March 11, 2018: Dreaming Desires from God

Preached by Sherry Benner (00:27)

God desires that we delight in him. So many problems in the world would be solved if we delighted more often in him.  God promised that if you “Delight yourself in the Lord…he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). As you delight in God, your desires begin to reflect his desires. The desires of your heart will align with His desires.  One of the primary desires God has for his people is to be unified together. At times we must agree to disagree but a group can still unified in disagreement because the foundation that holds the unity together is a love for God and commitment to love each other.  The secret to unity is to listen for God’s desires; to desire him and always be willing to align with his desires.

Listen as Sherry shares experiences in her life that confirm delighting in God brings forth the desires of your heart.

Scripture references: Psalm 37:4; John 17


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February 4, 2018: Mourning, not Scattered

Preached by Evan Stewart (00:28)

When Jesus died, the disciples found themselves sad, confused, frustrated, and feeling like they lost their leader.  Even though Jesus told them that he would die and rise again three days later, they didn’t feel ready for his departure.  They all grieved the loss of their friend and they did it in different ways.

As Life’s Journey continues to grieve the loss of our friend, Pastor Rod, we can be encouraged by the disciples’ story.

You will continue to hear that we must all pray for wisdom and trust that the Holy Spirit will show us a way forward and remind us of all the things Jesus taught just as Jesus promised the Spirit would do.  This is what the first disciples learned to do.  They walked, face to face with Jesus Christ, but they too had to learn to trust that God is good and that he is always in control.  Rod’s death offers us the choice to implode with sadness or to hold on tighter to Jesus and learn more of what this life’s journey is all about.  Since there is now a void in the full time pastoring of this church, it’s time for all of us to be willing to disciple one another, to step out and stretch our faith as God works through all of us during this time.

Scripture references: John 20:1-14, 19, 26; John 21; Matthew 26:31-35