May 5, 2021

Do you know the important role you play in the team? Do you trust the Coach to position you for the greater victory? Are you ready to play?

I taught last weekend on the importance of our worldview and being ready to participate with what the Spirit of the Lord is doing among us. The message was titled Are You Ready to Play? and I talked about the difference between labor and play. Many of my specific examples were around PLAYING a musical instrument. Watch the message if you missed it.

I am so excited about this coming Sunday! We’re going to continue our focus on play, but this week we’ll move from the musician’s perspective to the athlete’s perspective. We are going to have an incredible guest speaker challenge and lead us in our interactive Wellspring experience. Get ready to hear from the coach! We will not be live-streaming or recording this weekend. We’re just going to enjoy the moment together.

Let’s grow together!

Matt Neese


Jesus was crucified between two criminals. One mocked Jesus, just like the rest of the world, and the other cried to Him for mercy and eternal salvation. They both knew that they deserved punishment for their crimes, yet one was repentant and one was not. To those who surrender their lives to Jesus and trust in Him as Lord, salvation is immediately available, even up to our last breath and regardless of our crimes.

God’s desire is that all should be saved. He’s longing for every single person to turn to Him. The Bible says, “No one else so completely sold himself to what was evil in the Lord’s sight as Ahab did” (1 Kings 21:25 NLT), yet God even restrained judgement coming upon Ahab when Ahab sorrowfully cried out to God for mercy. God said, “Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has done this, I will not do what I promised during his lifetime.” Even one of the most wicked people in the Bible can receive mercy. How immense is our Father’s love for us?!

Jesus initiated the Age of Grace (Luke 4:18-21), and we continue in this period in which salvation and restoration is completely accessible in a way far beyond the period prior to Jesus’ time. Prior to the ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, God’s eyes searched the earth and His ears remained attentive for anyone who would call out to Him. How much more is this true today, when complete and total forgiveness is available through Jesus? Who is unredeemable? What situation cannot be turned? What crisis cannot be made for good? What darkness cannot be overcome with a God who is so eager to forgive? Allow the grace, mercy, forgiveness, and deep sacrificial love of God to reshape your worldview today.

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  • 5/05 Numbers 8, Psalms 125, I Kings 21, Luke 23:39-56
  • 5/06 Numbers 9, Psalms 126, I Kings 22, Luke 24:1-35
  • 5/07 Numbers 10, Psalms 127, II Kings 1, Luke 24:36-53
  • 5/08 Numbers 11, Psalms 128, II Kings 2, John 1:1-28
  • 5/09 Numbers 12, Psalms 129, II Kings 3, John 1:29-51
  • 5/10 Numbers 13, Psalms 130, II Kings 4, John 2
  • 5/11 Numbers 14, Psalms 131, II Kings 5, John 3:1-21
  • 5/12 Numbers 15, Psalms 132, II Kings 6, John 3:22-36

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