Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Beth Frichette

"Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.  Nothing is too hard for you.”  Jeremiah 32:17

As children, we looked up at our fathers and saw a giant, a super hero who can lift us up and toss us into the air as if we were down-filled pillows. We knew that no matter how scared we may have been, nothing stood a chance against the secure arms of Daddy. Their mortality is only slowly revealed to us as we became adults ourselves. Their love for us, however, endures and becomes the limitless source of power that we rely upon. Jeremiah reminds us to rely on God’s eternal sovereignty and limitless power to provide for all our needs in this verse. God is glorified every time we take a step of faith and watch for the miracle.

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that in the weeks to come, that You will be praised through our faith.  I pray that Your will is sought in the hearts of our people. We rest in Your sovereign power as You manifest Your will through us. In Your heavenly Name.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Live Like You Were Dying

Hadley Baker

Hebrews 12:1-2
 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

A few years back country artist Tim McGraw rocked the airwaves with his song “Live Like You Were Dying.” It’s the story of a man who learns he has terminal cancer and knows he will soon die. Upon learning this, he decides to live his life to the fullest; doing things he has never done before. Mountain climbing. Bull riding. Sky diving. He loves more deeply than he ever has. He forgives those who have hurt him.

Do you ever feel like the passion is lacking in your relationship with Christ? Like you are not living life to the fullest? In the grind of life, it’s easy to lose sight of what is most important. Our spiritual life can take a back seat to work, bills, school, homework, laundry, cell phones. If you feel yourself slipping into this kind of an existence, be intentional about creating margin in your life to refocus on what matters most. Give up that sitcom to spend some time in prayer. Shut down the lap-top and open up the Bible. Do whatever you must do to get refocused on what is truly important—a passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ.

Monday, April 28, 2014


Karl Tingle

There is a country music song titled "I’m Here For The Party". At times the reason we have no power and there is no downpour is we are at church for the party. In Mathew 7 Jesus said, “Not all people that sound religious are really godly. They refer to me as Lord but they still won’t enter the kingdom.” Jesus is saying that some people have religion i.e. are here for the party,” not a relationship with Him. We know this because 
1) they are not obedient to His wishes. If you knew Me, Jesus said, you would do as I ask. 2) They are not producing fruit. I love the staff I work with because they are producing fruit. They are helping people come closer to the Lord. They are striving to win people to Jesus. They have a Christ like attitude. Jesus also speaks of the byproduct of obedience that a relationship with Him brings. “Anyone who obeys me is wise. They are like a person who builds their house on a solid rock.” Jesus promises stability to everyone who is obedient to Him. If you and I want the fire to fall on our lives we must be obedient. 

Jesus, I pray that we as a church will have a relationship with you and not just have a religious look.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Dream Builder

Amber Brewer

Faith is like a muscle: It can be strengthened. It can be weak or it can be strong, depending on how much you use it. The first thing God does to build your faith is give you a dream. When God wants to work in your life, he always gives you a dream-about yourself, about what he wants you do, about how he’s going to use your life to impact the world. In other words, if a dream comes from God, it will be so big in your life that you can’t do it on your own. If you could do it on your own, you wouldn’t need faith.
Adapted from Daily Hope with Rick Warren

Now all glory to God who is able through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

Heavenly Father,
We joyfully give You the reigns to cast vision and create plans beyond our wildest dreams. We rejoice in knowing that You are the architect and planner designing our future. Thank you for where we have been, where we are now and where we will be.

Friday, April 25, 2014


Karl Tingle

God has called the church to be the change agent in the world- Instead the world has changed the church. Most people do not like change.  That simple fact is common in all of us. If we do not like change, why do it? Why do we run from it like the plague? First, let us address the issue of why change is necessary.  There is an old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  A glancing study of the Bible leads us to believe the world is broken. Just looking around we can see violence, broken homes, and self-inflicted disease. Many studies indicate the leading cause for hospitalization in America is stress and worry, i.e. self-inflected illness. Suffering is found in our nation’s homes, schools, streets and cities. Second, why do we run from change? I believe we run from change because it is uncomfortable and uncertain. We dislike change because a call to change means we are broken. Something is not working as it should. While the church has struggled to retain its traditions and practices of the past, we in fact have changed. Instead of being a change agent in the world, the church has conformed to the broken lifestyle of the world.  This has happened because of an attempt to hold on to the past and its traditions. We have lost our unity of purpose. We have lost the power of the Spirit of God. In many ways the church is suffering from the same brokenness found in the world and we are in need of change. We have an elevated esteem of our own ideas and plans; asking God to bless our will for His church. We have placed a priority on our traditions, practices and tools. Because of this, we have failed to remember our changed lives, the lives those around us, and the abiding power of God were never based on our traditions or practices. The power came from the abiding presence of Almighty God; a fulfilled promise by God Himself that He would supply everything we need to accomplish His plan and purpose.  Now, the most uncomfortable part - why must the church change its methods and practices? As Barbara Bush said to George the morning after leaving the White House, when he reached over to press the button to ring for His morning coffee; “You are no longer in  Wonderland Alice.” We still live in a broken world, but it is a very different world than the world of our traditions.  We no longer reside in Wonderland. The youth of America no longer believe there is a God or in absolute truth.  “All for one and one for all” has been replaced with, “It’s all about me.” Chewing gum has been replaced by teenage pregnancy, STD’s and violence as our schools’ worst problems. Lest you wonder, does our theology change? No. Jesus is still and always will be the answer to the world’s brokenness. However, if we are going to be a “friend to sinners and publicans” and a “Fisher of Men” we must change our methods and practices.

