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: Whole

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 12, 2015: Selfie: Whole

Yesterday, Pastor Josh Petersen launched the new Selfie series with the message, Whole.

We looked at John 5:1-15

Jesus Heals a Lame Man
“5 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda,[a] with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.[b] 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, 10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”

Blog 4.13.1511 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”

12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.

13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. 14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” 15 Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.”
Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:

1. We are all searching for wholeness.

2. “Jesus is in the business of holistic healing; he’s in the business of looking at all of you not just the little parts that annoy you. He offers us wholeness we didn’t know was possible.” Pastor Josh Petersen

For the next seven days:

Fill yourself with Jesus, with His word, with His truth instead of trying to fill yourself with other things that only leave you empty.

 

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Vacancy

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 5, 2015: Vacancy 

Hallelujah, He is risen! Yesterday we celebrated the living Jesus with stories of life change during baptisms and Pastor Josh Petersen talked about the magnificence of the empty tomb.

We looked at Luke 24:

“But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, ‘Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.'” Read more.

 

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Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:

1.”Jesus said He came to bring life where there was once only death. Our hope is not in a dead Jesus; our hope is an a live Jesus!” -Pastor Josh Petersen

2. “I’m convinced we are not only to pick up our cross and carry it but also to stand up, walk out of the tomb and follow Him.” – Pastor Josh Petersen

For the next seven days:

Consider this:

-as a Church, are we living outside of the tomb? Are we bringing life where there was once only death? Are we bringing life to the darkness?

-if you are still in a dark tomb, say yes to Jesus. Follow Him out. He knows the way.

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Broken Palm Branches

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, March 29, 2015: Broken Palm Branches

Yesterday, Pastor Josh Petersen asked us if God has ever failed to meet our expectations.

We looked at Mathew 21:

“As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”

4 This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,

5 “Tell the people of Jerusalem,
‘Look, your King is coming to you.
He is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.’”
6 The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.

8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,

“Praise God for the Son of David!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Praise God in highest heaven!”
10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked.

11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:

1.”We don’t like the unexpected. We don’t like when things don’t go as we planned. We like to define good, right. When it doesn’t go according to plan, we reject it. We want to be the center of the universe. We want things to please us, make us happy, not stress us out. When things don’t go as planned we experience dissonance. ” -Pastor Josh Petersen

2. “Following Jesus is not what we expect.” – Pastor Josh Petersen

For the next seven days:

Take Jesus out of the box you’ve put Him in and then take yourself out of that box, too. Be ready to follow where He leads with the expectation that He will take you where He wants you if you follow.