Posts by Matthew Shorack

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Standing For Kingdom Culture Comes At A Cost

by Matthew Shorack

Standing For Kingdom Culture Comes At A Cost Is following Christ, in a post Christian culture worth it? I think it’s healthy to ask the question at a time when we are bombarded with the twisting of what’s good and bad in our society. What did the Apostle Paul say on this subject? 2 Timothy […]

Why Temptation is so Powerful?

by Matthew Shorack

Why Is Temptation So Powerful? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your desire to do what you know is wrong? Why does sin have such a strong magnetic force that at times it seems to have a stronger pull than our faith? Is there any way we can overcome our sinful nature? I’m sorry to […]

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

by Matthew Shorack

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed; Matthew 13 –The sower (the Holy Spirit) and the seed (God’s Word) are effective and good, but the field  or soil must accept and allow the seed to take root and grow.  The context is about how receptive and open we (people) are to […]

Know Who The Battle Is Really Against  

by Matthew Shorack

Know Who The Battle Is Really Against   2 Timothy 2:23-26 Don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, & be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change […]

Celebration of Life Service for Jodi Marie Hall

by Matthew Shorack

If you missed her service, please use this link to view the service:   https://youtu.be/LmtDg3XDMe4     Please keep Jodi’s family, friends and church family in your prayers as we are all hurting and missing her. We are so thankful that she is with the Lord and that we get to see her again in […]

Conditions to Answered Prayer

by Matthew Shorack

CONDITIONS TO ANSWERED PRAYER John 14:12-15   “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you […]

THE LORD WILL RAISE HIS VOICE TO BE HEARD

by Matthew Shorack

THE LORD WILL RAISE HIS VOICE TO BE HEARD This last Sunday, we started a new series, “Giving Up Your Idols” from Luke 9:59-60. Our midweek encouragement will be connected to the previous message for this series. Matthew 21:12-13 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He […]

No More Banging Gongs

by Matthew Shorack

No More Banging Gongs I’ve been reading through Ephesians for my devotions for the last few weeks and a few things stood out to me. The church was in a hostile environment in Ephesus, were they were isolated and under pressure to give into the Godless culture of their day. Paul encourages the church, by […]

Giving Up Your Idols (Series)

by Matthew Shorack

Have you ever wondered if you’re the only one who struggles with the hypocrisy of not living out what you know to be true? How can a believer know God’s word and be so casual in not being a doer of the word? Is there a way to experience love, joy, peace and the rest […]

Are You Whole?

by Matthew Shorack

Are You Whole? Do you know the word of God and still feel like you’re somehow missing something very important? Do scriptures like the Galatians 5:22-26 bring frustration instead of peace and joy? Does it remind you of what your missing in real time faith? Can we be whole or are we destined to enjoy […]

We all struggle with a heart of a Pharisee

by Matthew Shorack

We all struggle with a heart of a Pharisee We have a lot of people struggling with isolation and depression. Last week God challenged me with Matthew 15:18 as I was thinking about people who I disagreed with. I wrote down some questions realizing I needed to repent. This exercise helped me, and I hope […]

What is the Truth about Me?

by Matthew Shorack

Truth-About-Me Above is a link to a PDF from Neil Anderson’s writings  (It’s OK to click on it!  ) This is an amazing organized scripture list renouncing the lies we all hear from the enemy.  Your weapon is Truth and that is found in the scriptures attached.  Save this, print this and perhaps post this […]

How to be more intentional about spending time in God’s word.

by Matthew Shorack

Ask God to speak to you through today’s verses. (Example: Romans 8:1-2) After reading the text, summarize them in your own words. Rewrite it in a way that would enable you to easily explain it to a friend. Reread the scripture and compare it to your summary. Is there something you added or missed?                                        If […]

Spiritual Warfare: The Unseen Battle

by Matthew Shorack

THIS SUNDAY:  July 19th Avoiding Landmines in the Unseen Battle Ephesians: 6 10-18 Spiritual Warfare: The Unseen Battle Series The Armor of God 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh […]