Oct 14, 2018
“Strangling Worry”
   This is the fourth message based on our small group study Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala. We are looking at how casting our burdens onto God through prayer can decrease our worries and increase God’s peace in our lives.    There is a very fine line between worry and concern. Worry can happens when we are so concerned about something that there is an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty, helplessness, and fear. It can destroy our joy, rob us of our peace, and stifle our relationship with God and others.         Our peace will increase as our trust in God increases. Our trust that God will either change our circumstances or give us the grace and strength to deal with the situation leads to peace.
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  • Oct 14, 2018“Strangling Worry”
    Oct 14, 2018
    “Strangling Worry”
       This is the fourth message based on our small group study Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala. We are looking at how casting our burdens onto God through prayer can decrease our worries and increase God’s peace in our lives.    There is a very fine line between worry and concern. Worry can happens when we are so concerned about something that there is an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty, helplessness, and fear. It can destroy our joy, rob us of our peace, and stifle our relationship with God and others.         Our peace will increase as our trust in God increases. Our trust that God will either change our circumstances or give us the grace and strength to deal with the situation leads to peace.
  • Sep 30, 2018“Keys to Answered Prayer”
    Sep 30, 2018
    “Keys to Answered Prayer”
       This is the third message in our series Life Changing Prayer relating to our small group study by Jim Cymbala. We are going to look at a few keys to answered prayer or a few conditions typically necessary in order for our prayers to be answered.    There are a number of things that can hinder our prayers from being answered from God. We will also address Matthew 7:7-8 where Jesus challenges God’s people to “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”    Some see this as an unconditional promise that we can ask God for anything and He will give it to us. But it must be understood in the light of other Biblical teaching on prayer. It must also be understood in the context in which it was written.
  • Sep 23, 2018“Prayer Basics”
    Sep 23, 2018
    “Prayer Basics”
       This is the second message in our fall series Life-Changing Prayer that will parallel our small group study by Jim Cymbala.  There is a lot of misunderstanding about prayer by non-Christians and Christians alike. There is much confusion about how to pray and why prayer is important.         This series will clarify some things and give us a greater understanding as to why and how to pray. Some people see prayer as a last resort after everything else has failed. Others see it as a religious duty they simply endure rather than something that can give us meaning, purpose and life.       This morning we are going to look at some prayer basics; what prayer is not and then what it is or five purposes of prayer.
  • Sep 16, 2018“Jesus: Our Great High Priest”
    Sep 16, 2018
    “Jesus: Our Great High Priest”
       This is the first message in our fall series that will parallel our small group study Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala, pastor at the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City. Over the weeks we will look at a number of different facets of prayer that will hopefully not just give us more knowledge about what prayer is but how we can better consistently draw near to God in prayer to fellowship with Him as well as petition Him to meet our needs, the needs of others, and the needs of God’s Kingdom.    Today we are looking at Jesus as our great High Priest from Hebrews 4:14-16. We will address the difference between Him and the Old Testament High Priests, the sacrifices they offered, and how Jesus’ sacrifice enables us to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.