Pastor Pete delivers down-to-earth, life-changing messages that address today’s real problems. Sunday School classes, Connect Groups, and Bible Study classes show us how to apply God’s Word to our lives on a daily basis.
Calling all parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles! Did you know that a person’s moral and ethical foundations are generally in place by age nine? It’s also true that most Christians will make a decision for Jesus before the age of 13. There are so many vital reasons for bringing the children in our family to Church. It’s here that they encounter The Lord Jesus, and learn Biblical principles that will guide them all their lives. Church is also a place where children form relationships among their peers, fostering greater spiritual development. Family, friends, and the faith of one’s household are all directly linked. Parents who hope for a healthy, lasting spiritual foundation for their children find vital support in the Church community. Finally, as our children grow, studies show that some leave the church from ages 18-24. However those who don’t leave, are almost always linked to a parent or guardian who is active in the Church. Your involvement makes a difference! If you are reading this and you’re actively taking the children in your life to Church I want to commend you. You are planting a seed in their lives that will produce lasting fruit. And if you have neglected to bring your family’s children to Church I implore you, do not wait any longer. Now is the time. The world we live in is fallen, but introducing our kids to The Father of Lights is the only answer they need to prevail. God loves our children dearly and the work He begins in our kids, He will see through to completion.
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16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
From Pastor Pete's Sermon last week-end: Giving thanks… Turns what we have into enough. Turns denial into acceptance. Turns chaos into order. Turns confusion into clarity. Turns a meal into a feast. Turns a house into a home. Turns a stranger into a friend.
It’s amazing what a good photographer can do! Last year when my grandmother sold her house, we knew it wouldn’t be the most sought after home in town. Built in 1955, it had mostly original appliances, counter tops, cupboards, dated light fixtures, and bright pink trim. Let’s just say it was classical and unique. A realtor was found, who in turn brought a professional photographer to take photos for the listing of the house. When the house was listed online I looked and was astonished to see how much better it appeared online than it did in person! I was thankful as the house needed to be sold, and did in the following weeks. Maybe you’ve experienced this at other times. You’re purchasing a used car and the photos look great online but it's only in person that you see reality. Or you see someone’s profile picture in email or social media, yet it’s 20 years old and they look different in person. Oh and let’s not get started on filters which can doctor up any photo to look spectacular…What I’m getting at is that a photo captures the image or impression of something but doesn’t disclose the full truth. It produces the desired appearance of something or someone, not the true reality. We have to be diligent as Christians to focus on the reality and core of who we really are, not the appearance that’s given. The Apostle Paul prays a great prayer for the Ephesians concerning this: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,” (Eph. 3:16-18). The Lord wants us to be strengthened from the inside out. Strengthened in our spirit by yielding to the Holy Spirit’s work. Increasing spiritual strength through carved out time for worship that He “may dwell in your hearts”. Then when we’re strengthened on the inside, we’re stabilized in all of life by the love of Christ. Focusing on our “inner being,” brings continual revelation of the goodness of God, and will not leave us lacking. So remember our focus is not the outside image, it's the inner Christ-relationship. Then Christlikenss becomes the reality we live from.
Are you ready to get water baptized? Yes! After all, Jesus did! Crosswinds is having water baptisms immediately following the Sunday morning sermon on Oct. 1st. We are excited and can't wait to celebrate this momentous occasion with you and your family!
You must attend Water Baptism class prior to being baptized. The class will be held on same day at 9:30am in room #5. Register here: qrco.de/beG47o or sign up in the Connection Center at Church and Pastor Dave will be in contact with you!