This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it–the LORD is his name: Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

Jeremiah 33:2-3

check.001In the last post, we looked at a story wherein someone living from fear loses the thing they were trying most to protect.

The truth is, if we’re living from a posture of fear, we’re not only avoiding the fullness-of-life-now God makes available to us, but it’s possible we’re living in a place of disobedience and rebellion: Scripture is clear that fear is not for us to own; save the fear of God, it seems to me every other time fear is encountered in Scripture, there is a call or reminder to see that fear broken by God’s reality and activity. Fear positions us to be pulled away from God’s best.

How can we know if we’re living from a position of fear?

Here’s a bit of a ‘symptom-checker’ that I’ve found helpful, though I’m sure it’s far from exhaustive: Continue Reading…

afraid

July 16, 2014 — 4 Comments
image courtesy of Bogdan Suditu @ Flickr

image courtesy of Bogdan Suditu @ Flickr

Decisions made from a place of fear are seldom the best for us or those we love. But something happens when we’re afraid–we feel a sense of urgency that can lead us down a nasty path; fear can quickly position us to act without fully formed thought, blinded to the fact that fear-founded decisions are rarely best. There’s a story in Scripture which seems to illustrate this pretty well:  Continue Reading…

sunday recap

July 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

After a stay/vacation, it’s harder to reconnect with Social Media than you might think! I’m still getting back in the swing of things after being gone a couple weeks ago, but things are moving at SLW! Here’s a quick Sunday Recap from yesterday:

From the Message:

We took some time to unpack a bit of the unbelievable sight of heaven from John’s perspective in video images.023Revelation 4 & 5. If you missed it, the podcast will be available here soon.

Some observations from John’s vision of Heaven:

:: God is in control now.

:: Jesus is powerful now.

:: Heaven is active now.

What part of life would you live differently if you were living like this were true?

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Sunday Recap

June 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Today was a great day of celebration and excitement at SLW. Here’s the rundown:

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Pastor Jesse launched our Summer message series, Summer Road Trip. Here are some of the message highlights (the message will be on the SLW Podcast soon):

 

A life of faith is a journey of adventure. Too many of us are living out our faith in safe, unadventurous ways…

Spiritual “Road Tripping…”

… Is less about the destination and more about the journey.

…Is less about enduring and more about developing.

…is less about going alone and more about going together.

 

To get the most out of this road trip, we’ll need:

  • A full tank (How are we being filled with the things of God?)
  • Good tunes (Where do we hear God; how are we staying tuned into his heart?)
  • An adventurous spirit (Is there room in our routine for adventure?)
  • A willingness to do crazy things (Will we Live S.E.N.T. — Seek God; Eat Together; Needs–Meed Them; Tell the story?)

Join us throughout the summer as we enjoy “Unbelievable Sights, Unexpected Detours, and Unscripted Connections” together.

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