Restoration

Just a few short weeks ago, we celebrated Easter, the most celebrated day in the church. We of course should celebrate; the death and resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of our Christian faith. Paul said if there was no resurrection then our preaching is in vain and we are not forgiven of our sins. It was just before Jesus died, He cried, “it is finished”. To you and I that would mean, that’s all, nothing more to do. We begin a project and look forward to its completion. When we are done, we sit back, prop up our feet and take a breath because it is finally finished.
Jesus had a different thought. Words were the same, but the meaning so different. I am not an English
major, in fact, I was an average student in high school but in my studies, I found that Jesus not only
spoke dramatically different than us, but also grammatically different. When He cried “It is finished” He was saying that “now that this part is over, I can begin to build My Church…what I just experienced will bring about future results.” The future result was written in Hebrews, “…oh for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross…”
 
I so love that verse because the joy was not in Him suffering or dying, but rather the joy was seeing you
and me and all those who trust in Jesus and receive His forgiveness. The fact is, He’s not done yet. The work was finished, but the results are still taking place. All over the world hearts are being changed,
lives being transformed, alcoholics being delivered, addictions being broken because of the life, death,
and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 
Many projects are works of restoration, whether an old home that needs restored or a family heirloom that needs refinishing. Restoration is an action or a process where something is returned to a former owner, place or condition. But with Jesus, He doesn’t restore us back to our original condition, but restores us into a place that is even better than we were. A place where we have hope. A place we have peace. A place where we feel the Father’s love. A place of healing and deliverance. A place where we are not bound by tradition, addiction, or religion, but into fellowship with a loving God who said He would never leave you nor
forsake you. This is how I know that He isn’t finished with us yet…He is always with us, working on us, working through us, working for us.
 
You may be facing the worse of days. Maybe even today, you think things are done, or that God changed his mind about you – that this is your lot in life, or your fate. But He is not done yet! He still has things to do in your life, to see ALL His plans and purposes fulfilled in your life!

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GOING DEEPER

A call to go deeper for 2019. If you have decided to join our church for 21 days of prayer & fasting, thank you! What a wonderful way to reset our spiritual compass and bring every area of our lives into a new level of devotion. Our hope is that this time of prayer and fasting will refresh not only you personally but that we will answer the call to go deeper together in 2019. We eagerly away what the Lord will do for us, in us and through us during these very special 21 days.
 

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Active Faith

We have all read and heard the verse in James 2:20 – “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” but, have you ever heard it from the Living Bible, “Fool! When will you ever learn that ‘believing’ is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith.”
 
Then James continues to talk about how Abraham was justified because of his faith. You know the story; he even put his son Isaac on the altar but as he raised the knife, God provided. And some believers can’t even walk in obedience and tithe 10 percent; some believers can’t forgive; and some won’t step out of their comfort zones to pray for someone…. this is not faith.
 
Here is the key that many forget about… Begin with YOUR faith Continue with GOD’S grace Finish with VICTORY
 
Ephesians 2 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith…” Faith is what we do; grace is what God does. At the cross, God’s grace came first. Everything we have needed or will has already been provided for; forgiveness, healing, provisions…everything. But all that God has done must be accepted, believed, and lived. And this is where faith comes in.
 
Consider Abraham. Did the ram show up just as the knife was raised, or was the ram walking up the other side of the mountain already? Abraham had no idea; he just knew God would provide. Remember this: When faith leads you up the mountain in need, grace meets in you at the top with the provision.
 
Don’t wait for God to provide the grace, strength, the joy, love, patience… Don’t wait for God to provide the healing or the miracle… Don’t wait for the unction of the Holy Ghost to witness to your neighbor… Don’t wait to feel the anointing to lay hands on someone and pray for them… God doesn’t work that way…He said “Go.”
 
That is called FAITH…an ACTIVE FAITH…
 
The evidence of your faith will not be the healing or the miracle. The evidence of your faith will not be the joy and feeling the love and the patience or grace.
Faith is your evidence, not the answer to your prayers Faith is activated by doing, not just believing.
 
– Pastor Steve

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MAX LIFE pt1

Have you ever wondered why you are here? As in, what’s the purpose of life? Are we all just here by accident or is there a reason you are on the earth?

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