November 26, 2020

Today you should read: Zephaniah 3

In Zephaniah 3 we read the story of life… the narrative of humanity.  Your story and my story.

We see:

The Damage of Sin (v.1)

Sin is a terrible taskmaster.  Just ask Samson – or David – or Adam.  It brings damage into our lives that we can’t undo for a long time.

The Pain of Rebellion (v.2-4)

Rebellion distorts our view of God and reality.  It causes us to make decisions that are imprudent and costly.  

See it in the text…

  • No one can tell you anything (v.2)
  • You refuse all correction (v.2)
  • You trust in yourself – not in the Lord (v.2)
  • You seek your own gain (v.4)
  • You disobey God’s instructions (v.4)

BUT the Lord is still there… (v.5)

Even though we walk away from Him, He does not desert us.  He patiently waits while He works in our lives to bring us back to Himself.

The Benefits of Repentance (v.10-13)

Repentance is when we realize we’ve drifted, and we turn back to the Lord in humility.  We seek to be restored.

The Blessings of Obedience (v.14-20)

Watch what doors obedience opens…

  • The Lord will remove His hand of judgement (v.15)
  • He will protect you (v.15)
  • His presence will surround you (v.15)
  • He will bring you home again (v.20)

All of this is because of the goodness and grace of the God to us.  Verse 17 highlights His goodness…

  • He will live among you
  • He is a mighty Savior
  • He will delight you with gladness
  • He will calm all your fears
  • He will rejoice over you with joyful songs

Questions to think about today…

  • How am I experiencing the damage of sin in my life?
  • In what ways am I feeling the pain of rebellion?
  • How can I experience the benefits of repentance?
  • How can I enjoy the blessings of obedience?
  • Take a moment and bask in the goodness of our Savior in verse 17.

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

November 25, 2020

Today you should read: Zephaniah 2

Zephaniah is all about the coming of the “day of the Lord” and what that will look like in the world. There will be judgement for those who do not follow God and blessing for those who do. We see this in chapter 1-2 but we especially see this in our chapter today.

This is why God sent Zephaniah… to proclaim that “the day of the Lord is near” (v.1:14) and to call them to repentance and to tell them of the coming judgement. We saw in chapter 1 that judgement was coming for Judah… and as we open up to chapter 2 we see the grace of God…

Repentance is possible (v.1-3)

I love this about God. We serve a God that loves for us to repent. He welcomes us back. When we feel conviction, it does not have to be the end, it can be the beginning… the beginning of a life lived for God. This is what God was telling the people through Zephaniah, “REPENT! Turn back to me! There is judgement coming…” In His grace, He was giving them a chance.

Then Zephaniah started prophesying judgement on the people that had been against God’s chosen people showing that on “the day of the Lord” judgement was not just coming for God’s chosen people but for the world.

But before we leave Zephaniah 1-2 I think there are two big takeaways:

1) God brings judgement on those who deliberately disobey the law of God.

The people of Israel, though they knew the truth, chose time and time again to break the law of God and to turn to foreign gods and idols. God sent prophet after prophet but it did not matter. They conformed. And as followers of God we are not called to conform to the world but be transformed by truth (Romans 12:1-2)

2) God follows through on His promises.

In Genesis 12 God promised Abraham that He would bless those who bless Israel and curse those who cursed them. This prophecy is that promised lived out.

Today, as we get closer and closer to the return of Jesus this motivates me to proclaim the truth of Jesus to the world. Repentance is still possible. We must cling to this in our hearts and proclaim this with our lips. When we grasp this deep, this will affect how we witness.

Who are you praying for to meet Christ? What is your next step with them (coffee, invite them over, text/call them, etc)?

By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate – College


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

November 24, 2020

Today you should read: Zephaniah 1

Today we start the book of Zephaniah, a prophetic word and judgment on the remnant of Judah after the rest of Israel was in exile. As Josiah was trying to reform Jerusalem to start practicing former laws and sacrifices in their worship to the One, True God there’s great judgment and warning for God’s remaining people for ignoring His Word. One phrase that sticks out in this book in comparison to other books of the Bible, is the repeated used of “For the day of the Lord” first seen in v. 7 but again repeated throughout the book. This phrase is used to show how God was soon going to punish or bless and that His people need to respond hastily. Of course, we know that God shows Himself as good in both the wrath and the grace that follows with the day of the Lord and it’s a reminder for urgent responses from us when God is speaking, convicting, and sending us.

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

November 23, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 48

As we enter into the last day in the book of Ezekiel (and the last week of our 2nd cycle of going through the Bible), we should pause and remember what the whole book of Ezekiel has been about:

The actualization of God’s presence among his people. (ESV Study Bible)

The last verse of Ezekiel is fitting in light of that statement: “And the name of the city from that time on shall be, ‘The LORD Is There.'” (35, ESV) In spite of their rebellion, God still dwells with his people. This is a sweet reminder that God’s work in your life has nothing to do with your merit; it has everything to do with God’s faithfulness.

Because of Christ, God now dwells within you through the Holy Spirit, if you have repented of your sin and come into a relationship with God through Jesus. The promise talked about in Ezekiel is ultimately fulfilled in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What did God teach you through the book of Ezekiel?

By: Graham Withers — Associate Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.