Faith Stories: Howard

Without the resurrection, all of our Faith Stories have a tragic ending. All of the lessons and experiences we share are nothing more than painful memories of what was. As you consider your Faith Story, don’t forget to share the most important part. Because of the resurrection of Jesus, your Faith Story continues even beyond death. Don’t leave people tending a garden around the tomb of your Faith Story. Instead, point them to the one who is risen indeed – Hallelujah.

Good Friday 2023

Maundy Thursday 2023

We’re almost there. Easter is right around the corner. Throughout your Lenten journey, we pray that your affection for Jesus has grown. Let’s be honest, though, it’s easy to love Jesus, isn’t it? He heals the sick, raises the dead, washes your feet, feeds you with His body and blood for the forgiveness of sins, and gives up His life so that you might have eternal life. At this moment, as the focus is rightly on Jesus, He turns to you and does not say, “Love me.” His new commandment is much harder than that, “Love one another.”

Faith Stories: Dianna

The day before Palm Sunday was a crazy day. Jesus was entering into Holy Week. Judas was self-righteous and a greedy whiner. Lazarus, fresh out of the tomb, joined Jesus and the disciples for dinner. Martha and Mary assumed their typical positions. This week, as we prepare for Holy Week, let us step into the stories of Martha and Mary. Through their Faith Stories, perhaps you’ll see that while we all have different stories, one thing remains the same – Jesus Christ.

Laodicea

Christ desires real relationship with us. Our wealth, resources, and sense of self-sufficiency often prevent us from reliance upon his gift and promise. Repent of self-sufficiency to restore relationship with Christ.

Faith Stories: Tom

Somewhere in your Faith Story, there was a time when you stood looking into the future wondering, “How will it all work out?” At that moment, you may have not had much to work with. Chances are, you had more than Abraham. Imagine you’re Abraham and Sarah, you’re 80 years old with no children and the Lord tells you that your offspring will be as numerous as the stars. You have no idea how it will happen, but you know one thing – God is faithful to fulfill His promises. What leap of faith does your Faith Story tell?

Philadelphia

Christ has the authority of his kingdom, and those he has saved can rest in the security of his promises. Endure earthly trials with the promise of coming redemption.

Faith Stories: Allison

Consider Gideon’s Faith Story. He was the weakest of the weak. He was afraid. He doubted. Yet God demonstrated His power and promise despite his weakness. In fact, at his greatest moment of weakness, the LORD called him a “mighty man of valor.” How does your Faith Story demonstrate the truth that “when I am weak, then I am strong?” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Sardis

Christ supplies to his church the power of the Holy Spirit to resurrect them in their spiritual death and enable them to live faithfully. Do not lose sight of the sustaining source and purpose of your call.

Faith Stories: Joy

Pain is preparation, but it never feels that way in the moment - it just hurts. As you look back on your Faith Story, consider ways that the Lord was working through you to prepare you for something that you could not have envisioned in the moment. By sharing your Faith Story, how might you be able to encourage others during a painful moment in their life? Like the story of Ruth, we can all see through our Faith Story that God has a plan, and He will accomplish it.

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