Lord, please help us change and retool to reach a broken world. Give us the desire and perseverance to endure the changes that must be made. Help us so fall in love with the broken that we are willing to endure the discomfort of change in order to help the weak and bind their wounds. Thank You for the promise to empower us to accomplish Your task. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Challenge of The Church in America Today

Karl Tingle

The Church in America faces several challenges.  This week we will look at some of those challenges and perhaps, see ourselves and our church in the proverbial mirror.

1) Change…  God has called the church to be the change agent in the world- Instead the world is changing the church.

2) Relevance… God desires to address the issues the world is facing. – The church is so disconnected from the world we don’t even know the issues.
3) Press Release… The people outside the church know what the church is against. – The purpose of the church is not even a thought in their mind…or ours much of the time.

4) Lost-ness… In America, only 2% of people ages 18 to 24 are Evangelical believers. – The traditional church in American is not even reaching Her children and grandchildren.

What must we do to change?
What must happen before we will change?
What will cause us to leave our comfort zones and change?

One word with two application starts with the letter L.

LOVE God more than ourselves
LOVE People. More than ourselves

Father, I ask you today to do what ever you must to make us relevant.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Spencer Moreau

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10

"I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose."

A few months ago on February 14-15, I attended the Passion Conference in Houston with a few other college students from Casa View. It was an incredible conference where God spoke to me in so many ways. On that Saturday morning, Beth Moore walked up to the stage and talked about unity in Christ. She said that there is a good fight, and an evil fight in our churches today, and so many of us in America are stuck in the evil fight. This is a fight against ourselves, disagreeing with one another over small details that most of the time doesn’t even matter. This fight does not bring unity among us, which is not what Christ has for us. See, we are all saved by grace through faith because of Jesus Christ. He took our place on the cross and we took His place counted as righteous. So what do we have to disagree about? We are all saved by Jesus Christ, which should bring celebration, worship, and unity, not disagreement. In this scripture passage, we are called to unity among ourselves. To join together as one church and fight the good fight of faith. To take the next step moving forward in the life of our church in order to reach people for Christ.

Father, thank You for Your powerful love. I pray that You bring strong unity to Casa View Baptist Church. Break my heart of anything that doesn’t honor You, and help me to be a follower of Christ that fights the good fight of faith. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

God is Great

Spencer Moreau

Scripture: Read Psalm 145

Sometimes we have so much trouble trusting God. When something impossible stands before us, we just don’t see it ending way we envisioned it. But our God is a great God. In verse 3 of this Psalm, David writes “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.” David is saying here that God is so much bigger than we can even begin to understand. He created space, seen and unseen by us, along with every single star, planet, and galaxy. He also constructed every tree with one word and painted every beautiful flower and blade of grass with just His voice. He formed the tiny details of our body, every bone, muscle, and cell working in its place. He knows the number of hairs on our head and calls each of us by name. Our God is a huge, mighty, and powerful God. And when you begin to grasp that, our problem and difficulties we face seem easy. In our little minds, we can’t begin to understand how incredible our God is. And I don’t know about you, but that truth gives me the confidence to put my trust in Him in every single aspect of my life.

Father, you are a great and powerful God. I can’t even begin to understand how great You are.

I ask that in any situation where I become frustrated and worried, and I’m not in control, that You would remind me of how you have it under control. I trust you with every aspect of my life today.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Greater Reality

Lori Redd

Hebrews 11:1
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."

Christians are often accused of having blind faith: believing in God no matter what, without weighing the evidence for doing so.  Agnostics and atheists maintain that belief in God is foolish because it cannot be proven through the scientific process.  God cannot be seen, heard, touched, smelled, or "he" must not exist.  Do the doubters and naysayers have a point?  Do we believe just because that's what we are "supposed" to do?

