Cracked Cisterns

“Cracked Cisterns” by Pastor Ryan Fish, October 13, 2019

Jeremiah 2:12; John 4:10-14

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Verse of the Week – October 13, 2019

WebsiteLogo“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.“ Psalm 113:3 (KJV)

“There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.” – Beth Moore 


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Message from James 1

Message from James 1, by guest speaker, Brian Kimbler, October 6, 2019


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Monthly Message – October 2019

2019-09 Bible Study SignDiscerning God’s Voice

This fall the women’s Bible study groups are using a study by Priscilla Shirer called, Discerning God’s Voice—How to Recognize When God Speaks. We are just about half way through the study—and the lessons from God have been rich for me. Here are just a few of my thoughts:

* If I want to hear the voice of God I need to be obedient. Why will He speak to me if He knows I am not ready to listen and to obey?

* If I want to hear the voice of God I have to be quiet. I need to be still to know God, and if I don’t know Him I won’t know His voice when He speaks.

* God wants me to know Him. He longs for me to seek Him. He gave His Son, not only to pay the penalty of our sins, but also so that we could know Him. John 14:7 says, If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” And then Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to live inside us as believers – to teach us and change us from the inside out.

* It’s more important to search for God Himself, than to search for His will for my life. In fact, Priscilla urges everyone to “frantically search for God.” God is always working in us to give us the desire and energy to do His will. Trust Him to show you what He wants you to do . Priscilla compared it to a GPS program. The program giving you directions only gives you one at a time, and only just before you need to change direction. So keep seeking God, keep trusting Him, and He will show you the way, one step at a time.

* The Holy Spirit should be my daily guide. I need to let Him advise me and point the way. I need to trust Him. I need to follow His instructions.

This month, as the days get shorter and colder, and we spend more time inside, seize this time to get to know God more. Don’t fill the dark evening hours only with things that eat up time but don’t enrich your soul. Get in His Word. Get on your knees. Let God give you the desire and the energy to know Him and do His will. As Priscilla said, “the kind (of change) that frees you to walk within rhythms of grace, fueled by the power of God must stem from the inside, not the outside.” (pg. 65)

Church friends– walk in the rhythm of grace this month. Be fueled by the power of God. Listen for His voice. Kris Balvin


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What is a Disciple?

“What is a Disciple?” by Rev. Tim Purcell, District Superintendent, September 29, 2019


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Verse of the Week – Sept. 29, 2019

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matt. 6:33 (NIV)

“Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.” E.M. Bounds


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Thirsty for the Living God

“Thirsty for the Living God” by Pastor Ryan Fish, September 22, 2019

Psalm 42

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Review of the EWC Pathway

“Review of the EWC Pathway” by Pastor Ryan Fish, September 15, 2019

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Verse of the Week – September 15, 2019

WebsiteLogo“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”     ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:3

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”  ~  Abraham Lincoln

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Sunday School for everyone

WebsiteLogoSunday School begins on September 15, 2019

As I think back on my past Sunday School experiences I realize how important Sunday School has been in my life.

Sunday School:

  • Taught me about the Bible. I memorized the names of all the books in the Bible. I learned to memorize verses I learned about people in the Bible and heard their stories.
  • Introduced me to God. My teachers shared from the Bible who God is, what He’s done for me, and how I can get to know Him more.
  • Helped me grow in my faith and understanding. My teachers discipled me, teaching me how to study the Word and live out my faith.
  • Gave me Christian friends. As we met week by week we got to know each other, and shared thoughts, questions, concerns, prayer requests, life.
  • Gave me an opportunity to be a disciple. When I was in my teens I started helping with younger children and quickly found out that I learned more than any of the kids I was teaching.

Deuteronomy 31:12 (NIV) says that hearing and understanding God’s word is for everyone:

 “Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law.”

And in Acts 5:42 we see how important teaching is:

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.”

I hope that you join a Sunday School class this fall. You will learn and grow and experience the blessing of studying with other believers! — Kris Balvin


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