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Why Mary?
November 27, 2022

  26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings favored woman! The Lord is …

Good and Angry
November 20, 2022

  19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. (James 1:19-20) 5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexu …

Thick Skinned and Soft Hearted
November 13, 2022

  Thin Skinned and Soft hearted. 5 He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. (Mark 3:5)   Thin Skinned and Hard Hearted 23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23)   Thick skinned and hard hearted …

Can Being Right Be Wrong?
November 6, 2022

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Kind Lighting
October 30, 2022

  8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me — everything y …

Fierce Generosity
October 23, 2022

  16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion — how can God’s love be in that person? (1 John 3:16 …

Rampant Acts of Kindness
October 16, 2022

  We should be notorious for rampant acts of kindness. How can I demonstrate Fierce Kindness?   1. Be tenderhearted. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)   2. Be known by our actions. 14 …

Kind Words
October 9, 2022

  Death and life are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9) Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. (Proverbs …

Fierce Kindness
October 2, 2022
Brent Faulkner

Kindness from the Heart

Relational Kindness
September 25, 2022

  I will be kind to _______________ every day.   The two most common scenarios we demonstrate unkindness are in conflict or in comfort.   1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had …

Clothed in Kindness
September 18, 2022

  1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in …

David and Mephibosheth
September 11, 2022

  1 One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive …” (2 Samuel 9:1a) 3 The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.” Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.” (2 …

Jonah and God’s Loving Kindness
September 4, 2022

  Kindness is part of God’s true character.   Kindness is the outward face of unconditional love.   Fierce Kindness series details Learn it Commit to joining in person or online for the 6 weeks of the series. Sign up to receive daily devo videos via text. Live it Participate in Daily …

Lessons from Kindergarten
August 28, 2022

  22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)   Kindness: intentional ways of showing God’s love, with no strings attached. 35 Your love for one another w …

Learning to Be Content
August 21, 2022

  4 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless — like chasing the wind. (Ecclesiastes 4:4) 30 Envy makes the bones rot. (Proverbs 14:30 ESV)   Free from the Comparison Trap: 1. Eliminate the threat. 13 If you a …

Perception Deception
August 14, 2022

  Perception Deception: When comparison causes us to see abundance as scarcity and blessing as affliction.   8 Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.  9 The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground — trees that were …

Keeping Pace
August 7, 2022

  Comparison will wear you down without getting you any closer to the finish line.   Comparison is: 1. Comparison is a thief of joy. 2. Comparison is a manipulator of motivation. 3. Comparison is a thief of identity.   4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, …

Chasing the Wind
July 31, 2022

  4 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless — like chasing the wind. (Ecclesiastes 4:4)   Comparison will lead me to feel inferior or superior.   12 But they are only comparing themselves with each othe …

Parables of Treasure and Pearl
July 24, 2022

  44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. 45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discover …

Leadership Lessons from Jesus
July 17, 2022

  1. This cause is bigger than my position 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)   2. We is greater than me. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”  20 And they left their nets at once an …

Parable of Salt and Light
July 10, 2022

  You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and pu …

Parable of Waiting & Stewardship
July 3, 2022

  35 “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. 37 The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rew …

Parable of the Four Soils
June 26, 2022

  1 Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. 3 He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one: “Listen! A farmer went out to p …

Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders
June 19, 2022

  21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.  22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many mir …

Parables of Mustard and Yeast
June 12, 2022

  31 Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.” 33 Jesus also used this illustra …

Parable of the Talents
June 5, 2022

  14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.  15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing …

Unstoppable
May 29, 2022

  12From the day of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. (Matthew 11:12 NIV)   The Fight is on   20May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus …

More Than Me
May 22, 2022

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And …

More Than Attending
May 15, 2022

  22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. (Ephesians 1:22-23)   12 The human body has ma …

More Than a Building
May 8, 2022

  15 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”  16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  17Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.  18 Now I say …

Grace That Overflows
May 1, 2022

  35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and gre …

The Law and Grace
April 24, 2022

  31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. – Jeremiah 31:31-32 7 If the first covenan …

Easter
April 17, 2022

  Grace: the unlimited and unearned favor of God   10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. – James 2:10   1. Grace is free. 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, i …

