Man! We need to think on this!

Have you every been so busy you forgot to think?  You know, think about what is really important in life and what you should focus on all the time?  If you haven’t experienced that…I have experienced for you!

As we move through life, we find it full of mountains, valleys, clear days, and dark ones too.  It seems like our thinking goes with the “climate and landscape” of our day.  And as we all know, the way our thinking goes, so goes our view on life, family, God, friends, church…our thinking becomes our reality.  That is a hard truth that we need to “think on”.  


God’s word is clear what His people should be “thinking on” and

what we shouldn’t be “thinking on”.


God’s word is clear what His people should be “thinking on” and what we shouldn’t be “thinking on”.  As we read the Bible, we find all kinds of thinking being done by all kinds of people. We also see God always directing His people back to the correct or proper ways of thinking. Look at what the Apostle Paul tells the church in Colossians 3:1-17.

Don’t worry, I am not going to break every verse down. I will let you and the Holy Spirit do that!  Yet the first two verses really give us something to think on.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your heart on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set you minds on things above, not on earthly things.  Colossians 3:1-2

Many of us have heard or read this passage one time in our Christ following lives or maybe not.  But did we stop to think about what Paul was telling the church (Jesus Followers)?  The followers of Jesus back in the day had it much worse in every way as Christians.  They were poorer, under oppression and persecution, on the run, being killed for their faith…their thinking was clouded by the storms of life they were in.  IT HAPPENS to all of us…that is, thinking clouded by the storms of life!

Yet Paul brought them all back to the reality of whose they are and who they are in Jesus Christ.  Of course, he wanted them to remember,  to remember the love and grace of God  and how God changes our thinking and our focus.

Take some time this week and remember how much God loves you and your family.  Read passages that get you to think differently about yourself, others, and the world.  God filled the Word with paths to Godly and Blessed thinking, we must walk and think in them.  May the Lord open your mind to the scriptures and bring you back to his way of thinking about life.

Think His Way,

Pastor Terry

OUR Stories

At Restoration we believe that everyone's story matters because it is through our stories that we find hope for the future. Take some time and listen to how God changes outlooks on life and adds hope where there was no hope


What We Believe!

About God

God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

About Man

Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates man from God.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2

About Eternity

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13

About Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1

About The Bible

The Bible is God’s word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

About Baptism

Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.

Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20

About Communion

Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.

Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29