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Jesus Will Not Leave You Alone

14 Mar

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“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” Romans 11:33

Unsearchable, beyond tracing out, inscrutable, unfathomable, past finding out—all words God Himself provides to describe His own character. In the midst of confusion and suffering—trials and tribulations we can only see the right now…where we are and where we have been. We may feel adrift. But He assures us He is the God who is there…

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Open the Doors of Grace

21 Feb

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“do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4

How we react to others’ brokenness speaks volumes. Do we circle the herd, lean in, speak truth to the one who is dying inside, struggling, wrecked, and alone; wading in and meeting our sister where she is…

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Who Holds Your Heart?

14 Feb

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“My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways.” Proverbs 23:26

There is a spiritual battle for women’s hearts and souls…a battle that exploits our deep longing to be loved, protected, secure. The world encourages us to be someone’s valentine—to give our hearts completely, relying on another to validate our self worth and fill the empty places. We may forget the other person is also a sinful fallible creature and become resentful when the fairytale ending is not achieved and our needs remain unmet. We may turn to the world; seeking…

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Holiday Detox | Review, Renew, Refocus!

31 Jan

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TACC Women’s Ministries hosted “Holiday Detox” an event designed to help us focus on reviewing our walk with Christ, renewing our commitment to Him and refocusing the use of our time and talents to accomplish the Lord’s purposes. A number of ladies came together to fellowship, share yummies, sing praises to the Lord — a big thank you to the “A” team Abby and Anna, and hear from our own Anna Lichte whose discussion led us to the feet of Jesus and…

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Resolutions | Real SOULutions

3 Jan

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“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And sustain me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:10-12

It is popular to usher in the New Year with resolve and proclamations about making changes and achieving goals. The feeling of renewal and fresh starts symbolized by the new calendar prompts many of us to focus on transformation. In fact, Time Magazine reports the majority of New Years resolutions focus on personal change and that only a few (8%) of those sweeping statements and vows will be realized only to be repeated again the following year.

Why are these resolutions…

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What to do With a Season of Discontent

18 Oct

stress“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30

“Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” Psalms 119:36-37

“It’s not fair!” Those words rise unbidden to our hearts and lips as we compare our circumstances, relationships, possessions to others’. We begin to covet—to desire—to want—what we selfishly believe belongs to us thinking, “I wish it was mine,” —until our focus is consumed with gaining what we perceive to be the lack…

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Who Are You Wearing?

26 Jul

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“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh” Romans 13:14

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” Colossians 3:12″

Who are you wearing?” Have you ever watched an awards show and heard that question repeated to every passing celeb on the red carpet? It is meant to be a sort of pre show advertisement for designers and it works. Sales spike in the wake of these televised fashion parades as many believe the wordly ideal that ensures us the right outfit will buy us a better life, after all, the star looks amazing and happy…right?…

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Why Settle For Less? | Aspire Beyond Regular

19 Jul

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“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” Genesis 1:27

“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” Isaiah 64:8

Created as image bearers –reflections of The Lord, our God. When we first become believers we are transformed into new creations 2 Corinthians 5:17 –vessels capable of shining Christ to those around us. He lovingly molds, forms, and fashions us into His likeness, chiseling and polishing, as we die to self, replacing the idols and masters that hold us captive, pursuing holiness, and mirroring the character of our great God…

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Finding Calm in the Storm

20 Jun

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Finding Calm in the Storm by Marci Lopez

Do you ever get motion sick? I do. When Pastor Bob talks about motion sickness in a sermon, I relate. Travel in general is tough for me no matter the conveyance –car, plane, boat, amusement park ride –the rockier the motion the more ill I feel and the greater the suffering. This is true during times of turmoil as well. When the ebb and flow of every day turns into a tumultuous toss and turn like angry seas during a storm, that’s when I feel an anxious sick, a disequilibrium where a foothold is not easily gained.It is during those times…

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Grace Poured Out | Wash in the Waters Again

3 May
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“and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” —1 Peter 3:21

The scope and magnitude of God’s love for us is most spectacularly displayed in the saving work of His own son, Jesus, on the cross. It is there in the torturous death of Jesus, blood spilled on behalf of humanity to satisfy the wrath of God (propitiation), taking upon Himself our sin and the sins of the whole world and giving us His righteousness (double imputation), conquering death when He rose from the grave (resurrection); His infinite grace is shown.

“…the aim of it all is to display the fullness of the glory of Christ, which is the glory of God. Everything that Christ did, and everything that he reveals about himself, and everything that Paul and the other biblical writers teach about Christ, aim at this—that the world would see and savor and show the fullness of the glory of Christ” John Piper, Justification and the Diminishing Work of Christ.

Mercy and grace at the cross highlight the glory of God, revealing His character. It is to this we are drawn. We come with empty hands, souls aching, laid bare, surrendered and through faith we are forgiven, made new, clothed in righteousness we could do nothing to earn or deserve, and adopted as sons and daughters of the King.

“Christ says, ‘Give me all of you!!! I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self—in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.’” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

We celebrate the grace of Christ and proclaim His glory through baptism. We announce to our brothers and sisters we have trusted in Christ, our old self has died.

“It’s what happens spiritually when we baptise people we take them under the water, they die and they’re brought back up, and they have this visceral temporal experience of what it meant when they became a Christian” Pastor Bob Burris, It is Well with My Soul.

Baptism serves as a celebration, proclamation,and an illustration of what it means to be a Christian not just for the person immersed but for the church as a Gospel reflection.

“Where there is genuine faith on the part of the person being baptized, and where the faith of the church that watches the baptism is stirred up and encouraged by this ceremony, then the Holy Spirit certainly does work through baptism…” Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology

Reflect on your own baptism in when you need a reminder of the grace of God. The following article examines how baptism keeps God’s presence near, “…as a means of grace throughout our Christian lives as we watch, with faith, the baptisms of others and renew in our minds the riches of the reality of our identity in Christ…”

Wash In the Waters Again by David Mathis

Visible words. That was the Reformers’ term for baptism and the Lord’s Supper.In complement to the spoken words of gospel preaching, these twin rhythms of the gathered church are dramatizations of the grace of God. These “visible words” rehearse for us the center of our faith through images and actions in the God-given pictures of washing, touching, smelling, and tasting. Alongside preaching, they reveal to us again and again the very heart of the gospel we profess and aim to echo. They are enacted “signs,” pointing to realities beyond themselves.

But these ordinances are not just signs, but “seals.” They confirm to us not just that God has done something salvific for mankind, but that it applies to me in particular. The gospel is not only true in general, but specifically for me. And when a Bible-believing, gospel-cherishing church applies the seal to me, it can be a great grounds of assurance that I myself am included in the rescued people of Christ.

In this way, baptism and the Lord’s Supper serve to mark us out as the church, distinct from the world, and are part of what it means for the new covenant to be a covenant — with acts of both initiation and ongoing fellowship, both inauguration and renewal.

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