Acts 10:36

This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

Insight - Peace with God through Jesus Christ, we were once enemies of God, now peace is made possible! This is the GOOD news for broken people just like us. Sometimes a message we want to convey get confusing or too complicated, often with good intentions. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. Simple. Clear. Good news!

Prayer - Jesus, at times I have been guilty of making the ‘good news’ complicated and too heavy, You came to tear down the wall of my sin that separated me from God and to make peace, this is truly Good News! Please help me to live this gospel message out in such a way today that people see the difference. In your name, Amen.

Acts 8:29-31

The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.

Insight - Living a life where you are led by the Spirit often leads to unexpected and providential conversations! The assignments that God gives us do not always make sense, but we can have confidence that he is working behind the scenes in the lives of people that he is calling us to reach out to. Phillip was obedient to the Holy Spirit’s prompting and as a result he was able to tell the story of the gospel and explain who Jesus was to a Ethiopian high level official who said YES to Jesus!

Prayer - Jesus, today as you prepare people’s hearts ahead of time, help me to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s voice, I want to be ready to explain the story of what you have done in my life to those you allow me to encounter today! In your name, Amen.

Scott..

Acts 6:1

But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food.

Insight- The early church was growing! It was a exciting time to be sure, but even in seasons of growth, we can expect challenges and ‘rumblings of discontent’! It’s important to note that there is nothing wrong with growing pains, and whether it is the local church or your own personal life, growth can bring on new responsibilities and a new approach to navigate them well.

Prayer- Jesus, thank you that you bring things to life! Help me today to have new understanding regarding the ‘growth’ that you are stirring in me, I want to continue to grow, help me to develop greater faith and trust in you this week. In your name, Amen

scott

Acts 5 :29

But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.

Insight- Don’t get me wrong, laws are important and play a critical role in safe and thriving societies. But there are times where we as Christ followers must trust and obey God, even if it means having to disobey human authority. Most likely these opportunities to obey God rather than a man made law are infrequent to non existent in our day to day lives, however we must recognize the importance of not being intimidated any human authority as to having the “final” say. We also recognize that all authority has been established at God’s will and he invites us to submit and pray to them…but we must always obey God first.

Prayer- Jesus, today I pray for all authorities that you have established in my life, law enforcement, government leaders and even my employer! I ask you to give the wisdom and courage to lead well. I need you to help me with this, I ask you to have the humility to submit and the courage to obey you first! In your good name, Amen

Acts 4:12

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

Insight- No one else!? At first glance this may seem narrow minded and restrictive, but when you consider what is at stake it makes complete sense. Our brokenness and sin require far too much sacrifice for it to be left up to our own efforts or other good intentions. Only Jesus could be the ONE, after all he was perfect.

Prayer - Heavenly Father, thank you that you saw our darkness and sin and provided a way out, I confess that there is no other name and no other way that I can be saved, but by the powerful name of Jesus! Amen.

Acts 3:6

 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

Insight- Give what you have! This passage of scripture of course does not imply that we should not help people with their practical needs, but rather reminding all Christ follower that we do have access by faith to miraculous provision as well! What would it look like if today we believed God for a miracle of healing in the lives of those we come in contact with?

Prayer- Jesus, we ask you today to give us the same kind of faith that Peter exercised when he met the lame man after church! Help us to love and help people in both practical and miraculous ways this week, In your name Amen.

Scott

Acts 2:38-39

Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off - for all whom the Lord our God will call.’”

Insight: These words are full of so much hope. How incredible is it that the promise of salvation was not just for a select group but for everyone - for all who are far off. That includes me and you. And the promise continues throughout all generations. These words are true no matter what seems to be going on in our world - salvation & the gift of the Holy Spirit is given to any and all who call on the name of Jesus. It was true then, it is true now, and it will be true for all tomorrows.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your gift of salvation and Your promise of the Holy Spirit. It is a gift that cannot be contained or stopped. There is no greater thing in all the world than finding forgiveness of sins and salvation in You.

Heidi

Nehemiah 8:10

“… Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Insight: The joy that comes from an intimate relationship with God is a joy that gives us strength during trying times. When we don’t have that joy, we are left vulnerable to discouragement & despair. We are also more inclined to give up when life feels too hard for too long. That’s why asking God to fill us with His joy is so crucial - it literally is our strength when we are at our weakest.

