Returning Hearts Ministry Opportunity

Returning Hearts focuses on creating an environment of reconciliation between inmate parents and their children.

Returning Hearts Celebration is an event that unites children and their fathers and mothers for an unforgettable day of games, food, relationship building and Bible teaching. For one day each year, fathers and mothers can be real parents to their children.  Most importantly, the inmate parent is given the opportunity to reconcile with their child by asking for their forgiveness and inviting them to accept Christ’s offer of salvation This begins the healing process, breaking the power of sin and the cycle of crime.

Join our team on February 5, 2017 after Sunday Service to learn more about this incredible opportunity to participate in this unique, local mission trip!  Please direct any questions you may have to Pastor Randall.

Girls vs. Boys

Recently I had an interesting experience in KidsView Worship, our kids worship service, that caused me to realize our Christian lives are not always what they should be.

We were playing a game that pitted the girls against the boys. The girl’s team had the lead for most of the time and delighted in rubbing it in the boys faces. The boys would complain that the girls were “not being good sports and were acting all proud!” However, as soon as the boys scored they would gloat just like the girls and the girls would complain about the boys.

Isn’t that the way we often live? We never see the wrong in what we do, but we are always quick to point out the wrong in others. If only there was a Bible scripture that addressed that - wait, there is!

HE ALSO TOLD THEM THIS PARABLE:
"CAN THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND?  WILL THEY NOT BOTH FALL INTO A PIT?  THE STUDENT IS NOT ABOVE THE TEACHER BUT EVERYONE WHO IS FULLY TRAINED WILL BE LIKE THEIR TEACHER.  "WHY DO YOU LOOK AT THE SPECK OF SAWDUST IN YOUR BROTHER'S EYE AND PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE?  YOU HYPOCRITE, FIRST TAKE THE PLANK OUT OF YOUR EYE AND THEN YOU WILL SEE CLEARLY TO REMOVE THE SPECK FROM YOUR BROTHER'S EYE.
LUKE 6:39-42

As I pondered my experience with the kids I thought that maybe the Christian life needs to be more like a game of football. In football, if a player is having an unsportsmanlike attitude or action he will get a 15-yard penalty. What would church be like if we all had yellow flags and tossed them if we saw a fellow Christian displaying un-Christ-like behavior? We could toss the penalty flag and have them drop and give us 15 push ups! Imagine how fit we would all be! But to be true to the Scripture, before we could toss a penalty flag on another believer, we would need to assess our own walk as a Christ-follower and deal with the un-Christ-like stuff in our lives. Quite honestly, by the time most of us deal with our stuff, we won’t have the time or inclination to throw penalty flags on others. Does anyone have a pair of tweezers that will handle a log?

Written by Pastor Randall Hosea

Four Reasons to be Thankful This Thanksgiving

I love thanksgiving.

I think a lot of it has to do with it leading straight to Christmas and the fact that I no longer have to hide my decorations and Christmas playlists.

I also love the idea of being thankful, but I don’t think giving thanks should happen only one day a year. I will be the first to tell you I don’t give thanks consistently. My level of giving thanks around Thanksgiving is around a 9.5, but from December to October it’s at a solid 2.

One of the Bible's prominent leaders, Paul, understood. He started out almost all of his letters thanking his readers for their faith. “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you” (Colossians 1:3). He knew that giving thanks is crucial for four main reasons.

Four Reasons to Thank God Today

1.  GOD WANTS IT

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

The Lord wants to be thanked for His providence and sovereignty. Jesus wants to be thanked for taking our sin and making us clean. The Spirit wants to be thanked for His guidance and comfort. God has emotions, and He desires praise. He is worthy and He deserves it.

On the other end of the spectrum, God is angered by our grievances and complaints in the same way that He was angered with the Israelites (Numbers 11:1-2).

2.  EVERYTHING IS FROM GOD

“I always thank my God for you...for in him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge…” (1 Corinthians 1:4-5).

There is not a single thing we own, nor a single thing about who we are that has not been given to us. From the tiniest detail of our appearance to the house we live in—from each and every single breath to our salvation. Even in our greatest offerings and sacrifices, we can’t outgive God.

3.  A LACK OF THANKSGIVING KEEPS US FROM MOVING FORWARD

“I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites...” (Exodus 16:12)

After God led His people out of Egypt toward the Promised Land, they spent their time in the desert complaining. As a result, their eyes were taken off the big picture, and they spent much more time in the desert than they should have. The Promised Land was waiting, but their lack of thankfulness kept them from taking their next step into it.

Entitlement holds us back, but gratitude propels us forward into the life God designed for us.

4.  GIVING THANKS CHANGES OUR PERSPECTIVE

When we are thankful in our prayers, our focus turns away from ourselves and to the goodness of God and all He has done for us. Our hearts are stirred with joy. Our joy begins to overflow and the result is fruit—growing to be more like Jesus. Fruit sprouting all over the place!

The art of thanksgiving is consistent, steadfast, genuine, year-round thankfulness in all things, for He is good.

This article is from NewSpring Church.