Posts with the category “pastor-s-blog”

Finding Fulfillment and Community: The Benefits of Consistent Church Attendance
by Jody Burkeen on December 12th, 2023
In our fast-paced and hectic world, carving out time for spiritual growth and community connection can be a challenge. However, attending church consistently is a practice that can bring numerous benefits to your life. Whether you're seeking personal fulfillment, a sense of belonging, or a deeper connection with your faith, regular attendance at a church can provide a meaningful and enriching expe...  Read More
Salvation is Free, But Sanctification Cost, But in a Good Way
by Pastor Jody Burkeen on October 25th, 2023
Salvation is Free, but Sanctification Will Cost YouAs we journey through the realm of Christian faith, we encounter two distinct yet profoundly intertwined concepts: salvation and sanctification. While salvation is often painted as a gracious gift from God, sanctification necessitates unswerving dedication and a relentless commitment on the part of the believer. In this blog, we will embark on an ...  Read More
242 Groups
by Jody Burkeen on April 21st, 2023
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42Small groups have been a vital part of Ignite church for a few years, and their importance cannot be overstated. In fact, 242 groups are the lifeblood of our church, providing members with a sense of belonging, connection, and spiritual growth. If you're not apart...  Read More
Gossip: A Harmful Sin
by Jody Burkeen on April 18th, 2023
Gossip, defined as the spreading of rumors or private information about someone, is often considered to be a harmless activity. It can feel like a way to bond with friends or to feel connected to others by sharing information. However, gossip is a destructive force that harms relationships, damages reputations and causes pain and suffering for those involved. In Christianity, gossip is considered ...  Read More
by Jody Burkeen on April 13th, 2023
I've been pondering this question, "how well does our church know how to defend their faith?" Today, I want to talk about the importance of defending our Christian faith in a world that is increasingly hostile to our beliefs.As followers of Christ, we are called to be salt and light in the world, to boldly proclaim the truth of the Gospel and to live out our faith in every aspect of our lives. How...  Read More
Spiritual Warfare
by Jody Burkeen on April 6th, 2023
As a Christian, we believe that there are spiritual forces at work in the world that we cannot see, and that these forces can sometimes be malevolent and seek to harm us. These spiritual attacks can come in many forms, including physical illness, mental health struggles, financial hardship, and relationship problems. In this blog, we'll explore what spiritual attacks are, how to recognize them, an...  Read More
Good Friday
by Jody Burkeen on April 5th, 2023
Good Friday is a significant day for Christians worldwide, as it marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. This day is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday and is also known as Holy Friday, Black Friday, or Great Friday. It is a day of solemn reflection and mourning for Christians, as they remember the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus.The origins of Good Friday c...  Read More
Christian Persecution
by Jody Burkeen on March 30th, 2023
Christian persecution is a topic that has been discussed and debated for centuries. It is a complex and multifaceted issue that has affected millions of Christians around the world. From ancient times to the modern era, Christians have faced persecution, discrimination, and violence because of their faith.Persecution of Christians has taken many forms throughout history. In ancient Rome, Christian...  Read More
Easter- What is it?
by Jody Burkeen on March 24th, 2023
Easter is one of the most important holidays in the Christian faith, celebrated annually in remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time of great significance for believers around the world, as it marks the ultimate triumph of hope, faith, and love over death, sin, and despair. But what is the meaning of Easter, and why is it so important to Christians?The story of Easter dates ba...  Read More
How to Start a Prayer Journal
by Jody Burkeen on March 17th, 2023
Starting a prayer journal is a great way to deepen your relationship with God and grow in your faith. I've been doing one for 15 years, it helps build my faith by seeing the answered prayers of the past. A prayer journal allows you to write down your thoughts, feelings, and prayers, helping you to reflect on your spiritual journey and connect with God on a more personal level. Here are some tips o...  Read More
Grace! How to Live in it!
by Jody Burkeen on March 7th, 2023
How do I live by Grace? Grace is a Christian doctrine that is a powerful tool for living a more fulfilling life. Living by grace means living with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for the abundance and blessings in your life and approaching challenges and difficulties with a sense of compassion and forgiveness. Webster defines Grace as “unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their re...  Read More
Community Prayer- Important?
by Jody Burkeen on February 27th, 2023
Prayer is an essential part of many people's lives, and it can be even more powerful when done in a community setting. Community prayer refers to the practice of praying together with others, whether it be in a church or small group. Our community, is the body of believers at Ignite Church, unified in crying out to God together.  Let's will explore the importance of community prayer and how it can...  Read More
Revival- Are You Prepared?
