Humility or Anger?        

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I’m not going to detail for you the last couple of years as I walked with Christ.  There were enormous blessings, over and over again.  It’s Jesus’ everlasting love.  But there were also times when things were rough.  I mean really rough.  And more than I would like to confess, there were times when the rough became fits of anger.  Am I saying that sometimes Christian’s let the circumstances of the world, and day to day living, affect them?  The answer is a resounding YES.

I did not grow up in the church.  Only by the grace of God I serve Him and love God with all of my heart.  God is my core.  I have an eternal and intimate relationship with Him.  It’s only by His grace and the mercy He poured out on me that I even exist.  The Prophet Isaiah said it this way, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” (Isaiah 64:6 NIV) We are but filthy rags when we think about the wondrous, gracious, and merciful God that we serve.  Though circumstances are rough, and the outcome may be long and painful, I still believe.  I remain.  God sustains me.

My faith is very important to me.  I desire, and often pray that my life would reflect “Jesus Christ Alive”.  Yes, Jesus alive in me and working through me by the power of His Holy Spirit.  But because I am human, I fail from time to time.  What does God think about my faith when I fail?  It was once said that our faith fails, or is fallible, because our view of God is too small. That failed faith refuses to accept a sovereign God who is able. The good news? When our faith fails, God does not. God’s faithfulness in the face of our failure is one that applies to us today: “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). 

Have you ever wondered, what is faith?  Faith to me is the unwavering belief in the power of God to equip me to serve Him and glorify Him no matter what.  The Bible says “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV) The confidence that I have rests with a faithful God even when I don’t see or feel that anything has happened.  Does faith squelch my fits of anger when the rough times get devastatingly rough?  Sometimes.  I’ll be honest… sometimes the light that I desire to shine is not so bright.  Faith is truly taking God at His word and trusting Him.  This is where humility plays a part; at least for me.

The times that I spend in humble conversation with God everyday are the best times because, in His presence is hope, love, healing, deliverance, recovery and the unending sense that my Father will care for me. In both the Old and New Testaments, it is evident that God is trying to re-establish a relationship with us.  Why?  Because trust had been broken. And trust and confidence in Him are very important.  What kind of relationship could we have if there is no trust?  Stop and think about that for a moment.  At the very heart of faith is trust and confidence in God and His Word.  God will do what He says He will do. Will we trust Him?

Let me go back to the fits of anger.  I find that during my angry outbursts with those around me, and even God, I can’t think straight.  I’m not open to listening.  I just want to take charge and change things.  How is it that I can re-establish my relationship with God if anger is in the way?  If anger is a barrier to me listening and receiving? This is how…  1 John 1:9 says this, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Confession and forgiveness is the pathway to a clearer understanding and a willingness to now listen.

So how do we grow in faith and believe what God says in His Word?  First, by hearing the Word of God.  Romans 10:7 ESV says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” This is foundational.  Secondly, faith grows by applying God’s Word.  We must take what we are taught and put it into action in our lives.  Are we going to be perfect in doing so?  No.  But if we don’t apply anything and just put on the “Mask” of a true believer who walks in faith, we are kidding ourselves.  Our circumstances won’t change and we will find ourselves suffering over and over again.  And you know what else?  You can’t hide from God. The Bible says this in Hebrews 4:13 NIV, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

Friends, the question is Humility or Anger?  We will experience both responses.  When struggles come, when times get rough, most of us don’t build on the foundation of Christ’s Word.  Anger causes us to be deaf and blind and act in ways that may not honor God.  God’s Word in James 4:10 NIV says this about humility, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”  And “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18 NKJV and Psalm 51:17 NKJV “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.”  Humility is the gateway to strong faith.

If you would like to listen to a powerful message by Pastor Aaron Taylor on the “5 Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith”, click on this podcast link: http://www.painesvilleag.com/painesville-ag-messages/?enmse=1&enmse_sid=21

I am always thankful to be able to share my thoughts with you.  I will be praying that you have an incredible week as God’s Word touches you.  God bless you.

