Looking for the security of God's Word to help you navigate the consistently pivoting world we are living in? Do you want to explore what impacting your sphere of influence looks like while living in a culture that is counter to biblical foundations?
Led by Fhonda Goss, we will be studying Jude - Contending for the Faith in Today's Culture by Jackie Hill Perry. Register for either 9:30am or 7pm Zoom sessions and order your book by clicking on the buttons below.
While often overlooked, the Book of Jude remains as relevant today as the time it was written. God has commanded His beloved church to do the necessary work of contending for the faith in a world of unbelief, and as we do, He will keep us from falling into the same deception.
In this 7-session study from Jackie Hill Perry, dive into themes of being called, loved, and kept, and learn how to point others to Jesus in grace and truth. We serve others well when we share the whole gospel with them, not just the parts deemed attractive by our culture.
Looking for an opportunity to join an online book club? Want to join in meaningful biblical discussions around the Church leading the way to racial reconciliation?
Led by Sonya McCray, we will be reading and discussing Weep with Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation by Mark Vroegrop. Register for the 7pm Zoom session and order your book by clicking on the buttons below.
Today, racial wounds from three hundred years of slavery and a history of Jim Crow laws continue to impact the church in America. Martin Luther King Jr. captured this reality when he said: “The most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday.” Equipped with the gospel, the evangelical church should be the catalyst for reconciliation, yet it continues to cultivate immense pain and division. Weep with Me by Mark Vroegop is a timely resource that presents lament as a bridge to racial reconciliation in the world today. In the Bible, lament is a prayer that leads to trust, which can be a starting point for the church to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). As Vroegop writes: “Reconciliation in the church starts with tears and ends in trust.”
***This ministry is currently on hold until we can gather in-person during the week on-campus. However, we want you to know about this wonderful opportunity for when that day arrives. We ask you to be in prayer that it will be sooner rather than later!
Do you feel isolated, overwhelmed, or inadequate? Do you need to be reminded of your value and your purpose? Do you want to develop friendships with other moms?
Moms Side by Side is a ministry for moms of young children that teaches biblically based strategies for parenting while also providing accountability for meaningful time in the Bible. At Moms Side by Side, you will
Open to moms of children birth-fifth grade able to commit to consistent attendance.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23 (ESV)
Psalm 23 Devotional
If you’re over the age of thirteen years old you’ve probably at least heard the question, “What is the meaning of life?” Perhaps you have pondered this deep philosophical concept yourself. This is a complex meditative and contemplative question. Let me share a secret with you, just between us girl—the answer is not found in the teachings of the renowned philosophers of this age or ancient times. Nor is the answer found in the famous minds of well-known psychologists. No, dear sisters in the Lord, the answer is found in the Truth. The one and only Truth, the word of God, the Lord Jesus, and the Good News of the Good Book, the Bible. It is there in plain sight for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear to find. In my Bible, it’s found on page 596.
World-renowned and beloved Christian theologian Ravi Zacharias stated that the meaning of life is “wonder, truth, love, and security.” What could he mean in sharing these four short words to define something as complex and elusive for ancient to current philosophers to suggest these four words are the meaning of life?
I believe Ravi has hit the nail upon the head. Wonder, truth, love, and security are all found in abundance in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If we take just a cursory overview of Psalm 23, we can find the answer to the meaning of life and confirmation of Ravi’s deduction. Let’s begin at the beginning. In a season of spiritual intimacy with God, King David pens this psalm, around the year 1,000 BC.
Verse one identifies the Lord as our Good Shepherd who leads and feeds his sheep who trust him and would be helpless without their capable and wise shepherd. David was a shepherd when he was but a boy and became a King when he became a man. My heart is filled with amazement and wonder at the analogy of the great God of the Universe inspiring David to compare Him to a shepherd, low on the social ladder, doing lonely work, tending to dumb and dirty animals. He became what His creation needed Him to be so we could become what He needs us to be, willing lovers of His Name, His Blood, and His Word. We, His sheep, are fully dependent on Him for the very breath we breathe. He is our Savior, the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, and our Good Shepherd. Wonder.
The truth of the Good Shepherd as depicted in Psalm 23 is that He is Jehovah Roi, who will lead us and feed us. He is Jehovah Jireh, who provides for all our needs. He is Jehovah Shalom who leads us beside still waters to a place of rest. He is Jehovah Rapha who heals all dis-ease and restores our souls, bodies, and our lives. He is Jehovah Tsidkenu, our righteousness who sets a table for us before our enemies. Jesus paid it all. He is Jehovah El-Elyon our defender, always taking care of us. And as He is all in all to us, we will live in the house of the Lord, in His presence, forever and always. Truth.
The Good Shepherd protects his sheep with his rod and guides them to safety and provision with his staff. Just as the smelly and unintelligent sheep need the shepherd to protect them from predators, or they will surely wander off and die, we believers also need our Good Shepherd to protect us from the predatory evil one and to guide us into all truth and safety. We are left exposed and vulnerable to danger out from underneath His hand of protection. His Holy Spirit fills our hearts with His wisdom and truth so we can commune with Him and make good choices according to His word. His security blankets our lives. Security.
The Good Shepherd anoints our heads with oil and our cups overflow with blessings spilling out onto our families and friends and employers and neighbors and strangers. Charles Spurgeon says His goodness supplies all our needs and His mercy or love, blots out all our sins. His love for us is unending and limitless. Even when we feel unlovable filled with shame and guilt, we can share our hearts, confess our sins, and can be washed white as the pure, untouched snow that falls upon the highest mountain tops never to be walked on by humans. Love.
So, I ask you, “What is the meaning of life?” Is it not allowing oneself to be yielded to our Creator who sees us and directs us to sustenance, knowing we are protected from imminent and ever-present danger, following the promptings of the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth, and walking confidently in our blessings from a Father who loves us, while blessing those around us? In a time such as these evil days, our hearts can soar in freedom and our minds can repose in peace because our Lord, Jesus Christ, has sent His word to encourage us, to give us clarity from deception and wrong thinking, and to share His blessed assurance that we are loved and blessed.
Dear Heavenly Father, in Jesus' name, we acknowledge you as our Good Shepherd. We declare we will listen for your voice and follow your leadings so we can be fed and safe and loved. We desire to be all that you have called us to be in your kingdom. We know you will prepare us and position us to do your good work and receive your blessings. We trust in your word and rely on you for all things. We bring before your throne of grace these prayer requests ( state your requests ) and know your answer is yes and amen because we have prayed according to your will. Bless each one of us today and cause us to be a blessing to others. We love you, we praise you, and we glorify your majestic name.