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COVID-19 has been a challenge for churches. The Rock is no exception. But with every challenge comes the opportunity to receive fresh grace and new mercies from God. Sometimes challenges call us to receive that grace and mercy and get back to basics. This series is an exploration of what is the fundamental nature of Church and how we can more fully live into that nature.
 
 
 
 

Jun 27, 2021
This is Life
Series: Son of Man
Luke 12:13 - 13:9
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  • Jun 27, 2021This is Life
    Jun 27, 2021
    This is Life
    Series: Son of Man
    Luke 12:13 - 13:9
  • Jun 20, 2021Anchored in the Father
    Jun 20, 2021
    Anchored in the Father
    Series: (All)
    Mark 9:14-19
  • Jun 13, 2021Warnings
    Jun 13, 2021
    Warnings
    Series: Son of Man
    Luke 11:14 - 12:12
  • Jun 6, 2021Learning to Pray
    Jun 6, 2021
    Learning to Pray
    Series: Son of Man
    Luke 11:1-13
  • May 30, 2021Trinity Sunday
    May 30, 2021
    Trinity Sunday
    Series: (All)
    Deuteronomy 6:4
     
  • May 16, 2021Ascension Sunday: Seated at the Right Hand
    May 16, 2021
    Ascension Sunday: Seated at the Right Hand
    Series: (All)
    Acts 1:1-11
     
  • May 9, 2021Formed in Him
    May 9, 2021
    Formed in Him
    Series: (All)
    Luke 10:38-42
  • May 2, 2021Sent
    May 2, 2021
    Sent
    Series: Son of Man
    Luke 9:46-10:24
  • Apr 11, 2021Devoted
    Apr 11, 2021
    Devoted
    Series: Church
    Acts 2:42 & 6:4
  • Apr 4, 2021Living Hope – Easter 2021
    Apr 4, 2021
    Living Hope – Easter 2021
    Series: Easter
    1 Peter 1:3

Blog Posts:

Trust Issues

The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation’

-Psalm 91:14-16

My devotional from early in the week, that I actually had already read a couple of days because it was so good, focused on trust. The writer wrote about how trust needs to grow and how it can grow slowly depending on the hurts we have experienced in life. As I read, a ton of thoughts began to swirl in my head. I thought about the different relational experiences that influence my ability to trust others. I thought about circumstances throughout my life that brought about questions of God’s goodness. I found myself feeling stuck.  Then the writer said something groundbreaking to me…

”But here’s the great news. God knows how to grow trust. He knows how to plant it, how to nourish it, how to repair it when it’s broken, and how to restore it when it’s been lost. God is in the trust-growing business.”

After reading that, I realized that I often just end on the fact that I have trust issues. I respond to my experiences in life as if there is no such thing as healing, restoration, or at least the slightest opportunity for growth. I had admittedly forgotten that my God is in the business of growing trust, even for growing trust in Him. The truth is that my God does restore, heal, and grow His people. My prayer is simply that I believe and remember that in my deepest parts; that I believe and remember that no past experience, relationship, or emotion can change that; that He truly is bigger than it all.

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all

-1 John 1:5


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That Pesky Relationship Junk

I always thought that my earthly relationships never affected my relationship with God. However, I have recently learned how untrue that is. As I look back over my life I see how I have dragged my relational disappointments and hurts onto God. Somewhere along the way I deemed God as unreliable, not trustworthy, a condemner, and someone who will never be as satisfied with me as I would want him to be largely because of the experiences I have had with other human beings.

It is true that our experiences and relationships help shape how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and sometimes we see them very poorly. But God uses that junk and works it out for our good. God is so gracious in that, by way of His Holy Spirit, He challenges the way we think and turns over on head the lies we believe by confronting us with what is true about Him and the way He sees us with His word.

Romans 8:1-2 “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
 
We are beautiful to Him; precious and valued.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He has planned for us long ago.”
 
His love and commitment to us is unconditional.
Romans 8:38-39 “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
 

We can turn to Him when insecurities and lies bubble back up or when we feel the ache of past experiences and relationships. We can turn to Him to help us identify what those aches and pains really are, where they come from, and we can believe in Him for healing. He is the God who saves and continues to save us daily.

Psalm 68:19 “Praise the Lord; praise God our Savior! For each day He carries us in His arms.”

-Rushia

 


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