George Leonhardt

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Faith Builders

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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

We all want to be people described as having great faith, right? Yet so often the rollercoasters of life have a way of taking us head-on into circumstances that rock our faith. I, like the disciples, after Jesus calmed the storm, have heard Him whisper to me more than once in my life, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

That incredible moment on the Sea of Galilee beautifully displays the great faith Jesus had in the Father’s care, and it is an invitation for us to see Him as the calm eye in the midst of any storm we may face.

What I love about Mark’s gospel account of this particular story is that it highlights the 5 Things God Uses to Grow Our Faith, which is the name of the new sermon series that just started at PAG. Over the next five weeks Pastor Aaron will unpack these five faith builders:

*Practical Teaching
*Providential Relationships
*Private Disciplines
*Personal Ministry
* Pivotal Circumstances

Mark 4:35-41

“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”  Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Practical Teaching: Jesus had just spent the entire day teaching a great multitude of people. He encouraged his audience by saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  (Mark 4:9, 23) Jesus, the Word made flesh, had just revealed mysteries about the Kingdom of God to the masses. We also need to spend time in His presence, listening to the preaching of His Living Word and asking the Holy Spirit to sensitize us to hear His voice. Do you have ears to hear?

Providential Relationships: By his side were his chosen disciples. This community of new believers had become very close as they followed Jesus. They had witnessed Him heal the sick, cast out demons, and proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. He invited them… and He invites us… to partner with Him to do the same! After their long day, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” (verse 35) He wanted to be with them. And He wants to be with us! It is vitally important to be involved in community. We need each other!

Private Disciplines: Jesus was tired and planned to rest in the boat. By “leaving the crowds behind” (verse 36a), Jesus was emphasizing the value of entering into a time of solitude and rest. Remember His invitation to “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  This private discipline, along with reading the Bible, hiding His word in our hearts, praying… talking and especially listening for His still, small voice, fasting, journaling, personal worship or however your private time with Jesus looks, must be a priority in order for your faith to grow.

Personal Ministry: Jesus was about His Father’s business… Kingdom ministry… Bringing Heaven to earth. As He lives His life out in and through us, we ought to be about the same things! “There were also other boats with him.”  (verse 36b) We don’t know any details about the other boats that only Mark mentions were on the sea that dreadful night, but we have to believe that Jesus was just as willing to minister to them as He was His disciples. And if the pending storm was not enough to stretch the faith of the experienced fisherman, the ministry Jesus had next for them certainly would. They were heading to the region of Gerasenes, and would immediately be approached by a demon possessed man who lived amongst the tombs! I can only imagine being one of Jesus’ disciples watching that encounter unfold! Yes, personal ministry, whether to the masses or to “the one”, can lead us straight out of our comfort zone and stretch us, but Jesus always goes before us and uses ministry opportunities to grow our faith.

Pivotal Circumstances: A furious squall came up…” (verse 37). And so often that’s how it happens… suddenly, unexpectedly, and without warning, a peaceful circumstance can turn into a catastrophe. We’ve all experienced storms and more often than not… a sudden storm equals sudden fear. The enemy would love nothing more than for the faithful to lose their faith in those times, to question the very character of Jesus (…don’t you care if we drown?), and let fear consume, but let me remind you that the Master of the Wind and the Waves is near!

Lord, open our eyes to see you in the midst of our storms. With a word you can quiet the tempest in our souls. You desire to grow our faith and strengthen us by your Spirit – not shipwreck us. The one statement you said more than any other was, “Don’t be afraid”, so deliver us from our fears and remind us that you accompany us every step of the way. Let faith arise in us, in Jesus name!

~Jenny Gallion

Looking Back…

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I find myself looking back at this time of year to past life events because with each New Year there is the unknown.  I don’t know about you, but the unknown is sometimes frightening to me.  I am someone who likes to be on top of everything, so the unknown is a place that I am not comfortable in.  But this year, my looking back drew my focus to my 1st wedding anniversary.  It’s kind of funny.  Why not my wedding day?  That’s a logical question. But my focus is a year later.

Nancy and I just completed a year of being together as husband and wife.  Did our first year of marriage turn out to be exactly how we thought it would be?  No, it didn’t.  It turned out so much better.  We learned to loved each other more.  We trusted each other more.  We laughed more.  Yes, we laughed more.  Every day we would witness something that the other would do and it would crack us up.  We still crack each other up.  We became so close that even to this day, 15 years later, we have not wavered in that closeness.

