Our Prayer for the Monday After: Divine Promises Guaranteed

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, May 24, 2015: Sit, Walk, Stand: Divine Promises Guaranteed

Yesterday, Pastor Joe Boerman launched the first part of his final sermon series at Immanuel with his message, What’s So Good About the Good News? We looked at Ephesians 1:1-14

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.

I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Spiritual Blessings

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[b] He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,[c] for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own[d] by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

Pastor Joe highlighted a few things:

blog 5.25.151. “When you became a Christian you were given the life of Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit.”

2. “The Holy Spirit Himself is the seal in our lives. One translation says the Spirit has tagged us as being His.”

3. “The Holy Spirit is given as a pledge of our salvation, our eternal inheritance.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)

For the next seven days:

Make this your prayer: “Lord, I know nothing can separate me from your love. Help me live like that’s true through the power of your Spirit in me.”

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Sit, Walk, Stand: What’s So Good About the Good News?

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, May 17, 2015: Sit, Walk, Stand: What’s So Good About the Good News?

Yesterday, Pastor Joe Boerman launched the first part of his final sermon series at Immanuel with his message, What’s So Good About the Good News? We looked at Ephesians 1:1-14

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.

I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Spiritual Blessings

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[b] He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,[c] for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own[d] by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

Pastor Joe highlighted a few things:

1. “God literally came to us, stuck His hand into history and said, ‘I love you, I have come for you, I care for you, I want to rescue you.'”

Blog 5.18.152. “The good news is not just that God knew you but also He called you to be His child and paid the price for that to happen.”

3. “Jesus said, “whosoever will, may come.’ The offer to come to Jesus is world wide. So come.”

For the next seven days:

Make this your prayer and ask God to help you believe in His word: Lord, I am Yours. Help me remember it and live like it.

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Selfie: Safe

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, May 10, 2015: Selfie: Safe 

Yesterday, Pastor Joe Boerman the Selfie series with the message, Safe. We looked at Matthew 8:23-27:

Jesus Calms the Storm
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. 23 As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. 25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”

The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”

Pastor Joe highlighted a few things:

1. “Remember this: God doesn’t always keep us from danger and calamity, but He will carry us through the danger.”blog 5.11.15

2. “Even though hard stuff will happen to all of us over time, still the most secure place in this world is in Christ.”

3. “You will not sail through life without bruises, but do not abandon ship because jesus is there in the boat with you.”

For the next seven days:

Make this your prayer and ask God to help you believe in His word:

“God is our refuge and strength. Jesus is a rock in a weary land, a shelter in a time of storm.” Psalm 46:1

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Selfie: Rescued

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, May 3, 2015: Selfie: Rescued (Click to listen!)

Yesterday, Pastor Joe Boerman asked us if we ever had been rescued, and he spoke about the kind of deep, real rescue God gave us in Jesus.

Pastor Joe looked at several verses including,  Colossians 1:13-14

“13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom[a] and forgave our sins.”

Pastor Joe highlighted a few key points:

  • “We have a debt to God we can’t repay, and the One who holds the mortgage is the creator.”
  • “The wages of sin are death, being separated from God forever. God provided Jesus for us; we must put down our pride religion and arrogance and come before the cross with empty hands and there we find a Savior who has done it all.”
  • “It’s the most important rescue you will ever experience. Nothing ever comes close to being rescued from self and sin.”

Listen to the entire Selfie: Rescued message.

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For the next seven days:

If you’ve never said yes to Jesus, answer His offer with a resounding yes!

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Selfie: Free

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, April 26, 2015: Selfie: Free (Listen by clicking!)

Yesterday, Pastor Josh Petersen continued the Selfie series with the message, Free.

We looked at John 8:31-35

4.26.15 blog“31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”

34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.”

Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:

1. “We have defined freedom as how much we are in charge. True freedom has nothing to do with you calling the shots.”

2. “True freedom has nothing to do with me calling the shots. It’s about me being free up to do what You, God, want me to do. We find true freedom in that.” -Pastor Josh Petersen #icselfie #freedom

For the next seven days:

Ask yourself: What would it look like if I willfully gave up my sense of freedom to live accordingly to God’s purposes?