October 3, 2017
Digging ditches is all about having faith in the God who has never let us down. Not letting us down doesn’t mean that God always gives us what we want, when we want it but He is always there right on time. We must have faith, anticipate, have realization in advance when God speaks. When God speaks we act, even before we can see the “rain” we start digging the ditches. If we truly want to see God move in our lives it is time we start digging the ditches in anticipation of His move.
The prophet Elisha was asked to come and inquire of God what the Kings of Israel, Judah and Edom needed to do about the King of Moab who was taking up arms against them. They had travel for 7 days and were without water for themselves and the livestock with them. However, the King of Israel who was a wicked King wanted what he wanted when he wanted it but the King of Judah, Jehoshaphat, want whatever God wanted. The prophet only gave the king of Israel the time of day because of Jehoshaphat, because He was a godly man seeking what God wants.
When the prophet spoke and told them to dig ditches in anticipation of God filling them up with water that they needed it didn’t really make sense because that was not what they asked for. They asked for victory against their enemies but God knew what they needed better than they did. To defeat their enemy “was a small task” for the Lord.
When we get sidetracked with the cares of our life, inquire of God what He wants and not what we want and in faith start digging the ditches before the answer even get here! That is what faith is all about. It’s time to start digging ditches.
September 26, 2017
The Transformed life is more than getting "saved", it's about finding your life completely in Christ. But our transformation doesn't come because we try and change ourselves. It comes as we surrender and give our complete lives, body, soul, and spirit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. When we do that He will transform us into someone that brings Him glory and honor and makes the world a better place because He is living through us. That is what it means to be a Christian; transformed into His image so that the world around us see Him for who He really is.
How we see ourselves is very important to how we relate to God and the world around us. If we see ourselves through the “filters” of this world it will be a skewed perspective and we will not live the life God has called us to. That is why it is so important to see through the eyes of God and through His “filters”. God is for us and if He is then, who can really be against us? However, if we think and belief we are on our own then we see the world around us as “conspiring” against us and everybody is the enemy.
Allowing God to transform your life is a world changing and life altering experience that not only affects you but all the relationships you have. You don’t see you like you see you anymore. You see you the way God sees you and you see others like God sees others and God see others through the eyes of love.
Lifegroup Pastor Jacob Hickman shares what the transformed life is and how we find our identity in Christ through personal stories, illustrations and humor.
September 19, 2017
Praise and Worship is not just singing, music or an opportunity for people to showcase their talents. It is a spiritual tool in our arsenal of weapons to wield against the enemy. But it is also one of the ways we connect with God on a personal and corporate level. It is not a genre of music or style of music. Praise and Worship is a lifestyle because we have had our life changed by the giver of life and it is the natural response to Him. It is powerful to reek havoc in the kingdom of darkness and bring hope to the hopeless and to honor the only one worthy of our praise; Jesus.
September 13, 2017
Jesus before He offered Himself as the sacrifice for all mankind in order to redeem, or buy us back from the enemy, ate a meal with His disciples. That meal was all about the "new" covenant He was making with all of humanity. The Last Supper or Communion is more than a commandment from God or a sacrament of the church but a privilege that we as His children get to do in remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus paid.
Just maybe the Church is sick and weak because we are not discerning the body of Christ properly. God is unlike humans who say many things that we don’t really mean. We “run off” at the mouth or we blurt out words that hurt or we simply don’t think about what we are saying. God however, never utters a word without knowing the intent or the power of those words. Jesus knew exactly what He was saying at the last supper when He talked about His blood and body. We don’t always know or understand what He means by that but that is why we must spend time with Him so He can reveal it to us.
Watch and listen this week as Pastor Allen walks us through “The Communion”, what it means, how we are to partake of it, and why we are to “do it in remembrance” of Jesus. He gives us ample time and opportunity to interact with God’s Holy Spirit through times of repentance and creating an atmosphere to hear God speak to us, His children.
September 6, 2017
Our hope is not in this world but in the fact that we know our God loves us and will always take care of us. But a by-product of that hope and love is JOY. Jesus said that He wanted us to have His joy in this world. In-the-midst of all the chaos in the world we as God's people that are loved and have a hope the world envies also have a joy that is not rivaled by anything in this world.
