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Bring back family fun time!
Let's get serious... When was the last time you spent time with your family?
So seriously ... When was the last time you spent time with your family?
If you answered "Recently": Did you interact with one another? Was anyone on their phone? When is the last time you all played a board game, has a picnic or played sports in the park or backyard?
If you answered, "It's been a while": Why? Don't say it cost so much, because there are so many FREE activities you can do with your family. Whether it's just with your partner, kids, sibling(s), or your parents - you name it, there is always something FREE to do.
Helpful Hint: I recently started No-Electronics Sundays for my family and we play board games and have picnics. I also reached out to my Brothers and Sister and we are now meeting up every other week for lunch or dinner, regardless of our schedules or hectic work week, just to connect, and be a family again.
So far, we have traded off at each other’s houses, and we go to the park and have a basketball game or football game. We may not know what we are doing half the time, but we are having so much fun again.
Want to know why I did this? I was tired of the only time we see each other being during the holidays or if we needed a favor. (I know many of you can relate.) We live so close - maybe a 30-40 minute drive from one another - so why not interact as a family?
Life is way too short for stress, anger, resentment, and animosity. Just be a loving family again. Through the 14 Encounters with God, located in the blog section, this seriously will awaken your forgiveness and help you turn the other cheek and be humble with one another.
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors, there is safety. Proverbs 11:14
When dealing with personal, family or life challenges, you don’t have to face them alone.
Biblical Coaching, with an experienced coach, is available to address issues, confidentially, in a safe environment.
Our team is dedicated to helping individuals, couples and families experience personal freedom, emotional wellness, and healthy relationships.
Our team is dedicated to helping individuals, couples and families experience personal freedom, emotional wellness, and healthy relationships.
Finding Your Identity in Christ
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Premarital Coaching: Our goal is to prepare couples for marriage. You’ll discover the joy of learning and knowing your fiancé(e) at levels you never imagined. You’ll know how to apply and experience God’s Word as it relates to dating and marriage. Ultimately, you’ll discover if you indeed are “fit to be tied.” We aim to make this ministry available not only to our church but to our immediate community and beyond so that everyone can know and understand the importance and the joys of marriage.
Emotional Wellness & Grief Coaching: Our Coaching provides a safe place of comfort and support for those individuals in need of help, hope, and healing as they cope with the death of a loved one. We also come alongside individuals and families who are stuck in a place that causes internal dissidence: pain, anxiety, grief, anger, depression, guilt, and other issues and disorders.
Emotional Wellness and Grief Coaching provides culturally competent, holistic, and wellness-focused services that promote adult-emotional development, prevent the progression of mental health challenges, and address social-emotional problems that currently exist. We do this by using strategies, by facilitating mental health services for those who need them, and by continuing to strive for excellence in supporting mental health for members of our community.
We meet you where you are, without judging, become your confidant, and with God’s power we move you out of your shadow of death. We also offer referrals, when necessary. Our staff is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Grief workshops and support groups are led by trained people who understand what you are going through and who genuinely want to help you. You’ll gain access to valuable grief resources to help you recover from your loss, and we will support you in moving forward.
Marriage Coaching: Through our coaching, we help couples discover God’s original plan for their marriage, that they might become doers of His Word in their relationships.
Couples must move from “knowing what to do” to “doing what they know,” and in the process, healing can take place.
The heart of our ministry is that all marriages come under the authority and power of God’s Word and are led by the Holy Spirit, in order for their marriages to reflect Christ’s relationship to the Church (Ephesians 5:21-33).
Individual Coaching: Our Coaching team provides biblical counseling for individuals who need help with:
Turning away from sin and embracing the experience of divine forgiveness, stimulating spiritual growth, modeling Christian standards and attitudes, and improving interpersonal relationships.
We aim to lead you toward biblical wisdom to instill a sense of responsibility, guide sound decision-making and expedite problem-solving in times of crisis.
Youth Coaching: Our heart is for the youth to know Christ and His Word and to understand that His Word speaks to every situation they will ever encounter (1 Corinthians 10:13).
We aim to help our youth discover that problems are avenues by which the Holy Spirit convicts them to acknowledge their human limitations and declare their need for God’s wisdom and power in their lives.
