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The best decision we ever made was to follow Jesus.  We’re regular people moved by God’s extraordinary grace.  

We are a church eager to experience passionate worship, authentic connection, and to grow in our love of God.  

We love our local community and want to help every person take a NEXT STEP with Jesus.

 
 
 
 
 
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WORSHIP GOD
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When so much competes for our attention, worshiping God
refocuses us.
Renewed, we’re ready for a
NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
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Where life separates and isolates, Christ connects. Life change happens best in relationship.
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We have amazing news to share. Jesus opened the door to relationship with God. We were made for this! We can’t wait to
help others take a
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LIES Christians Believe:
Starting September 9th
 
Lies seep into our thought-life. Some lies chain us in fear and shame. Others keep us dull and weak. Yes, we’re not always sure who told us or why we believed them, but there are LIES Christians Believe that stunt our faith and rob us of the peace and joy Jesus so eagerly wants us to know. In this message series, we expose four especially dangerous LIES Christians believe.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
weekly BLOG
 

“Lies Christians Believe: Lie #2”

Lie #2: God will not give you more than you can handle.
 
So many things sound “true”. Maybe they’re almost true. Maybe we’d like them to be true. Often, they’re true enough until something goes wrong and we discover the platitudes we relied on for comfort weren’t built to last.
All of us have heard the clichés meant to offer comfort in a difficult moment, but don’t realize they can hurt when they prove unreliable. In this series we want to tackle some of the most common “Lies Christians Believe”, and discover the truth that sets us free and will never let us down.
 
TRUTH: God is good…even when life isn’t.
TRUTH: There is nothing God can’t handle
TRUTH: God lets me have more than I can handle to help me realize I can’t handle it on my own!
BOTTOM LINE: God will never leave me with more than HE can handle
 
Further Conversation
1.What are some ways people prepare for storms and struggle? What did you do to get ready for Hurricane Florence? 2. Read Matthew 7:24-27. Storms happen in everyone’s life. What does Jesus tell us will determine our safety in the storm? What are some storms you’ve faced? 3. Read John 16:33 How did Jesus overcome the world? How does this help us in the midst of our storms and struggles? 4. Read Psalm 61:1-3 How can being overwhelmed actually be a blessing? When have you prayed a similar prayer to David’s? 5. God will never leave me with more than HE can handle. What are some ways we can grow more aware and confident in God’s presence with us and his strength through us? 6. What do you need to do to prepare for the next storm that may come your way? How can Christ Church help you?
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Luke 19:1-10
As kids, we hated being picked last. This doesn’t change with age. We want to be wanted. The religious leaders wanted Jesus to value them. Jesus didn’t ignore them. The Gospels show several times Jesus meeting with religious leaders. But Jesus had a heart and desire for the lost, those who felt like the least. Jesus wanted to help them know that God desires them. Those who felt far from God, who because of their actions might believe God would reject them, instead Jesus chose to seek. Zacchaeus was such a person. Rejected by the community because of his sin, he hoped to only catch a glimpse of Jesus. Jesus chooses him. What does it mean to you that Jesus “came to seek and save” the lost? How are you following Jesus’ example by choosing to be friends with the lost?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I was lost and you choose me. Help me see the lost in my midst, that I may go to be with them, sharing your grace.
 
Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
Pain always has a purpose. If I touch something hot, it hurts. But I learn to be more careful. Suffering and shame can also serve a purpose. Though God doesn’t create our crisis, many times God will use those difficulties to speak love, grace, and truth. Many people trace their greatest spiritual awakenings to their most difficult experiences. Have you experienced struggle, fear, or a crisis? Are you in the middle of one now? How might God be speaking to you, calling you with grace and truth, that in difficulty you find new life?
Pray: Almighty God, when we listen you can take our brokenness and make it beautiful. Help me to hear you, see you, and find hope.
 
Wednesday – Psalm 34:17-18
Many of us hate to ask for help. We want to try to see if we can do it. We don’t want to appear needy. We don’t want to seem incapable. No, we want to show our power and worth. This is the core problem of pride. Pride keeps us from what we truly need. We need God’s help. We can not do life on our own. Calling out to God requires real humility. It means admitting our brokenness. It means acknowledging our real need. The Good News is God loves answering the call of the broken-hearted and the humble. God seeks to save the lost! Are you trying to prove your worth to God or are you calling our to God in humility today?
Pray: Holy Spirit, I need your help. I can not do this on my own. Help me humble myself that I might learn from you and be saved.
 
