Week of Fasting and Prayer: Day 6
by James Rowell on January 22nd, 2022
Acts 13:1-4; Acts 13:37; 1 Chronicles 16:24 We're on the final stretch here. I woke up this morning so relieved. I feel like I've already made it. even though we have the rest of today to go. Yesterday was a tough day for me. But being on the last day is surprisingly encouraging and energizing. If you've made it this far then you have every reason to rejoice in the Lord and we'll finish strong tog...
Week of Fasting and Prayer: Day 5
by James Rowell on January 21st, 2022
1 Corinthians 12::12-31; Romans 12:6-13; John 13:12-15TGIF. At this point, you're close enough to the end that you taste whatever it is that you are fasting from or that you crave. Maybe your like me and everything you see at this point looks and smells amazing. Seems like "The Sampler" is the way to go on Sunday wherever you might eat. Eating is great. And eating what I want and like is greater....
Week of Fasting and Prayer: Day 4
by James Rowell on January 20th, 2022
Titus 2:1-15; Acts 20:28-30; 1 Peter 5:1-4We're turning the corner today and over half way home. I am praying for us all, that the Lord would be found by us as we seek Him. Things start to get harder at this point. At least they do for me. I was greatly encouraged and energized personally by doing the podcast yesterday with Caleb as we talked through Isaiah 58 and some things about fasting. If you...
Week of Fasting and Prayer: Day 3
by James Rowell on January 18th, 2022
2 Timothy 1:3-14; 2 Timothy 2:1-7; Proverbs 22:6I love the perspective which the Lord impressed upon Jim McCallie and which he emphasized to some of us on Monday night at our evening prayer time, that this week of fasting, however you are approaching it, is not about what we can’t do, but about what we get to do and are being invited into. I thought about that a lot yesterday. I’m grateful for tha...
Week of Fasting and Prayer: Day 2
by James Rowell on January 18th, 2022
Ephesians 5:22-33; Genesis 2:18; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10I’ll be honest… day one was just starting to get difficult for about the time we had prayer at the church last night. We had a sweet time with about 15 people that ministered to me personally. Being in this together is a blessing. Doing this alongside brothers and sisters is strengthening. Whatever plans you have and however you’re approaching th...
Week of Fasting and Prayer: Day 1
by James Rowell on January 17th, 2022
Psalm 51, Leviticus 22:31-33, Hebrews 9:13-14:Deciding to enter into this kind of focused week of seeking God is perhaps the biggest hurdle any of us have to overcome. Once we have made the decision to participate, the decision of how to participate is a second challenge. I’m hoping that if you are reading this, it means you’ve gotten past those first two barriers. It’s my experience that the firs...
Bible Reading Plan for 2021
by James Rowell on January 5th, 2021
by James Rowell One of my greatest pastoral burdens and desires is to see the people of God more engaged with the Word of God. One of the common barriers to personal Bible reading is the size and scope of the Bible. Where do I start? What should I read? How much should I read? These questions paralyze us.We need more than a good Bible reading plan to get engaged with the Scriptures. But the absen...
Corporate Prayers of Repentance from Sunday Gathering
by James Rowell on September 28th, 2020
Our Sunday Gathering this last week was oriented toward corporate repentance as a church. The message from Acts 11 was focused on repentance, which led us into a time of repentance as a church family.The best New Testament pattern that we have for corporate repentance is found in Revelation 2-3. We are introduced in those chapters to 7 churches in Asia Minor to which Jesus wrote a letter. These we...
Get Engaged on Mission with Upper 90
by James Rowell on August 31st, 2020
Check out the ministry of Upper 90, a youth soccer program run by Generations member Tyler Hoitsma:https://youtu.be/PGp1C90Faf8...
Friday Prayer Gathering
by James Rowell on July 28th, 2020
Guest post from Generations member, Maria Blackwell:“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.”Acts 6:4Church family, It is time once again for our monthly prayer gathering. But more than that, after James’ sermon on Sunday, it feels like we NEED to gather in dependent corporate prayer! He said, “Prayer is our way forward. It is our recognized need for God. We are in ...
An Alternative to Defensiveness in Our Day
by James Rowell on July 15th, 2020
This is worth our real consideration:"It is hard to generalize about a whole nation as large and complex as our own, but it might not be far wrong to say that the characteristic flesh of America is compounded of covetousness, gluttony, egocentric libertarianism, and pride, all of which have been selectively bred into our culture because of the types of sinful people we have attracted and the behav...
Financial Update, 8:7 Initiative and Church-wide Survey
by James Rowell on July 10th, 2020
Please watch this video and fill out the church-wide survey in regard to gathering again as a church and some of the many considerations we are mindful of. Thank you!...
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