February 2020

Navigating Anxiety

What are you anxious about? Notice I didn’t say are you anxious. Most of us if asked what are we anxious about would have an answer within a few seconds. Anxiety and stress are a part of our lives, and it matters how we navigate these tense situations. We cast our anxieties on God because he cares for us!

Self-controlled, Sober-minded Sufferers

In the Lord’s sanctuary, we are protected from the challenges of the world. Here, in worship, we are fed by the Word and we encourage one another in the faith. When we leave this house of worship we enter a world that is difficult to navigate due to the blatant disrespect for the manner of life God intended. Peter reminds us to be self-controlled and sober-minded that we may live healthy lives.

Prepare to Share

Today we are confronted with a question, “Are you prepared to explain why you follow Jesus?” As much as the world can be critical of the Christian faith, it notices a difference in us. They notice our peace in times of trouble and our confidence in the promise of eternal life. We need to be prepared to share why we possess this faith in Christ and how it makes a difference in our lives.

Beauty Marks

We think about what is beautiful and who is truly beautiful. Beauty seems to be what is visually appealing, something that is able to get all of our attention. Peter is encouraging us to view beauty through the eyes of God, who looks at the heart--the imperishable beauty that comes only from our indestructible God. Consider along with us today, “What are the true marks of beauty?”

January 2020

Freed to Serve

We love to talk about how we are “free” as people. Generally, what we mean by that is, “I can do whatever I want.” Well, Peter has some words for that. Can we, as Christians, do whatever we want? We have been forgiven and set free, after all. We hear today, “Don’t use your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but live as servants of God.” You are invited to consider how you are freed to serve!

House of Hope

You are a part of something bigger. Peter describes followers of Jesus as living stones being built up into a spiritual house. Built on the Cornerstone of Jesus, we have a church of living stones, faithful Christians, who are actively living out our faith. Together we form a house of hope with plenty of room for more living stones to be added.

Holy Living

We hear how precious life is because our precious Savior ransomed us for something better in life. How easy it is for us to get caught up in the things of the world, allowing them to define who we are and how we look at others. Jesus frees us from such small thinking and births us into a fuller view of life.

Seeing 20/20 – What’s Your North Star?

We are asked, “How do we navigate this life?” We need to examine what is our motivation for living and what is our goal in life. For what do we live? We are enticed by the things of the world. But the things of the world change, fade away and leave us lost and lonely. It is Christ alone who gives life meaning and purpose. It is only through Jesus that we can find peace and contentment in this world and the promise of a perfect world to come.