Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Look, Love, Live!

Posted onJune 22, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

Paul lists all these qualities that we are to put on or choose to be a part of our life. Just like we choose what we wear every morning, we choose how we will live and act. We can choose to put on the heart of compassion and kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Love for God and others will shape and define our thoughts and actions....Keep Reading

A Big Thank You!

Posted onJune 14, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

Last week, we had over 180 children enrolled in our VBS! God blessed us with such a great opportunity and I believe our church really stepped up. We had over 100 adults helping every night: teaching the Bible, guiding the children, serving food, teaching about missions, leading in music, teaching arts and crafts, working in the parking lot to get the kids safely in the building and back to their parents, and welcoming them in registration....Keep Reading

Get Out of The Playpen

Posted onMay 22, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

. It is the Father’s plan that we grow into the image of His Son, Jesus. It doesn’t matter how long we have been believers, but we must never stop growing. When we’re not growing, we are vulnerable to false doctrines and deceptive men who might use us to get what they want. If we’re not growing, we’ll be more self-centered and self-absorbed like a baby. If we’re not growing, we can’t help but talk like babies, but one of the most awkward situations is when big people talk like babies. ...Keep Reading

Saved To Serve

Posted onMay 4, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

We are not saved by our good works, but we are saved to do good works. If you are a believer, God has saved you to do ministry. Our staff is here to help you find where the Lord wants you to serve. Other than someone being saved, there’s not much more fulfilling than helping someone find their place of service....Keep Reading

Are You Walking Funny?

Posted onApril 28, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

Sometimes, we just need a little wake up call, a new perspective and appreciation for the powerful love of the Father. John was saying, “LOOK HERE! Look at how much the Father loves us! HE has made us His children. We need this wake-up call because we get wrapped up in the world and its cares and before you know it, we start walking funny!...Keep Reading

Here's To Your Health

Posted onApril 20, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

If we are honest, most of us would like to "teach" some folks a "lesson." Things happen all the time at work, in the neighborhood, and even at church. However, we need to look closer at the situation and maybe, just maybe, God has a lesson for us to learn....Keep Reading

The Four Principles

Posted onMarch 24, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

I Corinthians 10:31-33: “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”...Keep Reading

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Posted onMarch 13, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

God’s Word defines love in 1 Corinthians 13. Love is putting another’s well-being before our own. We need to ask ourselves, “What will the consequences be if I do this or don’t do that?” “Will that action or lack of action help or hurt someone else?” Asking those questions is a big step toward spiritual maturity....Keep Reading

Pastor's Pen

Posted onMarch 3, 2017 | by: Grant Bowles | 0 comments

Make a list of who to invite for Resurrection Sunday. We are planning for a great day of worship that day. Remember, this is one of the easiest days to invite those who do not attend church. As Easter approaches, people think about what this holiday really means. Use that as an opportunity to invite your unchurched friends....Keep Reading

Pastor's Pen

Posted onFebruary 24, 2017 | by: Grant Bowles | 0 comments

If hanging out with junior and high school students scares you, maybe working with the younger crew is more up your alley. Men, we especially need you. There are places to serve and learn about missions while practicing missions!...Keep Reading

Pastor's Pen

Posted onFebruary 2, 2017 | by: Grant Bowles | 0 comments

It started Monday evening when a group of over 20 men from FBC Sanger gathered with 400 men at FBC Decatur to hear from God. God used that gathering to pull one of our men to Himself. From there, the youth took over for the weekend with D-Now. God spoke powerfully to our students through many adults who volunteered their time, talents and treasure to invest in eternity this weekend. That sounds suspiciously like something we have been studying the last few weeks....Keep Reading

Let Go and Let God

Posted onJanuary 25, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

Sometimes we’re just like that child that wants his way and will do anything to get it. So, we fight and we fuss and we push and we pull because we want what we want. Then, we wonder why we’re still unhappy, or not at peace, or frustrated or alienated by everyone we hurt or offended. In this passage, we see the Lord is still on His throne, no matter the circumstances, and He is able to give strength and peace to His people....Keep Reading

Pastor's Pen

Posted onJanuary 18, 2017 | by: Grant Bowles | 0 comments

This Sunday, we will hear from Mike Lawson, Mike grew up in our church before going into mission work. Mike has served in Haiti, a country close to the heart of my family. Mike will challenge us to give more of ourselves to mission causes around the world....Keep Reading

What Are You Looking For?

