4/22/2014

Do You See My Scars?

Scars. They speak volumes. Sometimes, at a volume that is so uncomfortable. Growing up a clumsy kid, I have my share of physical scars. One scar that stands out is on my left knee. It happened when I was 8 years old. I decided to go play in a creek that my parents had repeatedly told me not to do, but of course, I did anyways and as I was climbing out of the creek I slipped in mud and slashed open my knee on the edge of a rock. I don't remember much of that day but the moments that stick out to me is the image of my dad carrying me out as I looked down at my leg completely covered in blood. I then remember the ER visit that I spent most of the time screaming at the top of my lungs because of the procedures it took to clean and stitch up that wound. Today in my 20's I am reminded of that day every time I look down at my knee. Sometimes when my hand brushes over my scar I can feel my body clenching as those scenes replay over in my head. Scars are not just something that sit there as a reminder, they are a constant flashback. Scars can be haunting, painful and just plain ugly. They are a reminder of what happened, who we were or what we did. People say scars bring healing but there are some scars that have made wounds so deep that we can not simply "get over it." A scar can dramatically change someones life. Scars are also a reminder of "what could have been." It makes the victim ask themselves what would I look like without these scars? How would the dynamics of my life have changed if I had never been wounded? To be honest, scars are more painful than people realize. And they are more powerful than we give credit. They can basically force us to walk around with a huge caution sign above our heads. Scars do two things: 

4/21/2014

RMNT Band Single

Our desire is to share God's HOPE throughout this world. We're proud to announce our official original song entitled: HOPE. Written by our very own REMNANT. Special thanks to Advent Records. 
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Gone Wild

Something scary is happening to our youth today. It’s intoxicating. It’s seeping into their lives and relationships, and into our culture and churches. It’s infiltrating their self-control. It has widened dramatically and is on the rise more than ever before. It’s so commonplace; we breathe it, feed on it, and want more of it. But yet, it’s so sly and so clever we don’t even notice it. Some choose to ignore it and others even embrace it. It’s been around since the fall of man. It’s carnality. What in the world is carnality? It’s our human nature. It’s finding satisfaction in our fleshly desires and appetites. It’s everywhere. This world has gone wild over it.

We see it in magazines, on the web, in a post, through a tweet, in the stores, in the movies, behind closed doors and in the restrooms. It is girls on girls and boys on boys. It’s a girl in her cyber bubble addicted to social media. It’s a guy addict to porn and masturbation. It’s a girl struggling with depression, cutting, and self-image. It’s a boy struggling with substance abuse. It’s pleasure and self-indulgence, and the list is endless. But what do you do as society’s morality decays? How can one fight this battle? Can one overcome the suffering of their addictions and fleshy desires?

With that said, this month the Remnant presents Gone Wild. The Remnant plans to tackle these questions and offer advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles. This month we will uncover and uncensor these raw, real, and deep struggles. We are moving away from simply sin management to actual freedom and healing.

Next RMNT NGHT: 
May 10th//5pm//Sanctuary

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4/11/2014

#RMNTNHGT

Join us this Saturday!
When we look at our life, it's filled with mistakes, faults, and maybe even regrets. What used to be a clean, descent, honest and harmless life is now stained and carries a certain contempt and stench. It's stained with our sins and failures.Even though we have sinned and made permanent marks on our life, there is hope. There is the Cross. This month the Remnant presents Clean Slate. This month we will be focusing on the how we are forgiven, how we get God to get good and not the other way around, the importance and significance of baptism, how baptism wipes us clean, how it’s a part of God’s plan for salvation, and learning to accept His plan, mercy, grace, and forgiveness and committing to His call for baptism.

3/01/2014

“And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.”
Matthew 24:10, NLT
Betrayal. It’s one of the human experiences that can be so painful and hard to understand. It hurts…deeply.  Unfortunately, it never comes from your enemies; it comes from your friends and loved ones. They lied, cheated, failed to defend you, broke your confidence, slandered your name, and disengaged. Traitor! is one of many words racing through your thoughts. They stopped caring, investing, paying attention, and fighting for the relationship or friendship. So now you’re left abandoned, feeling unloved, with no hope, no trust, anger and pain. Yes, we’ve all experienced it or will at one point in our lives.

In fact, Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. A handful of coins are all it took to sell out Jesus—a pathetic, degrading thirty coins. The price paid for a common slave, the kind of slave that might wash your feet when you enter into a friend’s home.  Throughout history Judas has been labeled as a traitor. And there is no doubt that he sold out Jesus for pocket change. But if we are really honest with ourselves, we’ve also been guilty of it as well. Haven't we all sold out Jesus from one time to another? Judas betrayed Jesus in a garden with a kiss. We would never do something so low to somebody we love. But have you ever worshipped Jesus on a Sunday, or at a Remnant Group or Night, only to sell him out later in the week? Every time we sin we are selling out Jesus. Every time we put our plans ahead of His we drive a wedge of separation into the heart of our relationship with Him.

With that said, this month the Remnant presents Betrayal. This month we will be focusing on dealing with betrayal, rebuilding our devotion and allegiance to Christ, creating trustworthy relationships with people, and displaying honesty, loyalty, and trustworthiness. Betrayal has much to teach us—not only about others, but also about ourselves.