YES, ABSOLUTELY, 100% GUARANTEED, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, God wants us to be happy!
We all know happiness when we feel it, but where does happiness come from? What makes a person happy? What makes you happy? Does it come from being able to do whatever you want to do whenever you want to do it? Some people must think so because oftentimes when a person says, “Doesn’t God want me to be happy?!?!” what they really mean is “Doesn’t God want me to do whatever I want to do regardless of how it affects others or the Lord”.
I have two children, ages five and two. I want my children to be happy. We goof around a lot at our house – we wrestle, talk with funny voices, have glow in the dark dance parties (yes, I did just say that), and run around. I love hearing my kids laugh and I love working toward my children’s happiness. I consider it an absolute must for parents to work toward their children’s happiness, but working ... Continue Reading.
On Sunday, September 7th, we will begin a new preaching series called “Encountering Jesus.” Come take part in our Sunday morning gatherings as we learn of the God-man Jesus Christ through his encounters with others throughout the Bible.
Our aim is to expose who Jesus was (and is), so we can grow to know Him as our creator, brother, and Savior. Hope to see you this September and October!- Shane
The only thing on the agenda is to have a great time….
When and Where:Saturday, September 6th from 4pm to 7pm we will be holding a “fall bash” in the Bend City parking lot located at: 224 Butternut St, West Bend, WI 53095
What’s involved:kids crafts bounce house face painting games dunk tank FREE COOKOUT provided by Bend City Church.
Who’s involved:anybody and everybody (Yes, you are invited if you are reading this and know absolutely no one from Bend City)
This is a low-pressure event…you will not be pressured to sign-up for anything! We want you to come to have a great time. If you have kids, there will be plenty for them to do also. This will be a great opportunity to hang out, enjoy conversation, let the kids have a lot of fun, and eat some great food. Please join us!
[Act 15:25 ESV] 25 it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, [emphasis mine]
I read Acts 15 the other day and verse 25 hit me – particularly when it says, “having come to one accord”. That phrase means that they were all of the same mind and all on board with the same idea. If I hadn’t been familiar with the first part of the chapter it would have almost sounded easy – as if a group of people did some praying and brainstorming and the lightbulbs on top of everyone’s heads all went off so that the room was glowing with synergy and all of them knew at the exact same moment exactly what should be done.
But this wasn’t exactly how the first part of the chapter went and coming to “one accord” wasn’t and isn’t always easy.
The chapter starts with dissension. Verse 1 shows us the issue. Some guys who came from Judea started teaching that people had to obey the law of Moses in order to ... Continue Reading.
If we are honest with ourselves, we all have areas where we want to see change.
Fill in this blank. I want to be more ______ (patient, kind, bold, loving, compassionate…) or a better _______ (husband, father, wife, worker….)
Will I ever get there? How do I get there? Where will the change come from? Do these questions sound familiar? They do if you are anything like me.
If you are like me and you want to see change, here are 2 truths found in God’s Word that should encourage:
God Is Love, Love Hopes All Things
1 John 4:8 God is love.
1 Corinthians 13:7 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
We cannot say that “God hopes all things” (1 Cor 13:7) in the same way that we would hope about future events. After all, He knows the future as well as the past. But, God is a loving Father that “pulls for” his children just like a good human father wants to see his children thrive and advance in ... Continue Reading.
Partnership is something that has to be cultivated. It doesn’t happen automatically. Cultivating partnership takes teaching, commitment, and much like cultivating a garden, sometimes takes pulling weeds. By weeds, I mean those bad attitudes that can crop up in our hearts. Bad attitudes have the ability to choke the life right out of partnership and 1Corinthians 12 mentions two of these attitudes that need to be pulled.Threatening Attitude 1: “I don’t have anything useful to offer the body”
Christ gives different gifts to different believers according to His will for the good of the entire body. In fact one of the blessings that comes from being part of the body of Christ is the unity and fellowship that can happen within a group of very different people. But differences of gifts and talents can also cause insecurity to rear up so that people doubt their usefulness when they compare themselves to others. Some people, when they look at themselves, only see the things that they AREN’T. “I don’t play an instrument”, “I’m not good at speaking in public”, “I ... Continue Reading.
During the month of February, we are calling the church to fast one day a week for the month of February. As we have done the last few years, we are calling the church to fast for 4 Wednesdays in the month of February starting February 5th. Many people have never heard of the idea of fasting much less taken part. With that said, here is some background on what fasting is and how it can be used to draw closer to God:Fasting- What is It?
Fasting is the abstaining of some good thing (most often food and/or drink) for a time period in order to devote oneself to God. Fasting is often combined with times of prayer as a way to devote oneself to God.
Fasting – In the Bible In the Old Testament, fasting was often done as a group of people realized they needed to seek God’s will for their life or the lives of their community. Since most of the Old Testament centers around the relationship of the nation of Israel and God, ... Continue Reading.