This week we are excited to take one step closer to Jesus during this advent season. Amidst all the shopping, putting up the tree, the parties, school programs and figuring out whose family and friends you are going to see and when, sometimes we miss the crucial aspects of Christmas. As we continue to follow the star toward Christmas, we are going to focus on a journey of joy and allow it to fuel our days and move us a little closer to God.
There are so many things about Christmas that we love! We love the lights that shine brightly inside and outside of the homes. We love the snow and cold outside and the warmth of a fire in the fireplace inside. One of the best things to love during this holiday season, is love itself. Listen as we celebrate the journey of love that traveled from heaven to earth and would result in the greatest gift for Christmas.
Let's be honest, sometimes the journey of life can get long and difficult. And this hectic time of year can pile on more challenges and stress. The good news is – there is hope!
Mary and Joseph took the first Christmas journey 2,000 years ago, and Jesus' humble birth was not what the people of Israel were expecting. The people were weary of waiting for their Savior. Sometimes we also give up too soon on what we're believing for.
Join us for this Advent series called The Star: A Journey to Christmas, featuring stories of people in the Bible and of people today in which God visits in unexpected ways. He fills our lives’ journeys with hope, love, joy, and peace, just as He did that first Christmas.
There are few things better than seeing 33 cars come around the forth turn at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and head down the main front stretch as the green flag flies. I remember as a kid having the hair on my arms stand straight up as I watched the cars shift into a different gear and reach unthinkable speeds. As we make the final turn in our series and shift into a new gear, we will learn what it looks like to be Abundant Givers!
During Jesus time on earth, he taught us many valuable lessons that are so important to our lives today. In a culture that is filled with a purchase and consume mentality, Jesus flips the script and shows us a better way. Join us this week as we change our perspective on the American lifestyle and take the first steps to Living in Abundance.
When you pursue something, it drives many aspects of our lives. People know what is important to us because they see us dedicate time, energy and resources into it. When we pursue God and put Him first, our lives start to change and instead of living a life of fear, we in turn live a life of freedom and generosity.
It’s interesting how much we prefer to focus on the sins we dislike the most, then expressly look down upon the people who struggle in those specific sins. THOSE people who do those things. Surely this was not the message Jesus died on a cross to fulfill! In our final message of the series, we will concentrate on HIS message, rather than our own. As it turns out, “Those people” He refers to might not be the same “Those people” we’ve been focusing on all along.
Imagine you hear about a random stranger halfway around the world that is so ill, they may die unless something drastically changes. What is your response? Do you have any at all? Now picture the exact same scenario, but change the ailing person to someone much more familiar to you: one of your own children; one of your parents; your spouse. It changes everything, doesn’t it? Everything in life is different when its personal. The church was designed to be personal - and it starts with you, and it starts with me.
What is it that stands in the way of God and the people He is desperately trying to reach? Would it shock you to learn the answer may very well be… the church? The church was designed to include everyone, yet for many it feels like an exclusive club that accepts only those who look and speak the part. Imagine with me, a church that does everything in its power to turn from an exclusive club to an inclusive family. Look out church… this might be a game changer.
When I was a kid, corporal punishment wasn’t the hot-button issue it is today, it was just the norm. Like all kids, my actions occasionally warranted reprimand, and my parents were no strangers to course correction. One time, I remember my Dad telling me “this is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.” And I thought to my young self, “I highly doubt that.” Discipline and course correction, though desperately needed, hurts. In this week’s message, we are going to discover that judgement and correction with the intent of restoration is not hate, but love. Sometimes, true love hurts.
If you are anything like me, you probably don’t enjoy engaging in debates with people who have differing points of view. Be it politics, religion, or whatever hot topic of the day, it’s easier to dodge the conversation than it is to dive-in. Because, let’s be honest, the likelihood of either party changing their minds is slim….right? So we avoid the conversation. Heck, sometimes we avoid the interaction altogether! We see all these exchanges as obstacles in our lives. But what if, instead of obstacles, we saw them as opportunities? A slight change in perspective might just go a long way.
Coaches will often remind their team that every once in a while, you have to get “Back to the Basics.” What he or she means is, so often, we have gotten away from the very fundamentals of the sport we are playing. Could it be that we as Christians and we as a church have gotten further away from the ONE thing God truly wants for our lives? In this message, we will rediscover that one thing. In doing so, we hope to widen the separation of Church and Hate and come back to what is truly important to God.
In the midst of the mundane or in the aftermath of disaster, hope often seems elusive. The events in Houston and Florida with hurricanes Harvey and Irma are reminders of basic life-truths that we have a way of ignoring or forgetting. Listen as Phil Claycomb (Director of Nexus: Church Planting Leadership) reminds us that our souls are designed to find our rest in God Only!
I am overwhelmed by what God can do in ONE year! It seems like just yesterday we were making our last minute preparations to officially launch Revive Christian Church. I remember how scared I was that we were going to forget something. But when it is God’s church, whether we forget something or not, things will work out. And now we get to celebrate what God has done. This Sunday, we will celebrate Revive’s 1 year as a church. I hope you will join us as we look back, we look around, and we look forward and truly discover that when it comes to God’s church, THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
Jeff A. Rosenberry
Often times in life the most difficult step is the very first one. I have heard a pastor once say that it doesn’t take a lot of faith to finish but it takes a lot of faith to start. This week we will close out our Divine Direction series as we learn about the faith that it takes to start doing the things God has called us to do. This could be the beginning of the next amazing chapter of your life!
Some of the best decisions I have ever made were also some of the most difficult to make and came with a lot of pain. We tend to think if we are making the right decisions that it will be proven by an easy coast without any roadblocks and hurdles. The truth is that when we are sold out for Jesus and committed to living out His will for our lives, we should expect resistance from the enemy. Listen as we learn to trust the process as we trust in God.
The decisions we make today will determine the stories that we will tell tomorrow. This is a pretty intimidating statement considering we make decisions every single day of our lives. But what if we told you there was a passage of scripture that guarantees help when it comes to making some of life’s most difficult decisions? Listen as we continue our series on Devine Direction.
You haven’t finished your life story. What will you do with the blank pages? The choices you make today will lead you one way or another—but when you know who to trust, you'll always be headed in the Divine Direction. Join us as we embark on a 4 week series that will challenge each of us to search God’s will for our lives.
There is something special when every seat is filled. Whether it’s a concert or sporting event, I always think it is better when it’s “SOLD OUT”. When every seat is taken, there is energy, excitement and the feeling of being a part of something special. When it’s for a meal, we often times add more chairs or extra table leafs. I believe God loves it when every seat at the table is filled. Listen to part 2 of our Journey to Ministry and discover what it means to be a table person!
A large ship that was constructed in the early 1900’s has been the topic of many conversations, debates, arguments and speculations. It encompasses the question of “could something have been done?” Before you jump to conclusions, you need to know that it is probably not the boat you are thinking about. I hope you will listen as we learn from history and use it to help us move forward in our Journey as ambassadors of Christ.
Jeff A. Rosenberry