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Apr 08, 2020
Treasures we've gained from this tragedy.
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. The cases from this pandemic are starting to taper off in some the most intense regions it hit. One example is New York. That doesn’t mean this is over, but it does stir up the question: what happens after this?
Will things go back to being the same?
We look forward to life as it was. However, I want you to consider that there are some things that shouldn’t go back to normal.
THREE Thoughts On Surviving Your QuaranteenagersTHREE Ways to Survive Your Quaranteenager!
How to buy back what feel like stolen time.
This morning I was looking at the news and saw that the White House will be extending the the coronavirus guidelines until April 30th. I’m going to be honest, even though I knew that was coming, I was still pretty discouraged by that thought.
These days feel dark. This is but one of many difficulties within this pandemic. People are losing lot. From their sense of normal, to their jobs, to retirement, and even loved ones.
I was on our church’s prayer channel Friday morning as prayer requests came pouring in.
Sickness, Suffering, and the Sovereignty of God
This question haunts many of us. If there’s an all-powerful God, couldn’t He have prevented this? If there’s a sovereign God, why would he allow this through His sovereign will? And maybe even more pointedly, did God cause this? I want to offer three imprtant reflections from biblical theology.
Have you experienced that moment when someone’s boasting becomes nauseating? There’s no where we hate this more than in the Church. You’ll hear phrases like, “They’re all about the numbers!” But the reality is, pride is a double-edged sword. Some churches boast numbers, but others flex how “not about the numbers” they are. Conceit can manifest as chest-beating or false-humility. Here’s the question: Is there another option?
I got married in 2013. We had big plans: buy a warm inviting home, have a couple of kids, and get involved with church. Yet, not too long after, she began to question her faith in God. One day, she came to the conclusion that she didn't believe. From there, everything our relationship was built on unraveled. She realized this wasn’t the life she wanted anymore. Today, I’m closing in on 3 years since the day she left.
This month was another eye opener of just how AMAZING our God is. He shows us His UNCONDITIONAL love and guidance even when we can’t see it at times. In April, He really helped me grow my relationships here and I was able to see His power once again.
Where to start? Let’s see if I can get this in order!
Resources for the difficulties of anger, lust, and divorce.
In this passage (Matthew 5:21-32) Jesus calls his disciples to follow him out of anger, lust, and divorce. That's an incrediblly steep calling we cannot face without the even more incredible love of God.
Furthermore, we cannot face these painful circumstances alone. What do we do in the midst of anger, battles with lust, or in the face of divorce? The Gospel reminds us we have all fallen short and Jesus offers us grace. Part of that grace is walking through these things with help.
Below are some resources both interpersonal and informational to support you as you wrestle with these most difficult challenges.
WHY BE BAPTIZED?
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL CELEBRATION
The first day of marriage is this explosion of celebration we call a wedding. On New Year’s Eve we throw parties across the world. On the day a baby is born, the whole family gathers to hold her, laugh, and cry tears of joy. The reality is: beginnings always call for a powerful welcome.
JESUS COMMANDS IT Matthew 28:19-20
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
Well, March was definitely a busy month. It didn't go by quite as fast as February which I am okay with. I am having fun here and learning more and more every day. Everyone keeps asking if I'm ready to come home and my answer lately has been "I am having fun here, but home is home for me."
AN INCREDIBLE NIGHT WITH RISE YOUTH AND EASTHILL STUDENT MINISTRIES!Last night was a Kingdom night in partnership with East Hill Student Ministries! Moments like this are glimpses of this vision realized. And we aren’t stopping or slowing down until we see this vision become reality in our city for the glory of Jesus!
These questions are to help partner with you as you disciple your teenager.This is a great opportunity for you to connect with your kids over the scriptures!
Each week we've provided you with questions about the week's topic on these questions to prompt conversation with your student(s) in the car or after youth group on another day. We know that the primary place of discipleship is at home so we're sending these questions to equip you to engage your teen about Jesus.
My name is Jason Clarke and I'm the Pastor of Rise City Church. As many of you know, on November 1st our church purchased SkateWorld. As this transaction has come to fruition, there have been lots of discussions, questions, and confusion on social media. Many of you are left feeling confused as to why Gresham is losing this landmark in our community and are looking for answers. My hope in this letter is to answer some of those questions and clear up some of the false narratives.