St Joe: As you gather together as a family, we want to make sure your kids can have a great church at home experience. I have included a link below to two video options (one for preschool, one for elementary aged children). I encourage you to watch the videos with your kids to learn and worship together. We miss your kids and hope everyone stays safe and healthy.
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March 29, 2020: Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb called Hoosiers this week to go into "Hoosier Hunker Down Mode" in order to survive and persevere through the Coronavirus pandemic. For the follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, what does "hunkering down" look like? Today, Pastor Greg will share habits that will help us honor Christ and grow spiritually as we endure this pandemic.
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In the book of Joshua, God warned his people to pay close attention to his leading because “You haven’t traveled this way before.” Today, we are carefully following our government and health leaders because we rightly want to suppress a monster disease called coronavirus, but Jews and Christians alike have been doing something similar since Joshua exhorted the Israelites and Jesus exhorted his disciples to “come, follow me” and that’s a far cry from our modern cultural anthem, “Hey, do your own thing.”
Today, Pastor Greg Byman explains how God taught the Israelites to follow Him carefully. Coronavirus or not, today we have the same orders—look to Jesus and follow him carefully.
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March 15, 2020: We long for peace, but what is it and how do we get it? The world tells us that we get peace by acquiring stuff and insuring ourselves against an uncertain future, but Jesus had a very different idea of what truly calms a man’s anxious heart. Today, it is the Coronavirus. Yesterday, it was Ebola, polio, nuclear war, foreign invaders, leprosy, or a happenstance shingle that falls off a roof. If Jesus promises, “…my peace I leave with you” and then follows up with a command, “Do not be troubled or fearful,” do we have permission to insert, “unless….”? In this hour, like every hour since and every hour henceforth, we need His peace.
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March 8, 2020: As the 1980s investment commercial said, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Are you an investor? If you have time, treasure or talent, you’re an investor. You’re investing yourself in one activity or another, whether at your job, your home, in the community or at church. Today, Pastor Greg Byman opens Deuteronomy 17:18-20 to see how God ordains his children to invest their time, treasure and energy in studying, memorizing, teaching and proclaiming the Word of God. When God talks, his children must listen.
March 1, 2020: When you think of God saving somebody who is far from him, do you think he might use you for that work? Today, Pastor Greg Byman delivers the fourth installment in a series called, "Who's the One" and is based on a national campaign of churches to challenge and inspire the body of Christ to reach neighbors, co-workers, friends and family with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Today, Pastor Greg challenges you to remember who stepped up to say, “here am I, Lord, send me to help <insert your name> come to know Jesus.” If God heard that person’s prayer and honored his/her labor on your behalf, would he not honor the same by you on behalf of another lost soul? If God could use fallen men and women to reach you for Jesus, could he use an imperfect but faithful servant like you to reach somebody else today?
Who is your One?
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