One of the most beautiful features of our great Northwest is the Columbia River. Stretching 1243 miles long it has over 100 rivers flowing into it along the way as it empties into the Pacific Ocean. While the various streams may have started in Canada, Montana, Oregon or Washington, their waters flowed together into the Columbia and ultimately the ocean. There is an image for us to consider here; the way we each have come from different places on different journeys finding ourselves coming together on Sundays as our hearts ultimately join to worship God.
Jesus said to those who would listen, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38. Every believer has a story of their spiritual journey that led them to Jesus Christ. While we are different from one another, we share this same hope and truth in Christ. God meets us where we are and takes us where He wants us to Go; molding and transforming us into His image. Because we are different, God meets us in unique and special places; different streams of living water.
Streams of Living Water is a series to describe some of those special places where we meet God personally and passionately. Each week we will explore a different stream to show us the different ways God has given us to know Him, enjoy Him and worship Him. It is my hope that by looking at these streams of living water, we will gain a new appreciation for God as well as one another. Join us as we explore these streams together.
With the Olympics officially over, we have witnessed athletes rise to the occasion, but even more taste the sting of defeat. How do you respond when you face trials, adversity, and defeat in your life? Hebrews 12:1 tells us to keep running the race.
No matter where you are in life, God is there. No matter what situation you are facing, God is for you.
The church came into being during a party and there are a group of Christians that love God best when they are celebrating enthusiastically.
Compassion Sunday is an opportunity to be reminded that God loves us so that we can love others in the same manner.
Loving God with all our mind requires specific skills to reformat our brains with multiple treatments according to our Bible.
How do we respond when we hear the call from God? HINENI!
Is activism, protests, and demonstrations something that followers of Christ can do or should do?
There are those who experience God passionately through their senses of taste, touch, smell, sigh, and sound.
God reminds each one of us to "live above reproach" and "be blameless".
We make many choices during a day, but Christmas is one of the choices we are called to make that will change everything.
As we get ready to celebrate Christmas, some of us get caught up with all the work and effort that it takes and, as a result, we miss the joy. Discover the "really good news about Christmas".
What is the one thing right now that frightens you the most? We look at the promise of Christmas in "Facing Your Fears".
There is something powerful about traditions in knowing God but there are dangers as well.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's; times to father with family and friends and celebrate. But for many, these are hard times as they grieve loved ones who had died or those who moved away or moved on. What is it that God might be doing as we are reminded of the loss, the hurts, and pains of life?
"Less is more" defines a pursuit of God that some find helps them press near God's heart in worship.
What is it about being outside that helps us see the handiwork of God and draws us to deeper truths about Him?
We are reminded in the Garden of Gethsemane of Jesus' agonizing prayer and how He was drawing near to God. In this new series, "Streams of Living Water", we will find ways that we can draw near to God.