

Love is not just a theory. It’s not just something we feel, or something we say to other people. Love is action. 1 John 3:18 says, “let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 Corinthians 13 shows us the importance of love in our lives. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” (vs. 1). Your words may be full of wisdom, spoken righteously, and meant to bless others, but if you don’t speak with love they are nothing but noise. “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (vs. 2). Prophecy is a powerful gift from God. Faith, likewise, is one of the most powerful forces discussed in God’s Word. But even with both of those, without love “I am nothing.” “If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing” (vs 3). God calls us to give freely, but...

Did you know we are called to both TITHE and GIVE? What’s the difference you ask? Tithing is an act of obedience, mandated in Scripture. Tithing is giving a portion of everything you have back to God. The act of tithing reminds us that God is our provider and that He has called us to support His works. Giving, on the other hand, is an act of the HEART. In Exodus 25:2, God told Moses: “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.” When we are prompted by the Holy Spirit, we are called to open our hearts and give freely. Here is what Scripture says about GIVING: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9-7) “A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” (Prov. 18:16) “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your...