THIS SUNDAY: THE MOVIE TRAILER YOU NEED TO SEE

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. – Mark 9:2-3 (ESV)

The story of the transfiguration is like a movie trailer. A trailer takes all the best parts of a movie, runs them all together and adds music. The idea is to get you to buy into the movie, get excited and go watch it. When they’re showing the trailers before a movie and you see a good one, what do you lean over to your friend and say? “Hey, let’s go see that movie!” That’s the purpose for the trailer. That is what Jesus was doing in the transfiguration. You might say, “That’s great, but what will help us here on earth in our walk with God?” The transfiguration can still affect you today. Peter was overwhelmed by the glory of God at the transfiguration. We, too, can be overwhelmed and in awe of the glory of God. Actually, it’s vital to our growth in faith to experience and see the glory of God. When we experience His glory we are changed more and more into the image of God’s Son. So how do we get ourselves in awe of the glory of God? That’s what we’re going to dig into this Sunday. We’re going to see how we can be in awe of God in our day-to-day life. I hope you can join us Sunday, 11am at Hyatt Place Hotel, as we continue this message series called, “What It Really Looks Like to Have a Relationship with Jesus.”

THIS SUNDAY: IT’S NOT ABOUT ME…OR YOU.

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me…” – Jesus (Mark 8:34)

“It’s all about me!” That’s a phrase popular in our culture today. It can be so easy to buy into, mainly because to focus on self is part of our nature. We want to focus on Jesus, yet we’re pulled to be selfish and live the “all-about-me” life. Then we read Jesus’ words that go against the “all-about-me” life when He says, “Deny yourself…and follow me.” Essentially Jesus is saying this is what it looks like to have a relationship with Me, “Deny yourself, carry your cross, and follow after Me.” Life is to be all about Him, not about me or you. I’m sure many of us have heard this verse before, but what does it look like in your life to deny yourself? And what does it look like to carry your cross? What does “carrying your cross” even mean? We want to be people who are daily denying ourselves and carrying our cross well. We want our lives to be all about Jesus, rather than all about ourselves. The power of selfishness in our hearts can feel so overwhelming that it can seem impossible to live a life that’s all about Jesus. Yet with Jesus’ power it’s possible to live a life all about Him, and not about self. This Sunday we’ll see from Mark 8 how we can deny ourselves and carry our cross while growing closer to Jesus. I hope you can join us Sunday, 11am at Hyatt Place Hotel.

By His Grace,

Eric Miller

Pastor

DO YOU NEED A HEART CHECK?

“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; [7] in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” – Mark 7:6-7

What do you think of traditions? Are religious traditions good or bad? Does Jesus want us to keep traditions or not? Jesus encountered religious people who were great at keeping their traditions. They thought by doing the outward religious actions they were closer to God than those who did not keep the traditions. We might look at them and think, “How could they be so foolish to rely on their traditions? I would never do that.” But they were essentially wanting to keep outward appearances. They wanted to look godly, but in their hearts were not godly. That can hit home with us in our world today. Many people try to clean up their language, attend church, give to missions and do all of the good outward actions, while their hearts are far from God. Attending church, giving and participating in missions are obviously great, but God wants our hearts to be in it. We see this in the passage above. He tells those who are just keeping the outward appearance that their “heart is far from me.” We want to be people whose hearts are always close to God and allowing Him to work on our hearts, so our motives, and therefore outward actions, honor Him. Do you need a heart check? Do you need God to search your heart, so you can deal with anything He may reveal to you? This Sunday as we continue our message series “What a Relationship with Jesus Really Looks Like,” let Mark chapter 7 speak to your heart, so you can grow even closer to Him. Join us Sunday, 11am at Hyatt Place Hotel.