Our biblical coaching can take place in scheduled sessions or informal conversations and should result in our youth experiencing the hope and healing that God offers in His Word.
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Q&A With God
I bet you have a lot of questions, and don't worry - we all do.
I hope this Q&A Section below answers all your questions, and if not I'll be honest with you. The more you read the Bible and honestly talk with God one-on-one like he's right in front of you, the more he will answer every question you have.
I found these Q&A's through Greg Laurie
1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Hosea 14: 4-8 The Lord says, “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon, he will send down his roots; his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon. People will dwell again in his shade; they will flourish like the grain, they will blossom like the vine—Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon. Ephraim, what more have I[a] to do with idols? I will answer him and care for him. I am like a flourishing juniper; your fruitfulness comes from me.”
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Frequently asked questions
Does God Exist?
What is God Like?
The Bible declares that God is Spirit, that He is not limited to body, shape, force or boundaries. He is absolutely immeasurable and unfathomable to eyes that are limited to physical things. He can be everywhere at the same time. He has unlimited wisdom, power, love and mercy.
The Bible teaches that there was no time when God did not exist. He is eternal—He has no beginning or end—and unchanging—He is the same today and forever.
If we could ever get a vision of God’s majestic righteousness, what a tremendous difference it would make in the way our nations live. If we could once see the appalling difference that separates our unrighteousness from God’s perfect righteousness, it would change our way of living immediately.
The Scripture declares God to be Light in whom there is “no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
Because God is holy, a gap exists between God and us, the sinners. The Scripture says,
God’s holiness demands that all sin be punished, but God’s love provided a plan of redemption and salvation for sinful people. It was the love of God that sent Jesus Christ to the cross:
No matter what sin you have committed, no matter how dirty, shameful or terrible it may be, God loves you. But it is up to you to believe in Jesus Christ, ask forgiveness for your sins and receive His gift of eternal life.
Some people might say: “I still can’t understand God. Therefore, I can’t receive Him.” I can’t understand how a black cow can eat green grass and produce white milk, but I drink milk. I don’t refuse to turn on my radio because I can’t understand how it works. Every day, we do thousands of things that we don’t fully understand.
It is impossible for limited human minds to understand God completely. That’s where faith comes in. By faith, I receive His plan for my redemption. I trust Christ as my Savior.
If you don’t believe we have a sufficient revelation that answers the question of what God is like, you will never be satisfied because all discussion outside of the Bible—God’s Word—is speculative. Every other idea about God is the product of the imagination or reasoning of a mere man; your guess is as good as anyone else’s.
Did Jesus Ever Say; "I AM GOD"?
In Luke 4:8, Jesus says, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'” He said and showed many times that He is the Lord. Jesus says, for example, that He is “the first and the last” (Revelation 1:17, 22:13), which God the Father says in Isaiah 44:6.
But maybe you’re looking for a place in the Bible where Jesus says, “I am God; worship me” in those exact words. If we suggest that Jesus could only claim to be God by saying that one sentence, we might also ask where He says, “I am a great teacher, but not God,” or, “I am just a prophet; don’t worship me.” The Bible doesn’t say that, either.
The good news is that Jesus told us He is God in many different ways! He has made it clear that He and God the Father are one (John 10:30), and says in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Who else could claim these things except God?
Does That Mean There Are Multiple Gods?
How Can Jesus Be God If He Is God's Son?
God has never had a wife. Calling Jesus God’s Son is an expression of His role in relation to God the Father. Unlike us, Jesus was not conceived by two earthly parents; He was born of a virgin through a miraculous work of God. He was born holy, without sin.
Being born of a virgin might seem impossible—even Jesus’ mother, Mary, asked, “How will this be? (Luke 1:34)—yet God is all-powerful and made a way for the holy Jesus to be born a human. In Matthew 1:20, an angel tells Mary’s fiancé, Joseph, that what is conceived in Mary “is from the Holy Spirit.” Jesus was not born out of a sexual relationship between God and Mary, but instead out of a miracle by God through the Holy Spirit. Jesus was both fully God and fully human.
