Sunday, 11/13/16 / White Pine Community Church
What changes when life turns dark?
Not God. And not His promises.
That’s easy to say in theory. But how do you maintain trust in God and in His word when the circumstances of your life argue that it does no good?
In this video, we will see how members of our church family responded to trials that would test anybody’s faith. My hope and prayer is that God will use their stories to massage His truth into your heart … and mine.
“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it,” wrote Flannery O’Connor–but we live in a world that disagrees. In the years you and I have been on this planet, right and wrong have switched places.
How do we live with equilibrium and influence in a morally fluid society? That’s the question we’ll be tackling in Part 2 of Changeless. Whether you think our culture is improving or decaying, I hope to share some biblically-based thoughts that will change your life for the better.
We live in a world that is constantly changing–and not always for the better. If our roots are not buried deep in that which doesn’t change, we are vulnerable to being blown around like a leaf in a windstorm. So for the next five weeks at White Pine, we are going to anchor ourselves to changeless truth that will give us peace, stability and joy no matter what kind of changes we find ourselves caught up in.
If there is anything we’ve learned in the first three weeks of our search for the invisible God, it’s that He is findable. In fact, He wants to be found.
So why is He hiding?
If you ever ask yourself that question, this Sunday at White Pine you’ll get answers. And here’s a hint: It may have more to do with you than Him.
Is it possible to touch God–and survive?
I know how hard it is to imagine touching a God who is intangible, but there are many passages of Scripture in which physical contact between God and humans does occur. How is that possible? What does a touch from God feel like? What are the lingering results? We’ll find answers to these questions and more.
The fact that God is invisible is hard enough. Does he have to be inaudible too?
Some would say, “Inaudible? Hardly! He speaks to me regularly.” But many of us either have never heard His voice, or haven’t heard it for so long that we wonder if we would still recognize it.
We are going to find out whether our experience of hearing–or not hearing–God is normal or abnormal, and we’ll see whether we need to hear His voice in order to live the life He created us to live.
“Christianity is not a religion. It’s a relationship.”
The first time I heard those words, they so resonated with my heart that I memorized them, and I have repeated them often in the years I have followed Jesus. But full disclosure requires a disclaimer: It’s unlike any other relationship–because, after all, God is invisible, inaudible, and untouchable. Those barriers make relating to God challenging to some and unimaginable to others.
For the next four weeks, we are going to face the invisibility factor head-on. Wherever you are in your quest to find God, I hope this series will help you to know Him and love Him like never before.