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
I love the movie “A Few Good Men” starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise about 2 Marines that are on trial for their lives because they simply followed an order. When I was in college my roommate and I would always throw out different lines from the film and eventually one of us would yell “I WANT THE TRUTH!” The entire movie was building up to this point and the truth was about to be revealed. But after many years of reflection and contemplation, my question is, do we really want the truth? I pray you will listen to this incredibly important message that will answer that question and others as we discover God’s truth for our lives.
Jeff A. Rosenberry
Let’s just be honest, to be just like Jesus seems like a far stretch. After all, He is the son of God who lived a life with no sin, and then there was that time when He walked on water. Often times when I look at certain attributes of Jesus, I am reminded how far I am from being just like Him. Listen as we continue to Journey towards Jesus and look at one specific attribute that none of us can boast about having…and that’s whole idea.
Jeff A. Rosenberry
If you have ever driven through Las Vegas at night one thing stands out above the rest - it has a LOT of lights. Say what you want about Vegas, but the lights are amazing and can be seen for miles! It got me thinking about the light we are supposed to be for Christ. Is my light shining brightly? Can it be seen from a distance? Listen as we continue our “Journey” series and look at something we take for granted physically, and often ignore spiritually. Who knows, maybe Vegas can teach us something about living a life on fire for Christ.
Outside Colorado Springs there is a trail that leads straight up the mountain called the Incline. It is considered by many to be the most difficult mile long trail in the world. Professional athletes and weekend warriors alike tackle the incline on a daily basis. What many people don’t realize when they hike it the first time is that it has a false summit. You see the top and as grueling as it is, you push hard and find another gear to reach the top. But to your horror, you find it was not the top at all and you still have a quarter of a mile to reach the summit. For the longest time, I thought I reached the top of my understanding of the word grace only to find that I still had a long way to go! Join us this Sunday as we take a journey together towards a better understanding of this most important gift from God… GRACE!
Summer is in full swing which means afternoons at the lake, camping trips, hikes and for many a much needed vacation. No matter what your destination is, you might find that the Journey is half the fun. Join us this summer at Revive as we travel together and dig into the letters from the Apostle Paul and discover a better life for the Kingdom of God.
This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day at Revive Christian Church. We will dig into God’s word and unpack some of the most valuable aspects of being a Christian father and the lasting legacy you leave behind.
If you are like me, whenever you are asked to do something you want to know all the details. How long will it take? What will it cost? Where do I have to go? We then weigh it all out and make the decision of whether or not we will commit. But what if God is the one asking for you to do something? Join us this week at Revive as we conclude our Dangerous Prayers series and examine our availability to do whatever and go wherever God is calling.
Jeff A. Rosenberry
We break things all the time. We break speed limits, rules, guidelines, promises, windows, vases, bones, and relationships. This life is filled with things that get broken and you are no exception. We invite you to listen as we tackle a difficult and yet crucial aspect of Christianity by asking God to break us so we can be better formed for Him.