Spiritual Depravity

Good afternoon! If you’d like to listen to Pastor Steve’s message on “Spiritual Depravity,” where he dives more deeply into the Beatitudes that he began to teach about last week, simply click the play button on the audio player below. Below that, you’ll find the Call to Worship and links to the Scriptures referenced by Pastor Steve.

Call to Worship
Psalm 103:13-22
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.

Scripture References

Matthew 5:3

James 4:6

Psalm 51:17

James 4:7-10

Praying you find yourself truly blessed this week! All glory to God. ❤


Hello and happy Sabbath Sunday! Pastor Steve shared a wonderful message on the Beatitudes today. To listen to his message, simply click the play button on the audio player below and enjoy. I’ve also included the Call to Worship (from Psalm 119) and links to Scriptures he references.

Call to Worship
Psalm 119:105-112
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105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
    that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much;
    preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
    and teach me your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
    I will not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
    but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
    they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
    to the very end.

Scripture References

Matthew 5:1-12

Malachi 3:3

John 1:17

John 18:37-38

Matthew 22:37-40

Matthew 5:38-39

Hebrews 10:30

Joel 2:7-8

Proverbs 16:16

Philippians 3:17

Mark 12:17

Colossians 1:13-14

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Matthew 28:18-19

Praying your week is blessed!


Here is Pastor Steve’s message from yesterday regarding the giants we face and how we should face them. Simply click the play button on the audio player and enjoy!

Call to Worship
Isaiah 41:8-13
“But you, Israel, my servant,
    Jacob, whom I have chosen,
    you descendants of Abraham my friend,
I took you from the ends of the earth,
    from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
    I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 “All who rage against you
    will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
    will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies,
    you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
    will be as nothing at all.
13 For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.

Scripture References

Numbers 13:30-33

Numbers 13:17-20

Numbers 13:27-29

2 Corinthians 4:7

Joshua 1:9

2 Timothy 1:7

2 Corinthians 4:8-10

Psalm 23:4

Psalm 27:13-14

Psalm 34:4-6

Daniel 3:17-18

I apologize for not posting this yesterday. To be honest, I completely forgot after I got home from church! Praying you have a blessed week. 🙂

One Another

Happy Sunday! Due to human error (my fault…I put the recorder in the wrong bag!), there is no audio this week. Sorry! But, I took notes during the service and will share some of the insights from Pastor Steve’s message titled “One Another.”

Call to Worship
Psalm 103:1-12
Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

“One Another” is based mainly on John 13:34 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Now, more than ever, is a time to care for the needs, hurts, and praises of others. Jesus wants us to come alongside each other and consider others’ needs as more important than our own. John 13:34 says we are to “love one another,” but you could also read “care for one another,” “forgive one another,” and “support one another.”

Notice that this is not a request or a recommendation: it is a commandment!

And in the next chapter of John, Jesus explains that we show our love for God by keeping His commandments (John 14:15, 23-24). He knows we could never do all this on our own, so in John 14:15-27, He also promises us five supernatural spiritual aids: help (John 14:16); life (John 14:19); union (John 14:23); teaching (John 14:26); and peace (John 14:27).

With these supernatural spiritual aids, we can keep His commandments; and by keeping His commandments, we show we know Him (1 John 2:3).

“One another” is used 59 times in the New Testament for commandments and instructions. One-third of these are commands for unity within the Church (for example: John 6:43; Romans 12:16). One-third of them are to teach Christians to love (Romans 12:10; Galatians 5:13). Many of them talk about humility (Philippians 2:3; 1 Peter 5:5). They all tell us how to treat others (Colossians 3:9; Galatians 6:2; Romans 14:13).

“Love” isn’t a new idea. Look at what God told Moses in Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18. But Jesus knew that we needed both a new commandment and an example. That’s why He said, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34, emphasis added). He put everything aside for us: His glory, His throne, even His life, so now we have an example of sacrificial love for others.

In these days of chaos, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own needs. But God tells us to put others first, to sacrifice our own comforts to help others.

It’s also easy these days to get caught up in worldly affairs. But 2 Timothy 2:4 reminds us not to be entangled in the things of this world, but to live to please God. We should always stay alert to and aware of what is going on, but not get wrapped up in the drama. Base everything we know on the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Remember when Elijah was in the midst of chaos, and he went and hid in a cave? (1 Kings 19:1-9) The Lord told him to stand on the mountain and wait for the Lord to pass by. A powerful wind came, but the Lord wasn’t in it. Then came an earthquake, but the Lord wasn’t in it. Then fire raged, but the Lord was not in the fire. Finally, a still, small voice whispered to Elijah (1 Kings 19:11-13). This reminds us that it is in the quiet that God speaks. In the chaos, we can’t hear what God is saying. In times of turmoil, God is still our refuge and our solid rock, but we need to take the time to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).

And when we take the time to quietly listen to God, we remember His commandments, obey them, and know peace. Then, we can bear one another’s burdens, we can share the love and peace of Christ with those in need, with those who are lost.

And here’s one final thought, one final command to remember: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32).

Praying you have a blessed Sabbath Sunday and a peace-filled week, listening to God in the quiet and loving one another.