Growing in Discernment
Date: March 12th, 2023
Matthew 7:7-23 & Romans 12:1-2
Growing in Obedience
Date: March 19th, 2023
Mark 10:17-31 & Acts 4:32-37
God’s love compels us to love
Love compels us. That’s what Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians. But what does it compel us to do? Well, it compels us to love God and to love neighbor. And the best way to do both of them is to tell people about Jesus. And Paul actually shows us the way one...
Date: March 5th, 2023
Matt. 22:34-40 & 2 Cor. 5:11-15
How to Grow
Date: February 26th, 2023
Matthew 28:16-20 & Galatians 5:13-26
Spiritual growth can be slow, but it’s worth the effort
Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-control. These traits, listed in Galatians 5, make up the fruit of the (Holy) Spirit, the evidence of being followers of Jesus. Who doesn’t want to have these attributes defining their...
Many Americans still believe in God and want to grow spiritually. That’s an opportunity.
They won’t want to hear it. That’s the excuse I often tell myself about telling people about Jesus and our faith in Him. Have you thought or said the same thing? In a time when the decline of the Christian faith in the West is on full display, it’s easy to get...
How your generosity is helping supply the needs of widows and orphans in Africa
As part of the tithe we take on the last Sunday of the month, a portion of those funds are sent to widows and orphans from our sister church in Jimma, Ethiopia. We received an update to how those funds were used recently for three big purposes. First, medical...
Taking in and writing scripture, a sentence at a time
Imagine ... Sitting at a table with a portion of scripture on one hand and a pen and paper in the other, copying out each word, each line, verse by verse. This is no exercise for a medieval monk cloistered by candlelight in a dark monastery somewhere, but rather...
Gaining perspective on God’s ‘big picture’
Full confession – I am a cry-er. I tear up watching TV and especially when watching movies that are sweet or sappy. I cried tears of joy when the Atlanta Braves won the World Series last year. My mom, who I get this trait from, and I have a rule at funerals: We don’t...
Taking Jesus to the neighborhood
A group from First Pres recently hosted a block party at the nearby Morrison Park neighborhood that drew several dozen residents for games, food and a time of worship. The event was part of an ongoing initiative at First Pres to experiment with outreach events that...