One of the most challenging things Jesus ever said challenges an epidemic in our culture, that of worry and anxiety! In this message from the "Things I Wish Jesus Never Said" series, Pastor Joey looks at Matthew 6:25-34 and Jesus' COMMAND to "do not be anxious". This is not a suggestion, but a firm command to relinquish the power of stress in our life. Worry (anxiety and stress) is a sin. It is the presence of fear above the promise of God's provision! Nothing is gained by anxiety, but there is alot lost! Message preached on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at ParkerDC. For more information about DC, visit us at www.dclivelove.com and be our guest this Sunday at 11 AM for Worship Celebration!
Our behaviors, attitudes, and words either rebuke the Enemy or rebuke Christ! In this message from the "Things I Wish Jesus Never Said" series, Pastor Joey looks at Matthew 16:13-23 and this tense interaction between Jesus and Peter. Peter, who finally got the right answer in 16:16 gets distracted and rebukes Jesus in 16:22. How quickly we move from radical profession to critical opponent of Christ! Jesus' response sheds light on the spiritual battle at hand. We are in constant spiritual warfare. If the Devil can't have your soul, he will attempt to steal your witness and gospel partnership! Message preached on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at ParkerDC. For more information about DC, visit us at www.dclivelove.com and be our guest this Sunday as we continue in this timely series!
Jesus did not come to bring His follower's peace with the unbelieving world. He came to bring peace with God! As a result, there will be an eternal conflict of interest with a God-less culture. In this message from Matthew 10:34-39, Pastor Joey looks at this tension and the cost of discipleship. In our attempt to pursue a false peace, we have compromised the holiness of God in the Christian life and in the Church! We should seek peace, but understand that this side of Heaven peace is only relative. Message preached on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at ParkerDC. For more information about DC, visit us at www.dclivelove.com and be our guest this Sunday at 11 AM as we continue in our series, "Things I Wish Jesus Never Said".
What is the relationship between judgment and accountability? When is the appropriate time to judge (hold accountable) and when should we be silent? In this message from Matthew 7:1-6 we learn that Jesus never nulifies judgment, but encourages right judgment! What God has explicitly said, we hold as absolutes. In areas of application between these absolutes, we desperately need the Holy Spirit! Just because we are afraid to offend others, we can't dare offend God. His WORD is absolute and His SPIRIT gives guidance. Message preached on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at ParkerDC. Visit us at www.dclivelove.com and be our guest this Sunday at 11 AM for Worship Celebration.
It's possible that we miss some of God's greatest miracles because we give up WAY TOO SOON! In this ReNew study, we look at 1 Kings 18:41-46 and Elijah's example in prayer as he climbs back up Mt. Carmel to beg God to send rain. There is much to learn here about the attitude and posture of prayer! As a result, God answers and sends the rain. Where do you need "rain" in your life? What miracle are you on the verge of giving up on that may be just one prayer away? Go again to your prayer mountain and petition the Mighty Hand of God! Bible Study from May 29, 2019 at ParkerDC. Join us next Wednesday as we continue in this "The Days Of Elijah" ReNew study!
Of all the things that Jesus said, this may be the hardest... "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44). In this message, Pastor Joey looks at this text and we unpack the power of love over hate. God's reckless love should lead us to wild, unconditional, and reckless love as well. Instead of reversing God's standards, we must love people and hate sin, not hate people and love sin! Only love can turn the tide of lostness in our world! Message preached on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at ParkerDC. For more info about DC, visit us at www.dclivelove.com and be our guest this Sunday at 11 AM as we continue in the "Things I Wish Jesus Never Said" series.
1 Kings 18 reads like an old western movie. Instead of two cowboys staring at each other, waiting for one to blink, it's the prophet Elijah vs. Ahab, the Living God of Israel vs. the false gods of Baal and Asherah. After three and a half long years of waiting (the "out of season"), God sends Elijah back to the wicked king of Israel to command an ultimate showdown between in Israel. We discover God's full power on display and His desire to bring His children back to Himself as well as discipline all unbelief. This is a superhero's story, but more importantly a moment of decision to follow God! Bible Study held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at ParkerDC. Join us this Wednesday Night at 6 PM for ReNew Bible Study led by Pastor Joey.
Never assume the worst is over! In this message from 1 Kings 17:17-24, Pastor Joey takes us to another defining moment for God's premier prophet Elijah. After ministering to a congregation of just two in Zarephath for some time, the widow's son mysterious dies and the widow herself blames Elijah. But the prophet's faith is unmoved. Instead of combating her, he simply owns the moment and rushes the boy to his "war room", that place where He had been convening with God. He took the problem to God in desperate prayer! There is a HUGE difference between simply praying and crying out to God. Elijah cries out God to resurrect the boy AND after this persistent prayer, God does exactly that. Some miracle! But the greater miracle may have followed. The widow them professes her faith in Elijah and Elijah's God! Bible Study shared on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at ParkerDC. Join us for ReNew Bible Study this Wednesday Night at 6 PM in the Fellowship Hall as we continue in the "Days Of Elijah" series!
God is infinitely more concerned with your holiness than He is about your temporary happiness! In this second message from the Things I Wish Jesus Never Said series, Pastor Joey looks at Matthew 5:27-30 and Jesus' teaching on lust and adultery. We learn that lust is not the first incidental look, but the second. Jesus raises the standard entirely! In this hard statement (vs. 28), we see that God values all women (and all people) and that adultery begins in the heart. The key to destroying lust, however, is accountability and spiritual pursuits! Sin's bondage is broken when we allow someone access to our struggle! Message preached on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at ParkerDC. For more info about DC, visit us at www.dclivelove.com and be guest this Sunday at 11 AM for Worship Celebration!
Waiting can be very difficult! But God is still doing something in those slow times in our life. In this podcast, Pastor Joey looks at 1 Kings 17:3-16 as God sends His premier prophet to the Brook Cherith for a slow season where he would be provided for by the ravens and this dwindling creek. But when the brook dries up, God sends His man into the belly of the idolatrous whale in Zarephath to be provided for by a poor widow. We discover that God will never do anything inconsisent with His character; however, He will do that which is inconsistent with our reason. In Zaraphath, God provides for His prophet and for a widow and son. In turn, God uses this season to humble and prepare His servant for the HUGE task ahead. What do you do when the brook dries up? Do you trust God enough to obey Him, even if it's uncertain what He's doing? Bible study shared on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at ParkerDC. Join us next Wednesday at 6 PM as we continue in this series, "The Days of Elijah".