As you contemplate your plans and goals for the new year, consider spending some time dreaming with God. His words will shape the steps you take this year and the new adventures you embark on.
At the start of a New Year it’s easy to get swept up in goal achievement and the hurried business of a fresh agenda. But what if we took the opposite approach and slowed down in order to soak in what is most needed, simply Jesus.
Try praying the Lord's prayer for your address and let God remodel your life and your home.
Jesus, all boy and also fully deity, demonstrated throughout his childhood what every believer can come to expect as we grow with God. Jesus grew up as a boy knowing His identity and calling, partnering with the power of God to accomplish great things to transform the world around Him even at a young age. What an example and invitation for us to walk in!
The star of Bethlehem was a prophetic sign of wonder to the world that Jesus the savior was born. Today, we still recognize the wonder of the star by placing them on the tops of our Christmas trees and singing joyful carols that recount the story of its light and the three wise men who followed its guiding lead to Bethlehem. But what meaning can the star hold for us today and how can we share it’s message of hope with the world around us?
As we enjoy Home in the Bride, and at Northlands Church, this season, we can be encouraged to encounter baby Jesus more and more in our daily lives.
Mary and Joseph's agreement to God's will for their lives brought the Kingdom of Heaven to earth.
Authentic fellowship is nestled in the sharing our lives with another. It’s not an event, it’s a lifestyle of intentionality that fosters encouragement.
Our Lord's presence, makes our simple, common lives richly fruitful.
We have permission of the family name, security of the household, and the sanctuary of fellowship as His Children.
God's desire is to do amazing things through us but it requires preparation.
We are filled with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead and yet too often we live like we are powerless. God is inviting us to be conduits of His immeasurably great power to affect massive change in the circumstances and lives around us for His glory.
We are warriors engaged in spiritual warfare, pushing back darkness with the light of Jesus. Worship equips us to war against evil with the power and presence of God Almighty.
Discouragement is on the devil's channel. Encouragement is on the Holy Spirit's Channel. Tune in to God!
In order to bring Heaven to Earth, we have to change the way we look at problems, viewing them as opportunities to see God for who He truly is. Heaven is laden with creative and miraculous solutions to the problems of this world.
We have the authority to bring the peace of Heaven into the circumstances of this Earth.
We are conduits of the atmosphere of Heaven when we bring the heart of worship into every aspect of our lives on this Earth.
The worst investment in history is the exchange of truth for a lie. The best investment is is drawing close to God and being used by Him to make earth more like heaven.
God's love can be found in everything from the clouds over our heads to the things that come out of the clouds.
When we experience a major breakthrough in life, it can be tempting to postpone joy and allow fears of "what if’s" to sneak in and steal our testimony. There are moments in life worth celebrating and when we embrace the richness of God’s goodness towards us we reflect a testimony of his extravagant grace and love to the world.
When life’s trials come our way it can be tempting to give up on the breakthrough we’ve been trusting God for. But we are not called to be quitters, we are called to persevere in hope and stand firm in the promises of God despite our current circumstances.
To win the battle over our thought life we must renew our minds with "upstairs" (heavenly) thinking, defeating the "downstairs" (worldly) thinking so prevalent around us. In Christ, renewing our minds is effortless.
The exhibition of one courageous person with action builds testimony for more. Might your story encourage another person?
Yet, there are times where understanding eludes us, and peace evades us, but perspective keeps us alight to the journey before us. Here, courage is called upon.
Courage doesn’t come first, but challenge does. And what if courage is different than we have often thought? What if it’s better?
King David equipped himself through challenging circumstances by writing psalms that described his challenges, ascribed greatness to God, and prescribed his soul to raise a banner of faith in the midst of difficult trials.
God often reveals His Kingdom and Himself through questions.
Learning to approach God boldly, asking Him directly to meet our needs.
Building a personal relationship with God by asking him for help in time of need.
Your calling is not a mystery. Your life is meant to carry a message out into this world. God eagerly desires to speak to you about the plans and purposes for your life. Here are four practical keys to discovering your unique calling.
God knit your life together with a clear purpose in mind. He has bestowed gifting and calling on your life. However, for some of us, common misconceptions about our calling are keeping us from discovering and living in it today.
Sharing a meal with others in our homes opens a door to build bridges into our community and bless those within our sphere of influence.
Opening our homes is a catalyst for communing with others and building authentic fellowship. Breaking bread together offers a safe sanctuary for connecting with one another and cultivating fellowship in a meaningful and personal environment.
Inviting others into our homes to eat and connect around the table is a common Biblical theme we see depicted throughout scripture and an essential aspect of the Christian life that not only nourishes our bodies but our souls as well.
Jesus’s death and resurrection was about much more than just fire insurance. He engineered a way for His Presence to abide in us day in and day out. His love, didn't leave us to flounder around trying to do good and be good until we die. Jesus sent Holy Spirit to each believer, reminding us of truth and equipping us with power to walk righteously, reflecting His glory on this Earth.
Let’s not overcomplicate the Gospel. Sin was the problem. Grace was the solution. Intimacy has always been the Father's goal. Jesus restored the original reality of the Garden by reinstating direct and eternal connection between Creator and creation.
