“What if my spiritual journey is for God rather than with God? Too many times in the life of a Christian, efforts to be like Christ turn into trying to do something for Christ. The God-given invitation is to “abide in Christ.” This change in effort requires surrender of control and results in the greatest freedom and peace of the soul.” – Pastor Nate Elias
God’s conception of church and its purpose and function versus ours–what does that look like? What could it look like?
“When I was a teenager, one of my goals was to become a professional basketball player, and I spent hours practicing and playing. I would also watch as many professional games as I could in an effort to become better. As hard as I tried, though, I could not make up for my lack of elite athleticism. Over the years God has helped me develop new goals. These goals are focused more on eternal things and reaching out to others. What are your goals?” – Grant Wolters, SCAS Principal & Teacher
“Jesus often used common things to illustrate great truths. Today we will examine the ‘living water’ that Jesus offers to those who believe. If you have ever spent time in the desert of the Georgia heat, you know how refreshing water can be when you are hot and thirsty. Whoever drinks this ‘living water’ that Jesus offers will never thirst again. It will flow like a river through you.” –Kevin Lilly
“Cornelius’ regular practice of the spiritual discipline of prayer, meditation and serving others prepared him to respond to the Spirit of God calling him to action. By acting, not only was Cornelius transformed, but also the entire Christian church.” –Pastor Nate Elias
“Trusting God with each battle that stands in our way offers us the opportunity to decide our level of commitment to our God.” —Pastor Nate Elias
No matter how much effort we put into being perfect, we do and will continue to make mistakes. Too often we fear God’s response to our incomplete perfection. God shows through His encounter with Elijah that he actually wants us to realize our incomplete perfection. That’s when He goes to work to transform us. —-Pastor Nate Elias
“One of the unrealized hindrances to the Christian experiencing the fullness of God in one’s life is built up resentment and hurt. God invites each of us into forgiveness and healing that opens our hearts to a greater encounter with Him.” –Pastor Nate Elias
How we view God determines how we will relate to Him. How we relate to God determines how we communicate with Him. Do your conversations with God resemble a two-way, one-way, or dead-end street?
One of the popular attractions in California is Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. In Scripture, there are individuals described as having extraordinary encounters with God which have become larger than life. Today, we look at how God shaped Abram’s life through direct personal encounters.
Pastor Nate Elias