Tuesday, January 31, 2012

passing the baton

inspiration: the final sermon of the Immeasurable series


Sunday, we concluded the "Immeasurable" series at Seacoast
((You can read my posts about Week 2 and Week 3))


we focused on the end of Ephesians 3:21:
...throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
as Christ-followers, we are called to pour into the lives of the next generations, so that the church may continue to grow and thrive. and in order to do that, we have to "catch the bug" (passion for Christ) ourselves, we have to live it, and we have to give it away.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

peace isn't the absence of pain...

inspiration: theWell service: Romans 5:1-2
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. -Romans 5:1-2


we all need peace in our lives.
peace from work.
peace from family.
peace from the chaos that surrounds us in our every day lives.


tonight, Ernest gave a powerful sermon about peace as it relates to our faith.
we're starting a new series called "Dying to Live" as it relates to Romans 5 and I'm pumped!
glad to be back in the Word and studying the impact it can have in our life! :)


the team did a "Man on the Street" video asking people "faith" meant to them and what they put their faith in.
most responded with faith being something they believed in, could trust and rely on.
and some responded with God, others family and friends.


but ultimately the thing we, as Christians, must put our faith in is Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

be a circle maker.

inspiration: prayer night at Seacoast last night.


every month, theWell has a prayer night, where we come together, worship and praise God for who He is and then pray for ourselves, for theWell ministry, and the Kingdom. it's always a powerful night - it's an opportunity to gather together to lift up the Kingdom in prayer.


last night was no different; it was powerful!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

to God be the Glory

inspiration: Week 3 of our "Immeasurable" series at Seacoast


so we've been in a series called Immeasurable at Seacoast.
((you can read my blog about last week's message HERE))


but this week, we focused on the first part of Ephesians 3:21:
...to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus...
Let me preface the remainder of the blog with a question...
Have you ever heard a sermon that you were certain the pastor was talking right to you?
Have you ever thought "How did he know about the situation with so-and-so?!" 
Well, let's just say, I had that experience last night.
...and it was like a kick to the gut....

Friday, January 20, 2012

i am CHOSEN

inspiration: chosen conference.


last night and today, seacoast is offering a women's conference called CHOSEN.


Ephesians 1:3-6 states:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
as women, it's easy to lose sight of ourselves in a world that is commanding us to "look this way" or to "do this and that" and "girl, you don't need to eat that, it will go straight to your hips".


it's easy to forget that we've been CHOSEN by God to do His will so that His name might receive glory!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

the single gift.

inspiration: poem from lady in waiting.


i've been reading through lady in waiting; i'm still going through my one-year of not dating (and still struggling with staying focused on Christ first and foremost in my life, especially when there is someone who has my attention and i have his), but staying rooted in Scripture and staying rooted in my purpose of developing godliness and discipline is definitely helping...


i read this poem earlier and it really encouraged me.
i definitely agree and i definitely encourage everyone, male or female, to read it and be encouraged.


pursue God first and foremost and everything after will fall into place!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

according to His power that is at work within us...

inspiration: Ephesians 3:20b

at Seacoast, we're in the middle of a series called "Immeasurable" which is based off Ephesians 3:20-21:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within usto him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Last night, Josh Surratt gave an awesome message regarding the second half of Ephesians 3:20.
I love the way he boils it down to terms we understand: iPhones (or in my case, the anti-iPhone - Droid, ftw)

Sometimes we lose power; we let our "batteries die" - we lose that "connection" with the God. But, we were promised the Holy Spirit - the Comforter, our Guide - when Jesus told the disciples He would be departing from this world.

And because we have the Holy Spirit, we have power! We are able to immeasurably more because of this power!

Friday, January 13, 2012

love God. love others. be the change.

inspiration: theWell's satellite service last night.


last night, Ashley and I had the privilege of hosting our first theWell service last night at our new apartment! it was awesome - we had 17 people (not including Ashley and me) come and worship and fellowship with us and it was just an amazing, amazing sight.



Sunday, January 8, 2012

lady in waiting.

inspiration: just started reading lady in waiting.
I feel very strongly that marriage is not a higher calling than the single state. Happy indeed are those people, married or single, who have discovered that happiness is not found in marriage but in a right relationship with God." -Gary Chapman 
The past few weeks have been incredible in a lot of ways. someone special has come into my life and while it's been realllllly hard to stay focused on God, i trust in whatever He has planned for us. it's amazing to see God's hand in all of this, because when you truly are focused on Him and not on "finding mr./miss. right", He does bless you.


i've been really struggling in this new friendship though, because it's been easy to say and to think "in may, it will be different..." but thanks to some awesome friends and accountability partners, i was challenged to get back on track and to be pursuing Christ first and foremost in my life, as i am called to do.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

it's just a ring

inspiration: i wish i had more photogenic hands.....


(i wish i had more photogenic hands...)

a girl in my small group got us all rings that had the number "3" engraved on them.
the 3 represents the Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

it's just a ring.
but i absolutely love it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

accountability.

inspiration: having accountability in your life makes a world of difference in your relationships.

opening up to other believers is hard.
sharing your wounds.
your hurt.
your struggles.
it's painful.

but having accountability in your life can strengthen your relationship not only with those around you, but with Christ.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. -James 5:16