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30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 30

Day 30 Psalm 9:1-2   “I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” Meditation – Rarely do we enter God’s presence fully surrendered. We often hold back portions of ourselves. God’s desire is for us to offer ourselves wholly to him. Only then can true worship occur. And only then can true change occur. Prompt/Response…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 29

Day 29 Romans 12:1    “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” . Meditation – When you offer Him everything, that is your entire being, you show how much you value God. You are called to a worship commitment, not just a worship event.  So ask yourself, “How can I show God that He is worth my worth-ship?”  Prompt/Response…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 28

Day 28 1 Chronicles 16:28-31   “Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength, ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!” “…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 27

Day 27 1 Chronicles 16:23-25   “Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.”  Meditation – One of the most common ways we worship is through singing. Throughout scripture, especially the Psalms, we’re told over and over again to “sing to the Lord.” When we choose…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 26

Day 26 Psalm 132:7   “Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool.” Meditation – God is omnipresent (meaning, he’s everywhere all the time). Therefore, God doesn’t need for us to “go to him” to worship….he’s already there. “Going to his dwelling place” is more about us than anything. When we focus on WHO we’re worshiping and WHY we’re worshiping, all our attention is on God….which allows us to fully enter the place in which he…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 25

Day 25 Isaiah 6:3   “And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”” Meditation – We are told in Revelation that heaven is filled with 24-hour singing of this very scripture! When we worship, no matter the format, we are joining with ALL of heaven in worship of our Amazing God! Prompt/Response – Listen to (Chris Tomlin – “Holy Is The Lord”) and sing along…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 24

Day 24 Psalm 36:5-6   “Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens; your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.” Meditation – To worship with gratitude we need to first have an understanding of true joy! As you read this scripture, listen to (Third Day – “Your Love O Lord”) while you’re reading.  Prompt/Response – Spend time reflecting on the love God has shown you throughout your life. Think about…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 23

Day 23 Psalm 30:4-5   “Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may last for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Meditation – These verses remind us of God’s faithfulness to us! He promises that he’s always there for us in the midst of trials and struggles. In our humanness, it’s often difficult to find joy in the middle of…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 22

Day 22 Hebrews 1:3  “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”  Meditation- No sin is too big for the Ruler of the universe to handle. He can and will forgive us when we come to him through his Son. The work Jesus did…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 21

Day 21 Exodus 34:14   “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Meditation – Have you ever thought about God as a Jealous God? Have you ever thought about praising God for His Jealousy?  Afterall, if not for a jealous God ,would he pursue you?  Would he continue to love and minster to you through His Spirit time and time again?  God wants your worship to be of Him alone.   Prompt/Response…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 20

Day 20 Numbers 23:19  “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Meditation – Man is fallible.  We lie, we change our minds for selfish reasons, we do things we regret or say things and don’t follow through.  God is not man. He is not unreliable like man.  He is…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 19

Day 19 Psalm 27:4   “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him is his temple.” Meditation- David’s greatest desire was to live in God’s presence each day of his life. Sadly, this is not the greatest desire of many who claim to be believers. The perceived comforts of…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 18

Day 18 Psalm 16:7-8   “I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Meditation – Praise is a powerful tool to use in situations where we are down. As we traverse the Christian life, we are going to stumble, we’re going to fall. It’s going to happen. But, when we fall, we need to…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 17

Day 17 Psalm 8:1-2   “O Lord, our Lord; how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of infants and children you have ordained praise.” Meditation – Why do you think the Psalmist makes it a point to include “From the lips of infants and children you have ordained praise?” Why do you think Jesus told his followers to have “faith like little children?” Are these just metaphors? Or…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 16

Day 16 Psalm 5:11-12   “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” Meditation – The word refuge means “safe dwelling.” As you think about the fact that God is our safe dwelling, ask yourself how you knew you were…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 15

Day 15 Psalm 5:7-8   “But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple. Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies – make straight your way before me.” Meditation – It is only by the grace and mercy of the Lord that we can share eternal life in His family. It is a humble spirit that is transformed by the righteousness of the Lord. Spend…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 14

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Let’s get started! Day 14 1 John…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 13

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Let’s get started! Day 13 Hebrews 13:8…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 12

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Let’s get started! Day 12 Psalm 37:3-6  …

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 11

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Let’s get started! Day 11 Psalm 30:11-12  …

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 10

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Let’s get started! Day 10 Psalm 113:3  …