Thursday – Proverbs 20:29-30
“Youth is wasted on the young!” When I was a kid my grandpa used to say this a lot. Now that I’m older, I’m beginning to understand. What I’d give to know then what I know now. Wisdom is knowledge matched to experience. It can’t be taught, it must be lived. But really, what is experience? Aren’t our greatest learning experiences often our biggest struggles seen from the other side. In the midst of struggle, we have tunnel vision. All we know is the moment. But on the other side, we have wisdom. These two proverbs remind us that our pain, our struggle, is our opportunity to gain wisdom. Don’t lament, but look and learn. What is God trying to teach you today?
Pray: Heavenly Father, I often want cured of pain and removed from struggle. Instead, help me begin to learn and grow from it.
 
Friday – John 8:12
When I walk into a dark room, I turn on a light. Its practically reflex. Most of us only like to sleep in the dark. Jesus’ claim to be the light is incredible Good News for all people. We walk around in such darkness today. Wars, disease, hate, and death bombard us on the nightly news. This world is a scary place of darkness. Yet Jesus comes to shine His light. Following Jesus lets us really see. Yes, seeing is sometimes painful. Jesus is perfect, and a know I am not. Looking straight into the light lets me feel and know the darkness I’m so accustomed to. Yet, imagine a life lived in the full light and warmth of the Son. Do you crave light, do you yearn for hope? Come to Jesus. Repent and follow Him and you will know light!
Pray: Light of the World, you stepped down into my darkness that I might see. Open my eyes, restore me to life, fill me with your light.
 
Saturday – Luke 15:1-10
Why should you go to church? Its a fair question that many ask today. We can find great preaching on the radio, TV, or internet. We can sing along to any song any where with modern technology. We can read our bibles. We can find community in small groups. If church is about what I can get from it, we don’t need the church like we used to. But what if we took Jesus’s words in these two stories seriously. What if a church worship service wasn’t about what I got, but instead about who I brought. Imagine the celebration in your soul and in heaven if you brought an unchurched, lost, friend to church, and they chose to repent and be saved by Jesus. What if they got found because you brought them. Now thats something!
Pray: Loving God, you love to seek and save the lost. So often I make it about me. Help me know the joy of seeing someone found!

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“Lies Christians Believe: Lie #1”

LIE #1 God is punishing me.
 
Lies seep into our thought-life. Some lies chain us in fear and shame. Others keep us dull and weak. Yes, we’re not always sure who told us or why we believed them, but there are LIES Christians Believe that stunt our faith and rob us of the peace and joy Jesus so eagerly wants us to know. In this message series, we expose four especially dangerous LIES Christians believe.
 
TRUTH: God is just.
TRUTH: Actions have consequences
TRUTH: God really loves us.
TRUTH: Jesus took our punishment in full.
TRUTH: God knows we grow through struggle.
BOTTOM LINE: Will I give myself to Jesus because Jesus gave himself for me?
 
Further Conversation
1. No one likes being punished. Share a time you tried to escape punishment? What punishments do you remember receiving? 2. “God is punishing me!” Have you ever felt that way? Why do you think some people believe God might be punishing them? 3. Read Romans 1:18 & Isaiah 24:5-6a. What’s the difference between punishment and consequences? What did Sin cause? 4. Read John 3:16 God chose an extreme way to show us love. Why is it so hard for some to believe and receive that love? 5. Read Hebrews 10:11-14 In what ways do we sometimes act like the priests in the old religious system by trying to appease God with our sacrifices of good deeds or generosity? 6. Read Romans 12:1-2 Jesus paid it all. The question for us is, will we accept this gift on his terms? What does it look like to accept Jesus’s gift on his terms? Have you believed and received God’s love through Jesus?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Isaiah 61:1-3
When Jesus announced his ministry (Luke 4:18-19), this is the passage he chose to quote. These are amazing words revealed to the prophet Isaiah about who God is. So often people see God as a cruel despot or a mean kid with a magnifying glass scorching our ant-like lives. Yet, Jesus zeroed in on powerful words of hope. God doesn’t create broken hearts, God comforts broken hearts. God doesn’t burn our lives down, God exchanges our ashes for a crown of beauty. Broken hearts happen in a broken world. Bad decisions have consequences. But God is a God of hope, love, and good news. Don’t turn from God because you fear punishment. Turn to God because God offers love and hope and grace.
Pray: Almighty God, help me see you for who you truly are, a God of hope and love. May I find comfort as I surrender into your grace.
 
