Clean


This weekend during our Friday Encounter Service, we introduced a new song called Clean. Read the words:

I see shattered, you see whole
I see broken but you see beautiful
And you’re helping me to believe
You’re restoring me piece by piece

There’s nothing too dirty
That you can’t make worthy
You wash me in mercy I am clean
There’s nothing too dirty
That you can’t make worthy
You wash me in mercy I am clean

What was dead now lives again
My heart’s beating
Beating in side my chest
Oh I’m coming alive with joy and destiny Oh
Cause you’re restoring me piece by piece

There’s nothing too dirty
That you can’t make worthy
You wash me in mercy I am clean
There’s nothing too dirty
That you can’t make worthy
You wash me in mercy I am clean

Washed in the blood of Your sacrifice
Your blood flowed red and made me white
My dirty rags are purified
I am clean

Believe According To His Word
This is an amazing message many need to hear again and again. I have had so many conversations with people who say they believe what God has done for others, yet can’t believe it for themselves. How sad is it to hear this?

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39

There’s nothing that God can’t heal, change, restore, reverse, forgive, or forget! We can’t say that God loves you & will forgive you, but my sin is too big to put under Jesus’ blood. He is either able to forgive everything or He isn’t able to forgive anything. I believe according to His living word that He already forgave us and is waiting for us to believe it. Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

His Gospel is simple: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

There is, in fact, nothing to dirty that He can’t make worthy! He washes us in mercy! We are clean!

With great love,
Pastor Bonnie

 

The Power Of Listening


In a world full of talking, tweeting, posting, and opinionating, the power of listening may have never been more in need. People seem to have a built-in desire to be heard and they are willing to do whatever it takes to let their thoughts and feelings be known to anyone and everyone around them. Talk, vent, explode, shout – just make sure your voice is audible above the crowd.

And then there is God. In a time when it seems His voice is so needed, in a time when we plead for Him to speak, in a time when we would love to read a blog from God Almighty himself, God seems to be silent. Quiet. Seemingly mute. If we are not careful, we can equate the silence with absence or apathy. But, God is not gone or uncaring. He does speak and is active and engaged, just not in the way we would do it. Instead of shouting over the noise, God is doing something we should take note of, He is listening.

  • God heard the boy (Genesis 21:17)
  • God heard their groaning (Exodus 2:24)
  • God heard them (Psalms 18:6, 34:15, 61:5, 65:2, 139:1-4, and many more times in the Psalms)

Great Leaders Are Great Listeners
And Jesus was no different, He “heard” over and over again. So, what if there is an example in that for us? In a world of noise, what if the real power lies in being quiet and listening. It turns out that there really is power in listening – being quiet and attentive, seeking to understand, and showing care and compassion.

Sometimes we get so busy trying to do things and fix things that we fail to slow down and listen.

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42

Jesus commended Mary for sitting still and listening, while Martha was admonished for belittling the power of listening and elevating her service.

Great leaders are great listeners. Emulate our Lord and Savior…spend some time listening to those around you who are hurting and lonely. Make listening a hallmark of your C-Group.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry – James 1:19 (NIV)

Let me encourage you to stop trying to be heard. Your good Father hears you and knows you fully! Instead, decide now to listen to your family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else God puts in your path. The C-Groups (small groups) at Zion’s River are the perfect place to listen and be heard. While you’re practicing to be a better listener, take some time in your quiet time to listen to what God is saying.

Speak less – listen more.

Hanging on His every Word,
Pastor Rob Riggan

 

For Want of a Nail


I’m the queen of archaic phrases. Just ask my kids. I’m always saying something that no one says anymore, and I find myself having to explain more often than I’d like. This morning when I was getting ready, I realized I had forgotten to purchase half & half and I said to myself, “For want of a nail!” (more…)

Remember


Today I want to encourage and lift you up in the journey. I want you to know how loved you are by the Father, that He alone is your provider, sustainer, keeper, and the lifter of your head. That Jesus Christ is indeed seated on the throne, daily interceding for us. Jesus, our High Priest, who made a way for us to enter into the Holy Place, (more…)

A Day of Rejoicing


There’s an old hymn we used to sing. Be grateful this is a written word and I won’t be singing it to you, but the lyrics are this:

When we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!

Certainly our arrival in heaven (more…)

To Serve and Give


As I sit here on Memorial Day I can’t help but think of all the women and men who have served our country and the many who lost their lives doing so. A soldier’s level of service is in response to truly believing in a cause greater than themselves. So it should be as Believers. When we believe (more…)

Remove Your Filter!


“God uses weak vessels”? Really? Yes – really! I know this because He uses me. You know this because He uses you. We are God’s deliberate “choice.”

1 Corinthians 1:27 says, “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,

Who do you consider “weak”? Remember, the weak are God’s own choice! (more…)

Calgon, Take Me Away!


If you have never uttered, or heard of this phrase, you are probably under 40. But, if you lived through 1970’s television commercials – before you could skip them – you would have seen a woman plagued by children, telephones, a husband, chores, meals, and pets begging for her bubble bath to bring her to a place of peace and serenity. (more…)

Rain


The sound was almost a roar in my ears. This was my long weekend to relax and get away from…well…everything. Friday was beautiful. Saturday, not so much. It seemed God was dumping buckets…well…everywhere! (more…)

Proving or Inviting


I pray you are all enjoying the abundant life Jesus has given you! I wanted to share something from my heart that came up the other day when I heard a radio commercial for the movie “Case For Christ”. (more…)