The Foundation

The Foundation

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the concrete in the foundation of the Christian faith.

Reasons to believe Jesus really did rise from the dead:

#1 JESUS OWN PREDICTIONS OF HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION Luke 9:22

#2 THE PUBLIC CRUCIFIXION John 19:32-34

#3 THE EYE WITNESS TESTIMONIES 1 Corinthians 15:6

#4 THE EMPTY TOMB Mark 16:1

#5 THE TRANSFORMED LIVES OF THE DISCIPLES  Matthew 26:56, Acts 3:15, Acts 4:1-2

#6 THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH Acts 2:40-41

#7 THE TRANSFORMED LIVES OF CHRIST FOLLOWERS TODAY

How do these truths effect our lives today?

– WE ARE TRULY LOVED Armand 5:8
– BY FAITH OUR SINS CAN BE FORGIVEN Justified=declared righteous
– DEATH IS NOT THE END In death we fall asleep only be awakened to new life.
– HOW WE LIVE IS IMPORTANT How we live is proof of what we believe
– CHRIST DEMANDS AND DESERVES OUR FULL DEVOTION

Passion Week

Passion Week

The most important week of the most important person who ever lived

 

PALM SUNDAY – It is right for us to worship Him!
Matthew 21:1-17, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-44, John 12:12-36

 

MALADY MONDAY – How we worship and serve Him matters to God.
Matthew 21:12-19, Mark 11:12-18, Luke 19:45-48

 

TEACHING TUESDAY – Loving God and loving others is the greatest commandment.
Matthew 21:20-25:46, Mark 11:20-13:37, Luke 20:1-21:36

 

SPY WEDNESDAY – In this world there will always be someone willing to tear down what God is working to build up.
Matthew 26:3-5, Mark 14:1-2, Luke 21:37-22:2

 

TABLE THURSDAY – We must always remember Jesus sacrifice by joining Him at His table.
Matthew 26:17-46, Mark 14:12-42, Luke 22:7-46, John 13:1-17:26

 

GOOD FRIDAY – Never loose hope. Never give up. Never, never never. Even on the darkest of days God has a plan.
Matthew 26:47-27:61, Mark 14:43-15:47, Luke 22:47-23:56, Jn 18:2-19:42

 

SILENT SATURDAY – Trust God in the silence. He is still working out His plan for your life.
Matthew 27:62-66

 

VICTORIOUS SUNDAY EASTER! – Death, the grave and hell have been defeated. He is Risen, indeed!
Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-43, John 20:1-23

Miracle of Christmas #1

Miracle of Christmas #1

The Miracle of the Moment

Galatians 4:4-7

A Miracle is a wonderful event caused by God that brings Him glory and demonstrates His purposes and plan.

  • Don’t miss the miracle of THAT moment.
  • Don’t miss the miracle of THIS moment.

#1 A MOMENT LIKE NONE OTHER.

When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:4-7 (HCSB)

 

#2 EMBRACING THE HUMANITY OF OUR SAVIOR.

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin.  Hebrews 4:15 (NIV)

#3 TRUSTING GOD WITH YOUR MOMENTS.

He tends his flock like a Shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in His arms
and carries them close to His heart;
He gently leads those that have young.
Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)

Miracle Defined

Miracle Defined

Miracles happen in the ordinary and the extraordinary. Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.”

There are moments that God breaks through the ordinary for His glory.

A miracle is a wonderful event caused by God, that brings Him glory and demonstrates His purposes and plan.

Remembering the miracles of God in the ordinary moments of life and praising Him for the extraordinary events He preforms brings Him glory and praise.

Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanksgiving Prayer

Our Heavenly Father,

We thank you for your mercy.

You don’t give us what we deserve.

We thanks you for your grace.

You give with abundance, not based anything we have done.

We could never repay Your mercy and grace.

We can offer you our praise and our thanksgiving.

To You be all the glory forever and forever, Amen.

