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Pursue Sowing

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What goes around comes around.  Pay it forward. You reap what you sow.  Chances are, you’ve heard these phrases before.  This theme is common throughout the Bible. A farmer cannot plant beans and expect to harvest corn.  In the same way, we cannot plant seeds of negativity and expect to harvest goodness. What is it that you want to harvest?  

Haggai 2:19a says, “Is the seed still in the barn?” If we keep something, that’s all we will ever have.  But if we give, with a positive attitude – a cheerful heart – it will be multiplied back to us. Our actions have an impact on our lives and on the lives of those around us.  It is important that we plant the seeds needed for the harvest we want to reap. If we want a harvest of blessing, we need to bless others. If we want a harvest of productivity, we musn’t be lazy.  If we want a harvest of financial freedom, we must be good stewards of God’s money.

In Luke 6:38, Jesus says, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full – pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”  The truth is, God loves to bless his children, and he also loves for his children to bless one another. And he has already provided the seeds! Our time, our gifts, our words, our financial resources – it is up to us to decide if we keep these seeds, or if we plant them, in good soil, so we may reap the harvest God wants for us.  Remember, it not only impacts our lives, but the lives of those around us. What impact will you make today?

Listen to the full message, “Endless Impact.”

To hear more from the series, Summer at HISplace.

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Experience God’s Peace

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So many of us live day in and day out with stress, anxiety, and a troubled heart. We try anything we can think of to feel better. We turn to food, alcohol, even exercise or yoga. All of these things can make us feel better, but it’s always fleeting. Before we know it, stress levels start to rise again, and we go down the list of our favorite comforts… again.

There is a better way. With Jesus, we can have everlasting peace. Peace like we have never known before. Peace that we cannot explain. This kind of peace comes only from God. John 14:1 and 27 says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me… I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

The next time you feel overwhelmed with a troubled heart, instead of turning to comforts of the world, turn to Jesus in prayer. Thank Him for His perfect gift of peace. Ask Him for comfort. Trust that He will provide, because He will.

Listen to the full message, “Jesus is God.”

To hear more from the series, Jesus Is.

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Think serving God is a bunch of rules?

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Do you view serving God and participating in a local church as just a bunch of rules? 

Sadly many people do. Most of the Christians and Christ-followers they know act as if serving God is a duty. See Christ-followers without joy, striving, struggling to please an angry God.

In fact, I was that way too. I had the privilege of growing up in a family that served God and attended church several times a week. But somehow I began to associate my short-comings and inability to often do the right thing to God. As if He was angry and ready to play “wack-a-mole” with me if I messed up.

The problem was I didn’t really have a clear grasp of God’s nature. The Bible says “God is love”. He has a lot of traits but He is love. The truth is He loved me when I was the most unlovable. Amazing! On my worst day God had already decided He loved me so much that He sent Jesus. Truly incredible.

If you struggle with thinking that serving God is all rules and no life, you may get a lot out of our current message series, Choosing Freedom Every Day. You can listen to this series over on the Messages page but we’d love for you to come to HISplace at 9:30 or 11 AM during the end of April and all of May.

You will enjoy dynamic worship, practical Bible teaching, and the ability to stay anonymous as long as you’d like. Plus your children from 6 weeks to 5th grade will have fun in an engaging learning environment appropriate for their age.

Bring the entire family this Sunday and begin to understand the freedom you can have to serve God!

See you Sunday!

Doug