Wise Men Worship

Wise Men Worship

It had to have been disappointing for the wise men to follow the star as far as they did only to find a stable and a baby. They went to the palace first, but he wasn’t there. However, when they found Jesus in the stable, they bowed down and worshipped him. Wise men worship.

Where’s Your Staff?

Where’s Your Staff?

Where's Your Staff?
Pastor Kent Munsey

Hebrews 11:1-3
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

In Hebrew culture, story was a big part of how they communicated faith. As Apostle Paul writes to the Hebrew Christians about faith, he retells the stories of the great heroes of the faith and introduces Jesus to the story as the author and finisher of the faith.

In Hebraic culture, they would mark significant moments in their lives on their staffs. Revelation tells us that we overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony, our story (Revelation 12:11). You have a staff and a story.

In Psalm 23:4, David says that his rod and his staff comforted him when he walked through the valley of the shadow of death. When David faced Goliath with only his slingshot and his staff, he was confident because God had delivered him from the lion and the bear (1 Samuel 17:40-46). He was not just holding a staff; the staff was his story.

By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. - Hebrews 11: 21

At the end of his life, Jacob leaned on his staff as he blessed each of his sons. The staff was not just his story, but the story of his faith and God’s faithfulness to his lineage. When we look back and remember God’s faithfulness, it’s more than enough to make us worship him, regardless of the present circumstances.

There were three things that God instructed the children of Israel to do during Passover in Exodus 12:7, 11 that give us insight into how we are to live today.

1. Make sure there’s blood on the doorpost.
This meant right standing with God, that the angel of death would pass over their household.

2. Make sure your shoes are on.
This meant they were ready to walk into the future when God directed them.

3. Make sure your staff is in hand.
This was an instruction to keep marking the moments where God delivered them.

The enemy wants to take away your staff and devalue your story. Take the time to look back and see God’s faithfulness. Where’s your staff? Lean in on your story!


Action Item: Take time to journal, remember the marks of God in your life, and give thanks!

Baptism Sunday

Baptism Sunday

God creates opportunities for us to take steps towards him. The burning bush created an opportunity for Moses to take a step towards God. Naman had no hope of healing, but he found a prophet who told him to dip seven times in the river, and when he did, he received his healing.

Anchored: Your New Identity

Anchored: Your New Identity

Your decision for Christ may have been a private act where you raised your hand, with all eyes closed, and said a prayer accepting him but baptism is a public affair. It is an announcement of your new life and identity in Christ. You are immersed in water to confirm that your past and the old you is buried, your sins are forgotten. You emerge out of the water brand new.

What Are You Anchored In?

What Are You Anchored In?

It’s our faith in Christ Jesus, the Son of God, that gives us direct relationship with God, the Father.

Turn The Page

Turn The Page

The best advertisement of the gospel of grace is a changed life.

What Does It Mean To Be Anchored?

What Does It Mean To Be Anchored?

Hebrews 6:19-20
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Faith

Faith

Pastor Kent Munsey
November 5, 2017

Isaiah 28:16 (HCSB)
Therefore the Lord God said: “Look, I have laid a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will be unshakable.

Do you sometimes find yourself worrying about if and when God is going to come through? Our impatience and pride will cause us to believe: “God is slow, I need to help him, I need to take charge.”

Hebrews 10:36 tells us “For you have need of patience, that after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.”

The secret to serving God faithfully is patience. It’s after the hard work that you need patience the most. As long as the earth remains, there will be seed, time and harvest. It’s in that time between the seed and the harvest that we tend to lose heart and lose confidence in God. While you’re waiting, be mindful of these three ways that God is working:

While We Are Waiting…

  • God is PURGING: God is constantly purging us from things that keep us from being useful to him. What is God trying to rid you of?

  • God is PREPARING: The preparing factors in the Christian life are trials and tribulations He is doing something in us so He can do greater things through us.

  • God is PERFECTING: The Word of God says we are to be perfect just as Christ is perfect. God wants us to get further and further away from the attitudes and systems of this world, so he requires us to trust him, to wait on him, and to depend on him.

This transformational process where God perfects and refines us will only take place if we have the patience to go through the dark seasons and trust in God’s plan. The Lord is trying to transform you and take you from glory to glory. If you can embrace the season with patience, if you will trust him, you will see the goodness of God and the glory of God in your life.

Additional Verses:
Psalm 27:14
Hebrews 10:36

Action Item: Ask yourself how God is preparing and perfecting you in this season. Look for opportunities to set aside your own timing and agenda, and choose to partner with God in the process.