Tuesday – Romans 6:23
It was well past bedtime but our kids were bouncing off the walls. I knew better but I let them have sweets too late in the evening. Now I had to wrangle them into the bath and bed. I received no sympathy from my wife, because she knew I got what I deserved! We know actions have consequences. Scripture reminds us that the consequence (wage in some translations) of sin is death. We have earned punishment from God. But, and I love the word “but” in Scripture, God’s love extends us grace. Jesus took what we deserved and gave us grace and eternal life instead. Will we accept this gift from God? Will we exchange our wages for God’s gift? Remind yourself of God’s love and recommit yourself to Jesus today.
Pray: LORD Jesus, I deserve death but you extend to me the gift of life. I give you all that I am. Thank you for giving me all that you are.
 
Wednesday – Jonah 3:1-10
Have you ever noticed how many people want grace for themselves but justice from others? My kids beg for mercy but try to get me to double my discipline on their siblings. Even the prophet Jonah received grace as he ran from God but was angry when God extended that same grace to Jonah’s enemies. How amazing that God extends grace even to our enemies. We worry over being punished, losing sight of the grace and goodness God sends. May you focus of God’s grace today, living in it and giving it out to others.
Pray: Creator God, you extend grace to everyone that turns towards you. Help me turn towards you, living and giving your grace.
 
Thursday – Isaiah 24:4-6
Hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes destroy lives, families, even entire cities. Ironically, these events are referred to as acts of God. Sadly, we’ve placed the blame in the wrong place. God made a perfectly balanced and harmonious world. It was us, specifically our sin (desire to be God rather than follow God) that knocked everything out of balance. Our sin cursed the world. These “acts of God” are really tragedies of our own creating. The diseases that claim the lives of those we love were never God’s plan. They are the consequences of our rebellion. We broke the world. But thanks be to God through Jesus Christ that God is making all things new!
Pray: Heavenly Father, forgive us when we blame you for the brokenness in our world. Thank you that you make all things new.
 
Friday – Hebrews 12:1-13
I always wished I had parents that let me do whatever I wanted. My parents were not mean, but it wasn’t until I was much older that I realized how loving and reasonable their rules actually were. Thank goodness they loved me enough to discipline me. Discipline is an act of love and grace. I discipline my kids because I want the best for them. I want to see and help them reach their full potential. God wants the same for us, his children. Struggles are a natural part of this broken world. God uses our struggles to help us grow in patience, perseverance, grace, humility, and love. What are you enduring today? How can you let God love you and use the struggle to grow you into a stronger, more faith-filled person today?
Pray: Loving God, sometimes life is so hard. Thank you that you don’t waste the struggle but use it to grow me in love and grace.
 
Saturday – 2 Peter 3:8-16
We live in such an instant world that waiting seems like cruel and unusual punishment. We microwave food in seconds but wait in line two hours to ride a roller coaster. Packages shipped across the country arrive in two days but it takes weeks to get a doctor’s appointment. In the midst of pain and brokenness, we long for God to make the world new again. Yet, we continue to wait. It can be frustrating until we remember that as we wait others have the opportunity to be saved. In fact, if God hadn’t waited this long, we might not have had the opportunity to know salvation. God waits hoping that none would perish and miss eternal life with him. Oh, the time will come. The waiting will someday end. The question for us is, “how will we have used our time?” Will we be his?
Pray: Holy Spirit, move in my heart. Remind me of your love. Help me to respond to your grace and to share it with others today.

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“Reminisce”

Reminisce: Embrace the PAST without getting STUCK in it.
 
Its hard to say good-bye to the past. For some, we want to rid ourselves of the painful memories that continue to haunt us, but the past won’t let us go. For others, our longing for the way things were lock us into the past and keeps us from moving forward. Either way, we feel stuck! The Good News is that Jesus is doing a new thing…and frees us to move forward into a better tomorrow.
 
You can wreck your life by neglecting the past and you can neglect your life by excessive living in the past.
– regret –> repent
– resent –> rejoice
– relive –> release
 
remember where you’ve been
realize where you are
rehearse where you are going
Don’t let the fear what did happen or what could happen make nothing happen!
 
