When Joseph was in prison, it seemed like the world had totally forgotten about him. But Joseph knew that God had not forgotten, and Joseph had not forgotten the dream God gave him. Joseph didn't want to be where he was, but he did make the most of where he was. Contented people dream of a preferred destination, but are faithful and fruitful in their present dilemma.
We've all had a dream at some point in our life. Unfortunately, not many of us could say that they are living that dream. Pastor Rodney Fouts kicks off this series by reminding us that the dreams God gives us are never dead. Even when all looks lost, we're called to keep running towards the dreams He has given us.
Many may not realize it, but the bible contains an incredible amount of wisdom on the topic of personal growth. With a new year beginning, Pastor Clint Smith invites us to take a look at how we can dig into the bible to grow in spiritual and emotional maturity in 2019.
When your carefully laid plans for your life don't work out, how do you respond? Mary and Joseph had to answer that when God chose them to be the earthly parents of Jesus. It wasn't their plan, but it was God's plan - to save His people. What they found is that God's plan is always better than anything we can put together.
The events surrounding the first Christmas, the birth of Jesus, required great courage of the people involved. Mary and Joseph's plans were derailed by what God asked them to do, but they humbled themselves and were obedient. The result was the coming of our Savior - Immanuel - God with us.
How do you deal with disappointment? Do you ignore the hurt, become depressed, or maybe lash out in anger? This week Pastor Shannon Fouts reminds us that even in the midst of disappointment, God can and will be our comforter and strength.
Would it encourage you to know the Bible is filled with stories of people who faced great fear, and did what God wanted them to do anyway? No matter what we face, getting alone with God is number one way to overcome our doubts and insecurities so we can boldly follow where God leads.
Uncertainty. Doubt. Bewilderment. Each of us have those days, moments when fear wants to creep in and distract us from the better things God has for us. Faith. Joy. Peace.
In this week's message, Pastor Rodney Fouts encourages each of us to remember that God Himself has told us to "Fear Not".
City Church Pastor Matt Nelson joins us this week to share a powerful message to stretch our faith. In the bible, God's miracles are always preceded by someone taking a step of faith and leaving their comfort zone. Today, if we want to see God move powerfully, we must be willing to stretch ourselves beyond what is safe and comfortable.