Tag Archives: We are Learners

Truth & Light for the Downcast Soul (Psalms 42-43)

7/2/17. Week 4 in Summer Psalms. Truth & Light for the Downcast Soul (Psalms 42-43).

When we are downcast we always respond poorly, which is why we need to grasp why we’re downcast, how to speak truth and light to our souls, and what it means to put one’s hope in God when life looks dim and bleak.

The writer of this pair of Psalms helps us understand the yearnings and opportunities of what takes place when our souls are downcast.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalms 42-43 #SummerPsalms

Facing God & Future-proofing Life (Psalm 27)

6/25/17. Week 3 in Summer Psalms. Facing God & Future-proofing Life (Psalm 27).

There are a few strategies people employ to deal with life: fight, be cynical, give up. David offers us a better way, living before the face of God. Did you know that what you seek in every interaction and situation is really found best, only, and eternally in the face of God?

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 27:1-14; 30:1-5; Romans 5:12-19 #SummerPsalms

Strengthened to Face Anything & Everything (Psalm 18)

6/18/17. Week 2 in Summer Psalms. Strengthened to Face Anything & Everything (Psalm 18).

Psalm 18 begins with a prayer that reveals the secret to David’s strength:
“I love You, O Lord, my strength.”
It’s one thing to knuckle down in adversity, and endure. That’s commendable. It’s another and deeper reality to to rise above a hardship with a superior love, a passion in God, with God, and for God, that allows a person to face anything, and everything.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 18; Romans 5:1-11; 2 Peter 1:3-8 #SummerPsalms

Behold: Keep Looking at the Center (Mark 9:1-13)

5/28/17. Week 26 in the Gospel of Mark. Upon the mountain top three of Jesus’ disciples had an experience that was out-of-this-world. They beheld the glory of God, as Jesus transfigured before their very eyes — becoming brighter than the sun. Struggling to make sense of the moment, Peter took a risk and suggested they build three special tents for three significant prophets there: Moses, Elijah, and Jesus.

What God said in that moment changed everything.

The Christian life is much more than behaving a certain way, and even more than believing specific doctrines. In Christ we get to behold the glory of God, and in seeing Him, be changed. This is God’s Beloved Son, let us listen to Him!

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 9:1-13 #GospelofMark

Battle Cry: A History with God (2nd Chronicles 29-31)

5/21/17. King Hezekiah of Judah developed a history with God by taking all his challenges and opportunities and laying them out before God the Creator. In those moments He learned to depend full upon the real King to win all his battles for him and as he was responsible to lead the nation.

How can we learn from this good king and join in the joy of developing a personal history with God? Consider who looks to you for leadership, how can you turn from trusting in yourself and abilities and cry out to God in the battle?

// Jeff Patterson preaching on 2nd Chronicles 29-31 #BattleCry

Keeping the Cross in Front of Our Minds (Mark 8:27-38)

5/14/17. Week 25 in the Gospel of Mark. he call to follow Jesus is better and more challenging than we ever imagined.

In this scene, the “hinge” point in the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus flip the script and start asking the questions. Notice how He draws out genuine faith in His disciples.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 8:27-38 #GospelofMark #GospeloftheCross

Count Your Blessings, Give Thanks, Share Them Generously (Mark 8:1-10 & Global Sponsorship Sunday)

5/7/17. Week 24 in the Gospel of Mark on Global Sponsorship Sunday.
Note: the audio recording was compromised, so we pick it up mid-talk as Anna Hunter shares about what sponsorship means when we walk alongside the Ddembe family, followed by Kurt Rahn, Director of Church Activation with World Vision, and then a brief Gospel mediation by pastor Jeff Patterson on Mark 8:1-10: Count Your Blessings, Give Thanks, Share Them Generously.

Our team Renew for Water raised more than $25K, and with a matching donation from Renewal by Anderson NW, a total of $38K+, together provided lasting clean water for at least 773 children in communities in Africa and India!

// Jeff Patterson preaching briefly on Mark 8:1-10 #GospelofMark

Getting Crumbs & Speaking Freely (Mark 7:24-37)

4/30/17. Week 23 in the Gospel of Mark. How can a person approach God? Do we come to Him like one would a blood-thirsty tyrant, fearful yet seeking to appease Him? Or do we take the more modern approach and casually talk freely to the Creator, on our terms, and whenever we feel like it? What’s the appropriate method from God’s perspective; and how does this scene with Jesus teach us about both God’s goodness and His severity?

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 7:24-37 #GospelofMark