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Pastor John Butler
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https://www.covenantlifebremen.org/
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Sometimes we face situations in life that leave us feeling less than loved. And if we allow them to, the feeling of the difficult moment will overwhelm the reality of the spiritual truth and we will start to think and feel things that are not part of our new identity in Christ. When you surrender to the relationship that it offers, it unlocks some other (Re)Born declarations. More identity defining truths that you can speak over yourself that will help you on life’s journey.
God told Moses, my people are enslaved, they are oppressed. I see it. I know about it. It’s time to do something about it. And I have called you to lead them out. God has also called us to get into this fight against human sex trafficking. It's time to take action NOW
Our (Re)Born Identity teaches me that I am a work in progress. Jesus paid it all and is accomplishing it all, but He isn’t finished with me yet. Salvation is less a plan of salvation and more a relationship with an eternal Savior. A past, present, and future relationship with an eternal Savior.
Our (Re)Born Identity teaches me that I am a work in progress. Jesus paid it all and is accomplishing it all, but He isn’t finished with me yet. Salvation is less a plan of salvation and more a relationship with an eternal Savior. A past, present, and future relationship with an eternal Savior.
Identity. Who are you? That may be the most loaded of loaded questions. Salvation is used too flippantly in the American church. I’m not sure we really understand what it means to be saved. We talk about the “moment of salvation”, but I’m not sure we understand what all happened in that moment. And what happened in that moment has everything to do with our (Re)Born Identity. So let’s find out who our Father says we are.
There is a significance about the role of a father in a child's life. Over the years, this significant role has been minimized. The effect of that trend away from fatherhood is being felt in our nation and our world. Today, I want to encourage fathers and challenge you to rise up and take your place beside wonderful women of God and parent well the kids you've been blessed with.
God said through the prophet Micah, He expects us to love mercy. To walk in it. To be full of it. So we should probably start with what mercy is. I want to focus on three major ways mercy expresses itself, then we can talk about how to apply it and how it affects our lives.
If we are measured by how we love each other, but we don’t care about issues of justice and fair treatment, we can neither claim to love others nor claim to follow Jesus. Every person is God’s creation and the reason Jesus died on the cross. He does not take kindly to people mistreating or ignoring ANY of His kids. So justice is not optional. I want us to look at some things that might help us navigate these trying times and be able to continue to meet the metric of Christianity.
The sum total of God’s expectation of us as His people is three words - love each other. What love means to God and what love means to Americans is not always the same thing. Love is not about what you feel for someone, but what you do. So we need to find out what those actions are because Jesus was serious about this love thing. But what does love look like in our everyday lives?
Pentecost Sunday is celebrated around the Christian world as the day the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early church. The day that Jesus fulfilled His promise to send another One just like Himself. One who would not just be with them, but be IN them. We need a new and personal and powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives, in our churches, and in our world! Let's take a look at the elements of Pentecost.
Today, I want to have a very honest conversation with you about the desperate need for grace and truth in our church, in our culture, and in our lives. I want to lay a biblical foundation for it, and then spend some time on some applications of that truth in our lives. Let's dive in to see how we can become full of grace and truth.
Sometimes Mother's Day isn't the easiest day for a lot of women around the country. The Sanders Family understands that. This is a conversation with them about the journey God has been taking them on.
National Day of Prayer 2020
Almost everybody can agree with these words of Jesus - In this world, you will have trouble. But just as surely as the Bible tells of the certainty of trouble, it also gives us the prescription for making it through. It says rejoice. In this message we'll talk about 3 possible perspectives or reasons why we go through difficult times, and why they might be reason to rejoice.
Just a matter of weeks ago, we were all just minding our own business, making plans and living life, when suddenly and unexpectedly this pandemic hit. For some of you, and I would venture to say most of us to one extent or the other, this crisis has caused us to fall flat on our faces and it has exposed us. Crisis does that like nothing else. When our weaknesses and faults have been exposed, what is our response?
On Sunday mornings, all over the country, people are having a very different experience than they would have had a month ago. Our church services were created to connect us TO God, but I am afraid that God is revealing in the church that some people have elevated the Sunday morning worship service to the point that it is now keeping them FROM God. We’ve made a religion of our routines of worship. Now we have a choice to make.
On Sunday mornings, all over the country, people are having a very different experience than they would have had a month ago. Our church services were created to connect us TO God, but I am afraid that God is revealing in the church that some people have elevated the Sunday morning worship service to the point that it is now keeping them FROM God. We’ve made a religion of our routines of worship. Now we have a choice to make.
On Sunday mornings, all over the country, people are having a very different experience than they would have had a month ago. Our church services were created to connect us TO God, but I am afraid that God is revealing in the church that some people have elevated the Sunday morning worship service to the point that it is now keeping them FROM God. We’ve made a religion of our routines of worship. Now we have a choice to make.
This is a very different world we are living in right now. Everything feels off. Things are changing. But if you will learn to be still, to quiet the noise outside and inside, you can KNOW God in a way that you have never known Him before. Don't miss this chance.
The national emergency that we are facing has affected nearly every facet of our lives, and as people face health concerns and struggle with uncertainty, it is time for the church to stand up and meet the needs of our local communities. Today, we’re going to look at Nehemiah, an incredible leader who faced a crisis of his own, to understand how we ought to respond as believers and ensure that our actions are in line with the Word of God. If you are drawn to respond and join our efforts as you listen to this message, we invite you to contact us via Facebook or by calling 770-537-3747. You may also consider liking our Facebook page and subscribing to our YouTube channel, so you can easily receive updates and see our messages.
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