It is also significant that the most thorough Gospel account of the virgin birth was written by Luke, a medical doctor. If anyone knew the impossibility of a virgin birth, it was Luke—yet, after careful research, he concluded that it was a fact. The God who was powerful enough to create the universe was also powerful enough to bring Jesus into the world without a human father. His miraculous birth is just one more testament to His deity.
Why Should We Care Who Jesus Is?
We all sin, meaning we all fall short of God’s perfect standard. The consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23). That means eternal separation from God. But because Jesus lived a sinless life, His death on the cross provided the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Because He defeated death by rising again, we can have eternal life in the presence of God when we put our trust in Him.
Hundreds of people saw and believed in the risen Christ after His death and resurrection, and countless people in the past 2,000 years have discovered that only Jesus can meet the deepest longings and needs of the human heart. In Jesus Christ alone “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).
Can We Trust What The Bible Says About Him?
Not only do we have many reasons to believe that the text of the Bible is true, but many will find that reading the Bible allows God to speak to them—perhaps not audibly, but through His words.
While there are different translations of the Bible, the same core message is the same—that God loves us and freely offers us eternal life if we accept Jesus as our Savior. Different translations exist in an effort to make the Bible understandable to various audiences; however, the major doctrines—and the person of Jesus Christ—remain the same.
If you’re curious about Jesus or what the Bible says about Him, read the book of John in the Bible. It’s a great place to start.
Is Jesus The Only Way To Heaven?
Christ means “anointed one.” It is the term for the ancient Hebrew word Messiah — the anointed one whom God would send to save His people. The first believers of the early Christian church recognized Jesus as the Messiah promised in the Old Testament.
Today, as world leaders struggle with seemingly insurmountable problems, this darkening and menacing situation accentuates the brightness of the One who proclaimed, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Jesus alone can offer eternal life because He is the only one who lived a sinless life and provided the perfect sacrifice for our sins by His death on the cross. He lived on earth as man but was also divine. Because He was divine, He rose again three days after His death—the only one ever to die and come back to life on His own—then ascended into heaven. While the founders of various non-Christian religions of the world have died and been buried, Christ is very much alive!
Jesus was the only one to claim to be God and the only one to prove it. His words, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Because the Bible is God’s inspired Word and God cannot lie, it does not contradict itself or teach falsehoods. It is in this very Scripture that Jesus is revealed.
What Is Truth?
People have all kinds of ideas about truth. Whatever your view is, you would be wise to consider what Jesus Christ taught about truth. He taught not only that there is the truth, but also that He is the Truth. In His words, "I am the way and the truth and the life" (John 14:6). He also taught about lies and said Satan is the father of lies.
Satan's lies started in the Garden of Eden. When God created man and woman, He placed them in a beautiful and perfect environment. God said, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die” (Genesis 2:16-17).
Then Satan came along in the form of a serpent and said, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’ … You will not certainly die” (Genesis 3:1, 4).
In our generation, people question whether the Bible is really the Word of God. They put doubt in people's minds, asking, "Did God really say that?" (See “Is the Bible true?” for more.)
Adam and Eve had to make a choice between God's truth and the devil's lie. They chose the devil's lie. And today our sinful nature also sides with the lie instead of the truth. Jesus said, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed” (John 3:19-20).
From the moment we are born, we have a tendency to sin. Our moral universe is out of focus, and we won't get it back into focus until we come to Christ. We accept lies as truth and truth as lies. We don't know what’s right and what’s wrong.
We don't have to be taught to sin; we inherit it. The question is, what will we do about it? How can we escape the deception and delusion that plague our world?
Jesus said, "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32). He also said, "I am the ... truth" (John 14:6).
Jesus told the truth about many things, including repentance—asking forgiveness for your sins. He said, “Unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:3). Unless we turn to Christ and try to change our sinful lives, we will suffer. We will be eternally separated from God. But if we put our faith in Christ, we can enjoy eternity with Him in heaven!
Regardless of what people say they believe about truth, the fact is that every day, we live our lives on the basis of things we believe are true. We step onto airplanes that we believe will fly. We flip switches that we believe will bring desired results.
Yet in Jesus Christ, we have the most profound truth. He is the only One who can bring peace and joy and the total satisfaction you have been searching for.
Is the Bible True?
