When it came down to Jesus praying for His disciples, there were two vitally important elements that He stressed, and that is unity and oneness with Christ. If we are in oneness with Christ, who is one with the Father, than we should be in unity with each other. Pastor Troy Billow makes the case that if we hold this concept as paramount in our faith, in our walk, and how we handle troubles and our temperament in light of these things, it is as valuable to the witness of the gospel message and for Christ as guarding the bank, where, in the old west, the life savings of an entire town was kept.
The face of our nation seems angry all the time these days, however this state offers the church an opportunity to reflect the face of the Prince of Peace. In this message, Pastor Troy explains that in the midst of hard times and coming persecution to His disciples, Jesus leaves four main things to remember in order to A. not get carried away by the evil and chaos happening around us, and B. Keep calm and focused on Him and eternity to bring us peace that we can in turn radiate into the world around us.
When Jesus walked on the water, not only did He teach Peter a lesson in faith, but He also taught us something about fear. In this message, Pastor John Billow explains some of the components that lead to many our fears, and how exercising one's faith (like exercising one's muscle) and not doubting what Jesus said regarding fear can offset and cast out the power that it can have if we do it repetitively.
A special guest from Rock of Israel Ministries (a Messianic Jewish ministry that evangelizes acknowledging that Jesus is the Messiah referred to in the Old Testament), shares the incredible similarities between the thoughts and ideas that make up the Tabernacle in Exodus chapters 25-31, to what Jesus Christ embodied in the Gospel message, which, when you think about it, are the same, but applied in their respective times in a different fashion.
Times of famine and difficulty are times when people are likelier to open their hearts and minds in ways that they may not when times are good. In that, we see how God uses things like famine to bring people to their senses, make Himself known, provide a need, and trigger a response.
In this sermon, Pastor Troy Billow illustrates how the world is in panic mode and frantically in search for a vaccine. And yet, people do not hold to the power of the one who has control over all of these things; our true "vaccine" with eternity factored in. Drawing from Exodus chapters 11 and 12, Pastor Troy shows how God used plagues to shake the worlds of those who were so set in their ways, and refused to turn to the one who ultimately had the power over it. And in the midst of this, Christ showed a shadow of His protection and power over these things in the midst of these plagues.
King David was a man whom the Bible said was "after God's own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14. Acts 13:22), but in a moment of temptation and lust he acted on his desires and his sin placed him in a situation where he fell trap to other transgressions as a result. Did God give up on Him? No. So how could David do such things and still be called a man after God's own heart? As believers today, we may find ourselves in situations similar to David's but two things stand out. 1. We have a position in Christ, and 2. We have our lifestyle in Christ. Sometimes the two do not align, and one is in one direction, and the other may be way out in the opposite direction. In this message, Pastor John addresses how to, if you are experiencing such a disconnect yourself, how you can get back on track and get things back in order again.
Why does God allow pandemics, or turmoil and strife? In this message, Pastor Troy Billow lays out the case that in HIs mercy, God is allowing these things to get people to humble themselves, repent, focus on, and rely on God. Using King David as an example of this dynamic in motion, God wants to heal things, but he wants us to learn from dangers like these and act on what we've learned by coming to Him and trusting Him to change things, and our hearts.
In delivering a live version of "Heavenly Father", Pastor Troy shares powerful additional insights into the love our Heavenly Father has for us, and gets us to think about the notion in a deep and dynamic way.
Whether you were an individual who grew up with a loving father, or you grew up with no father, a mean father, a father who caused you some kind of pain, or a father who abandoned you, there is a Heavenly Father who loves you, who cares about you, and wants to be intimately involved in your life. Drawing from Jesus's story of "The Prodigal Son" in Luke chapter 15, Jesus explains how the love of our Heavenly Father graciously reaches out to us, even in the midst of a rebellious and distant life away from Him. In this special Fathers Day message, Pastor Troy explains what lengths this Father took to win you over, and how he waits for and celebrates those who decide to come home to Him.