Don’t Quit

Failure to communicate. Failure to plan. Failure to finish. Oftentimes in life, we face circumstances that are so challenging we just want to quit. This can happen in our jobs, our relationships with friends and family, and even as we engage our relationships with the Lord. Teaching from Galatians 6, Pastor Ben explains the importance of […]

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Free In The Fire

Life comes with its hassles, struggles, and troubles. Most people don’t get out of this life without experiencing difficulties and our attitudes can dictate how we handle those circumstances. So, what if we began to see our circumstances differently and how are we supposed to do that? Teaching from Daniel 3, Pastor Ben explains how […]

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Cruise Control

Control is an important part of life. We can’t always be in control of everything, but we are called to exercise control over certain things in our lives of faith. Exercising self-control – and not staying on cruise control –  is crucial to a life of faith rooted in Christ. In this Sunday’s message from […]

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Run To The Wilderness, Part IV: Jesus

In this final message of the Run To The Wilderness series, we learn about Jesus’ experiences in the wilderness, how He was able to successfully endure those seasons of His life, and what we should take away from His experience to apply to our own wilderness journeys. [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3]

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Run To The Wilderness, Part III: Elijah

It’s so easy to get caught up in the frustration that we experience in our lives. Even the prophet Elijah was eventually too focused on the challenges he faced and how they would effect him, instead focusing on the God who had seen him through difficult circumstances again and again. In week 3 of Run to […]

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Run to the Wilderness, Part II: Moses

In this week’s continuation of the Run to the Wilderness series, we learn about Moses’ first journey into the wilderness and how God chose to connect to him and use him not in the season of plenty, but in his season of lack.     [Part 1, Part 3, Part 4]

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Run to the Wilderness, Part I: Hagar

These days, most of us don’t go out of our way to go camping. Being away from the comforts of your home like a warm bed, electricity, and entertainment isn’t something most of us would willingly sign up for. The wilderness is not our favorite place to be… but maybe running into the wilderness isn’t […]

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Out With The Old (…Just Kidding!)

As people, we can become sentimental about things of zero consequence. An old sweater, your favorite shoes — things we’ve outgrown and can’t use anymore. It can be like that with habit patterns, ways of thinking, and relationships, too. Paul wrote to the Ephesians to encourage and correct them in their walk and in chapter […]

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Homecoming 2017

Homecoming is a tradition in many Southern churches. Past and present members of the faith community come together to worship, hear God’s Word, and fellowship around wonderful food. It’s a time to renew familiar relationships and make new acquaintances. This year Maranatha celebrated its 40th Homecoming celebration. The four pastors who have led Maranatha since […]

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The Struggle Is Real

Laundry, school work, fatigue — life can be hard! In fact, Jesus told us that in this life we would have trouble. But James, His brother, encouraged us to consider our trials as “pure joy”. In this message from James 1, Pastor Ben challenges the congregation to consider a different perspective when the trials in life come […]

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