Posts from January 2018

Posts from January 2018

January 31, 2018

Belonging There is something important about feeling like you belong. There is just something about knowing and believing that the people around you care and love you. Jesus was so big on this. It’s why he said things like, let the first one among you who has no sin be the first to throw a stone. It’s why he went and ate with sinners in their homes. It’s why he brought…

January 30, 2018

Life Change When someone feels welcomed, there is a beautiful change that happens. They move from guarded and outcast, to open and loved. There is something that changes in a person when they go from feeling like “outside” the group to being a part of it. They are more accepting and willing to listen. Where there were once walls, there are now bridges. Jesus was a great…

January 29, 2018

There is something about feeling like you belong. The feeling that you’re wanted, included, and part of something will definitely change the way you look at not only others but yourself. We strive to be a community that makes people feel welcome. We want people to feel loved and encouraged, and while they may not be perfect, welcome to grow in our community. So, this week…

January 26, 2018

  We see new opportunities   I remember when I first got a Ford Ranger. I was in high school and had never heard of the little truck but was so excited to have one. I drove it home and parked it in front of my parent’s house to show off my awesome new purchase. However, after I got my truck and I drove in it a while I started to see how many of these…

January 25, 2018

Our invites becomes more genuine   When we’re inviting because we’re afraid of what God might do to us, or when we’re not inviting because of fear, our invites normally come across very cold, withdrawn, and passive. Yet, when we are fueled by love, and we invite a person into our lives and then into our faith, the time we ask them to join us for a service isn’t some…

January 24, 2018

  Inviting actually becomes exciting.   When you are excited about someone you talk about it. That’s why people spend time talking about sports and hobbies and movies. We talk about it because we’re passionate about it. No one has to tell you to talk about these things, they just have such an impact on you that you cannot help but talk about them. When inviting…

January 23, 2018

  We find joy in sharing our faith.   So many people hesitate and are scared to share the gospel. Rightfully so. In most cases we haven’t loved on someone, we haven’t care about them, and we haven’t poured into them at all so what right do we really have to just dump this on someone?   When we start sharing our faith and inviting out of love, those…

January 22, 2018

We talked this week about the difference between being fueled by fear, or being fueled by an overflow of God’s love. For many of us, we spend so much time focusing on our fears, and not enough time focusing on God, His love for us, and the beautiful changes that it makes. So this week we’re going to look at how inviting that is focused on God’s love, and fueled by love…

January 19, 2018

The first time I built something in the garage at our apartment it wasn’t that great. It was a wobbly cart made from cheap scrap wood in the clearance section at menards. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I knew it was something I needed so I put the effort into making it happen. This last month, almost a year and a half later, I finished a bed frame, headboard, and…

January 18, 2017

Shirley MacLaine one said, “Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.” Often times we’re afraid of the conversation. We’re afraid of the uncomfortable moment when we try and wonder what will come of it. We’re afraid of the failure and maye the judgment and we never try because of it. We’ve got to find a way to detach ourselves from the outcome. Some people are…

January 17, 2018

One of the biggest complaints i’ve heard in regards to talking to someone new is the age old excuse of “I don’t who I’d talk to, I don’t have anywhere I can just talk to strangers.” Let me suggest, as crazy as this is, that maybe the way to make changes is to change things. Maybe if I want to be engaged, and living out the gospel, I need to be ready, and I need to be…

January 16, 2018

Be personable. It’s crazy that we have to say that, but we do. Sometime people get to eager about being a part of what God’s doing that they go over the top. They try to stuff Jesus into every conversation. They enter a conversation looking for an opportunity to proselytize instead of an opportunity to love. They look for a way to stuff Jesus into the situation instead of…
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