Posted onDecember 14, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

After a life of pursuing wealth, fame and power, Paul was on a new hunt. He was committed to honoring and obeying the Father at all costs. What are you looking for? Are you looking to build up or tear down? Are you looking for ways to serve in the future or preserve the past?...Keep Reading

Is There A Monkey On Your Back?

Posted onNovember 14, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

Life throws a lot of things at us every day, so we're always looking for something or someone to save us, heal us or help us. We turn to money, politicians, the government, hard work, good behavior, religion; or we're looking for an escape or distraction like alcohol, drugs, food, or even some good things....Keep Reading

Thank You!

Posted onNovember 2, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

Thank you for your faithfulness to God and His church as you come out and serve! What a blessing to be a part of a church that is willing to serve! He showed Himself strong last night, so let's continue to work with Him in reaching our community, He is not finished with us yet!...Keep Reading

Pastor's Pen

Posted onOctober 28, 2016 | by: Grant Bowles | 0 comments

When the election is over, we need to begin praying for every candidate elected to office no matter how we might feel about that candidate. Pray for their safety and for God to bless their tenure in office. Pray for peace in our nation. Disagree all you want with election results, but do so with civility and gentleness. Let us, as followers of Jesus, stand with integrity and dignity honoring God with all we say and do....Keep Reading

Selfless Service

Posted onOctober 28, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

We choose to do what is good, serving God and others. It's a choice. We can talk about loving God or put on the pretense of loving God, but it's seen in our service, so let our love be without hypocrisy. And before you start judging others and their motivations for service, don't go there, deal with the person in the mirror. What is the good choice? ...Keep Reading

Called to Serve

Posted onOctober 24, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

That's the nature of being a servant, serving at the pleasure of our Master. So, are you serving on God's terms, your own, or not at all? In Christ, we are free, but we're called to serve on His terms....Keep Reading

Pastor's Pen

Posted onOctober 6, 2016 | by: Grant Bowles | 0 comments

Coming to Sanger one year ago, I hoped to develop good positive relationships with the Pastoral Staff. That hope has been surpassed in ways I could only dream. These men are more than co-workers, they are friends and fellow servants of Jesus. Your staff has one goal and works in one direction. Let's make sure these men feel our love and appreciation for all they do....Keep Reading

Give a Hoot!

Posted onSeptember 30, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

There are times in our lives when we want to hear from God and there are times, when we're so pleased with ourselves that we'd rather not. We may not hear an audible voice like Samuel, but God will speak to us. The question is, are we listening?...Keep Reading

God's Kingdom

Posted onSeptember 22, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

And as believers, we are all a part of His Kingdom and how it must have blessed the Father to see us working together for His Kingdom! Thank you to all who served and gave to this cause and thank the Father for His many blessings!...Keep Reading

Pastor's Pen

Posted onSeptember 22, 2016 | by: Grant Bowles | 0 comments

Work this week to prepare your heart for this special time of worship and communion with God and His people. If you are struggling with forgiving someone, put extra effort into that endeavor this week. ...Keep Reading

Unchanging Purpose

Posted onSeptember 8, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

If we go to the trouble of making some difficult changes in our church, but do not invest our lives in ministry and reaching out to our neighbors, the changes are for nothing. Instead of focusing on change, let's focus on the job at hand. Let's join God in building His Kingdom....Keep Reading

Delighted!

