Choosing to be Second….

Choosing to be Second won`t always be easy. But it will always be the right thing to do. Our student ministry was very intentional in choosing this title and verse. Choose Second, means we put God first in our lives by being a….
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ who embraces a true relationship with Him then many of these attributes will be evident in your life. Ask yourself if you are choosing to be second in your own life?
 2 Corinthians 8:5 New International Version (NIV)

And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

If you read chapter 8 you will quickly find a very humble people begging earnestly for the favor of giving and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
When is the last time you begged earnestly for the privilege of sharing the gospel? Just so you know, we should have a hard time keeping it to ourselves. Here is a song from Anthem Lights “We can`t Shut up About it!”
Until next time….
 Seek Wisdom- Speak Truth- & Share Love        
 Pastor Mike Ballard

First we Need to be a City on our Knees!

If we as a church are going to be city on a hill we must first be a city on our knees. I believe we need to be a church that not only prays as individuals but also as a church.”2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ‘We must Humble ourselves before the Lord and cry out to Him for his guidance and direction for us as such a city. I am so thankful to be part of a church who is practicing such a biblical principle. We just need to embrace and get more real in our application of this truth from Gods word. Here is a link to a song that Tobymac wrote a couple years back called “City on our Knees” take a listen and share how it makes you feel.
When we begin to understand the power of prayer, we will feel compelled to spend more time in it.

Until next time…..

Seek Wisdom- Speak Truth- & Share Love

Pastor Mike Ballard

Are We A City On A HILL?

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Casting crowns “A City On A Hill” this is a link to their song on you tube.

CITY- a large or important town.

A city is not made up of a single building or business. It takes many working together to make up a city. So when Jesus tells us “you are the light of the world, ” yes He is talking to us as individuals to let our light shine before all men. But I also believe Jesus was very intentional when He uses the word ‘city” or “town” in the next sentence.  We should be part of a church body who represents Jesus much like the moon reflects the sun. We are not the source of light just as the moon produces no light of it`s own. Our light and energy should come when we align our lives with the SON, just as the moon shines when it is aligned with the sun. Our light should never be about us, It should always be about Him. And that works best when we have the support of a CITY “church” on a hill. Take a listen to the song and see why it makes so much since. Bryan often plays it on Sunday morning right after church. You just don`t realize the power of what you are hearing. :-}

Until next time: Seek Wisdom- Speak Truth- & Share Love Pastor Mike Ballard


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