This past week our kids have been experiencing our VBS program entitled ROAR! Each day we have been teaching them Bible stories, and stretching their faith in and reliance on Jesus. We figured you guys could use some of that too, and so this week we are beginning a series from an obscure passage of scripture about a guy who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day. This three part series is designed to challenge us all to recognize the path of our spiritual journey and overcome the many obstacles in our way to become all God has created us to be. Join us this week as Pastor Keith kicks off this faith building series.
PLUS + SIDE Church - WorshipDo you remember when you had church shoes? Or when you had to dress up in your “Sunday Best?” It was the practice of going to church and we had to do it every week. When we got there the misery only continued. We were told to sit still and be quiet. So there I was in clothes that made me feel cramped, shoes that hurt my feet, with an insatiable desire to make the people around me laugh out loud, but I knew if I did I’d be in trouble for the rest of the week! They called it a Worship Service but I was just bored and wanted it to be over. That's because I didn’t know why I was there, I had no relationship with the One I had to dress up for, and I had no reason to worship a God I didn’t even know. . . . But, on the Plus + Side, Worship can be so much more than that. Worship is the only way we have to repay all that God has done for us. When I was a child I could’ve never known that until I had been redeemed by the life, death and resurrection of my Lord and Savior. The Bible tells us to “go to the Lord for help, and worship Him continuously.” Join us this week as Pastor Keith brings us a message about true worship and what it means to be in the presence of God.
The Prayer of JabezThe final message in our series Bold Pray[ers] comes from an ancient text filled with the genealogy from Adam through the Babylonian exile ... and YES it is as exciting as it sounds! Join Pastor Keith as he brings a twenty-first century application from this obscure text and gives us some important understandings of how BOLD PRAY[ERS] can actually increase their influence in the world through BOLD PRAYERS!
The Internet IssueThis week we continue our series Backpack Impact. Throughout the year Morning Star Church helps kids who receive free breakfast and lunch at school during the week by providing food to backpack home and eat over the weekend. While this is a great way to serve our community we wanted to take a few weeks to talk through the main issues our kids are facing beyond hunger. To that end, we interviewed several local education professionals and discovered the three main problems our kids are facing as they head back to school this month. This week Pastor Keith looks at the challenge the internet brings to raising kids and keeping students focused. Technology is not a bad thing when it comes with proper boundaries and usage, and interestingly the Bible has much to say about this issue. This message will only be pertinent to your life if you use the internet! So, bring your Bible and an open spirit and let's tackle this issue together.
“Dying For A Living?”This week Pastor Keith will be taking a nostalgic look at his past working as an actor/director in a Wild West theme park. Keith tells us that in those days he "died for a living" and in this message, he looks at how Jesus tells us we must die to ourselves in order to live. You're not going to want to miss the video we are showing from the early 1990's that follows Pastor Keith in a day in the life of a cowboy who never wins a gunfight! This is a great weekend to invite your friends who don't know of Jesus and His transforming love.