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No Turning Back: Part 4 – Stretching for the Finish Line


  (Philippians 3:13-14; I Corinthians 9:24-27) Forgetting what was behind and straining toward the finish line, Paul ran to win the prize for which God called him heavenward. Fix your eyes on the prize of being with Jesus in heaven and run for all you’re worth in 2018. Let’s take our community for Christ and never look back. ...

No Turning Back: Part 3 – Facing the Giants


  (Numbers 13:21-33; 14; 20-23)  Although they were recipients of God’s miraculous deliverance and provision, and although they were eyewitnesses to the abundance in the Promised Land, the Israelites failed to let go of the past and trust God for the future, which robbed them of the fruit of the Promised Land. Like Caleb, trust God to grant you the “new land” he has promised you and Upper St. Clair Alliance Church.   ...

No Turning Back: Part 2 – Remember Lot’s Wife


  Looking back is a matter of the heart. Lot's wife was so caught up in the treasures of this world that she forfeited the future God had planned for her. Heed the solemn warning of her destruction and set your heart of following Christ into the positive future he has planned for you. Sermon: Tim Ferguson ...

No Turning Back: Part 1 – A New Start


  Jesus died on the cross to give you a brand new life! But Satan knows that if he can keep you looking back you will make little progress toward the blessed future God has for you. 2018 is going to be a great year. Embrace your new life in Christ and don't look back! ...

Breaking Free From Fear: Part 2 – Facing the Future without Fear


Breaking Free From Fear: Part 2 – Facing the Future without Fear
Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life... Matthew 6:25 According to Amazon, the most highlighted passage in all books read on Kindle (as of November 2014) – highlighted almost twice as often as any other passage – is from the second volume of The Hunger Games: "Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them." What does that tell us about the state of fear about the future? Uncertainty breeds anxiety! Harvard psychologist ...

Breaking Free From Fear: Part 1 – Escaping the Approval Trap


Breaking Free From Fear: Part 1 – Escaping the Approval Trap
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man proves to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25 Fear is one of the most basic human instincts. Life is filled with fears. We definitely have plenty to be afraid of in the world today. But one fear we seldom consider comes from within. It’s the fear of rejection. The Bible calls it the fear of man. We all want to be loved and accepted. Everyone wants approval. Therein lies the trap. Craving the approval of the crowd only tight ...

Stretch Marks: Part 5 – Shattered Dreams


Stretch Marks: Part 5 – Shattered Dreams
Genesis 37 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. – Psalm 136:1  Growing up we used to sing a simple chorus in church called, “God is so Good.” It went like this: “God is so good, God is so good, God is so good, He’s so good to me.” It’s true, of course. God is good. “God is good,” the leader declared. “All the time”, we replied. “All the time”, the leader repeated. “God is good,” we exclaimed. Yes, God is good all the time!  ...

Stretch Marks: Part 4 – Bouncing Back


Stretch Marks: Part 4 – Bouncing Back
2 Samuel 11; Psalm 51 I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – The Apostle Paul The Christian life is a lot like running a long foot race, a grueling marathon. Trusting God while trudging life’s hills and valleys can be tough at times. Especially when we take a tumble along the way, which happens to all of us at one time or another. The real question is not whether we trip and fall but how we respond when we do. How we answer the questions that come when we collapse on life’ ...

Stretch Marks: Part 3 – Death Sentence


Stretch Marks: Part 3 – Death Sentence
2 Corinthians 1:8-10, 4:7-18 Do you ever feel like God doesn’t make sense? Many people do. It’s understandable. David sang triumphantly, “He has delivered me from all my troubles,” (Psalm 54:7). But the writer of Psalm 10:1 lamented, “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” Sometimes it seems like he deserts us in times of trouble; other times we experience a miraculous deliverance. How can we hold onto our faith when God seems to desert us wh ...

Stretch Marks: Part 2 – Walking on Water and Other Foolishness


Stretch Marks: Part 2 – Walking on Water and Other Foolishness
Matthew 14:24-33, Mark 6:47-52 & John 6:16-21 Have you ever been blindsided by a bad storm? I have! More than once I was caught in a downpour on my bike after being assured there was no rain in the area. News flash. Weathermen don’t always get it right. But doesn’t Jesus know everything? Why would he send his disciples on a night-crossing of the Sea of Galilee if a storm was brewing? And then walking by them on the water, what was up with that? ...

Stretch Marks: Part 1 – Saws, Chains and Swords


Stretch Marks: Part 1 – Saws, Chains and Swords
Hebrews 11, James 1:1-3, and 1 Peter 4 What does it mean that God has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)? What does it mean to experience the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10)? More specifically, what do you believe it means? That’s where the rubber meets the road. That’s where our faith is put to the test. The test comes when the rubber of our faith — what we believe should happen if we trust God — meets t ...

The Lord’s Prayer Pattern, part 3: God’s Provision


Give us this day our daily bread. Have you ever prayed in faith trusting God to provide your next meal? Most of us in the west have not. Our cupboards are overflowing with food. More likely, you have prayed for God to prevent you from eating too much! That’s our problem when it comes to food. So what does this part of Jesus’ prayer pattern say to us today? J.I. Packer writes, “The prayer of a Christian is not an attempt to force God’s hand, but is a humble acknowledgment of helple ...

The Lord’s Prayer Pattern, part 2: God’s Program


Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. What is the kingdom of God? What does it mean for his kingdom to come and his will to be done on earth? Is there any connection between praying about our Father's name (9), his kingdom, and his will (10)?  ...

Treasuring Truth: Laws To Love


Do you treasure the word of God?  Does it sustain you? I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.  Psalm 119:16 ...

Treasuring Truth: Just Do It


Does the Bible have authority that is relevant today? You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed.  Psalm 119:4 ...

Treasuring Truth: Take It To The Bank


Can I really trust the Bible?   Is it reliable? The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy. Psalm 119:138 ...

We Need To Talk: You Asked for It


Believing God for what we ask for. The Bible makes it clear that God delights to give his spiritual riches to those who ask him. ...

We Need To Talk: Honest to God


God knows everything about us; He knows what is in our hearts. So it is always best to be transparent and honest in our conversations with Him. ...

We Need To Talk: Tongue Tied

We are not alone in the struggle to pray more. God is for us. He understands our weakness, and he sends his Spirit to help us. ...