More Than Pieces of Peace

True and lasting peace is rare in our sin-ravaged world. Fear, sin, uncertainty, doubt, and many other forces war within us. The holidays don’t invoke good memories and/or warm fuzzy feelings for many people. Just a quick read through the newspaper can leave one’s mind and heart reeling in a state of unrest. While most of us manage to grasp pieces of peace here and there, what is the secret to the few who find a confident assurance that everything is going to be okay, even in the midst of adversity?

Jesus says He will give us peace if we are willing to accept it from Him. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives produces deep and lasting peace. With Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future.

Beginning a new series on peace, Pastor Cliff Purcell shares some practical ways to secure deep and lasting peace. His first podcast can be found here: Making Peace With God” (Dec. 2, 2018). The next podcast can be accessed here: “Making Peace With My Past” (Dec. 9, 2018). Wishing you God’s gift of His deep and lasting peace!

The Unpopular Sermon

With Thanksgiving tucked under our belts, if we’re able to cinch our belts :), many of us are feeling the financial bulge warring against our desire to buy that perfect Christmas gift(s). After all, who wants to rob our loved ones from the joy of receiving this season?

But what about God? Is it possible to rob Him? What kind of gifts are pleasing to Him? What offends God and constitutes this idea of robbing Him? Continuing in the book of Malachi, Pastor Cliff Purcell shares an unpopular teaching that challenges even the most generous and courageous heart. Among my “thankful” list of blessings and people, I am grateful for a pastor who doesn’t water down the truth of the Gospel. You may listen to his message here: The Sermon We Wish Cliff Wouldn’t Preach (Nov. 18, 2018).

I am also thankful for you! Wishing you God’s abundant blessing this holiday season!

Marriage, Divorce and the People of God – Part Two

God desires and deserves faithfulness in every part of our lives, including marriage.

Pastor Cliff Purcell expounds on what Scriptures teach in this area, specifically from the book of Malachi. You may listen to his podcast here: Marriage, Divorce and the People of God – Part Two, (Nov. 11, 2018).

Have a great week!

Divorce, Marriage and the People of God

Coming back to our study in Malachi, this book delivers hard truth. But we are also given a glimpse of God’s truth sprinkled with grace. Listen to Pastor Cliff Purcell’s message and be encouraged. Although God hates divorce because of the damage it creates, He loves divorced people. You may listen to this podcast here: Divorce, Marriage and the People of God (Nov. 4, 2018).

Pastor Purcell also just began a series on “The Marital Area of Life”, which he live-streams from his Facebook page. The areas he covers are: “Two Becoming One”, “Psychological Intimacy”, “Spiritual Intimacy”, and “Restoring Intimacy”.  His teaching is packed with great insights and practical application, geared for people at different phases: seasoned couples, newlyweds, or single people just wanting more information in the marital relationship. You may find this information here: The Marital Area of Life. Have a great week!