In 1 Kings 19, the bible tells the story of the prophet Elijah at his lowest moment. After a great victory, his fortunes quickly turn and he walks out into the wilderness and asks God to take his life. Instead, God sends an angel to help him recuperate and strengthens him for his next journey. Elijah needed to decompress. We need the same. We were designed to need rest, healthy habits, and time alone with God.
Scripture says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" When the heat is on, we need to decide if we will continue in our old patterns, or allow God to change our story. Our Guthrie Location Pastor Heady Coleman spoke this week on what it takes to truly allow God to change our story and our life.
In the book of Mark, Jesus teaches his disciples about the kingdom of God, comparing it to a tiny mustard seed. It starts very small, but it grows into something thousands of times bigger. In the same way, even the smallest actions we take can have huge effects. If we are obedient in the smallest things, God can turn them into more that we could ever imagine.
Ever felt like life is heating up right at the time you need it to cool down? In this series, we engage the God who controls life's thermostat. We will learn how to outlast the heat by being rooted in Him, continuing to grow despite the heat and being fruitful even in difficult seasons.
As we dig in to the importance of regularly reading and studying the scripture, we're joined by Gary Nelson, Chairman of Every Tribe Every Nation and Mart Green of Hobby Lobby. They share a passion and vision to translate the bible into every single language on earth by 2033.
Absorbing scripture is the most effective way to grow closer to God and mature in our faith. Yet, there are nearly 2,000 languages on earth that have no access to the scriptures in their native tongue. Those of us that do have access to God's word must not take that privilege for granted.
We are all very busy in this life. For most of us, work, kids, study, and chores take up nearly all the available hours in the day. Working hard is good, but God has also commanded us to rest. Observing the Sabbath in the way God prescribed is a spiritual disciple that is often overlooked.
How we think effects nearly everything about our lives. The Bible tells us that we need to take our thoughts captive because the more that we think like Christ, the more we will be like Christ. The discipline of "fixing our thoughts" can change our lives dramatically.
Spiritual disciplines are vital for growth in our relationship with God. The discipline of fasting is one that Jesus spoke about frequently. By choosing to abstain from food (or some other healthy desire) we bring ourselves in closer to God and His agenda for our lives.
To excel in anything, we must practice. Spiritual disciplines promote growth among Jesus' disciples. To start this series, Pastor Rodney Fouts teaches about the spiritual discipline of solitude. Getting alone with God is a practice that Jesus prioritized, and it's still critical for us to practice today.