Patience and Prayer
April 10, 2022

1 Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. 2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This co …

Friends and Enemies
April 3, 2022

  1. Humbly admit I need help. 1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to …

Words and Wisdom
March 27, 2022

  1 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. – James 3:1-2 …

Hearing and Doing
March 20, 2022

  19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hea …

Trouble and Temptation
March 13, 2022

  2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, n …

Conflict Resolution
March 6, 2022

  26 Be angry and do not sin – Ephesians 4:26   Conflict Resolution Guide   Resolving Conflict   1. Pray.   2. Confront with love and grace. 1 A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. – Proverbs 15:1   3. Confronting isn’t permission to critic …

The Pattern of Healthy Relationships
February 27, 2022

  So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a …

Love, Lust, and Lies
February 20, 2022

  8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. – …

The Language of Love
February 13, 2022

  Words of Affirmation 21 The tongue can bring death or life. – Proverbs 18:21 21 The master was full of praise. “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” – Matthew 25:21   Acts of Service 12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand wha …

Foundations and Fundamentals
February 6, 2022

  18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. – Genesis 2:18 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lyin …

We Build Faith at Home
January 30, 2022

  We Build Faith at Home   1. Building faith at home must be intentional. 15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. – Ephesians 5:15-16 Pray/Talk/Serve Meet our Faith at Home team   2. B …

Drop The Stone
January 23, 2022
Brent Faulkner

  John 8:3-11 There can be no genuine holiness of life that does not arise out of a perpetual confidence that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Guilt doesn’t produce holiness; grace does.   Romans 7:18-25   Romans 8    Daily let God remind you of y …

Death to Selfie
January 16, 2022

  Death to selfie: 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20   • Submit myself 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, …

How Can I Be Born Again?
January 9, 2022

  16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Cor …

Prayer and Fasting
January 2, 2022

  14 At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal h …

Where is my trust planted?
December 26, 2021

  5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see good when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a …

Christmas Eve
December 23, 2021

  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23   20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spiri …

Fostering a Heart of Ongoing Forgiveness
December 19, 2021

  14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:14-15   My sin against the perfect God will always be greater than any sin from another imperfect person. …

Overcoming Unforgiveness
December 12, 2021

  21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! 23 “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with …

BOLD Giving
December 5, 2021

  13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed …

I am Forgiven
November 28, 2021

  3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in …

Faith Over ____
November 21, 2021

  And it is impossible to please God without faith. – Hebrews 11:6 38 The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great …

Everyday Faith
November 14, 2021

  Discipline stalls satisfaction.   Discipline is recognizing what I need to do, pre-deciding what I’m going to do about it, and living that out.   10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you …

Faith in Action
November 7, 2021

  If what I claim to believe doesn’t affect how I live, then I don’t really believe it.   14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food o …

Faith Traps
October 31, 2021

  Faith is trust lived out   1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do t …

Faith Is
October 24, 2021

  Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1)   Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. (Hebrews 11:2   It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeye …

Awaken Us to Your Power
October 17, 2021

  Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before.” (Acts 1:4)   You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere …

Awaken Us to Your Purpose
October 10, 2021
Luke Smith

  If I don’t know something’s purpose, I will likely misuse it. Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; (Proverbs 29:18, NIV) My purpose is for God’s purpose. I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. (Psalm 57:2) I don’t try to discover my purpose …

Awaken Us to Your Perspective
October 3, 2021

  Perspective: a mental view.   I most often see what I want to see.   The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So p …

Awaken Us to Your People
September 26, 2021

  On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25)   “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and …

Awaken us to Your Presence
September 19, 2021

  Awaken us to Your Presence: Letting go of anything that gets in the way of leaning in to intimacy with You..   Notes   He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its …

Expectation
September 12, 2021
Luke Smith

  I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. (Romans 8:18-19 (NIV))   Expectation: living out my faith in anticipation. Believe for Jesus went …

Finding the Work in your Job
September 5, 2021
Brent Faulkner

   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 sai …

Firing on All Cylinders – Inviting
August 29, 2021
Luke Smith

How We Invite : We invite God in.  I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them… This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1 & 3-4) The Lord is …