Tag Archives: courage

Always Swimming Upstream (Psalm 71)

7/30/17. Week 8 in Summer Psalms. Always Swimming Upstream (Psalm 71).

“Ten words have set the course for my life: God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.”
—Joni Eareckson Tada

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 71 #SummerPsalms

Immersed in the Gospel » part two (Mark 6:45-56)

4/2/17. Week 20 in the Gospel of Mark. (Continuing part one.) It’s typical for some one to say Christianity is essentially a way of behaving. It’s a way of loving people. Of course it’s that, but it’s so much more.

Christianity is a way of being, and therefore, Christianity is a way of seeing.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:45-56 #GospelofMark

Immersed in the Gospel » part one (Mark 6:45-52)

3/19/17. Week 19 in the Gospel of Mark. It’s typical for some one to say Christianity is essentially a way of behaving. It’s a way of loving people. Of course it’s that, but it’s so much more.

Christianity is a way of being, and therefore, Christianity is a way of seeing.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:45-52 #GospelofMark

Feeding the Whole World » part two (Mark 6:30-44)

3/12/17. Week 18 in the Gospel of Mark. Continuing where we left off in the Feeding of the 5,000, Jesus shows the disciples how they will feed the whole world!

The fame of Jesus was spreading and so many people began following Him that it was difficult to even have the time to eat. While out at a desolated place, with Jesus teaching and healing until late in the day, the disciples suggested the Master send the crowd home.

Instead, Jesus told the disciples to feed everyone. But how could they do that?

This is much more than a miracle about bread.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:30-44 #GospelofMark

Feeding the Whole World » part one (Mark 6:30-44)

3/5/17. Week 17 in the Gospel of Mark. The fame of Jesus spread had spread and so many people followed Him that it was difficult to even have the time to eat. While out at a desolated place, with Jesus teaching and healing until late in the day, the disciples suggested the Master send the crowd home.

Instead, Jesus told the disciples to feed everyone. But how could they do that?

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:30-44 #GospelofMark

Decisive Courage (Mark 6:14-29)

2/26/17. Week 16 in the Gospel of Mark. Herod was fascinated with John. Notice, after he is in prison, it says Herod heard John. He loved to hear him, but he was greatly puzzled even though he liked to hear him (Mark 6:20).

Herod was double-minded, languishing between two opinions, and indecisive in his evaluation of Christ and self. Doubt and fear are a helpful tools, when used rightly.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:14-29; Jude 17-25 #GospelofMark

Immanuel: God With Us (Christmas)

12/25/16. Fifth Sunday of Advent, aka Christmas Day. On Sunday, Christmas Day the Renew family gathered to celebrate the moment and occasion of Christ’s Birth.

Our focus on this day was to consider the gift of courage given to Joseph, through the angel reminding him, “Do not be afraid,” and the resulting life of generosity, wisdom, and courage the husband of Mary embodied from that moment.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Matthew 1:18-24 #RenewAdvent

Conquering the Five Capitals in the Promised Land of Success

3/22/15. Week 12 of God of Promise.

Upon returning from Uganda in East Africa, Pastor Jeff Patterson shared stories from the short-term trip with NGM Uganda, and connected truths for discipleship to each story. In a teaching called the “Five Capitals,” he noted our path to success (when God is with us), as progressing from financial capital, to intellectual capital, to physical capital, to relational capital, to spiritual capital.

// Joshua 1 #GODofPromise #NGMUganda

God of Promise: Being Strong & Courageous

3/8/15. Week 11 of God of Promise.

We all want to be courageous, strong, and immovable no matter what life brings us.

But as we see through Joshua’s story — especially in God’s promises to and commitment toward him — courage doesn’t come overnight. Lasting courage begins with a vision of God, and then is cultivated slowly through noticing His presence and grows through our small, daily choices and continual confidence in God’s ability to see us through.

// Joshua 1-24 #GODofPromise #courage