Pastor’s Messages

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Social Distancing Together

by Matthew Shorack

Social Distancing Together As we are in our second year of social distancing. Mental, emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual exhaustion is affecting more and more people. I want to encourage all of us not to give into the temptation to cave as a way of dealing with isolation. It looks funny on paper, but we […]

Hearing from God In Times Of Confusion

by Matthew Shorack

Hearing From God In Times Of Confusion Who helps you discover the right path when you are confused?                         Last week I talked on the video about being on the right path that God has for us (Psalm 25:1-4). This week I want us to look at how we can have the right vision to […]

Courage In A Hostile Culture (Stories From Daniel)

by Matthew Shorack

Living at a time where we often find ourselves alone or shut in, how can we stay mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually healthy? Is it possible to live a life of faith within a hostile culture? Can our prayers really effect how things turn out? Even when the cost was high, Daniel and his friends […]

We Can’t Drink Lemonade From Crushed Eggplants

by Matthew Shorack

We Can’t Drink Lemonade From Crushed Eggplants How have you noticed your behavior change because of how you chose to think about something? Galatians 6:7     Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. What you plant is what you harvest. You can’t plant squash and be disappointed that […]

God Rules His Way!

by Matthew Shorack

God Rules His Way! How does God show you that He is directing your path                                    when you are walking through a difficult time in your life? Isaiah 45:1-7                                                                                             “This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings […]

Dont Let Your Feelings Rule You

by Matthew Shorack

Don’t Let Your Feelings Rule You Joshua 1:9                                                                                                                                  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” When I was growing up, I remember feeling scared that if I gave my life to Jesus, I […]

Don’t Throw Spears

by Matthew Shorack

Don’t Throw Spears Psalm 18:2  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. As I was watching the news today, I was reminded that words like respect, graciousness and politeness have been lost […]

Don’t Be a Victim

by Matthew Shorack

Don’t Be A Victim! How does Satan manipulate you through guilt and shame? Colossians 1:13-14   For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Satan decreases the effect of our sin before we give into it and exploits […]

Sixteen Candles

by Matthew Shorack

Sixteen Candles Imagine you are sixteen years old and an angel tells you that you are going to give birth to the Savior or the world. The hopes and fears, the joy and anger would be crowding your mind, trying to find a way to make sense of what you were told. People will judge […]

New Christmas Series – God With Us

by Matthew Shorack

New Christmas Series – God With Us Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night unable to see your hand in front of your face? A small light goes a long way in bringing understanding to your present circumstances. Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, the light of the world. (John 8:12 […]

Keys to the Kingdom

by Matthew Shorack

Keys To The Kingdom When Julie and I were in Uganda, we help lead the teens in a game called, “Keys to the Kingdom”. The leaders, who were dressed as demons ran around and tried to tag the kids. There were only two ways a kid could be safe. They could kneel and pray anywhere, […]

Love Others well

by Matthew Shorack

Love Others Well  I was making myself a sandwich the other day and without hesitation when I opened up a new loaf, I tilted up the heal slice of bread, reached a few slices into the loaf and removed my perfect two slices of bread. As I was eating my delicious sandwich I realized how […]

We Are Healed For a Reason

by Matthew Shorack

We Are Healed For A Reason Matthew 8:1-3                                                                                                                      When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of […]

A Taste of Heaven

by Glenn

A Taste of Heaven Philippians 2:1-4       Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of […]

God’s Purpose In Times Like These (New Series)

by Matthew Shorack

God’s Purpose In Times Like These (Series) When we look around at all the sickness, violence and hatred, it’s easy to feel like there’s no point or purpose. Like a ship without a rudder, it’s easy to feel lost, alone and like no one cares. It’s normal and healthy to ask questions. Where is God? […]

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 […]