1. The Bible contains four Gospels or books about the Good News of Christ and salvation. Those Gospels are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The authors knew a lot about Jesus’ ministry: Matthew was a tax collector who became one of Jesus’ disciples, or followers; Mark worked with those who started the first churches; Luke was a doctor who carefully investigated the life of Christ and wrote in great detail; and John was also one of Jesus’ disciples. The Gospels include eyewitness accounts of Christ’s ministry, historically accurate details and were written shortly after Christ’s ministry. Non-Christian sources and archaeology also confirm historical facts that appear in the Gospels.
2. Between 25,000 and 30,000 handwritten copies of the New Testament survive today. Ancient church fathers quoted from the New Testament so much that even if these copies were destroyed, nearly all the books could be put back together. Some critics say these copies contain thousands of variants or differences in text. However, nearly all of these variants are minor, like differences in spelling or using “Jesus” instead of “Lord.” None of them change the core message of the New Testament.
3. All four Gospels tell about Jesus’ ministry but include different details. Does that mean these four accounts are in conflict, that they aren’t true? The authors wrote to different audiences for different reasons. Matthew wrote to the Jews to prove Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior. Mark wrote to Roman Christians to emphasize Christ’s teachings and heart for serving others. Luke wrote to Gentiles (non-Jews) to show that Jesus, by living a life without sin, paid the price for our own sins. And John showed new believers that Jesus is the Son of God and those who believe in Him will have eternal life. Each author had a different style of writing, but all four accounts present the same basic truth. The Gospels also include embarrassing accounts, like the disciples failing at times to understand Jesus’ teachings. Those testimonies would not have been used by those who called Him Lord if they weren’t true.
4. Even without copies of the New Testament, people throughout the centuries have passed on stories of Christ by word of mouth. Plus, there were so many eyewitnesses to Jesus’ teachings— think feeding the 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish—that an inaccurate detail could easily be crushed.
5. Humans wrote the Bible and humans make mistakes, right? God used the writers to convey His message, guiding them through visions, dreams and their own experiences. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed.” God did not move the pen in the writer’s hand, but guided him through the process; He inspired the text. Just because humans make mistakes doesn’t mean they can’t write truthful documents.
Many people reject the Bible without ever actually reading it. But since the Bible claims to answer life's deepest questions, doesn't it make sense to at least listen to what it has to say? Even if you read a paragraph at a time, God can teach you the Bible’s truth and use it in your life. You will also discover that Jesus Christ was a real person who loves you and that life’s greatest joy comes from following Him.
How do I know I'm Saved? A Message from Billy Graham
Faith always implies an object—that is, when we believe, we must believe something. That something I call the “fact.” Now let me give you three words that will help you understand the Christian life: fact, faith, and feeling. They come in this order, and the order is essential. In this order, you will have the joy and confidence of one who can say, “I know whom I have believed” (2 Timothy 1:12).
First, you are saved through personal faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as defined in the Scriptures. The Gospel refers to the news of Christ’s death and resurrection in order to pay the penalty for our sins and provide a way to eternal life.
Though it might at first seem dogmatic and narrow-minded to you, the fact remains that there is no other way to be saved from your sins than by God’s grace through your faith in Christ. The work of Christ is a fact, His cross is a fact, His tomb is a fact and His resurrection is a fact.
It is impossible to believe anything into existence. The Gospel did not come into being because men and women believed it, and Christ’s tomb wasn’t empty three days after His death because His followers believed it. The fact preceded the faith. We are psychologically incapable of believing without an object of our faith. Christians do not call upon people to believe something that is not credible but to believe in the fact of history. Trusting in Christ for your eternal salvation is trusting in a fact—not in a figment of someone’s imagination.
Faith is the second of these three words. Faith is rationally impossible where there is nothing to believe. Faith must have an object. The object of Christian faith is Christ. Faith means more than agreeing with the claims of Christ; faith involves the will—a decision to believe in Christ. If you say with your mind and your heart, “Yes, I believe in Christ and receive what He has done for me”—that He died for my sins— then you have eternal life. Faith, then, means surrender and commitment to the claims of Christ. It means acknowledging sin and turning to Christ. We do not know Christ through the five physical senses, but we know Him through the “sixth sense” that God has given every man and woman—the ability to believe.