The Joy that Jesus wants us to have is not from this world but directly from the Father. It is a fullness and calm delight in the ebbs and flows of life. We have this joy because we know our future is victorious, that His promises are true and we are a part of His family.
We get this joy but having a revelation of who the Father truly is. Not a head knowledge but a experiential knowledge that allows us to experience His love, His ways and His thoughts. Also, we develop a confidence in who He is. The truth of who Jesus is and what He has done for us. Lastly, we find out who we truly are in Him and who He is in us. We are overcomers and not mere survivors. When it is all, said and done we WIN!
May His joy permeate every part of our lives and may we give it away to those around us.
August 29, 2017
Our world is lost and out of control. It’s full of anger, bitterness, selfishness and brokenness. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow but there is hope for tomorrow even if it is uncertain. Why? Because we know the one who knows tomorrow.
Our hope is not in this world or it’s system but in the creator of this world. We are like Paul who said in 1 Corinthians 15:19, "if I had hope in this life only, then I am of most men, to be pitied." There is Hope and His name is Jesus. I know that may sound like a trite answer to a monumental and overwhelming problem. However, in the light of what Jesus claims about Himself it make perfect sense.
Jesus said that “I am THE way, THE truth, and THE life.” Not A way, A truth, or A life. Faith and trust in His love for us gives us the power and strength to do more than survive this life but to thrive in the midst of the chaos and turmoil and find hope for ourselves and give hope to others.
August 23, 2017
Our DNA is what makes us who we are. Our beliefs come from who we are and we typically live according to those beliefs. Our culture and how we live comes from who we are. RLM has 5 basic DNA strands that we live out in 4 ways. We connect with people, serve others, we invite friends and family and we give of ourselves to others
Our spiritual DNA is derived straight from the Father, and the first strand of His DNA is an unabated love for people. It's who He is and what He does. If we are a follower of Jesus, it's part of our DNA too. Let it shine through. People are the center of God’s heart and they should be ours.
Loving others is nothing more than being who we are as a church and as follower of Jesus Christ.
August 15, 2017
We are a society that loves to look in on stuff but not necessarily get involved. We like to investigate but not always to invest; our time, money, resources, etc... If we truly want to make a difference and/or have authentic relationships we are going to have to get beyond investigating and start investing.
We need to learn to initiate conversation, relationships and not just wait on others to step up. Jesus came to seek and save the lost, He took the initiative. We must do likewise because we are motivated by love. But we can never do what Jesus did if we fall into the trap of always depending on what we know about people. What we know about them can hinder us from reaching out to the team.
In order to make a difference in peoples' lives we need to invest our words into people's lives. Words of hope, encouragement and love. We also must invest our time. People don't care how much you know they want to know how much you care. You do that by spending time with them. And lastly we must invest our resources into others lives, be it money, time, talent, influence, etc... When we do these things we will see the world around us change and it will bring glory to God.
August 8, 2017
We are not just a two dimensional being: soul and body. We are created in the image of God in the fact that we are a triune being; spirit, soul and body and we should live in that order. God is a supernatural God and we as His children should live naturally in the supernatural and live the God life and in so doing change our world.
God is willing to move for us in the supernatural and change our world but we must be willing for Him to move. Most followers of Jesus believe that He can do miracles but we don't believe that He will. It is when we bridge this belief gap between can and will that supernatural things begin to happen.
Living the God life is to live in the supernatural. When we do it brings glory and honor to God because He performs miracles and happenings that are outside the power of man to accomplish. Today is the beginning of a life lived supernaturally, just simply step out and believe that He WILL because He CAN!
August 1, 2017
God is a creative God and we are created in His image, then we are creative people. He places dreams in us but life has a way of choking the very life out of our dreams. Remember when you were a six-year-old child and you dreamed of being a flying superhero or a princess, fireman, or a great athlete? What happened to that child? Did they die? If so, why? Is it because we grew up? I say grow up but don’t grow old. We can’t do anything about getting older but we don’t have to stop dreaming and fulfilling those dreams because we get older.
God has a perfect plan for our life and it is so much more than what we can ever imagine. He goes above and beyond what we could ever ask or think. It is time for those that have lost their dreams to the harsh reality of life to start dreaming again and for the rest to continue to dream on.
This week’s message is about overcoming the set-backs and fulfilling the dreams God has given you. Dreams help predict our future, help us prioritize our present and increases our God-given potential.