October 8th, 2017

The OT book of Amos is a tough book, with some tough messages. As we continued with chapter two this past Sunday, it is a well-deserved toughness. The question we should be asking ourselves and praying over is this: “Where do we fit in this story? What is our reaction going to be?”

Luke 12:48 says “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” Amos reiterated how God had blessed Judah and Israel with every conceivable blessing and yet, with all they had been given, they had squandered it all and became just like the pagan nations that surrounded them. Three grievances stand out in particular: 1.) The mistreatment of the poor. 2.) Just was being denied in the courts. 3.) The sexual immorality of the culture as a whole, was completely out of control.

God’s words here to His nation in Amos chapter two, is for you and I, today! This is not a call to condemnation, but a call to action? Where do we fit into God’s story? What is our reaction going to be now


October 1st, 2017: Restore the Roar

Do you ever get weary of all the pain and suffering in our world? Just yesterday news broke about 58 people being gunned down in Las Vegas and hundreds others who were injured. Sometimes it hits even closer to home. It can cause us to wonder where God is and what He’s doing about it. Even though we might not see it right away, we can know that God has not missed anything and He will uphold justice, but He also longs to show mercy if we’re willing to seek it from Him.

Amos starts out with a lot of judgment. God is pictured as a roaring lion, about to judge the nations around Israel because they have broken God’s covenant to preserve human life and dignity. Each one in their own way has embraced sin to the point that God can no longer tolerate. They have broken the covenant God made with all nations through Noah to preserve human life and dignity. In chapter one we see God’s heart for those who are oppressed and abused.

If you’ve gone through a period when you thought God didn’t notice your suffering, we invite you to listen to “The Covenant” message and know that God cares and He will make all things right.


September 24th, 2017


September 17th, 2017

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

This Sunday we took another step in Revive Rochelle with the pulpit swap. It was great to have Pastor Doug from the Presbyterian Church preaching at our 9am service and Pastor Rob from the Rochelle United Methodist Church at our 10:45am service. We’ve heard from many of you how meaningful their messages were to you and we praise God for that. Both of these services were recorded and will go up on the website.

Pastor Nick enjoyed preaching at the United Methodist Church while Pastor Dan was at the 11am Presbyterian service. What a joy to go and encourage the body of Christ to keep seeking Jesus.


September 10th, 2017

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

Our message this Sunday was about humility. In our passage we see that when it comes to humility we need to focus on humbling ourselves, not other people. Humility can be a hard thing to pursue, but as we look at scripture I think we see a pattern of what’s communicated by humility and by pride.

Humility says, you’re important to me.

Pride says, I’m the best, I know best, and I don’t need you.

Scripture asks us to be humble before God and to show humility with each other. As we unpacked 1 Corinthians 12 about the body of Christ, we see that we should value each other as important parts of the body. We also applied this to the various congregations that make up God’s church in this community. We need each other. Without each other we can’t be all that God has called us to be here.

When you examine your own life, do you see pride or humility?

What is a step you can take toward greater humility?

How can you better express to God and others their importance in your life?


September 3rd, 2017


August 27th, 2017

This was the last message in our sermon series on the book of James.  Today we are studying from James 5:7-12 with our topic focusing on “patience.”

 

In our present day and age, the need for patience is almost being eradicated from the face of the earth.  We don’t have patience for anything anymore – ever!

Everything has become faster and easier, yet it has only served to frustrate us even more.  But, this has not been good for our souls.  God values patience very high and He is serious about it because persevering faith and joy in God requires patience.

 

We need to be reminded to be patient because:

1.)  God is coming back

2.)  God is accomplishing something in us for eternity

3.)  God gives us grace so we can extend that to others

4.)  God’s promises are true


August 20th, 2017

We continued in our sermon series in the book of James.

We must never compromise the gospel message and we must fiercely protect it and proclaim its life giving truth.  But sadly, all too often in church, our divisions and quarrels are over very weak differences, not essentials.  We must major in the majors, and minor in the minors.  We must major in God’s word, love, compassion, understanding, and forgiveness.  And we must minor in personal differences that do not compromise the gospel.

James chapter 4 tells us to not look elsewhere for the source of our conflicts.  Rather, the source of conflict is our selfishness.

James tells us:

  1. Selfishness is at the heart of relational conflicts
  2. A friend of the world is an enemy of God
  3. God resists the proud
  4. The remedy is repentance

August 13th, 2017: The Power of Words

Sunday’s message focused on James chapter 3 and it was entitled “The Power of Words”.  God’s word has a lot to say about how we use our words.  We are to be lightning fast to listen, and be as slow as molasses when it comes to talking.  But our society and current culture has that flipped around.  We talk and talk and talk,  and listening is only secondary.

James chapter 3 tells us:

  1. Words are very powerful – they bless and they curse.
  2. Words reveal the progress of our faith – Christian maturity enables us to have self-discipline, and that can only come about from having the Holy Spirit in us.
  3. Our words reveal what is really going on in our heart –  we don’t have to wonder what is going on in our heart, because our words reveal it.

The tongue (our words), give us an accurate picture of our heart.  What do our words reveal about you?


July 16th, 2017

When was the last time you felt truly rested and refreshed?  I’m not talking about a good night’s sleep, but a peace in your soul…a calm in your spirit…a freedom from the anxieties that plague you day to day.  When was the last time you felt that kind of rest and how do we get there?

 

We might think that and evening binge-watching our favorite show or a day off or a vacation will allow us to rest but it never does the trick.