Why do you suppose that first year was so foundational to our marriage?  I came from a very troubled past. I struggled with so many things. I never thought in a million years that I would be happy again.  The reason this particular year was so foundational is found in God’s Word.  Matthew 1:21-23 (NIV) says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). God is with us.  It might sound too simple to some folks, but looking back that’s all that it is.  You see, since the beginning of time, God is with us.  John 1:1 (NIV) says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Now, the story goes a little deeper in proving God’s presence in our lives.  Nancy and I met as a result of me attending our church.  We grew in friendship and eventually in love because of our time together in Christ.  We both love the Lord and became increasingly aware that God had brought us together.  We nurtured our relationship to the point where I asked Nancy to marry me.  And she said, Yes!  I believe God was present when I proposed.

God was also in my past.  God was in Nancy’s past.  God was putting together our story.  He was with us.  We both can see God’s hand in our lives that eventually brought us together.  Nancy prayed for a very long time for God to send her the man of His choosing.  She prayed intently and specifically as she waited.  I, on the other hand, led a very shady life filled with self-gratification and self-preservation.  Then one day, I met a man named Jesus and surrendered my life to Him.  Nancy had given her life to the Lord at a very young age.  It took me longer to come to the point where I submitted my life.  So all along the way, we saw God’s hand on our lives.  God was guiding our lives from different directions.

We rejoice today because God’s hand is on our lives, was on our lives, and will continue to be on our lives.  Will we have trouble?  Will we have struggles?  Will our faith be tested?  Yes. Yes. And yes. We also know that no matter what we face, God will be with us.  Jesus doesn’t change.  The Bible says in Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) that: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  We are so thankful for that.  We are certain that God is working His divine plan and purpose through us.

Friend, what do you think your new year will be like?  Does the uncertainty of the future frighten you?  My prayer for you is that you will walk confidently forward in 2018 knowing that God will be with you.

His Name is Emmanuel, God with us!  He was, He is, and He is to comeThe Bible says in Hebrews 13:5 (NIV): God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 

Happy New Year, friend.  May the Lord continue to bless you.  Have a great week and a blessed year in the Lord!

George Leonhardt

Both Now and Forever

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For the past month we have been running around trying to find the perfect gift for everyone we love, stressing out that the ham will be too small, decorating cookies, trees, houses, and anything else that can remotely be decorated. Beverages at Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are even created just to celebrate this one day out of the year. We sing songs, gather together, go to church on the Eve of the holiday, and wear matching pajamas for family photos. We do all of this for one day out of the year; it’s the biggest and most extravagant holiday we celebrate. Sometimes, I think we get so caught up in this “Americanized” holiday that we forget why we celebrate in the first place.

It’s not so much what we are celebrating, but who we are celebrating.  I’m sure we have all heard, “Jesus is the reason for the season”. However, I think that’s even become cliché and commonplace. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus, the living Word of God. My favorite part of the Christmas story is the fact that God brings Jesus, the Savior of the world, to earth… as a baby. This is ironic because babies are weak and dependent. They cannot even feed themselves. But for some reason, God chooses to send Jesus as a baby.

I love this irony because we too are weak and dependent. Sure, we can pick up a spoon and put a pile of mashed potatoes on our plate, but we are spiritually dependent on God. Because of this, we needed Jesus to come. We were too weak, given to sin, and thus separated from our Heavenly Father. The Gospel is simple. It’s so simple that God centered it around a baby. He could have chosen anything he wanted, but He chose a baby. If that doesn’t say humility, then I don’t know what does.

But let’s not rest on that fact that Jesus was sent to us as a baby and stop there. We all know babies grow up. I mean, we were once a baby. So, what did Jesus grow up to be? Jesus was a carpenter. I love His career choice because not only did he build material things, He was building His Kingdom.  He fixed and repaired things, but more than that, He came to fix and repair a broken world and a broken people.