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 9

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Let’s get started! Day 9 Psalm 34:1 …

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 8

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Let’s get started! Day 8 John 4:23-24 …

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 7

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Day 7 Psalm 9:9-11  “The Lord is…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 6

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Day 6 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20   “You…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 5

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Day 5 Psalm 27:13-14  “I am still…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 4

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Day 4 Psalm 27:1-3   “The LORD…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 3

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Day 3 1 John 4:8   “Anyone…

30 Day Worship Challenge – Day 2

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this 30-day journey. The goal of this challenge is to shift our perspective from the uncertainty surrounding us to giving praise and glory with gratitude to God for WHO he is and WHAT he’s done for each of us. As we show up daily and put the work in, we will quickly discover HOW He’s calling each of us to respond obediently in worship of Him. Day 2 Psalm 51:10-12 “Create in me…

A Conversation about Grace: part2

Rick Ralston and I continue our discussion regarding grace and its multifaceted areas. https://media.blubrry.com/gracefs/p/gracefs.com/audio/Rick_and_Stephen_talk-Grace_pt2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:51 — 30.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS

rick and stephen talk: fear

Listen to Rick Ralston and Stephen Moad discuss the topic of fear. https://media.blubrry.com/gracefs/p/gracefs.com/audio/Rick_and_Stephen_talk-Fear.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:20 — 31.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS

Lent 2020 – Week 7

Lent 2020 – Week 7 Welcome to the final week of our Lenten journey. This week, we will: 1). Focus on the Lord’s Prayer = “For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” 2). Read Scripture = Psalm 147:1-20 3). Fasting = Tuesday breakfast and lunch The Lord’s Prayer How easy it is for us to think this whole thing is all about us! As humans, we fall prey to a selfish mentality on a…

Lent 2020 – Week 6

Lent 2020 – Week 6 Welcome to the sixth week of our Lenten journey. This week, we will: 1). Focus on The Lord’s Prayer: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” 2). Scripture = 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 3). Fasting = Tuesday breakfast and lunch The Lord’s Prayer Temptation is something we all struggle with to some degree. Some of us struggle more than others….and we are all tempted by different things. To some, it may be alcohol,…

Lent 2020 – Week 5

Lent 2020 – Week 5 Welcome to the fifth week of our Lenten journey. This week, we will: 1).             Focus on The Lord’s Prayer: “…and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” 2). Scripture = Colossians 3:12-17 3). Fasting = Tuesday breakfast and lunch The Lord’s Prayer What a whirlwind of emotions that have transpired over the last few weeks! God is good…..He is still in control……He’s not surprised by any of this……and maybe,…

Lent 2020 – Week 4

Lent 2020 – Week 4 Welcome to the fourth week of our Lenten journey. This week, we will: Focus on The Lord’s Prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread…” Read Matthew 6:25-34 Fast Tuesday The Lord’s Prayer I think it’s safe to assume that we all worry about different things. This part of The Lord’s Prayer forces us to look at the fact that God is our Sustainer and Provider for every need…..He is Sovereign (in full control) and…

Forward Motion Fall Calendar

Hello Everyone, I hope your school year has gotten off to a good start. I know it has been stressful and so different than what any of us expected it would be. Whether you have students who are at school in person, home schooled, virtual or blended, please know I have been praying for you. I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you what opportunities we will have for our students this fall. It has been challenging to come…

Trail Life

Trail Life USA is a Church-Based, Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused mentoring and discipleship journey that speaks to the heart of a boy. Established on timeless values derived from the Bible and set in the context of outdoor adventure, boys from Kindergarten through 12th grade are engaged in a Troop setting by male mentors where they are challenged to grow in character, understand their purpose, serve their community, and develop practical leadership skills to carry out the mission for which they were created.…

Parent Cue App

The Parent Cue App is designed to help every parent do something this week to help move their kid toward a deeper faith and a better future. There are approximately 936 weeks from the time a child is born until they move on to their next. Since your time with your kids is limited, consider counting down the weeks. When you see how much time you have left, you tend to do more with the time you have now. Don’t…

Instructions for Holy Communion at Home

Instructions for Holy Communion from Your Home Purchase bread and grape juice before Sunday. Join us for worship at 9:30 am on YouTube or Facebook. Before worship starts, put the bread unwrapped on a plate (you may use any kind of bread).  It might be especially meaningful to make your own unleavened bread (this would be a great activity with kids and an opportunity to teach them the story of the Exodus without them even being aware that they are…