by Jody Burkeen on February 24th, 2023
The church has a vital role in sharing the message of Jesus Christ with the world, but often we can become stagnant and lose the passion we once had for sharing the good news. The concept of revival is not just an event but a process of renewing our hearts and minds to the things of God. With all the talk of revival, are you ready? Will you miss it if it comes? Here are some practical steps to to ...  Read More
Forgiveness- Why
by Jody Burkeen on February 22nd, 2023
Forgiveness can be a difficult and often painful process, particularly when we have been deeply hurt by someone else's actions. Someone once said, unforgiveness is like drinking acid and hoping the other person dies. It only kills you. There are many reasons why forgiveness is important and why we should strive to cultivate a forgiving attitude in our lives. Here are just a few.Forgiveness is good...  Read More
Forgiveness- How to...
by Jody Burkeen on February 22nd, 2023
12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Colossians 3:13Forgiveness is an important aspect of relationships, whether they be romantic, familial, or profession...  Read More
Repentance- Breaking Bad Habits
by Jody Burkeen on February 22nd, 2023
Repentance is the act of feeling genuine remorse for past actions or behaviors and making a sincere effort to turn away from those actions and behaviors. It is a powerful tool for personal growth, healing, and spiritual transformation. In this blog post, we will explore the meaning of repentance, its importance, and how to practice it.What is repentance?Repentance is a deep, heartfelt realization ...  Read More
Critical Spirit
by Jody Burkeen on February 21st, 2023
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Ending Your Fast
by Jody Burkeen on February 14th, 2023
Ending a biblical fast is just as important as starting one. Here are some tips to help you end your fast:Start slow: When breaking your fast, it's important to start slow and reintroduce food gradually to avoid any digestive issues. Start with small amounts of easily digestible foods such as fruits or soups, and avoid heavy, fried, or spicy foods.Pray and give thanks: Take time to thank God for s...  Read More
Discipleship 101
by Jody Burkeen on February 8th, 2023
Discipleship refers to the process of following and learning from Jesus Christ, with the ultimate goal of becoming more like him and fulfilling his mission in the world. It is a lifelong journey of growth and transformation, where we seek to deepen our relationship with God, live out his commands, and make a positive impact in the lives of others.The call to discipleship can be found throughout th...  Read More
Walking by Faith
by Jody Burkeen on February 4th, 2023
Faith is a powerful force that can bring meaning, purpose, and peace to our lives. But for many of us, walking in faith can be a challenge. We may question our beliefs, doubt the guidance of a God, or struggle to trust in the face of life's difficulties.However, faith is a journey, not a destination. It is a process of growth, learning, and transformation that requires time, effort, and commitment...  Read More
Spiritual Disciplines
by Jody Burkeen on January 30th, 2023
Seeking God through the spiritual disciplines such as reading your Bible, meditation, and prayer will guide you to a deeper spiritual connection with God.While fasting, adding spiritual disciplines will help you deepen your connection with God and can provide a path to greater understanding and spiritual growth. Here are some tips for incorporating these practices into your spiritual journey for t...  Read More
by Jody Burkeen on January 19th, 2023
Evangelism is the act of spreading the message of Christianity to non-believers. It is an important aspect of the Christian faith, as it allows individuals to share the love and message of Jesus Christ with others.There are many different ways to engage in evangelism, and it can be done both formally and informally. Formal evangelism typically involves a structured presentation of the Christian me...  Read More
Biblical Stewardship
by Jody Burkeen on January 13th, 2023
 Biblical stewardship is the principle of managing and using resources (including time, talents, and money) in a manner that is pleasing to God. It is rooted in the belief that everything we have is a gift from God, and we are responsible for using it wisely and for His glory. Are you a good steward?The Bible teaches that we are to be faithful stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. This inc...  Read More
Serving Others
by Jody Burkeen on January 12th, 2023
Serving others is a fundamental principle in the Bible and is an important part of living a Christian life. From the earliest days of Christianity, believers have been called to serve others in the name of Jesus. The Bible teaches that serving others is an act of love and obedience to God. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and ...  Read More
Grow In The Grace and Knowledge
by Jody Burkeen on January 11th, 2023
Growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus is an ongoing process that begins with a personal relationship with Him through faith in His death and resurrection. This is true sanctification. Here are a few ways to cultivate a deeper understanding and intimacy with Jesus.Study the Bible: The Bible is God's word and it is through reading and studying scripture that we come to know Jesus better. Make ...  Read More
Being a Christian Friend
by Jody Burkeen on January 7th, 2023
Having Christian friends,  involves developing close relationships with others based on mutual respect, trust, and a shared commitment to living according to the teachings of the Bible. Here are a few things you can do to cultivate good, godly, biblical friendships:Pray for guidance and wisdom in choosing friends. The Bible says, "Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character'" (1 Corinth...  Read More
Bible Study in 2023
by Jody Burkeen on December 30th, 2022
2023 can be the year you finally get through the bible. Here are some tips for studying the Bible:1. Set aside dedicated time for Bible study. It can be helpful to choose a regular time and place to study, such as in the morning before starting your day or in the evening before going to bed. I start the morning off with a cup of coffee, my bible and prayer journal.2. Choose a translation of the Bi...  Read More