Archive for April, 2023

This Sunday at Church: Thank Someone who Encourages You

Our elders just held a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Friday, at which we served our deacons, Bible study leaders, and other volunteers (and their families) dinner, offered a short message of gratitude for ministering and some entertainment, gave away door prizes, and showed a movie.

The message this morning is finding encouragement in our faithful Savior (Matthew 12:15-21).

In other words, this weekend for our congregation has been a big thank you to our congregation.

Let’s live out gratitude daily, not just today or this weekend.


This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Thank someone who encourages you. Sometimes we can take people and things for granted. If we realize while reading this someone who encourage you at church I think it is worthwhile to thank them for encouraging you. I look back and realized […]

This Sunday at Church: Thank Someone who Encourages You

VerseD: Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20, ESV

We are no longer our own. We have been purchased, redeemed, and our old self – with all of it’s desires and selfishness – was killed off on the cross with Christ.

VerseD: Psalm 27:4

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

Psalm 27:4, ESV

This world has many answers for happiness and truths, but the greatest truth and joy is found in God.

Pray that God reveals Himself to you in amazing ways, that you may spend time seeking His wisdom and beauty faithfully.

VerseD: Matthew 7:24

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Matthew 7:24, ESV

We can try to live our own truth, live but the world’s wisdom, or try to please God on our own.

Or we can listen to and obey Jesus.

Pray to hear Jesus and for the strength and wisdom to obey.

VerseD: John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14, ESV

Many will try to tell us there are many ways to truth or to find our own truth, but Jesus has told us He is the embodiment and source of truth.

Pray that His grace and truth can flow through your life.

VerseD: Psalm 3:3

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

Psalm 3:3, ESV

There are many things in this world that can harm us, whether persecution, illness, tragedy, or worries.

Let us pray to God who can save our souls and encourage our hearts and minds.

VerseD: 2 Corinthians 9:6

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2 Corinthians 9:6, ESV

We want to give more. We want to be good stewards.

We must sow bountifully in prayer before we sow in generosity and love well.

VerseD: Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:16, ESV

Many come against the gospel and those who share it faithfully, but we should pray we remain unashamed of the truth and faithful to our Savior and God.

April 2023 Missions Trip Update

Let us lift up our missionaries, the persecuted Church, and those who persecute that they may come to the Lord.


Here’s an update post!  It has been sobering being with Christians in the 10/40 window.  Traveling to two different countries has also made me grateful for the Christians in areas where it is not easy to be a believer.  While the trip does not have many discussions on persecution as the main focus still it […]

April 2023 Missions Trip Update

VerseD: 1 Peter 5:8-9

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

1 Peter 5:8‭-‬9, ESV

Temptations and persecutions come to God’s faithful, but God is on our side.

Let us pray for all those who face persecution daily, and lift up those under spiritual attack daily.