As creation continues to unfold in our study of Genesis, we see that Jesus, the One who was before time, created time in day 4 of "It's All About Jesus."
On Day 3 of creation we notice that the earth God spoke into being was the same earth Jesus would one day come to as a baby in a manger. The very water He gathered together into one place would be the same water He would one day be baptized in and walk upon. In "It's All About Jesus, Day 3, Pastor Mike continues to guide us through the relationship of Jesus as God of creation and Jesus as Savior of the world.
All throughout the Bible, we encounter Jesus. In the Old Testament, we find Jesus (logos) in the story of creation. In the New Testament, we understand that Jesus is the image of the invisible God who created all things and holds it all together. Jesus has always existed. Jesus is God. He is the Word (logos) made flesh. Today as we begin day 2 of creation in "It's All About Jesus" may He help us to see that He has always been with us from the beginning to the end and He has a plan.
Sometimes the path that God chooses for us doesn't always make sense. In fact, His ways are often unpredictable and unconventional. When we find ourselves being "Overwhelmed: by Uncertainty," there is one thing we can know for sure; God is always at work.
When the wicked Haman devised a plot against the Jewish people, Queen Esther found herself in a very difficult situation. She, too, was secretly a Jew and Haman's wicked scheme would eventually reveal her Jewish identity. She was forced with the decision to either walk away and remain silent or face the problem head-on. In "Overwhelmed: When Quitting Looks Appealing," Queen Esther learned that God can bring good out of the most difficult situations when we refuse to give up.
Do we compromise our convictions just to go along with the crowd or do we stand up for what we believe? In "Overwhelmed: When Compromise Comes Calling," we see where Daniel was faced with this dilemma early on in his ministry. Daniel purposed in his heart to follow his convictions and God took care of the rest.
Pastor Mike has been leading us through a series called Overwhelmed on Sundays. Each week we see how to respond when we are overwhelmed chasing success or dealing with discouragement or stress! Listen in for a deep dive on the importance of talking about our mental well-being, how to get help when we need it and how to reach out to those around us. For the full Overwhelmed series, go to www.discoverreallife.net/messages.
When Nehemiah decided to lead the people to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, he faced opposition from many of the people around him. In "Overwhelmed: When Opposition Arises," we will take a look at Nehemiah's struggles, his response to those struggles, and the wisdom he gained from staying the course.
After the death of Moses, God speaks to Joshua telling him to take the children of Israel (over 2 million people), cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land. This would have been an enormous undertaking for anyone. How was it accomplished? In the sermon series, "Overwhelmed: When Success Seems Unattainable," we discover that Joshua was able to achieve success in this God-sized task through complete obedience to His word.
Stress can be caused have many sources. We all feel the effects of it at times, but too much stress can wear you down and make you sick. That's where we find Moses in the sermon today. He was stressed and felt like he was carrying everything alone until someone showed up to give him some great advice. Join us in "Overwhelmed: When Stress Leaves Me Stranded" and follow along with this 3-step strategy for relieving stress.