Character and Prosperity

When teaching the Bible it’s important to balance the need for us all to conform to Christ and become better examples, witnesses and servants, with the reality of God’s love for us, his generous blessings, and our righteousness that comes 100% from his grace.   God desires both to see us grow in our maturity and character and He promises to bless and prosper us. Both are expressions of his love for us.  They are not mutually exclusive.  Any good parent wants to see their children mature and prosper in every way and they want to help their children succeed.  God is no different. 

So expect good things from your heavenly father.  He loves to give them to you.  But don’t be surprised when He challenges you to grow in your faith, compassion, mercy, and selflessness as well. 

 

Have a great weekend and well see you on Sunday. 

 

Pastor Reece

 

The importance of praying for peace in violent times. 1 Timothy 2:2

Leaders,

The last month has seen violence break out across the United States, in France, and only today in Turkey. The causes for these events are all different but our responsibility is the same in each situation.  We are to work for justice, protect the weak, and pray with authority and faith for peace.  Many leaders use prayer as a powerless but honest cliché expression of concern for people. Lately it’s even become popular with some in the press to discount the value of prayer. But prayer is anything but powerless or valueless. Our prayers can move mountains, confuse the enemies of peace, and change the hears of Kings.  So let’s all be prayer warriors and follow Paul’s advice to Timothy and pray first before we do anything else.  Especially let us pray for peace. 

Pastor Reece

 

1 Timothy 2:2 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity

 

‘Extraordinary God Using Ordinary People To Do Amazing Things’

Reece Bowling

Wednesday July 13, 2016

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Grace and the power to do what needs to be done

Leaders,

When you’re reading the bible the word grace means different things in different contexts. It refers to God’s decision to see us as righteous because of our faith in Christ alone, but it also refers to a special anointing or empowerment to do something or to be something. There is a grace to be a follower of Christ.  There are graces to help us grow as worshipers, witnesses, servants, stewards, and examples. There are graces for parenthood, marriage, and difficult seasons.

God has a limitless supply of grace.  It’s up to us to appropriate by faith the grace we need to do what needs to be done. So when you feel powerless or confused, cry out to Jesus and he will provide the specific grace you need. 

Have a blessed weekend and we’ll see you on Sunday.

 

Pastor Reece