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3 Bible passages to conquer stress

Stress is real. It can impact every area of your life, including your health.

Doctors have warned us for some time about the need to watch our stress levels. Would it surprise you to know that God doesn’t want you to stress out either?

Since we know God cares about our life, you can be assured that God doesn’t want your life to be overrun by anything other than his amazing grace. But that’s not always easy, is it?

Bills pile up, work get crazy and the kids need to be 3 places at once. There has to be a better way!

Thank God there is.

These three Bible passages won’t make your bills disappear. Work will still need to be done. You’re going to have to figure the kids’ schedules. Whatever is stressing you out will still try to stress you out, even if you read these passages.

We’re confident, though, that learning the promises of God help to replace stress (and stress’s close relative, worry) with grace and peace.

So, the next time you’re feeling stressed, take time to repeat these passages:

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

2019-03-27T14:01:38-06:00March 27th, 2019|Church|0 Comments

Pay Attention to Your Spirit | Sermon Preview

This weekend is the final message in our Summer Sermon Series, Finding God’s Will. We’ve considered how using scripture, reason and tradition can help us find God’s will for our lives. These are great resources you can use to answers questions like, “What does God want of me? From me? For me?”

We’ll finish our series by talking about how our experiences with God can help us answer those questions, too.
Here are the two passages of the Bible we’ll talk about this week:

Ephesians 2:1-10
From Death to Life
You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

2 Chronicles 36:22-23
Cyrus Proclaims Liberty for the Exiles
In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord stirred up the spirit of King Cyrus of Persia so that he sent a herald throughout all his kingdom and also declared in a written edict: ‘Thus says King Cyrus of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the Lord his God be with him! Let him go up.’

What was the last experience with God you had?

Here’s a funny clip to get you thinking.

2018-08-21T09:27:28-06:00August 21st, 2018|Church|0 Comments

What is the Bible?

Are you ready to start reading the Bible with us?

Our year-long reading plan begins in just a couple of days.  Make sure to check back here frequently to get thoughts, questions and ideas from each day’s readings from Pastor John.

Here’s a great video to watch as you get ready to dive into the world of the Bible.



Happy reading!

 

 

2017-12-30T20:20:45-06:00December 30th, 2017|Bible Project|0 Comments

Our Christmas Eve Offering

The Lydia Patterson Institute has served El Paso for 104 years.  But did you know that “La Lydia” has been a blessing to our church, too?  We have had pastors of our church who attended the school, and others who were a part of the ministry.

That’s part of the reason we’re excited about our Christmas Eve offering.  We’re tithing the night’s offering.  So, 10% of everything we receive from the Christmas Eve offering will be given to the Lydia Patterson Institute.

That means we’ll be helping students achieve their educational goals.  95% of all graduating Seniors attend college.  There’s so much to be proud of at LPI.  We’re hopeful you’ll help us support their work.

You can see some of what happens at the school for yourself by watching the video below:

We’ll see you Christmas Eve for our candlelight service.  We can’t wait!

If you would like to leave your Christmas Offering online, just follow this link.

 

2017-12-30T20:50:20-06:00December 20th, 2017|Church, Worship Services|0 Comments

The year of the Bible!

I am excited about incorporating The Bible Project at our church!

I remember the first time a Bible story “jumped out” at me. It was Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son. I had read it before, but this time something happened. As I read, I noticed specific points of the younger son’s experience that seemed a lot like mine. That day I read the Bible differently. It wasn’t just the Bible; it was God’s word. Now, all this happened before I started preaching. Yes, I was a normal church member—just like you. When I began reading the Bible differently God began showing me new things and leading me to what he wanted me to do.

That’s why I am extremely excited about 2018 because we’re making it The Year of the Bible. We are hosting an all-church Bible reading plan that will take us all through the Bible. Our weekly sermons and sermon follow ups will be based on our reading. We’ll be using resources from The Bible Project to illustrate everything the Bible is. I’m convinced the Bible is about to come alive to a lot of people in our church. You’re going to be able to read the Bible in a new way. And, who knows what God is ready to show you!

Stay blessed…john
Source: The Bible Project @ Kelsey

2017-12-20T09:23:06-06:00December 18th, 2017|Bible Project|0 Comments
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