The reality is doubt and skepticism about Jesus is nothing new. Even when He walked the earth, many claimed that Jesus was a fraud, a liar, an imposter. The only major hurdle they had in disproving Jesus' credibility was the miracles He performed. How could an average person heal the blind, raise the dead, and feed thousands with a sack lunch?  Their objections were silenced by the countless lives that were transformed by the Gospel.  The skeptics demanded proof of Jesus' claims about Himself, but Jesus' followers had all the proof they needed--changed hearts and lives.

Man is determined to operate by his own set of rules. Trying to fit God into a man-sized box will never work. If God could fit in such a box, would He then not cease to be God?  While man is intent on applying human logic to spiritual matters, God operates in a greater reality (see Isaiah 55:8-9).  How do we understand this reality?  How can we access it?  The answer is simple.  By faith. There are some things that just cannot be explained, some things that will never make sense to those who do not have faith.  But to those who know Christ and have experienced the life-changing power of the Gospel, we do not have to explain it.  Our lives are the proof of his existence.  It's not that we ignore the reality of this world, but rather we just live by faith in a greater reality for the world to come.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

God's Dream For You

Karl Tingle

When you sit and dream about the future, what do you think of? Most of the time what we think of is the best. We contemplate the brightest scenario with our lives and our surroundings. It has been said that you can only go as far as your vision can take you. Today, I want you to think about God’s vision for your life. Have you ever thought; what would God dream about concerning you and me? The great thing about God’s Word is that we do not have to guess. It is printed in black and white. In Acts 2 God says, “ ‘In the last days, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy.” (Act 2:17-18) Wow! God’s dream for you and your children and grandchildren is to dream dreams, see visions. He sees a future that is filled with His Spirit abiding in us. I pray that your week will be filled with God’s Spirit and power.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Party Planner

Amber Brewer

We serve a sovereign, powerful, all knowing, mighty God. When we walk hand in hand with Him we can do all things because He is the Ultimate Creator. Our God is a giver and He desires our dependence on Him. He wants to plan our party, but we have to remember to invite Him.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Heavenly Father,
You are in control. All things are possible because of You. “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”  Romans 8:31

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Camping Out or Crossing Over

Hadley Baker

Read Joshua 3:1-4

“All the Israelites went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over…”

For more than 400 years the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt. God used Moses to deliver them from captivity, promising to take them to a “good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:8).” Upon their exodus from Egypt, the Israelites would spend 40 years in the desert. One generation died off and another rose up. Joshua became the new Moses, leading this covenant people to their promised land.

When we enter the story in the third chapter of Joshua the nation of Israel is camping beside the Jordan River. Their promised land is on the other side. They have a choice to make—camp out or cross over? Stick with what’s familiar or journey into the unknown? Play it safe or step out in faith?

In our spiritual journey we will have those “Jordan River” moments. God will bring us to the edge of big things. We have a choice to make—camp out or cross over? Do we desire business as usual or something we have never seen before? Seeing God do big things requires us doing big things. So what is God calling you to do?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reinforced Concrete

Amber Brewer

What if a parking spot were a soul sitting and waiting to be filled with the Holy Spirit? What if a playground brought joy to a child engulfed in turmoil?  On a mission trip to Zambia, Africa I witnessed a little girl experiencing a swing for the very first time. Her face illuminated pure joy! She had never felt such freedom, pleasure and comfort. As I watched her swing higher and higher I couldn’t help but think, “The higher the swing, the closer to Heaven.” Sometimes it is the simple things that build God’s Kingdom. When concrete is built on faith and with the Lord it can do so much more than provide a parking spot.

For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them. Matthew 18:20.

Heavenly Father,
All that we have is Yours and all that we do is for You. We ask You to breathe life and purpose into this project. We ask You to fill each parking spot week after week with people who have come to hear the gospel. We ask You to wrap Your tender arms around children as they experience joy through the playground.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Faith Got Us Here

Sonja Ralston

During our last Building Program, a Casa View couple gave a thousand dollars to jump start the Fund Raising Campaign. I started thinking, “God, I want to do that too!” I didn’t exactly have a thousand unattached dollars, but God was listening. Completely un-expected, I received a check in the mail for over-paid property taxes for three hundred plus dollars, the following week I received another check in the mail for over-paid school taxes for three hundred plus dollars, now my goal was attainable. If God was willing to provide 2/3 of the amount I could surely budget my spending and come up with the remaining 1/3. Remember, these taxes were paid initially by my mortgage company but I was receiving the refund. Coincidence you say, where God is concerned I don’t believe in coincidences. “You can’t out give God,” the more I give the more I receive, I find myself double checking the calculator, I write out checks and still have funds left over more than I should. Our God is so amazing, His plan is greater in “all ways” than our own, and we simply have to Trust Him and follow Him by Faith. Faith got us here!

Malachi 3:10-11
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,”says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe, says the Lord Almighty.”