May 12, 2019: Until Deborah Arose, a Mother in Israel

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:51)

Mother’s Day, a time to honor our mother.  Pastor Casey explains as we begin today how honor blesses us and those around us–while bitterness, poisons and destroys our life and relationships.  Honor brings life and fruitfulness to our relationships.  He moves on to talk about a very famous “mother in Israel, Deborah”.

In Judges 4:4 it is recorded that Deborah, a prophetess and wife was judging Israel. Then in Judges 5: 6b-7, it goes on to tell us about the living conditions at the time– “The highways were deserted and travelers walked along the byways. Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, Until I, Deborah arose, arose a mother in Israel.”  By this time in Israel, people had left the villages for walled cities (safety vs freedom) and traveled the back roads to avoid trouble on the highways. They learned to live under the rule of the enemy.  When we start adjusting our life to “live” under the enemy, then he is lord.  Like Deborah, we need to really listen to God.  We must only bow before the One who died for us.

Deborah heard the voice of God and acted upon it. She did what God called her to do. When she rose up, others were able to step up and do what God had called them to do.  Until Deborah rose up, nothing happened. There has to be an “until” moment in our lives.  Listen in and be encouraged to take back the power that God has given you to do life, recognizing that in the power of Jesus, changes happen.

Scripture references: Judges 5

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May 5, 2019: Will He Find Faith in the Earth?

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:55)

Pastor Casey leads us to consider God’s worthiness to be praised this morning during the worship time.  Then Nona shares with us on sapphires from a Jonathan Cahn devotional before we head into the sermon.

The sermon begins in Luke 18:1-8, where we contemplate Jesus’s parable on the unjust judge and the widow.  Pastor Casey begins to explain how God’s justice may not look like our justice.  How is it just that a righteous man should die for an unrighteous man? It’s not right, not fair but- this is God’s justice!

Casey goes on to point out that it is unfair for Jesus to set us free, and we not walk in freedom. So, we should pursue that which Christ has provided for us and called us to. Whatever it is that we pursue shows where our passion is.  Urgency demands the aggressive pursuit of the kingdom of God, Jesus will return!

The question, what are we pursuing?  Are we bringing the kingdom of God to the world we live in?  Do we walk in faith that God’s Word is true, and declare God’s justice in the situations we face,  instead of being the widow/victim?  Are we passionately pursuing Christ?  Could we do just one thing this week to pursue God?  Let’s find it and do it!

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December 30, 2018: Reviewing last year going forward in High Resolution

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:58)

This morning we started forward by looking back. Pastor Casey noted that in a season of education, one should review, and so we did. He recounted many of the themes or words if you will, that God laid on his heart to share with us this year: the church is God’s idea; shame is poison, love is the antidote; embracing community is key to transformation; when you find your people you find your purpose; faithful friends give faithful wounds; and many others. Finally we looked at going forward from here.

For 2019, let’s live in high resolution.  High resolution-we think of this as a higher number of pixels per inch, giving us a clearer image.  How about a spiritual resolution?  What if we went after God with high resolution- bringing our focus to be on God?  What will 2019 bring? While we cannot predict the future , we can predict our response.  Our high resolve can be like David in Psalm 16, “I will bless the Lord at all times…”.  Join us as Pastor Casey encourages us to live a High resolution, high definition life.

Scripture references: Psalm 16:7-11

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