Posts by Matthew Shorack (Page 2)

Posts by Matthew Shorack (Page 2)

How has your new identity in Christ changed your life?

Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Jesus loves to bless and change us to be more like Him. Sometimes in the scriptures He would give a person a nickname to represent their new calling and identity. John 1:42 Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).In John 1:42 the name “Peter”…

Will My Real Identity Please Stand Up

Will My Real Identity Please Stand Up?John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. In a world full of secrets, addictions, and fears, it’s difficult to truly feel free. The compulsions we struggle with lead us to live lonely…

Give Your Grief to God

How will things change for you if you give your grief to God? Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat…

Your Relationship With God

Does your desire for control influence your relationship with God? Some people are afraid of the Christmas season and what it brings. Christmas reminds them of the broken relationships with their family and friends. They hate the nativity scene, and they don’t want others to have joy when they are so miserable, so they might even threaten lawsuits. They hate Christmas because they fear it.Herod was afraid of Jesus and Christmas because he thought it would threaten his kingdom. When…

Joy to the World

Joy to the WorldWhat fear has been the most damaging to your life? There are hundreds of different known fears that we can have. Fear takes away our joy and is something that all of us struggle with, but God’s word makes it clear that we don’t have to be afraid if we have God on your side! Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?…

Mary’s Christmas Gift

Mary’s Christmas GiftLuke 1:26-33 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.…

The Messiah: Prophecy Fulfilled (Series)

If you were asked by someone, why they should believe Jesus is the Messiah, how would you respond? We are truly privileged to live at a time in history when we can look back at the Messiah’s arrival with a perspective that see’s what has already taken place, but it’s easy to miss the wonder of Jesus birth because we live around two thousand years after the fulfillment of the O.T prophesies. Isaiah prophesied the virgin birth more than seven…

What Is God’s Purpose for Difficult Seasons in Life?

What Is God’s Purpose for Difficult Seasons in Life? Life’s journey is full of mountain top experiences and deep dark valleys that sometimes, seem to go on forever. This last week in Seattle, WA we have had nothing but rain and wind along with it starting to get dark at 4:00pm. We know we have a few months of this weather ahead of us and that can be challenging, but as we all know, the summers here are some of…

Dealing With The Political and Cultural Divide

As we are seeming snowballing down towards End Times, we are more divided then ever. This division is finding every nook and cranny to fill with resentment, bitterness, and hostility. People are ending relationships with friends because of this political divide. I know we want a magic pill to make everything better, but real answers and healing will take more than any government programs or political leaders can give. We don’t have to be overwhelmed with feelings of discouragement because…

OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION

As we look around at all the anger and hate in our divided country and around the world, we are challenged with the possibility that End Times could take place in our lives. Some believers are preparing for this possibility by moving to the middle of nowhere, buying guns, and preparing for Armageddon. Others are quietly feeling overwhelmed and emotionally caving. With all the bad information out there on the web, we that we should preach and teach on end…

What Has Become Unmanageable In Your Life?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where there was no way out? How did you pray? It wasn’t just asking God for help and direction. When we find ourselves in an impossible situation, we fall to our knees in prayer. God, I can’t do this, I need you to deliver me from certain doom. If we are connected to Christ through an intimate relationship, trust and obedience will be a natural response when He calls us to accomplish…

Is Todays Culture Tossing You Around?

The United States was founded on Biblical principles, but the media, the school systems, and the government are now openly opposed to God’s truth. Believers have gone from being marginalized to being demonized. This is new to us, but it’s not new. Early believers were persecuted more than we are experiencing so far, so we can look to them for direction and encouragement in dealing with a changing culture. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be on your guard; stand firm in the…

Who Do You Really Trust?

Who Do You Really Trust?  How does trusting God neutralize anger, bitterness, and depression?   With all that’s happening around the world, wars, natural disasters, political hatred, Covid-19, etc., is there any healthy way to deal with all our stress, anger, and frustrations? Alcoholism, drug addiction, depression and suicide are at an all time high and climbing, while online bullying is becoming the norm for soccer moms and high schoolers. People are searching for new paths that might lead to peace…

Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?Are you spiritually ready for when Jesus comes back to take all His beloved home? Do you believe that Jesus is Lord, or are you waiting to see which way the wind is blowing? We read about Christ coming back like a ‘thief in the night”, with no one knowing when it will take place. Matthew 24:36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the…

God will powerfully, enthusiastically, and quickly rescue us!

When you watch the news or pick up a paper does it feel like we might be getting close to the End Times? As Christian should we fear that we will suffer God’s wrath during the Tribulation? 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we…

End Times: Recognizing The Signs (New Series)

We are living in challenging times. Many are looking around and wondering if we are truly close to Jesus taking us home. I find myself feeling like I’m running out of time, and I want to be prepared for whatever is coming.God is unchanging and has always had a plan for humanity. There is no plan B! Over 25% of scripture is prophetic from when it was written. The Lord has given us everything He wants us to know about…