• 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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Quotes

Quotes seem to capture our thoughts and attention with powerful word picture phrases.  I save meaningful quotes in a document file. Below are some recent additions.  Do you have an interesting quote to add to the collection?

  • In the face of evil, bystanders are no better than perpetrators. - Rick Warren
  • Carve your name on hearts and not marble. - CH Spurgeon
  • Faith is a refusal to panic. - Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Every man is entitled to be valued by his best moments. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

6 comments (Add your own)

1 Joshua Abel - Fri, January 28, 2011 @ 10:03 PM

"God is not looking for eloquent speakers, but faithful stutterers." - Gregg Matte
2 Joshua Abel - Wed, February 2, 2011 @ 10:29 PM

"We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased." - C.S. Lewis
3 Pastor - Tue, February 8, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Much of what we believe is often based more on comfort or our culture’s tradition than on the Bible. – Acts 17:11

"We may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low. We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone… [We] have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost.” – A.W. Tozer
4 Joshua Abel - Wed, February 9, 2011 @ 1:38 PM

"You're never going to purify the water by painting the pump." - Adrian Rodgers
5 Rebecca Abel - Sun, February 20, 2011 @ 9:27 PM

This is from Max Lucado's weekly devo. The focus was to focus on Jesus, and not on your selfish desires, and. To focus not on what you don't have, but on what you do:


You have a ticket to heaven no thief can take,
an eternal home no divorce can break.

Every sin of your life has been cast to the sea.
Every mistake you’ve made is nailed to the tree.

You’re blood-bought and heaven-made.
A child of God—forever saved.

So be grateful, joyful—for isn’t it true?
What you don’t have is much less than what you do
6 Jacey McClary - Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 4:25 PM

I luv you dad!

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