Online Church (Page 9)

Online Church (Page 9)

We are an online church right now. Each week, we will be bringing you worship, relevant messages, content for children and youth, and many more resources. We don’t have to be in person to be the church in this time.

Lent: A Life Fully Devoted (Day 34)

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:56-58 Reflect: Did you hear that?! Read it again – “God gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” If I am God’s, then I win! Sometimes I think we forget that we are winners! We stumble around fussing over details and deadlines, oblivious to the Good News and big picture of our alternative reality – in Jesus I have victory over all this mess! The mess of life is real – I…

Lent: Fill it to the Rim (Day 33)

Read: Matthew 10:42 Reflect: How do we give? Who do we serve? What are the reasons? God fills us to the rim with purity and leads us to make the decision of who, when, and why we serve. God gives us the ability to open our hearts to help those who are thirsty and we must stop and be still so we can see where he is leading us. Then, we decide whether to obey or not. Once we start…

Lent: Unashamed and Shouting It from the Mountaintops (Day 32)

Read: Romans 1:16 Reflect: When I think about being unashamed I think about a song I love singing at the top of my lungs. It is a song from my high school days. The song is “Love You Out Loud” by Rascal Flatts. Here is the chorus: I’m gonna stand on a rooftop, climb up a mountaintop Baby, scream and shout I want to sing it on the radio, show it on a video Baby, leave no doubt I want…

Lent: The Pure Spiritual Milk (Day 31)

Read: 1 Peter 2:2-3 Reflect: There’s a new restaurant in Chattanooga that offers all you can eat Brazilian bar-b-que meat. If I had it my way, I would eat there at least once a week. I love meat. Protein in almost any form is so succulent and delicious to my pallet. If you are anything like me, your mouth is now literally watering. Beyond protein, since I am a bit of a food critic, there are specific menu items I…

Lent: A “Kiss” for the Enemy (Day 30)

Read: Matthew 5:44-45 Reflect: When I was a child, my mom would always tell me to blow kisses to the enemy. She said it confuses them. As a fourth grader, I thought this was the dumbest thing I’d ever heard. I was not about to blow kisses to anyone, let alone people who didn’t like me! Looking back, she probably meant for me to do just that, but today I understand the sentiment behind the action. I don’t really know…

Lent: I Think I Can (Day 29)

Read: Galatians 6:9-10 Reflect: Roy Rogers once said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” When I look back upon my spiritual journey I can see when I first got on the right track – I remember growing in the confidence of my salvation and starting to really pick up speed. I look back and can see the ways God began to bless me as I followed his lead, and how…

Lent: A Hidden Benefit (Day 28)

Read: Romans 5:3-5 Reflect: Most of us seek to avoid problems. We hope for “smooth sailing.” We feel comfortable and secure when everything is running the way we think it should. Difficulty can take the peace out of our lives. Trouble often brings unrest, worry and insecurity. Today’s scripture suggests that we should actually “rejoice” when faced with problems, troubles and difficulty. That seems totally contrary to logic. It turns the tables on what this world has taught us to…

Lent: Feed the Hungry (Day 27)

Read: Isaiah 58:10 Reflect: Have you ever been “hangry?” This word originated in the 1990’s and means “irritable as a result of feeling hungry.” My daughter could become the poster child of hangry. She turns into a completely different creature when she gets hungry. She becomes fussy, irritable, mean, and inconsolable. Sometimes, she even refuses to eat when she feels this way. It takes my husband and I 15 minutes sometimes to convince her that if she took a few…

Lent: Tell God’s Works (Day 26)

Read: Psalm 19:1-6 Reflect: I like to make stuff. There is just something so fun and rewarding about making something with my own hands. I especially enjoy taking raw materials and forming something new and unexpected. When I create, I am participating in God’s creation. In the same way, God calls each of us not only to participate in His creation, but God calls each of us to tell of His good works. The sky and all of creation declare…

Lent: Remain in Jesus (Day 25)

Read: John 15:1-5 Reflect: I have these plants. My favorite plants are the ones that are supposed to bloom pretty flowers, but I have this problem…I have a bit of a commitment issue when it comes to taking care of plants. Days, sometimes weeks, go by before I remember to water, feed and prune them. Yes, I neglect them. So, my plants rarely bloom. I think if maybe I had more of a relationship with them I might help them…