Gifted: Freely We’ve Received, Freely We Give

It’s impossible to describe God and not mention — giver.  Among all the attributes we might use to describe God, they’re all connected to the overarching truth — He is a giver.  The earth is His and the things that fill it.  All that we have has been given to us by God and ultimately belongs to God.  As 2017 comes to a close and 2018 is ushered in, we’re going to explore and celebrate just how gifted we are.  Our prayer is to acknowledge in a fresh and new way — we’ve freely received and therefore we freely give.


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December 24, 2017

He's Given Us Peace

Pastor Kevin Brown

We’ve spent the year working with people from all around the world. We’ve worked on rehabbing houses with The Perkins Foundation in Jackson, MS; restoring parts of Houston and Houston Northwest Church after Hurricane Harvey; reconciliation and peace work among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the occupied West Bank; and multi faith work here in the Greater Philadelphia region with Jews, Christians and Muslims, just to name a few. In our divided and crisis filled world, I’ve discovered a universal desire among us all — regardless of creed, color or faith. We all want peace. Today, on the eve of remembering and celebrating Jesus coming, may we be reminded in a life changing way — He has given us peace.

December 17, 2017

Given Us All Things

Pastor Kevin Brown

God has given us Himself; He has given us His image; He has given us freedom and He has given us all things for life and godliness. This doesn't mean that we don't have to work, it just means -- we don't have to work. Sin, mankind's separation from God, drives us, telling us we have to earn God's acceptance and favor, or we have to find fulfillment, pleasure and purpose for ourselves (lawlessness), to which God says -- I have given you all things. You no longer have to work. 

December 10, 2017

He’s Given Us Freedom, Pt.2

Pastor Kevin Brown

The challenge we have with the freedom God has freely given is, we don't realize we're in bondage.  No one is harder to make free than the one who believes bondage is freedom and freedom is bondage.  Shaped by life apart from God (bondage) leads to trying to be free on our own (bondage).  Because the Son has made us free and is making us free, we have a hope that can not be lost.  

December 3, 2017

He’s Given Us Freedom

Pastor Kevin Brown

We are gifted! God has set us free. God has given us Himself, His image and by His Sprit we are made free. We’re no longer enslaved by empty religion that tells us we must earn acceptance in God’s family; and we are no longer enslaved by lawlessness that tells us there is no God and we must find fulfillment and purpose on our own. We have been made free by the Spirit.  

November 26, 2017

Imago Dei - Given His Image

Pastor Kevin Brown

Mankind is unique among all of God’s creation. God has given us the distinction of being His image bearers in the earth.  We carry a value, position and dignity that sets us apart from all other created beings.  Our understanding of this God given role brings an order to His creation by changing how we see ourselves and others. 

November 19, 2017


Pastor Kevin Brown

Among all the gifts that God has given to us there is none greater than Himself. God Himself, is the ultimate gift to mankind. In giving Himself to us God has given mankind absolute life and absolute love. The problem is in far too many instances we are not fully satisfied in Him. So God even in this very moment continues to give His love, that we might be fully drawn into His life. 

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