Lastly, I would like to bring to your attention that Jesus is Lord. It might be hard for us to imagine and picture because it’s hard to think of a baby having so much glory and power, but it’s true. Jesus is Lord.  Because Jesus is Lord we can rest assured that He is in control and working all things together for good. He has a plan for the future of the world. And guess what? You are included in that plan. Jesus is not just “some” Lord that does not care about the people of His Kingdom, He is One who wants to know you and have relationship with you. He wants to speak to you and with you. Mike Bickle tweeted the other day that, “The Bible is meant to create an active and ongoing dialogue between you and God”. He is a Lord that wants to know you. But for Him to be our Lord, we must surrender to His control and His plan.  At first glance this doesn’t seem appealing, but when you truly know Jesus and have relationship with Him, you don’t want it any other way.

As we close out this Christmas season and put away our nativity sets, let’s remember why we even have these things to begin with. Because we are celebrating that some 2,000 years ago a baby was born. But this wasn’t just going to be any baby that grew up to have a normal career in carpentry. This baby was already Lord. He is Lord. I love the sacred carols, “O Come Let Us Adore Him” and “O Holy Night” because of the truths they proclaim. Yes, let us all adore our sweet baby Jesus, but let us also fall on our knees because Christ is the Lord that brought peace and broke our sinful chains.

Now that we have established that Jesus is Lord, how are you going to apply that to your life?  Take time to seek the Lord and pray about how you can make Jesus Lord in your Christmas as well as your everyday life. For Jesus is not just Lord on December 25… He is Lord both now and forever!

Jenny Bushnell

HOPE HAS A NAME

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I love the word Hope. It’s such a powerful word; pregnant with promise. I don’t think people can live without hope. And the God of the universe, the God who created us and knows us so intimately, knew this. He is a God of hope and He longs to fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of His Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to literally overflow with hope?

There was a time in my life when I felt like I had NO HOPE. Even having grown up in a Christian home, and knowing a lot about Jesus, I had never encountered Him in a personal way. I knew my baby faith had something to do with a “personal relationship with Jesus”, I just didn’t quite get the “personal” part. I did not KNOW HOPE.

I believe that there are many people that know a lot about doctrine… maybe even a lot about the man, Jesus, but they don’t really know Him.

And that was me in my early twenties… searching for something to hold on to… something to anchor me as the waves of life buffeted my soul. It was a very dark, fearful time. I searched for hope in relationships.  I searched for hope in a bottle and pills. But the waves of life continued to toss me deeper and deeper into that miry pit of despair.

Have you ever been there? If you have, you know what an unpleasant season it is, and you know that without hope, it’s nearly impossible to keep going.

BUT GOD… the God of Hope… is a relentless pursuer of His children, and He knew how much I needed Hope, and He knows how much YOU need Hope, so He sent Hope down! You see, Hope is a person, and Hope’s name is JESUS.

Just like God sent the beautiful star of Bethlehem to guide the Magi and the shepherds to encounter Jesus, God sent beautiful people into my life to guide me back to Hope.

My heart’s desire became to know Him better.  Yes, to know the reality of His presence within me. I committed to pray Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1 as my own personal prayer.

 “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that I may know him better. I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which he has called me…

Did you catch what is said? “Know the hope…” Not NO HOPE, but KNOW HOPE!!! Yes, His desire is that we would KNOW HIM, our Hope of glory. (Col. 1:27)

Do you KNOW HIM?

If you do know Him, He may be calling you to know Him in a deeper way. He wants you to KNOW HIM as your HOPE. Scripture says in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

Jesus is the answer to whatever “seemingly hopeless” situation you may find yourself in. Let HOPE ARISE! Let’s Speak Life into our circumstances!

  • If you are feeling weak, hear HOPE declaring, “My grace is sufficient for you; my power is made perfect in your weakness!”
  • If you’re feeling disconnected, hear HOPE calling to you, “ABIDE INTIMATELY in Me, your True Vine. Cling to me for I have chosen you …”
  • If you’re feeling bound in sin, hear HOPE saying, “I AM your DELIVERER! I have come to set you free!”
  • If you are feeling lonely, hear HOPE saying, “I AM your Friend that sticks closer than a brother. I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you!”
  • If you’re feeling unsure… uncertain about life’s path, hear HOPE saying, “I AM your Good Shepherd leading and guiding you along paths of righteousness.”
  • If you are feeling fearful and anxious, hear HOPE saying, “FEAR NOT! My perfect love for you casts out all fear!”
  • If you are feeling sick in your body or mind, hear HOPE saying, “I AM Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals you.