Posted onAugust 29, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

Sunday was awesome! We had 208 in our first hour of Bible Study and 171 in the second hour. Our newest class had 16 present and we were looking for 4 more. Both worship services were wonderful times of glorifying the Lord and the baptisms! This is an exciting time in the life of our church as we put it all on the line to reach this community and our world for Jesus Christ. ...Keep Reading

Horses and Old Dogs

Posted onJuly 27, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

This speaks of values. Most of us think we are aware of our values, but are we really? Our attitudes and behavior reveal our values more than our words. Like the movie star that flew across the world to a conference on warming, but the fact that he took a private jet revealed that he cared more about his comfort than the environment....Keep Reading

Day of Prayer

Posted onJune 28, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place." II Chronicles 7:14-15...Keep Reading

Would You Believe?

Posted onJune 28, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

I think in total, we had 50 kids go to R.A. and G.A. camp. Now that is quite a trip, not because of distance, but the purpose, Eternity! The Scripture above speaks of another awesome trip, when we gather from all over the world to enter the Kingdom of God. "What a day of rejoicing that will be!"...Keep Reading

"Isn't that Nice?"

Posted onMay 23, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

It's nice to have stuff. If you've ever had to struggle and do without some of the necessities of life, it's so nice to have nice things. And there is nothing inherently evil in most "things." The evil comes into play with our hearts...Keep Reading

Which Way Are You Headed?

Posted onMay 12, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

We get crossways when we start trying "to do something for God" or we replace obedience with our good intentions. The Lord gave Elijah clear direction, but he had to get to the place where he would listen. Are you listening? Which way are you headed? ...Keep Reading

Take A Swing

Posted onApril 28, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

Part of growing up is learning the difference between opportunity and temptation. Just because we have the opportunity, does not mean we need to do it. There are many good things that are opportunities, but they're not the best things for us, so they become temptations....Keep Reading

The Big Payoff

Posted onApril 22, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

This reminds me of some of our men last Friday night at our R.A. Pinewood Derby races. What a great time and what a powerful statement was made as men in our church said with their actions that our boys are a good investment! There are so many things they could have been doing and so many places everyone have been, but Friday night was set aside for the Lord to use these men in the lives of our boys....Keep Reading

Take A Load Off

Posted onApril 13, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

...but it also reminded me of how we are often burdened by the troubles of this life: disease, a loved one who is sick, marriage problems, a rebellious child, financial problems and work problems. ...Keep Reading

A Group For You!

Posted onMarch 22, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

If you look at the scripture, we have a responsibility to train or disciple the next generation so that they will be prepared to lead the church in the uncertain waters of the future...Keep Reading

Are You Too Busy?

Posted onMarch 22, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

So, when we have someone in our life suffering with sickness or disease or relationship problems, if we love them, we suffer right beside them. If we love someone, we are going to be a little sensitive toward them, notice their struggles, aware of their needs, praying for them and encouraging them. This is what it means to be part of a body, ...Keep Reading

He Is Able

Posted onFebruary 18, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

...but seeing kids praying at the altar makes it all worth it! Lest we forget, that is why we are here. That's why this building is standing on 5th Street! We are here to help people find Jesus and experience real life change. ...Keep Reading

Here I Am...

Posted onJanuary 6, 2016 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, let's enter in with humility, receiving God's forgiveness for our selfishness and pride, moving forward with eyes full of hope, hearts full of joy and a willingness to serve Him....Keep Reading

Seasons of Change

Posted onNovember 12, 2015 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

When seasons of change come our way, we have a choice: will I see it as an opportunity or resist it like the enemy. Church is often the place where people will draw a line in the sand and sing, "I shall not be moved!"...Keep Reading

The Joy of Serving

Posted onOctober 28, 2015 | 0 comments

To me, it was a taste of heaven because every age of our church was represented as we came together to serve for the glory of God! And I just know the Father was so proud of His children working together to honor Him!...Keep Reading

Who's Side Are You On?

Posted onAugust 19, 2015 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

None of us are perfect, but those of us in Christ serve a perfect God with a perfect love and He is able to help us love with His perfect love, but we must be willing. Pray for healing in the Body of Christ that we might be strong and prepared to do what the Father has called us to do....Keep Reading