The feeling is the last of the three words, and it must remain last in your thinking. I believe that earnest and honest seekers for the salvation of God have unrest and uncertainty when they think they must have some kind of emotion to make conversion a true experience. If you are seeking salvation as it is presented through the Scriptures, you will want to know what kind of experience the Bible says you should have.
Maybe you went to a church altar, to an inquiry room, or knelt beside your radio or TV when an invitation was given to receive Christ. You heard the message, and you knew that you were a sinner in need of a Savior. In your lost and hopeless condition, you looked to Christ for salvation. You believed that He could and would save you. Maybe you read His invitation to sinners: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
I have read carefully through the New Testament to see just what kind of experience you are entitled to. I have looked to see what the nature of the experience of conversion is, and I have found that the New Testament reveals only one: the experience of faith.
Believing is an experience as real as any experience, yet multitudes are looking for something more — some electric sensation that will bring a thrill to their physical bodies, or some other spectacular event. Many have been told to look for such spiritual thrills, but the Bible says that a man is “justified by faith” (Romans 3:28), and not by feeling. A person is saved by trusting in the finished work of Christ on the cross and not by bodily sensations and religious ecstasy.
Still, you might say, “Is there no place in saving faith for any feeling?” Certainly, there is room for feeling, but we are not saved by it. Whatever feeling there may be is the result of saving faith, but the feeling never saved a single soul.
When I understand something of Christ’s love for me as a sinner, however, I respond with a love for Christ, and love has a feeling. Those who love Christ also have confidence in Him that raises them above all fear.
To have a guilty conscience is also a feeling, and the Bible teaches that Christ cleanses the conscience: “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” (Hebrews 9:14).
To have a guilty conscience cleansed and to be free from its constant accusation is an experience, but it is not the cleansing of the conscience that saves you. It is faith in Christ that saves. A cleansed conscience is the effect of a right relationship with God.
Joy is a feeling as well. So is inward peace. Love for others is a feeling. Concern for the lost is a feeling. But these feelings are not conversion. Again, the only experience you can look for and expect is the experience of believing in Jesus Christ.
Finally, someone might say, “I believe the historical facts of the Gospel, but nothing has changed for me. I don’t think I’m saved.” Perhaps you are not, for the faith that saves has one distinguishing quality: Saving faith is a faith that produces obedience. It is a faith that brings about a way of life. Some have successfully imitated this way of life for a time, but for those who trust Christ for salvation, that faith brings about a desire to live out that inward experience of faith. It is a power that results in godly living.
What Does It Mean To Be Born Again?
Being born again doesn’t mean a physical rebirth; it’s a spiritual one. It refers to a change of heart—from indifference or hostility toward God to a love for Him and a desire to live out His best for us.
But how does it happen?
First, we have to understand our current human condition. There’s a problem we all face, and Jesus said it begins in our hearts. The problem is something called sin, which means to miss the mark—to fail to do what we ought to do.
Whether we realize it or not, we strive to fix this problem ourselves—to somehow compensate for it or push it out of our minds, yet there’s still something missing deep down inside. Nothing will fully satisfy us unless we have Jesus in our lives and the eternal hope of being with Him forever in heaven.
There’s a story in the Bible about a man named Nicodemus. He was a religious leader and a good man, and one night while talking to Jesus, Nicodemus asked Him what he needed to do to go to heaven. Jesus told Nicodemus, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). In fact, Jesus said, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
Jesus was telling Nicodemus that no matter what good he did on the outside, he needed changing on the inside. That can only happen through a supernatural act of God when His Holy Spirit convicts us of wrongdoing and brings new life to our very souls.
So what do we need to do?
First, we must admit our sin—that we can’t live up to God’s perfect standard on our own. Then we must ask forgiveness for that sin and repent, which means to make every effort in turning away from that sin. Finally, we ask Jesus to be part of our lives.
That’s when God’s Spirit penetrates our hearts to guide us and help us be more like Him. That’s when we’re born again.
God Himself puts it this way: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you” (Ezekiel 36:26). From then on, He gives us a new purpose and new goals for living. We no longer live for ourselves but for Him (II Corinthians 5:15).
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