 

Gratitude to God

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Luke 17:11-19

#1 GET UP! – Don’t Miss the Miracle. vv. 11-13

#2 STEP OUT! – Obey to see the miracle through. v. 14

#3 FALL DOWN! – Praise the Miracle Maker. v. 15

#4 GIVE THANKS! – Gratitude to God is a Heart Changer. vv. 15-19

LIVE IT OUT

  • Around the table
  • Invite someone to your table
  • Be creative this Thanksgiving

SCRIPTURES FOR THE THANKFUL

  • James 1:17
  • Colossians 3:15-17
  • 2 Corinthians 9:15
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34
  • Psalm 100:4
  • Psalm 107:1

 

Thankful Story Tellers

Thankful Story Tellers

This is the season that we focus on the things we are thankful for. Sometimes it is hard to be thankful. Perhaps you have lost your job in our lagging economy. Or maybe your health is not what it used to be or you recently lost someone you love. Even the everyday pressures of life can test our thankfulness. While it is sometimes hard to be thankful it is essential that we find ways to be thankful. It can even make a difference in the lives of those around us.

King David, from the Old Testament, wrote, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—” Psalm 107 (NIV) In this passage from the Bible, David gives us reasons to have the attitude of gratitude.

There is a very popular saying among Christians of all denominations today. One believer will say, “God is Good” and the other responds, “All the time.” This powerful saying is a reminder of exactly what King David is saying in this Psalm. We can be thankful because the Creator of the Universe is a Good God. No matter your current circumstance you can be thankful this season because of the Goodness of God.

(Thank you for getting to this part of the article. Some people do not read beyond the title of most articles, so I appreciate you staying with me to this point and I have some great news.) These verses also describe the love of God. When we deserve judgment, God give us love. This passage says, “His love endures forever.” Think about this truth. There will never be a time that God does not love you. His love endures forever!

This love of God is a powerful force for change. God’s love is not a passive type of love, it is an active love. The Apostle Paul described God’s love when he wrote, “But God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinner, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIV) Of all the things we have to be thankful for, we should be thankful for a God that loved us so much that He would sacrifice His Son so that we could be forgiven and become children of God. I am thankful for my Savior. He has changed my life! Have you allowed Christ to change your life? He has a life of forgiveness, freedom, liberty, purpose and joy for you.

This passage of scripture also addresses the child of God when it says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” Imagine the impact you could have in the lives of those around you if you told them your story. God wants to use you as an ambassador of His love to everyone you influence.

My prayer for you is that you will take time to be thankful this season and tell your story to everyone that will listen. You will be amazed at what God will do. (Thanks for making it to the end of this article. You are a finisher and I am thankful!)

This article originally appeared in the Dalhart Texan and was written by Sean Vickers.

Pray the Pledge

Pray the Pledge

It is a blessing to live in the United States of America. On a recent mission trip to Asia I came face to face with how blessed we are to have the freedoms and lifestyle we enjoy. On this trip I witnessed poverty in a country that has a 46% unemployment rate and I witnessed the effects of communism on its citizens. We are blessed to live in the United States and we need to discover ways we can be a blessing to this great country. One of the ways we can be a blessing is by praying for the country we love. As we celebrate Independence Day this year, pray for the United States. A creative way to pray for our country is to pray through the Pledge of Allegiance phrase by phrase. Let’s Pray the Pledge!

Pray the Pledge

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,

Thank God for our country and the blessing of being a citizen of the greatest nation the world has ever known.

and to the Republic for which it stands,

Pray for the political process as we are represented by those that have been elected. Regardless of your political convictions, our elected officials need our prayers. Pray for our local, state and national leaders.

one Nation under God,

Pray that our nation would return to God. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This is God’s formula for a nation that honors Him.

indivisible,

Pray for unity for our nation as the political debate continues. There are many issues that divide our country. Pray for our leaders to have divine wisdom.

with liberty and

Thank God for the religious liberty that we have and ask Him to preserve that liberty. Our country is only as strong as it’s families and churches.

justice for all.

Pray for justice for all Americans including the unborn, elderly and defenseless. Father, we pray that you would bless the United States of America. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.” Psalm 33:12