Even when we run and hide, God finds us and joins our journey.
God never meant for us to walk through this life in our own strength but rather to abide in Him and draw on His strength in order to walk out a powerful Spirit led life for the Kingdom.
Throughout scripture we find God continually inviting his beloved to The Secret Place of intimacy and encounter. When we respond willingly to the Lord’s voice for connection, we allow an open door for Jesus to walk through and commune personally with his bride.
Scripture does not leave us wondering how Jesus maintained a relationship with the Father while here on Earth. In fact, Jesus’ life modeled a clear and consistent method of how to abide in relationship with God on a daily basis.
I believe there is a connection between knowing whose we are and experiencing the light burden Jesus promised believers when He said, “my burden is light.” Maybe life feels so heavy and exhausting because we have forgotten whose we are?
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It would seem in Scripture that our Lord Himself favors calm and restful waters and longs for us as His Bride to experience them too. Today He invites you to walk beside still waters and find rest for your soul that only He can give. No matter what we are facing, as believers there is peace and refreshing for our souls.
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus calls out to us with an invitation for us and also makes declarations about Himself. From this passage, we see some principles about rest: we can participate with Him, we get to practice rest, rest is a posture, and rest is potent.
There’s an invitation before all of us for the 'more of God' in the ways of Rest by His presence. Rest is a consistent awareness toward the nature of Holy Spirit that we can intimately and knowingly access. We are handsomely invited to receive abiding rest as a source for life; not momentary rest from the scenery of life.
The Lord’s promise in Exodus 33 connects His Presence with a state of rest for His people. There is an invitation for believers to enter into a lifestyle of rest through the Holy Spirit.
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Christ didn’t choose to enter into a temporary agreement with us, but an eternal covenant where our sins are completely forgiven and we are completely accepted by God.
God's love shines forth through us into a dark world. Let His love shine brightly.
Kindness it is not a measure of the worthiness of its recipient. Instead, it shows the nature of the giver.
Jesus laid aside His glory and paid an enormous price, so He could make us priceless and fill us with His love.
Our longing for God doesn't begin to touch His longing for us.
God's surprise gift took thousands of years of planning. That's how much He loves us!
When God clears the rubble of old habits and old damage from our lives, it means He is getting ready to build something better.
Sin was never in God’s plan, but He made something beautiful out of our mess. He reveals Himself to us as Savior through it all, one who will go to any lengths to be with His children.
God desires to be known personally. He wants us to come to Him as we are.
Knowing Jesus is better than religion. It's a relationship, and it means we are directly connected to the living, loving power center of the universe.
In our relationships, we have the opportunity to exhibit the Father’s nature by being gracious and thankful to the people around us.
Here are just a few reasons we can rejoice—today and every day.
"Giving thanks" changes us, spirit, soul and body, and brings us to a place of joy!
We can be thankful, even in trying circumstances, because the Lord is with us. That means we never face them alone!
The Lord's presence changes our lives from an obligation to a celebration.
Standing on the experiences, encounters, and knowledge we have about Father God, we can develop a spirit of thankfulness unrelated to our circumstances.
God paid our ransom so that we would no longer be bound by sickness.
God promises to walk with us through difficulties. That means we are never alone!
The Lord always fulfills His promises to us. Tough circumstances only provide an opportunity for Him to display His love, power and faithfulness.
The Word says we are seated with Christ in heavenly places far above all powers and principalities of this world. That means we can live above our circumstances because we fight from a place of victory.
Even when we’re crying out in the agony of our circumstances, we can still turn to God with peace and confidence. Remembering testimonies of His past faithfulness helps guard our hearts.
When we face losses, it’s easy to focus on our pain and anxiety. But that’s the time to focus on God. He isn’t done yet!
We're invited to rejoice in the Lord, even in the midst of loss. Rejoicing shifts our focus away from our circumstances and towards the One who gives us hope.
When we face losses, it’s easy to focus on our pain and anxiety. But that’s the time to focus on God. He isn’t done yet!
When tough times come, we need to look past the “facts” of our situation. Instead, we must focus on the truths of who God is and who we are in Him.
Habakkuk lived in a society riddled with violence and injustice. Sound familiar? On the brink of utter despair, Habakkuk questions God’s faithfulness. God responds in an unexpected way and we learn how testimonies play a powerful role in our journey to breakthrough.
We don't have to live life on an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs. We can choose to dwell in God's all-consuming peace.
The old you died with Christ on the cross, and He gave you a new nature - His nature.
You are made right with God simply by believing in Jesus, who has made you right.
We do not become more righteous through our “works”, or good deeds. We have already been made righteous through our faith in Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us on the cross. He calls us to rest in His finished work.
Jesus paid for all our sins on the cross. We do not have to perform any further sacrifices or works. We are free!
When we share our faith with others, our gentleness and respect for them reflects the character and heart of Jesus.
We are created to receive and give away God's love. His love sustains us in our daily lives.
Jesus was a skilled conversationalist who used language to love others well! We can follow in his footsteps by seeking out intentional conversations in order to connect with one another and build community.
We do good to others out of the love that Christ has for us.