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Pastor John Butler
Real. Relational. Reaching.
https://www.covenantlifebremen.org/

Covenant Life Church Pastor John Butler

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Pastor John Butler
Real. Relational. Reaching.
https://www.covenantlifebremen.org/

    Circumstances: Faith, Facts and the Future

    Circumstances: Faith, Facts and the Future

    When you grow up in the church, one of the common themes that gets drilled into your brain is that faith and facts are in opposition to each other. We are taught that the “what is” of facts and the “what shall be” of faith are somehow diametrically opposed to each other, but what happens when the facts surrounding your life actually lead you to a step of faith? Could it be that facts and faith can work together to lead you to a future that pleases God and blesses you?

    There are a lot of man-made traditions and false conclusions that people have passed off as sound doctrine. Following Jesus is a faith walk, and The Bible is clear that it is impossible to please God without faith. However, it doesn’t mean that we completely ignore the evidence around us. We’ve been in a series called “Sounds From Heaven,” talking about the ways God speaks to us, and this week, we’re exploring the possibility that He may be speaking to you through the circumstances of your life right now.

    • 39 min
    Surround Sound

    Surround Sound

    Last week, we learned that there’s a sound before there’s a sight. We often hear something before we see something, and this is supported by numerous verses throughout the Bible. This timely and important message reminded us that God is always speaking to us and provided a necessary reminder that, if God ever stops communicating, we’re in serious trouble.

    Thankfully, the author of Psalm 29 shows us that the voice of God is everywhere. Sounds from heaven are emanating from the throne like a spiritual radio station, but we often miss it because there’s too much interference from doubt or distraction. This week, we’re exploring the sounds that surround us and the ways the Father, Son and Holy Spirit speak into our lives.

    • 43 min
    There's a Sound Before a Sound

    There's a Sound Before a Sound

    Back in April, Pastor John asked the Lord to speak clearly about what He was saying and doing in the body of believers at Covenant Life. What he received was a prophetic word that he has been waiting to share. Since God never contradicts His Word, the first thing Pastor John did was check it against the Bible, and after finding that it was in line with the Word, he sought confirmation from a couple of trusted individuals.

    The word he received bore witness with their spirits, so Pastor John asked the Lord to confirm it for me as well. He received a spiritual insight that shows up again and again in the Bible, which has served as the confirmation he requested. This week, Pastor John shares this prophetic word openly, encouraging us about things to come in the future of our church and urging us to be serious about our relationship with Jesus.

    • 44 min
    The Ups and Downs of Fatherhood

    The Ups and Downs of Fatherhood

    Throughout history, the role of the father has been vital to the stability of their children. Fathers have been the cornerstones of their families and the communities. In modern times, the role of the father has been diminished as part of an intentional spiritual attack designed to weaken our families and the fabric of our nation.

    In honor of Father’s Day, we’re talking about the investment that we make in our kids. There are thousands of dollars and thousands of hours spent raising a kid to 18, but this week, we’re looking at a different kind of investment: what fathers say, display and pray. These three areas naturally define a child — whether positively or negatively.

    • 39 min
    The Power of Community

    The Power of Community

    At Covenant Life Church, we’re devoted to making disciples who are real, relational and reaching. That is our mission and vision statement, and it’s derived from what we read in Acts 2:41-47. The early church established a discipleship system designed to fulfill the Great Commission — one that revolved around meeting, ministering, praying, worshipping, serving and giving together in community.

    This week, we’re talking about the power of community and how being an active part of the body helps people become better disciples of Jesus. To do this properly, we must KNOW Jesus, GROW in faith and fellowship and GO into the mission field. The challenge following this message is to get involved by finding ways to serve and using your gifts at Covenant Life or any church you call home.

    • 41 min
    Defeating Fear

    Defeating Fear

    In John 14:27, Jesus said that He was giving His followers a gift of peace that we can’t get anywhere else. Rather than being a peace that requires a solution to every problem or the silencing of every storm, it’s an internal piece that holds, keeps and sustains us. It is His peace, and it is able to bring us calm in every circumstance and courage and strength for every challenge.

    If this is a gift we can freely receive, it begs the question: what keeps us from being peaceful? A lot of people would say worry, but that’s actually an effect instead of the cause. Others might say that anxiety or busyness steal their peace, but the root cause behind many of these issues is fear. This week, we’re talking more about peace and how can we obtain it by defeating fear.

    • 47 min

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