Prayer: Father, I need Your joy to strengthen me every day. When my heart feels heavy within me, may that be a reminder to me that I need to be in Your presence - filling my mind and my heart with Your promises and love. Only You have the ability to give joy no matter what the circumstances or pain. May I look to You every day for the joy that strengthens me!

Heidi

Luke 24: 3-6

But when they entered, the did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them… ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!’”

Insight: “He is not here; he has risen!” - are there any words in Scripture that are more life changing than these seven? The women who first heard them probably had no idea how all of time and eternity were completely changed by the ripple effect that started when Jesus took His first step out of the tomb, dealing death & sin a final, fatal blow. Hallelujah!!! Because of the resurrection of Jesus, we ourselves no longer need to live among the dead either. His new life brings us new life!

Prayer: Father, thank You for victory You won over death and sin when Jesus stepped out of that tomb. Thank You that because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection that victory is now mine as well. Sin, and even death, no longer have a lasting hold on my life. When I face battles in my day to day life, help me to remember that the greatest, most crucial battle has already been won!

Heidi

Luke 23:33-34

“When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals - one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’”

Insight: The very people who crucified Jesus had been created by Him, designed by Him, and loved by Him. And they, along with most of the people there that day, had no idea what they were doing. They were blind & deaf to the fact they were beating & killing the One who both gave them life and sustained their lives. But Jesus knew. And He loved them anyways, to the very end, when some of His last words were to intercede on their behalf to the Father. How great & incomprehensible is the love of Jesus - to love us at our worst & through our worst.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for Your love - it is a love that I don’t deserve, but You give it me anyways. Thank You for praying for me when I don’t even know I need it. Thank You for loving me at my worst and wanting me still. Your grace humbles me and amazes me. May I live every day in awe of it.

Heidi

Nehemiah 2:4-5

“The king said to me, ‘What is you want?’ Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, ‘If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.’”

Insight: Nehemiah is looked at as one of the great examples in Scripture of godly leadership through difficult times and I think the secret to his effectiveness is found right here in these verses. Before Nehemiah answered the question he had been waiting to hear from the king, he “prayed to the God of heaven”. Throughout the entire book of Nehemiah, we see that his pattern was to be quick to pray and to pray first. Nehemiah didn’t have success because he had incredible leadership skills, he had success because he consistently sought God before making important decisions. He recognized that favor comes from God alone - not any man or king.

Prayer: Father, help my first response to always be to come to You. Instead of plowing ahead with my ideas and plans, I want my habit to be to seek You first. Like Nehemiah, teach me to seek You even while in the midst of situations. May You be my first thought, not my afterthought.

Heidi

Luke 21: 3-4

“I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

Insight: I don’t know about you, but I am generally not a huge fan of leftovers (unless it is Thai food!). Even the best meal just doesn’t taste quite the same after it has cooled down and then been reheated. This story in Luke makes me think about how often when it comes to giving, do I give out of my “leftovers”? With my time, my finances, & my abilities do I give to God first, with the best that I currently have, or do I give out of what remains after I have met all my own needs and desires first? The first way of giving says “God, I give out of love for who You are & trust that You will provide” while the second way says “God, I give to You out of obligation & convenience”.

Prayer: Father, it’s so easy to only give to You after I make sure all my bases are covered - not just with money, but with my time and my energy as well. But I never want to give to You out of my “leftovers” - I want to give to You out of my best. Help me to resist the temptation to hold back until I know everything is taken care of and then see what I have to offer You. Instead, I want to be like this widow - trusting You with everything even when it seems like I have nothing left.

Heidi

Luke 17:1-3

Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.  It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.  So watch yourselves.

Insight: It can be easy for us to think of sin as a personal or individual thing each of us deals or struggles with, but Jesus talks seriously about sin being an interpersonal thing. While there is grace and forgiveness when we sin and then repent from our sin, Jesus is very clear about how seriously God takes causing someone else to sin. With this in mind, we must not only be conscious of the outcomes of our own words and actions as it pertains to ourselves, but we must think communally -- about how our words and actions will affect those around us.