Yes… Hope is a person. His name is JESUS!

Last Sunday we were blessed by an amazing Christmas production at Painesville Assembly. It was all about Hope; JESUS coming down to save us from our sins. Pastor Aaron challenged us to look at the lyrics of the popular Christmas Carol, O Holy Night.

“A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn…”

This Christmas season may you rejoice in the fact that Jesus, our Hope, like an anchor for our souls, is holding on to you and longing for you to reach out to Him as He reaches out to you. He came down… for you.

Jenny Gallion

Weary or Triumphant?

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I wrote a letter to God about a year ago.  Sometimes I find it helpful if I put my prayers down on paper.  My prayer was my thoughts about a season in my life where I needed to submit to God.  Below is the letter.  It’s short so please read.

Hello, it’s me God.  It’s been a rough few days and I know I’ve been trying to figure this all out by myself.  Again, I confess that I can’t.  You see God, it’s overwhelming at times.  It seems that every day something new comes up and gets heaped upon my shoulders.  The weight is getting unbearable.  Yet, I think I’m superman or something.  I know you didn’t create me to be superman or any other super hero.  But I just seem to forget.

You know those white boards that we keep in our offices to keep track of things that need to be accomplished.  A visual “to do” list?  Well, when I was thinking about all of this before bed a few nights ago, I saw an empty white board in my thoughts.  And then all of a sudden the board was full.  Like there was no more room to add a single task.  It was then I thought to myself, “That’s where I’m at.”  Again, it overwhelmed me.

I’m told that You hear and answer every prayer.  I’m told that You are faithful and that You are able.  I’m told that You never leave my side and that You are my Rock, my Refuge, my Strong Tower.  Well God, I really need You.  I’m at my end and I submit to You that I’m not able.  I need You to help get me through the next moment in time, even if it’s just the next second, because I have no more strength.  Help me God!  Really… help me God!

I have no more to say because I can’t put anything more into words.  So, I’m turning to my faith and my hope in You.  Encourage me along the way because I really need it.

Signed,
Your beloved.

Truth be told, I had forgotten about this letter until this morning while seeking God for help with this blog.  The letter was written during a time of great distress.  I couldn’t continue on my own.  I had to let go.  To be totally honest, I confess that most times I’m trying, in the flesh, to go from day to day.  I know that God walks with me and that He orders my steps, yet in my humanness, I try to go it alone.

Jesus tells us what we are to do in times when we can’t seem to go any farther.  He writes in Matthew 11:28 (NIV): “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Jesus calls us unto Himself.  He calls me, a sinner, to come to Him.  Jesus pursues me…weak and weary.  His desire is that I not remain weak and weary, but whole and restored… equipped to do His will.  Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV): Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  I have Jesus’ help to become this new creation.  The problem lies within us… sinners.

Some of you may like to listen to Southern Gospel music.  I do.  Especially the sounds of The Cathedral Quartet.  My favorite song of theirs is “Sinner Saved by Grace.”  In the lyrics you find these words:

How could I boast on anything
I’ve ever seen or done
How could I dare to claim as mine
The victories God has won
Where would I be
Had God not brought me
Gently to this place
I’m here to say I’m nothing but
A sinner saved by grace

 God is faithful!  I repeat…God is faithful!  We are reminded of this often in God’s Word.  In fact, Jesus came not for the righteous, but for sinners like me.  It is here where I often fail.  I fail to recognize that Jesus came to seek me out…to call me.  And Matthew understood better than any other gospel writer that the story of Jesus, and the story of Christmas, is a story about God drawing near to those who were withdrawn. That it was about God leaning in toward those who had leaned away from God. Whatever the reason, they found themselves leaning away from God.  During the season in which I wrote this letter to God, I was overwhelmed.  I had health issues, financial issues, and employment issues all of which were weighing on me.  I was being crushed; or at least I felt like I was.  It was exactly the season that I needed.  Yes, I needed this season to realize the faithfulness of God.  God was walking with me through all of it so that I would be strengthened and even encouraged through it. He showed me that in His faithfulness I too could remain faithful.

