Come Alive!

Come Alive!

1 Kings 17.17-24

Did you know?

  • Hope raised then suddenly shattered is incredibly painful.
  • It is not what happens to you but your response to that shapes your life.

The Widow’s Response

It is easy when we suffer to quickly forget the goodness of our friends, our family, our church, and God.

Elijah’s Response

  • Elijah did not try to justify himself
  • He totally identified with her pain & loss.
  • He said very little.
  • He wanted her to know and accept God.
  • Elijah extended himself until Revival came.

God, very God, alive, alert, active, at work in this man by his own presence and Spirit, had not only made the boy alive, but he had brought her alive too, to the living Lord. At last she had accepted not only Elijah, but even more important Elijah’s God.

 

Elijah- Trusting God in Difficult Times

Elijah- Trusting God in Difficult Times

I Kings 17:8-16

  1. The Cutting Places of Life Have Their Benefit.
  2. At Zarephath Elijah was to be tested and toughened in a deep moral and spiritual dimension.

Zarephath means “the place of refining.”

Three things would refine Elijah

  • The distance he was to travel.
  • The place he was going.
  • The person he was sent to be with.
  1. The secret to strength and serenity in human relationships is to shift our immediate attention from ourselves and our suffering to that of another.
  2. Elijah took his cue from God not from his contemporaries and therefore became a channel through which God could do a miracle.
  3. God honors those who honor him.

1 Kings 17:14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

 

 

 

When the Brook Dries Up

When the Brook Dries Up

Elijah – Trusting God in Difficult Times

It can cost a great deal to follow Christ.

  • It can be a cutting ordeal to do God’s will.
  • It can humiliate us.
  • It can also test and refine our faith in Him.

Am I Not Better Than My Fathers?

Am I Not Better Than My Fathers?

This Father’s Day Pastor Ira shares how God spoke to him through 1Kings 19:4 and the song “How Great the Father’s Love” revealing the power of the cross and the Father’s love in healing ALL father wounds and enabling him to be the father God intended him to be.

Guest Missionary Bruce and Cinda McKellips

Guest Missionary Bruce and Cinda McKellips

Guest Missionary Bruce and Cinda McKellips Church of the Nazarene Field Strategy Coordinator for the Western Mediterranean Field, overseeing the Districts of Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy. Bruce and Cinda work closely with Refugee efforts in Greece.

Pentecost – “What does this mean?”

Pentecost – “What does this mean?”

It was no coincidence that Jesus died on the cross for our sins on Passover nor that 50 days later on Pentecost or the Feast of Weeks that God poured out His Holy Spirit. In this message Pastor Brown shows the connection between the giving of the law on Mount Sinai in Exodus 19-20 and the giving of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2.

Between Ascension and Pentecost

Between Ascension and Pentecost

On this Sunday between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday, we look together at Jesus promise to not leave his disciples but to send them an advocate, a helper, the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Brown shares the good news that the Holy Spirit is not just a force but a person and that He is here to help us step by step become like Jesus.

Despite Our Doubts and Fears

Despite Our Doubts and Fears

On this Sixth Sunday of Easter and the Sunday before Ascension Thursday we look together at Luke 24 and John 20 to discover that despite our doubts and fears Jesus graciously meets us right at the point of our doubt and fear.