Prayer: Jesus, help me to live by your Spirit today. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me. Give me a sensitive spirit and an obedient heart, that my words and actions would honor you and be an encouragement to those around me.

Pastor Annie

Psalm 138:6

Though the LORD is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly…

Insight: God, the Creator of everything we see, smell, hear, and touch… The God who existed before time began, and the God who spoke light into existence with a word… The God who is exalted and deserving of the highest, greatest, loudest praise, looks kindly on little ol’ me. He’s not impressed by grandiose or pompous displays of affection–and surely even our grandest gestures would fall woefully short of what God, in fact, deserves. But rather God is most pleased when we simply come to Him Not pretending we have it all together… but approaching Him with honesty and humility. Even when we feel confused. Even when we have doubts. Even when we can barely muster the breath to pray, God is inviting us to come, just as we are and enjoy His goodness and love.

Prayer: Thank you Lord that though you deserve the finest, you are most pleased when I bring whatever I have, even when it doesn’t feel like much. I’m grateful that You care about me and love me just as I am. Amen.

Pastor Adam

Luke 12:22-23

Verse(s): And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

Insight: The uncertainty of a stable job, the lack of finances to pay the bills, and other financial needs can overwhelm us with anxiety. Not feeling in control can bring stress and lack of peace. As we surrender our burdens before the Lord and depend on Him, He will be faithful. Simply declare His promises and walk by faith, and not by sight.

Prayer: Dear Lord, as my perfect and loving Father, I know that I am important and special in your eyes. Please help me see beyond my current circumstances. Allow your peace to dwell in me as I overcome the challenges of life. As I first seek your kingdom, I know that all other necessary things will be given onto me. Thank you Father. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

Victor

Luke 11:9-10

Verse(s): And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

Insight: When our hearts have the desire to please God, what we seek and ask Him according to His plan will come to past because the Lord desires to bless us as we walk alongside Him.

Prayer: My Father, thank you for always providing our daily bread; for opening the doors at the perfect time, and for guiding me along the way so that my heart desires your will for my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Victor

Luke 10:40-42

Verse(s)But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Insight: Doers and people who love serving have a hard time relaxing. As disciples of Christ, doing is an integral part of who we are because the love of God in us triggers the desire to love and serve others. However, we must first need to BE in Christ so that we can experience Him on a daily basis and have the cup full in order to pour into others.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for showing me that before I can DO I first need to BE. Just as you spent time with the Father, remind me to also spend time with you so that I can better reflect your character. In Your Name, Amen.

Victor

Luke 9:12-13

Verse(s): Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.”

Insight: At first, Jesus’ request did not make any sense. They all knew that it was impossible to feed five thousand men plus their families without enough food. Jesus had already revealed to them His power through miracles and wonders. As His disciples, I believe that He wanted them to put their faith and authority to work. Before Jesus departed He stated that we would do greater things. God’s desire is for our faith to continuously grow as we depend more and more on Him and His Word.

Prayer: Lord, please increase my faith so that your kingdom will be known through my life to those in need of you. Give me the strength to step in faith every time you ask me to serve others even if my eyes cannot believe that it is possible. Thank you for trusting in me to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Victor

Luke 8:19-21

Verse(s): Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Insight: At first look, this passage might appear to be very harsh towards family. The reality is that Jesus is teaching us that, as believers, we are part of the family of God. We are the body, He is the head. Some family members might not like that you have chosen to be a Christ follower. Some might even turn away from you. However, the family of God will be with us for eternity. No matter where our travels take you, when we connect with other believers, we feel that we are with family because the Spirit of God connects us.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord for adopting us as your children, for allowing us to be part of your family. May the fruit of your Spirit be demonstrated towards my family even when they don’t understand my calling and commitment to you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Victor

Luke 7:20

Verse(s): And when the men had come to him [Jesus], they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’”

Insight: John the Baptist was in jail and his death was near. His situation made him doubt about the very own he had seen performed miracles and wonders; the One that he didn’t feel worthy of untying His sandals. Sometimes our circumstances can trigger doubt in our hearts about God’s sovereign plan.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your faithfulness and for reminding me that I don’t need to be the one in control. That regardless of my circumstances and how lonely I might feel, you are there with me. Please give me the strength and faith to depend on you, knowing that your will is more important and beneficial to me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Victor