Articles Tagged 'Me'

Don't Just Do Something

He was oblivious to the truth that our attempts to live for Jesus will succeed only if we have the power of the Holy Spirit released to us through prayer.

Phil Ware reminds us that the phrase 'don't just stand there do something' is absolutely wrong: we must pray first, then let the Lord lead us to know what to do!

Hard Work and Holy Listening

Instead of a well-manicured life, and perfectly organized and aesthetic home, my heart is yearning for more connection with love... His love... and, to be part of His loving presence.

Melissa Troyer comes to us again through the ordinariness of daily life and reminds us to listen for Jesus' presence and look for ways to be conduits of God's love.

ToGather: Living by the Power of the Holy Spirit (January 16, 2022)

Our attempts to live for Jesus will succeed only if we have the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to live as the Lord desires.

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in a virtual, DIY, worship through words and music using YouTube videos to call us to recognize God's great power available to us in the Holy Spirit.

God of Fresh Starts

Hope is an olive leaf — evidence of dry land after a flood.

Max Lucado reminds us that the God of hope gives us fresh starts just as he did to Noah with the olive leaf and the dove.

Merry Christmas!

We pray the Lord blesses you with the grace of Jesus' presence this Christmas!

Merry Christmas blessing

Our Intersection with Joy

God's long story of grace intersected the mess of our world, and the rest of this story is our good news of great joy.

James Nored on video and Phil Ware with words remind us that the circumstances of the moment can be swallowed up in the greater joy of God's long story of grace that came to us in Jesus of Nazareth.

More than God's Whisper

How could God help us understand his faithful love for us, yet demonstrate his desire for us to live in our world with his righteous character and gracious compassion?

James Nored and Phil Ware share the meaning of Jesus' incarnation in word and video using a simple but powerful allegory.

Entering the Mystery!

The Holy Spirit gives birth to Lord in the heart of each new Christian and longs to bring that new follower of Christ to full maturity in Jesus.

Phil Ware challenges us to enter the mystery of the conception and birth of Jesus the Messiah with Mary and find ourselves caught up in the story of Jesus with her.

ToGather: The Way of Christ Jesus (December 5, 2021)

Far too often the incarnation of God in Jesus as Immanuel, God with us, gets lost in all the theological language, and the call of Jesus for us to live with each other in love is forgotten.

Far too often the incarnation of God in Jesus as Immanuel, God with us, gets lost in all the theological language and forgets the call of Jesus to live with each others in love.

ToGather: Thanking God for Our Women of Faith (November 28, 2021)

Many of us have experienced the goodness of God through the life of a woman of faith who helped shape us and mold us in our personal walk with Jesus.

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in a virtual, DIY, worship through words and music using YouTube videos to call us to give thanks for the godly women of faith in our lives.

Thanksgiving!

How do we keep our concerns for the future and our hardships from the last two years of Covid 19 from stealing the joy of our Thanksgiving?

Phil Ware reminds us to keep thanksgiving a part of our daily lives even though we face challenging times, difficult circumstances, and discouraging realities.

Sometimes, God Takes His Time!

Life feels like it is in slow motion when are waiting for the bad seasons to end and God's new fresh life awakens to redeem and refresh our weary souls.

Max Lucado encourages us to endure and not lose hope because sometimes God takes time to make his perfect will happen and redeem our messes.

Rest and Power for the Weary

Our resources run low, our spirits grow tired, our bodies shut down, we can’t handle another thing, then Satan throws in a storm or two. What do we do?

Phil Ware continues his reflections on what it means to be a JesuShaped disciple, this week focusing on our need for rest and time alone with God.

ToGather: Called to Holiness, Not Passing Judgment (November 14, 2021)

Can we really pursue obedience and have a deep passion for holiness and still welcome people who practice their faith differently than we do?

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in a virtual, DIY, worship through words and music using YouTube videos to call us to recognize God's greatness and to living a life of holiness that refuses to judge others in Christ over non-essential practices.

Stooping to Serve, Not to Shame

God brings me to my knees, both in honesty and in choosing joy, as I pick up a careless mess made by the precious, but oblivious little stampede that lives within my walls.

Melissa Troyer shares the worship in stooping to clean up the messes that are part of a mom's everyday experience with little children she is trying to mold into followers of Jesus.

ToGather: Here, Near, and Far (October 24, 2021)

God loves all the people of the world (John 3:16) and wants us to demonstrate his love for them so they will turn from their destructive ways and be saved (2 Peter 3:9).

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in a virtual, DIY, worship through words and music using YouTube videos to call us to recognize God's call to mission for us as we seek to be God with Skin On to people here, near, and far.

I Want to Be Like Her

Let's move beyond remembering her story; let's also commit to being like her in these four ways.

Phil Ware continues his reflections in the Gospels as he seeks to call us to continue pursuing Jesus so that we can be JesuShaped.

More?

Maybe we are too familiar with our modern-day, water-downed, version of Jesus and not in awe of great expectations that the Lord has for us?

Phil Ware continues his reflections from his gospel readings and uses Mark 5 and Mark 6 to remind us that Jesus has greater expectations of what he can do through us than we do!

ToGather: God's Relentless Pursuit to Bless Us (September 26, 2021)

We are loved by God, our faithful Shepherd, who will never abandon us but will rescue us and bring us safely home to him as his beloved children.

Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware lead us in a virtual, DIY, worship through words and music using YouTube videos to remind us that the LORD is our Shepherd who provides, cares, protects, and calls us home as his sheep, the guests at his table, and his belo

Helping Immigrants & Refugees Get Involved with a Spiritual Group

These displaced people need to discover Jesus' love and the love of his people.

Rhonda Underhill shares ways that newly arrived immigrants, especially older ones, can make a new home in their new world

An Overlooked Gem?

This seemingly innocuous transitional passage in the gospel of Luke is one of those hidden gems we often overlook!

Phil Ware continues his reflections on his daily reading in the gospels, this time focused on Luke 8:1-3 and how this forgotten gem opens our eyes to the importance that women played in Jesus' ministry.

At YOUR Word

Do I aggressively pursue Jesus because his words reveal the truth and the heart of God?

Phil Ware focuses on Luke 5 and a few key phrases that reveal what it means to be JesuShaped!

Learning to Dance with the Spirit

To become more like Christ, we must allow the Lord to lead us in the dance of grace to the music of the Holy Spirit.

Phil Ware shares article three in his four-part series on being transformed to become like Jesus.

Warts and All

When I recall how Mr. Ellis brought me back into the human fold, I remember that Jesus once took ten lepers in hand and did the same.

Philip Gulley uses his homespun charm to pay tribute to a hero, tell a self-effacing story about childhood warts and crushes, and weaves it together to remind us of God's love and how we should love others.

Izuba Talibbili

Botiyasi just stood there a moment, speechless. He choked, then cleared his throat. Kneeling beside his friend, he spoke the request the old man coveted.

Roy and Kathi Merritt share a beautiful story of love and conversion from Zambia and a servant of God named Botiyasi.