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Overcoming the Greater Pandemic: From Guilt to Forgiveness

A genuine disciple, and especially an apostle, follows the path of Jesus who gave up his life to seek, serve, and save the lost.

James Nored in video, and Phil Ware using the Scriptures, remind us of the beauty and the cost to God of saving us and forgiving us, and giving us a new life.

ToGather: Refusing to Step into the Snare (March 14, 2021)

What is the snare we must avoid? It's living in fear of what others may think of us or do to us because we follow Jesus.

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in a virtual, DIY, worship through words and music using YouTube videos to fortify our commitment to not live in fear of what others may think of us or do to us, but to trust in God who is with us.

Valuing Women in the Story of Jesus

As in other epoch-making moments in the history of God's people, the movement of God in Jesus' story began with the valuing of women's voices.

Phil Ware focuses on Jesus, the New Testament, the Bible teaches about the value, importance, and role of women in God's unfolding plan of grace.

To the Girl on the Elevator

I wish I could have hugged the girl on the elevator.

Teresa Bell Kindred shares an emotional story from her experience caring for her husband in his two-plus month battle with COVID-19 and invites us to pray God's blessing into the life of an unknown young wife whose husband is in ICU.

ToGather: We are Witnesses! (March 7, 2021)

We believe in God the Father, the resurrection of Jesus the Son, and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. We choose to let nothing move us from our faith!

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in a virtual, DIY, worship through words and music using YouTube videos to remind us that our faith is rock solid and built on the foundation of eyewitnesses and the indwelling Holy Spirit.

'My Child, Get Up!'

Most of our earth-bound explanations are shallow and trite in the face of life's harshest realities.

Phil Ware pauses and looks at the pain of grieving parents at the loss of a child and reminds us to forgo easy answers and cling to the stories and promises of Jesus.

Overcoming the Greater Pandemic: From Hopeless to Living Hope

We can't think of a more important commitment for us as believers in our uncertain times.

James Nored and Phil Ware share a message of hope in video and word and Scripture to remind us to be ready to share our living hope for those caught in life's dark winter.

ToGather: Greater is the One in You (February 28, 2021)

Jesus has not only given us the final victory, but he has also promised to be alive in us!

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in a virtual, DIY, worship through words and music using YouTube videos to remind us that Jesus is the strong man who binds Satan and is Greater than any who set themselves up as our enemy.

Once for Him, Once for Us!

'Jesus is my beloved Son. What he says not only pleases me, but it is my fullest truth.'

Phil Ware reminds us that God said almost exactly the same words to his Son twice, yet he spoke the first time to affirm his Son and the second time to let us know we must listen to the Son.

I'm Done and That's Good!

Instead of getting frustrated and pushing the assignment, I sat down with him at his desk in his superhero bedroom.

Christine Derengowski writes frankly and truthfully and encouragingly about dealing with our superheroes who have had to conquer forces unseen before for school kids in this crazy COVID world!

ToGather: God Longs to Be Gracious to You! (February 21, 2021)

God has given his people many great and precious promises over the centuries. We choose to celebrate several of those promises today!

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in virtual, DIY worship through words and music using YouTube videos to remind us that God longs to be gracious to us if we wait in prayer for him to act.

One-way Missionaries

They took a coffin, which they packed with their belongings, along with a one-way ticket.

Bruce Logue reminds us that people still do pick up their cross and follow Jesus and the Lord uses them to make an eternal difference!

Overcoming the Greater Pandemic: Finder and Mender

God's people have been in lost places before our time. They made it safely through their wilderness to better times and better places.

James Nored in video and Phil Ware with words reminds us that God is the finder and mender of lost and broken things and lost and broken people.

ToGather: Every Time! (February 14, 2021)

God is full of goodness and mercy. He has faithfully poured his love upon us and now asks us to share this blessing with others.

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in a virtual, DIY, worship through words and music using YouTube videos to remind us of the importance of affirming people we love through note-prayers of thanksgiving as we seek to be a blessing to other as Jesus h

The Divine Order of Love

Before Jesus, the word 'agape' didn't mean anything special. It was a sloppy word for 'love' pretty much like our English word 'love' as we use it today.

Phil Ware reminds us where the word 'agape' really gets its meaning, in what God did for us in Jesus and that we must love God first if we are to love others properly.

Because You Know!

God says: 'There is no race too long, no wall too high, no gap too wide, no shattered thing too broken to strip you of my HOPE.'

Jordan Harrell reminds us to not listen to the lies of Satan but instead remember who God is, what God has done, and what we know of God, and trust God's voice and not the lies of our circumstances, problems, pandemics, or hopelessness.

ToGather: Proof That I Belong (February 7, 2021)

The work and presence of the Holy Spirit give us the assurance that God has made us his children.

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in virtual worship through words and music using YouTube videos to celebrate the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives that ensures we belong to the family of God.

Finding Jesus: Reaching for God, Not Substitutes

Where can we go to experience God and fill the hole inside of us?

Phil Ware continues his series of posts on the Immanuel Project, the way Jesus promised we could know and experience God.

Overcoming the Greater Pandemic: Have You Been to the Mountaintop?

Many feel as if they are caught in some kind of auto-repeating Groundhog Day experience with COVID-19.

Phil Ware and James Nored speak to the isolation pandemic accompanying COVID-19 and share ways and invite us to share ways to find joy and hope on the mountain with Immanuel.

ToGather: God Withholds No Good Thing! (January 31, 2021)

Our lesson elaborates on this promise from God. We know that our Father does not withhold sharing his grace and every gift that is for our best good.

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in virtual worship through words and music using YouTube videos encouraging us to recognize that God is our Father who does not withhold from us good things, especially the best things in this life and the life to c

Finding Jesus: Experiencing Immanuel

Do we feel like we have to keep up some kind of smokescreen so others won't know about our own times of emptiness and longing?

Phil Ware shares a summary of Matthew's Immanuel sayings focused on experiencing Jesus today.

In the Face of Uncertain Odds

Don't focus on the building waves or let the pitching boat convince you otherwise.

Melissa Troyer reminds us of Jesus who brings peace in the worst of storms, both the early disciples in a boat and us in our troubled world.

ToGather: More than Our Words Can Express (January 24, 2021)

God is worthy of all our praise — more than our finite minds and inadequate vocabulary can muster. So, how can we praise God appropriately?

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in virtual worship through words and music using YouTube videos encouraging us to worship God with all that we are and have and say.

I Will Not Abandon You, Ever!

What can we really expect the Spirit to do for us, today, in our world?

Phil Ware writes about Jesus' promise of the Holy Spirit focusing on John 14 and Jesus' promise to not leave us as orphans but to come to us and show himself to us and be in us and make his home with us.

Overcoming the Greater Pandemic: From Lonely to Connected

Let's move from talking about the problem to providing each other ways to address the loneliness and isolation!

Phil Ware and James Nored speak to the isolation pandemic that is accompanying COVID-19 and share ways and invite us to share ways to battle the loneliness and isolation.