If you could ask for anything, what would it be? Would it be the healing of a relationship? Or victory over an addiction or recurring struggle? What would life be like if we actually believed that the power of God was available, accessible to us on a daily basis?
In this message from the account of Abram and Sarah in Genesis 17-21, Pastor Skyler challenges us with a critically important question from Genesis 18:14: "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" How we answer that question is foundational to our walk with God. The Bible is filled with examples of the God doing the impossible. He stops the unstoppable.. He guides the misguided. The blind see. The mute talk. Storms are stilled. Dead are raised.
God's power tends not to come to people who think they're powerful, but to people who realize they are powerless. What did God tell Abram? "Walk before me, faithfully." If you want to experience the power of God, it comes when we walk faithfully and admit our inability to force it to happen. It's a movement towards holiness. Join us for this replay of the final message in our "This is Us" series. With God, anything's possible.
A rabbi and a tax collector stand apart in the temple, praying before God. Who was more aware of their need for God? In Luke 18, Jesus relates a parable to confront those who are over-confident in their own righteousness because their mark of comparison is other people.
People matter to God. Which people? All people. How much? More than we can possibly imagine. We have a propensity to become tribal, dividing on race, politics, beliefs, and more. It's us vs. them, which begs the question: Who is "Us" from God's perspective?
A rabbi and a tax collector are about as "us vs. them" as you can get. Yet in Matthew 9, we see Jesus demonstrate how the kingdom works when he tells Matthew the tax collector to "follow me." Matthew was only "one ask away" and it's likely that you are surrounded by many like him.
As Jesus says, "For I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners." In this first message of our new series, Pastor Skyler reminds us that everyone is welcome. Jesus wants to transform you from your sins--He can fix that. Lord, give us a Matthew heart.