Giants

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
 (NIV)
“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.

Sword of the Spirit

Good afternoon! If you’d like to listen to Pastor Steve’s message about the Sword of the Spirit, simply click the play button on the audio player below. I’ve also included the Scripture references and links to those verses on Bible Gateway for your convenience.

Call to Worship
Hebrews 4:11-16
11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that 
no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any 
double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and 
spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes 
of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s 
sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes 
of him to whom we must give account.

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended 
into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith 
we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to 
empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been 
tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us 
then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we 
may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Ephesians 6:10-18

Romans 3:22

John 14:27

2 Samuel 22:31

Isaiah 59:17

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

2 Timothy 2:4

Romans 10:8-9

1 Corinthians 1:18

Hebrews 4:12

Matthew 4:4

Matthew 4:10

Daniel 3:18

Joshua 1:9

1 Corinthians 10:13

2 Timothy 3:16

1 Peter 4:11

Romans 8:31

Romans 8:37-39

John 15:7

Preferring Jesus

Happy Father’s Day! Pastor Steve put together a message for everyone, but especially for the dads out there today. If you’d like to listen, simply click the play button on the audio player below. There is also a list of some of the Scriptures he references with links to those verses on Bible Gateway.

Call to Worship
Philippians 2:1-11
Imitating Christ’s Humility
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, 
if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any
tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-
minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do
nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value
others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you
to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own
	advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Matthew 10:37-39

Matthew 6:33

Genesis 22

Proverbs 22:6

Psalm 103:13

Proverbs 15:20

Joshua 24:15

Praying you have a lovely Father’s Day and a beautiful week.

The Crown of Life

Here’s the audio recording of Pastor Steve’s message about the Crown of Life from this morning’s service. Simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included a visual recap of all the crowns Pastor Steve has taught about in recent weeks, as well as links to the verses he references.

Call to Worship: Psalm 16:5-11

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

James 1:12

Romans 8:28

Revelation 2:10

Acts 14:21-22

Matthew 5:10-11

Praying you have a beautiful Sabbath Sunday and a blessed week!

Our Response

Hello Church family! Due to technical difficulties, the audio version of the message is unavailable this week. However, if you would like to read the Scriptures Pastor Steve referenced in his message about how we, as Christians, should respond to what is happening in our world today, I have listed them below with a few notes from the message and links to the verses on Bible Gateway.

Call to Worship: Psalm 91:1-11
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;

Our Response

1 Peter 1:6-9: trials prove your faith, and faith brings joy

James 1:2: trials should evoke a joyful response from us

1 Corinthians 10:13: temptation is not a sin, but how you respond may be

1 Peter 1:3-5: we have been given a Living Hope

Job 1:20-22: don’t blame God, learn from Him

James 4:8: the more you lean into God, the more strength He gives

James 1:5: ask God how you should respond to your trials

Joshua 1:9: don’t let fear rule your life

Matthew 6:25-34: don’t let worry consume your thoughts

Romans 12:16-21: live in harmony with one another

Galatians 5:25: walk in the Spirit, not in our own ways

Walking Confidently in the Middle of Trials

Good Sunday Morning, once again! To listen to the message Pastor Steve has prepared for today, please click play on the audio player below. I’ve included links to the Scriptures he references in his message, as well as a poem he shares.

Call to Worship - Psalm 96
Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
    tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
    The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
    he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Scripture References
1 Peter 1:1-9
Job 7:17-19
1 Peter 1:14-15
1 Peter 2:1-3
Joshua 1:9
1 Kings 17:13
Hebrews 3:14
Job 4:8
Galatians 6:7
Romans 2:6
John 10:28
John 14:27
Philippians 4:19

My Cup Runneth Over

by Margaret E. Barber

There is always something over, 
When we trust our gracious Lord; 
Every cup He fills o’erfloweth, 
His great rivers all are broad. 
Nothing narrow, nothing stinted, 
Ever issues from His store; 
To His own He gives full measure, 
Running over, evermore.
There is always something over, 
When we, from the Father’s hand, 
Take our portion with thanksgiving, 
Praising for the path He planned. 
Satisfaction, full and deepening, 
Fills the soul, and lights the eye, 
When the heart has trust in Jesus 
All its need to satisfy.
There is always something over, 
When we tell of all His love; 
Unplumbed depths still lie beneath us, 
Unscaled heights rise far above; 
Human lips can never utter 
All His wondrous tenderness, 
We can only praise and wonder, 
And His name forever bless.

Praying you have a blessed Sabbath day and a blessed week! Hoping to see everyone in fellowship again soon.

The Crown of Rejoicing

Happy Memorial Day Sunday! Pastor Steve has prepared a message about the Crown of Rejoicing for us today. Please click the play button on the audio player below. I’ve also included links to the Scripture he refers to for your convenience.

Call to Worship

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we
once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is
in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All
this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the
ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in
Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the
message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though
God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be
reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in
him we might become the righteousness of God. 

1 Thessalonians 2:19

Luke 15:7

Philippians 2:3

Praying you have a blessed week filled with the joy of the Lord!

The Crown of Glory

Good morning! This morning, Pastor Steve is bringing us a message about The Crown of Glory. To listen, simply press the play button on the audio player. I’ve also once again included a list of Scripture references linked to the passages on the Bible Gateway website for your convenience.

Call to Worship
1 John 4:1-6
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they
are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges
that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 
but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the 
spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is 
already in the world.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one 
who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 
They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, 
and the world listens to them. 
We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not 
from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and 
the spirit of falsehood.

1 Peter 5:1-4

Romans 8:18

1 John 3:2

Hebrews 12:1

Proverbs 3:35

2 Corinthians 3:18

Jeremiah 29:13

1 Corinthians 13:12

Praying your Sabbath day is blessed!

A Salute to Godly Mothers

Happy Mother’s Day! Pastor Steve has put together a message for this Sabbath day, and you can listen to it by clicking on the audio player below. Also, Scripture references are included below the audio player for your convenience.

Call to Worship - Proverbs 2:1-9
Moral Benefits of Wisdom
My son, if you accept my words
    and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
    and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
    and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just
    and fair—every good path.

Ecclesiastes 10:10

Proverbs 31

Psalm 111:10

Proverbs 31:28

Proverbs 22:6

Proverbs 31:26-30

Exodus 20:12

John 19:26-27

Isaiah 66:13

Proverbs 23:22-25

Wishing all mothers a blessed Mother’s Day! Praying your hearts are filled with the hope, joy, and peace of the Lord, and that we can join together in fellowship soon.