March 13, 2023
A few weeks ago, in a message about growing in humility, I mentioned allowing people to go ahead of you in traffic. The point was about valuing others as better than yourself, including when in your car.There was an audible response in the room to the idea of being like Jesus while driving. Afterward, I had several conversations with people who joked about how hard it was to integrate faith and driving. It turns out Christians can be as aggressive, rude, and distracted as drivers who don’t follow Jesus. Who knew?
March 6, 2023
A Message from Pastor Jamey
Life is full of problems, isn’t it? My mom used to say that “Life is a series of adjustments.” We adjust to one problem as it comes our way, and then we adjust to the next one and the one after that. Depending on your problem, it can feel very overwhelming. Relational problems fall into that category. They can be draining. If you are in a marriage that is struggling or you have some strained friendships, you know how daunting that can feel. Read More
February 21, 2023
A couple of weeks ago, a friend contacted me with a crisis on their hands. Their younger sibling was going through a mental health crisis that was very difficult and confusing. I provided a listening ear, offered prayer, and suggested that if they thought the person might harm themselves to call the suicide and crisis lifeline at “988.” They were appreciative, but I would guess that they were also a little frustrated. Read More
February 13, 2023
I know it feels like we all just celebrated Christmas and the New Year, but it’s time to gear up for the next big moment on the calendar, and that is Easter! Because the date of Easter changes every year, I like to get out ahead of it and let everyone know when it is. This year, Easter is on April 9th.
I know what you’re thinking, it’s not even March yet! If Easter isn’t till April 9th, shouldn’t I wait another month or so before sounding the alarm? The reason I’m talking about Easter NOW is because the season of Lent starts Ash Wednesday, which is THIS month, February 22nd.
I grew up in upstate New York, and most of my friends were Roman Catholic, and every Lent, they would give something up. I didn’t understand WHY they did this, but they did, every year. I did not make a habit of observing Lent until about ten years ago or so. In this article, I want to explain why observing Lent is a good idea, and I will tell you what I plan to do for Lent, and I will challenge you to consider joining me in this season leading up to Easter.
Why Lent? Read More
February 6, 2023
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “evangelism”?
Is it Billy Graham? A street preacher with a bullhorn? An unwanted intruder knocking on your door on Saturday morning?
If you were to look at synonyms for “evangelism” you see words like “propaganda, proselytism, or crusade.” Not words that we would normally associate with something positive.
January 23, 2023
We are already halfway through the first month of the New Year. And while we had a little snafu this past week with the distribution of our grocery gift cards, everything is now working the way that it needs to. We’ve already distributed $20,000 worth of food to our community through gift cards; another $40,000 will be going out this coming week – $20k through our local partners and $20k more in gift cards through those who call Believers home.I’m excited to hear the stories that come out of these acts of kindness and love flowing through our community. Be sure to share YOUR story using #GreatGroceryBuyDown on social media!
January 17, 2023
Last week was a GREAT start to the New Year at Believers! We had one of the highest attendance days in years and there was so much energy. We started a brand-new series called Creatures of Habit and talked about the habit of “Putting God First.” Specifically, I said that if Jesus wasn’t King OF all, He isn’t King AT all! A King is the ultimate authority and ruler. Jesus invited us to participate in The Kingdom of God and when He was crucified there was a sign placed over him that said, “The King of the Jews.”