When my children were little our special time together was bedtime. When it was time for one of them to go to bed, they would say “Mom, I’m ready for bed” and off we would go up the stairs into their room. We would always begin by saying our prayers and then I would climb into bed with one of them and cuddle. We called it spooning, laying side by side my arms wrapped around them. We would talk about their day, I always knew this would be the time each one of them would share the most. Nestled safely in my arms. Continue reading
Last week we began to look at Romans 12:1-2 and discussed how worship is the catalyst for God to begin change in our lives. It leads to a renewing of our mind. This week, let’s go a little further into this passage and discover how this change helps us in our journey through life…. Continue reading
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that has, certainly in the USA, fallen by the wayside. Richard Foster, in his Celebration of Discipline, makes a humorous but very sad comment regarding the American attitude toward fasting. He said something like this – In our culture (American) if we don’t eat three full meals a day with several snacks in between we believe… Continue reading
This month at Powerhouse’s Kids Connection our kids are learning about Paul the Apostle and how important your friends are to the person you become.
We all can look back on our lives and think of friends that made a difference. As we know Paul had many friends that gave him strength and championed him to continue to spread the gospel to all. Paul knew he had to surround himself with people who believed what he believed and lived out the gospel accordingly. Continue reading
Coach, guide, mentor, preacher, moralizer these are all synonyms for the word teacher. Every Sunday in our Kids Connection you will meet the people who bring these words to life.
The men, women and young adults that teach our children about God are people strong in their knowledge and faith in God. They are passionate about your kids. They want to help your children grow in their relationship with God. We have one teacher who always wants to bring the Bible to life. When he teaches he leaves nothing on the table. He is a “go big” or “go home” type of person. If he is teaching the story of creation the room will be transformed into the Garden of Eden. I love to watch the children’s spirits come to life as they ready themselves to hear the story. Continue reading
Next Sunday, on March 3rd, there is an awesome opportunity to engage in an extended time of worship outside of Powerhouse’s normal Sunday morning services. Our Sunday morning and youth bands are combining to bring powerful music before the Lord and you will be blessed to be a part of it. But don’t come just because it will be awesome (because it will be!)….come because of what we read in Scripture… Continue reading
Most of us have heard the story of Jesus walking on water. His disciples were in the boat when a strong wind kicked up. Jesus walked on water. Then Peter walked on water. Then Peter sank and Jesus saved him. That’s the gist of the story and we could talk about Peter and faith, but there is something else here that’s easy to miss…..
Welcome to the Summer! Often times the summer brings an increased opportunity to spend time with our family. Whether it’s a family vacation, a day trip, a day at the local pool, a trip to the park, or a simple barbeque in your backyard, we can spend time with our family’s in ways you wouldn’t the rest of the year. As you begin to plan out your family summer plans keep in mind that it’s an opportunity to be intentional with your time with your family while keeping God front and center in all you do. Here are some ideas that you can do with your family that will open up a dialog and give meaning to simple summer pleasures.
Summer can bring on some mighty storms. Thunder and lightning can be scary. Bring the family together and build a fort in your house. Put a big blanket over your dining room table and sit underneath. Go to the basement and sit all together with pillows and blankets. Get flashlights in case the power goes out. Talk about what “refuge” means with God. Read Psalm 144:1-2
WALKING AND WASHING
Go on a walk with your family–barefoot. Talk about how many children in the world do not have shoes. When you get home have the children look at how dirty their feet are. Wash your children’s feet. Tell them the Bible story in John 13:1-17. Pray with your family to follow the example of Jesus and serve people in and out of your community.
What kid doesn’t like fishing? Make the time to go fishing or crabbing.Talk about the disciples and how they laid down their nets and followed Jesus. Read Luke 5:1-11
Each week at Powerhouse we give families the tools and support they need to raise a healthy, happy and faith filled family. Come join us each Sunday if you live in or are visiting the following towns or surrounding areas. Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Oakland, Wayne, Prospect Park, Haledon, North Haledon, Paterson, Midland Park, Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, Saddle Brook, Paramus, Ho-ho-kus, River Edge, New Milford, Bergenfield, Oradell, Westwood, Cliffwood Lake, Closter, Ridgewood, Washington, Allendale, Upper Saddle River, Saddle River, Ramsey, Mahwah, and many more towns.
In Acts 2:4, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit in a powerful way. This chapter of Scripture goes on to explain how the church would be empowered with supernatural abilities, as well as depict how they were empowered to speak for God. Sometimes we in the church can settle for believing that this happened solely when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, and that once we have it, we have it. However, this was not the view of the early church. Continue reading
Today I encourage you to read 1 Kings 17-18; it presents a very important lesson on prayer. Elijah is told by God that there would neither be dew or rain over the next several years. The Lord supernaturally takes care of Elijah, but at the end of this period, the Lord tells Elijah to present himself to King Ahab and that God would send rain on the land. Elijah does just as the Lord tells him, yet prayer becomes a very important part of the equation in achieving God’s desired result. Here is what happens. Continue reading