Further Conversation
1. Share a memory of an event that shaped who you are today. How often do you reminisce (or re-remember) this time in your life?
2. Read Luke 5:37-39 Jesus challenged many religious traditions. Why do you think people might say “The old is just fine”?
3. Read 1 Corinthians 7:10 How can regret keep us stuck in the past? How has repentance freed you from a regret of the past?
4. Genesis 19:26 I don’t have to love what happened to rejoice that God can use it. How does bitterness or resentment keep us stuck in the past? When has rejoicing in the LORD freed you?
5. Read Lamentations 3:22-23 God mercies don’t come with a roll-over plan. How have you experienced God’s mercies recently?
6. Remember > Realize > Rehearse. I can’t go back to Eden but I can enter the city of God. What does God want for us? What’s your role and responsibility in what God wants for all of us?
7. What fear holds you back? How can we help you take a next step?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Mark 14:32-36
I don’t want to _______. How many times in my life have I said those words? Sometimes its childish: I don’t want to wake up early. I don’t want to eat my vegetables. Other times selfish: I don’t want to serve. I don’t want to give. I don’t want to share. Yet other times, painful: I don’t want to bury my mom. There are millions of things in this life we don’t want to do. It brings me great comfort to know I’m not alone. Even Jesus struggled, basically praying, “God, I don’t want to.” The challenge of surrender is admitting the “I don’t want to” but choosing to move forward in obedience anyway. Control says “no.” Surrender says “I don’t want to…but for you, LORD, I will.” Where are you being challenged to surrender today?
Pray: Almighty God, there are many things I don’t want to do, but today for you I will obey. I will live my life surrendered in faith to you.
 
Tuesday – John 15:1-7
I’m frustrated. The cord on our new vacuum is short. Maybe I was spoiled by an extra long cord on our old one. I feel like I have to hop outlets all the time. No surprise, my vacuum doesn’t work unplugged. Sure, I can push it around. It might even leave some nice lines in the carpet. But the carpet won’t be clean unless the vacuum is plugged in and running. The vacuum only bears the fruit of cleaning when its plugged in. You and I are much the same way. Only connected to Christ, through surrender, can we truly live. Many walk through life leaving carpet lines but never really running. In Christ, we run, we live, we grow, and we bear fruit. Are you living a life truly connected to Christ? What is your evidence, your fruit?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I must stay connected through surrender to you. Help me stay plugged in, growing and bearing fruit of real life.
 
Wednesday – John 4:4-14
The human body can only live a few days without water. We must drink and then drink again and again. Today, we only need to turn on a faucet. But the irony is that for as readily available water is in America, our deeper thirst is never quenched. Jesus speaks to the woman about a thirst water can’t quench. We try to drink in stuff, relationships, power, prestige, conquest, and control. These only leave us thirsting for more. Only Jesus can quench the thirst of our hearts. What do you want more of? Only Jesus truly satisfies.
Pray: Creator God, I am made to only be satisfied by you. I confess I drink in things and people an power. Today, I will only seek you. 
 
Thursday – Psalm 56:1-4
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Not long ago we lived by this motto. Today, we recognize the power of words. Words, names, slander all hurt. Are we soft today? Maybe. Were we ignoring or denying damage in the past. Probably. People hurt people. Since Cain and Abel, people have hurt and killed each other. This Psalmist laments the pain and lies thrown his way. Yet, he turns to the LORD. Surrender not only affects our actions, but the way we choose to see ourselves and others. If we are trying to control our self-image, slander matters. If we have surrendered our image of ourselves to God, then only God’s opinion matters. Who are you choosing to listen to about who you are?
Pray: Heavenly Father, I listen to the wrong voices so often. Tune my ears to your WORD and your promises. Help me hear only you.
 
Friday – Psalm 37:1-6
What does it take to survive and thrive in this world today? We watch celebrities and politicians, business leaders and athletes cheat and betray others to get to the top. And it sure seems to work for them. They have their mansions while we struggle to pay for necessary prescriptions and basic healthcare. They live in luxury while we only look on longingly. Yet this Psalm reminds us that all these things will pass away. How many on top so quickly fall? Only in obedience, surrender, and trust in the LORD will we ever find real joy and contentment. “Commit yourselves to the LORD.” What are you committed to today? Do you look longingly or choose to trust?
Pray: Holy Spirit, I confess I look around and long for so much. Please mold my heart and help me commit myself to the LORD. 
 
Saturday – 1 Peter 5:6-7
When will it be my turn? Its so hard to wait. Everyone wants to be the line-leader in preschool. We want to go first, get the best, and have our day in the sun. Yet Peter reminds us to wait on the LORD. Surrender requires allowing God to own the time and the line. We want to control our place and protect our position. But humility relinquishes our rights to the LORD and allows God to lift us up at the right time, in HIS way. Its so hard to wait. Yet, if we will spend time in God’s word, learning and trusting his promises, we will always find the wait is worth it. Are you seeking control, riding the cycle of fear? Or surrender to the LORD today, and wait on God?
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, thank you that you alone are trustworthy and will elevate me in your time…if only I will trust you.

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