If you would like to hear a powerful message called, “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Pastor Aaron Taylor, click on the podcast link here: http://www.painesvilleag.com/painesville-ag-messages/?enmse=1&enmse_sid=17

Friend, in this Christmas season, do you feel overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle, the burdens of the world being heaped on you to the point where something must change?  Often times the holiday season can be stressful.  We sometimes even grieve during this time instead of being “joyful and triumphant.”  We are weary and burdened.  But Praise be to God, we can find relief in Jesus Christ!  We can experience His faithfulness.  We can experience His grace.  We can rejoice that we are a new creation.  It’s a matter of choice.  Jesus is waiting for you today to make that choice.  In love, I would say to you, choose Jesus.  Allow Him to forgive you.  Allow Him to heal you.  Allow Him to transform you from faithless to faithful.  Oh, Come All Ye Faithful, Joyful and Triumphant.

May the Lord bless you indeed this week and show you His faithfulness!

George Leonhardt

2018 Discipleship Initiative

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We’re already excited for what’s coming in the New Year! God has been challenging us to take a look at our current Sunday Morning Sunday School structure and time frame to see if there’s a more effective way to reach and disciple believers. We believe that there is and there’s a time frame that’s already been pointing to success! Check out the video below to hear what God’s been speaking to Pastor Aaron’s heart and get ready to jump on board with us and grow deeper in Christ!

Classes Beginning January 3 – March 28

OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY
Many people consider the Old Testament to be complicated, mysterious, and far removed from current thought and life. A study in the OT should not deepen these attitudes, but work to replace them. In this class, we will address the writings of the OT in simple language and in a personal style that speaks directly to you. You will discover how portions of the OT fit together with one another to see God at work, redeeming His people.

TEACHER: KEVIN GARLAND // LOCATION: ROOM B6

SPIRITUAL WARFARE: A 3D REALITY
Demons, Satan, the powers of darkness – they’re real and they are actively at work in our world. The question is do you know how to recognize them – and, if need be, go to combat against them? In this class we will look at Biblical examples of Spiritual Warfare and discover what it is and what it is not. We must never forget that our promise is simple: “…to he who overcomes.” The 3D portion will be how we apply these truths to body, mind and spirit and learning how “to stand.”

TEACHER: THOM MARTINO // LOCATION: ROOM B4

NEXT (4 WEEK SESSION)
Do you want to know more about PAG’s mission, vision and ministry? Are you interested in getting more connected or involved in serving? Then NEXT is the first step for you. During this class you will get to know Pastor Aaron as he walks you through how to get connected to the church. It’s a great time to get your questions answered while getting to know others who are on a similar path. We look forward to helping you take your NEXT step in becoming part of the PAG family!

TEACHER: PASTOR AARON TAYLOR // LOCATION: ROOM B5

PRAYER & ALTAR FOCUS
Do you desire to pray and seek the Lord? Are you longing for more time to intercede for our church, community and world? Do you desire to linger at the altar? Then the sanctuary will be the place for you! Beginning at 7:30P remain in the sanctuary for a time of prayer which will include personal time for intercession, receiving prayer for your needs, pray with a small group, and intercede together for corporate needs. Join members of our prayer ministry for a concert of prayer each Wednesday evening.

FACILITATOR: GEORGE LEONHARDT// LOCATION: SANCTUARY

BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY!
GIFTS DISCOVERY
At PAG we desire to have a church filled with people who are:

  • Equipped to fulfill God’s purposes
  • Have great ministry enthusiasm and impact
  • Serving with more affirmation, love, and commitment
  • Competently using their spiritual gifts in their area of passion
  • Expanding ministries and extending the church’s reach into our community
  • Avoiding ministry stress, boredom, and burnout!

In other words, we want to help you discover your spiritual gifts, personal style, and God-given passion for serving within the Body of Christ!

TEACHER: PASTOR CARRIE GARLAND, 6-WEEK SERIES // LOCATION: ROOM B5

SIGNUPS BEGIN THIS WEDNESDAY AT CHURCH! DON’T MISS OUT!