• Prayer and Praise Exchange

    Share your prayer requests and praises.  Tuesday @ 8:30pm we gather for Prayer night at 200 Cypress Point.

  • Baptism Video - Acts 8:35-39

    Experience JOY of Northshore Family Baptism Celebration!

     

  • Tap Out

    “Tap Out” is a combat term popularized by U.F.C. 

    To infuse your passion with God’s power, tap out daily. 

    Daily surrender your heart’s attention & affection to God…
    acknowledging God’s authority over your life.

    Any day not surrendered to the authority of the Holy Spirit
    will automatically be lived in the flesh. ~ Beth Moore

    Galatians 5:16, “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

    "Lord, thank You for the examples in the Bible and the people that I have seen living out a fully surrendered life in Christ.  Lord I want to be known for living a FULL life!  I recognize that it is impossible with my own resources.  I pray for those You are drawing into a personal relationship.  I pray for the person whose passions are out of balance because of an unwillingness to “Tap Out.”  Thank you for grace and mercy to restore.  Give us an immediate awareness and dissatisfaction of departing Your authority.  May we honor You by leaving and living with clean hearts.  In Jesus Name”

    What things keep you from daily “tapping out”…surrendering our heart’s attention and affection to God?

  • Aggie Experience

    I've always heard about the tradition and atmosphere surrounding Texas A&M, but have never experienced it myself until the 2010 A&M / Nebraska football game.

    My friends, the Abel's & family, were naturally excited about introducing me to their passion.  The adventure began with planning to leave at 11:30am for the 7:00pm game kickoff.  We toured the campus, got our official "maroon out" shirts, went to the player walk-in (a pre-pep rally) with the F-16 fighter fly-by, band sound off, corp line-up, and on through a sea of tailgating fans in route to the stadium.  We immediately were handed growl towels after getting in the gate.  All ages were together as one.

    As we surveyed the area from the top of the stadium before heading down to our seats on the 10th row, I couldn't help but think... this is what church should be like.

    Yell leaders strategically positioned around the stadium united the massive crowd in one voice.  My leg was pushed in front as people throughout linked arms on shoulders to sway to a familiar cheer.  I couldn't get the songs out of my head for days!  There was much more to the football game, band, crowd, and storming the field after an intense battle for victory just to celebrate.  I couldn't get it out of my mind... this is what church should be like.

    I could have been dropped off in the city and found my way to the game myself.  I know football and would have enjoyed the game by myself... BUT it could not have matched being guided through the experience from someone who knew all the background and was excited about sharing it.  Again... that is what church should be like.

    Acts 15:19, “...we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.”

    You can't come in contact with the Gospel... Cross... Relationship with Jesus... without serious struggle - something we all must give account.  Yet, we are reminded of the Peace in knowing Christ personally and the Joy in sharing His love with those around us.

    What other positive lessons could we apply in the church that we see demonstrated at a ball game?

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Freedom Redefined

"Freedom is perhaps the most resonant, deeply held American value. In some ways, it defines the good in both personal and political life. Yet freedom turns out to mean being left alone by others, not having other people’s values, ideas, or styles of life forced upon one, being free of arbitrary authority in work, family, and political life.”  ~ Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life © 2004 by sociologists Bellah, Madsen, Sullivan, Swidler, & Tipton

How do you define freedom and when in your life have you felt most free?

What limits your freedom and what can you do to live like you were created?

 

1 comment (Add your own)

1 Mike H. - Fri, July 1, 2011 @ 4:11 PM

Freedom to me is not being bound. Things we tend to get involved with in our lives can turn to bondage if we let it. However just because you are free doesn't mean you don't have boundaries. You.still have to "drive in your lane". Freedom doesn't give people the right to step on people and disregard them due to their "freedom of the speech". True freedom comes only from God. This freedom comes as part of the free gift God gave to us, Jesus. Sometimes it is a process and isn't instantaneous. Don't give up! God calls us to come as we are not change then come.

What limits my freedom - my own selfish desires. When my carnal self tres to take over, it leads me back to bondage. The most free I have ever been is the I turned WHOLE life over to God and quit trying to do things on my own.

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1140 Broadway Blvd in Portland


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