• Lori Somerville

Radical faith requires the Holy Spirit and an ever-increasing, intimate relationship with God.

Jesus was radical in his time. Everything he did seemed to fly in the face of what was accepted and normal in his time. Tradition. Rituals. Religion. The way things were done.

Jesus reveals those things that were not full of life but dead. Jesus came to bring life to a dying world.

Matthew 17: 14-20

When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

The Disciples were not practicing radical faith they were simply doing what they had seen Jesus do. That did not require faith.

Radical Faith is an effective faith that produces results. It will move mountains. As a matter of fact, the verse we just read tells us that just a tiny bit will move mountains.

I want to encourage you to study the stories in the Bible of Jesus healing. Time after time Jesus says…..your faith has made you well”………. Jesus had multiple encounters with people where he praised them for their faith.

Faith matters.

We live in a time where we can’t afford to be wishy washy in our faith. We either believe or we don’t. God either is or He isn’t.

And if we believe, if we have faith, than we should live like we have faith. Jesus did. And eventually so did his disciples.

This means that our faith should take us to places, to situations where we step out in faith knowing the only way this is going to work is if God shows up because we’ve reached the end of ourselves.

If we are willing to live like we have faith…our faith will bear fruit. It will produce results.

I want to encourage you to ask yourself this question: Do I have radical faith or have I settled for less than the best God wants to give me?

The Bible tells us that Jesus' plan for us was that we would do even greater miracles than He did while He was among us. So what is stopping us? What is keeping us from taking a risk? From living our lives as if that very same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive and at work inside of us?

If you long to have this kind of radical are on your way. Ask God to show you the areas of your life where you have settled, where you have allowed your fear of failure to hold you back and areas where your faith needs to increase. The wor ld is in need of a church that is willing to be radical.

  • Lori Somerville

When I was a kid growing up we lived on a lake. We learned to swim as soon as we could walk. We had an old wooden rowboat that we traveled our world with. That rowboat was heavy – I can’t count the hours I spent in that old boat exploring the lake, reading, swimming, etc. Some of my favorite memories involve that old rowboat and the adventures we used to have with it and that old boat taught me some valuable life lessons as well.

I escaped to that old boat one day and set out for the middle of the lake. The water was a little choppy but it was a hot, summer day and I had a book tucked under my arm. I threw my anchor over the side of the boat and curled up to enjoy my book. The gentle rocking of the waves and the warm sun made for a perfect day. What I didn’t realize though was that the rope that held my anchor had gotten tangled up and my anchor never reached bottom so the entire time I was enjoying the sun the waives and my book the boat had drifted a long way from home. I proceeded to spend the next 30 minutes rowing my way home.

During this past year – facing a pandemic, a hate-filled political cycle and just the day to day struggles of life in general, I often reflected on that old rowboat and the lesson it taught me about anchors.

I think one of the things that this past year has revealed to all of us is the strength of our anchor and the importance of knowing what you are anchored to.

In an instant, it felt like our entire lives changed. We were shut up in our homes, our churches were closed, grocery stores became scary places and fear and hate seemed to surround us. And some of us found ourselves being swept away in that current of hate and fear and isolation.

Just like in that old rowboat……..our anchor is important. The condition of the chain that holds our anchor and who or what we are anchored to. If the chain holding my anchor is weak, I will lose my anchor and be swept away by the current. My anchor may be firm but if the links in the chain are weak…so is my connection to my anchor. It’s equally as important that we know who or what we are anchored to.

What are you anchored in?

What is the condition of the links in your chain?

What you are anchored to and the condition of your connection to that anchor

The Bible tells us that if Jesus is our anchor we are going to be okay regardless of what comes against us.

Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Jesus doesn’t change. He doesn’t change His mind. He doesn’t change His direction. He is for us……….in the quiet waters and in the middle of our storms

In a world that is constantly changing, his love, his mercy and his grace doesn’t change

And again

Isaiah 6:19

19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

Jesus is the assurance that we have an anchor for our souls.

Look at the words used to describe that anchor

Firm and Secure.

He is the anchor for our souls – firm and secure.

He is offering us security in an insecure world.

The world is in need of a church that is secure in the knowledge that Jesus is the anchor of our souls.

The whole world is in need of HOPE

He is our HOPE

And if HE is what you are clinging to then you have an amazing source of hope to get you through the storms of life and an amazing source of hope to offer everyone around you.

If you don't know this Jesus I speak of, we at Cornerstone Community Church would love to introduce you. There is hope for you too.

  • Lori Somerville

Walking in unity with other people is not easy. Different personalities, different giftings, different likes and dislikes, introverts, extroverts, how in the world do you get all these differences to come together and be unified? HOW?

But the answer is incredibly simple.

I don’t. You don’t. We don’t.

If you are walking in unity with God

Then unity with others is the natural result.

You don’t have to do anything. I don’t have to do anything.

I have been blessed to sit at the feet of some incredible women who taught me that when I am disturbed by something that someone else does I need to look within and ask God to show me what their behavior is triggering in me. I don’t need to fix them. I don’t need to know what God is trying to work out in them…….

In other words, I don’t have to like everything that you do or say to walk in unity with you. You don’t have to like everything that I do or say to walk in unity with me. It’s possible for us to not always agree with each other and still walk in unity.

We can, as the church, learn to love each other’s differences – to celebrate them even & to walk in unity together to where God is taking us.

Unity does not mean all alike. That is not God’s plan. We are all a part of God’s family. He is the head. We are his children. We are called to take up our places shoulder to shoulder with Jesus. No position is more important than another. Each one of us in all our differentness are called to advance the Kingdom of God here on earth. We need each other.

The world has it all wrong…….we can disagree and be in unity. We can have different ideas and be in unity. We can be called to move in totally different directions and still be in unity………………as long as we choose to walk together under the banners of love, grace and honor.

As long as God is the one we unite around.

If we will return our gaze to God.

If we will take care of our own hearts.

God will do the rest.

Psalm 133

1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity

Look around you – at the world we find ourselves in – this world needs unity more than ever before. It needs the church to stand up and show the world that living in unity with one another is possible.

Unity always precedes revival.

And our world desperately needs revival. Honestly, I think the church does too.

I’m all in. I hope you will be too.

We need to get this unity thing

Because if we as “the church” are going to impact our community we have to get a hold of how important unity is.

We have to be willing as individuals to choose unity over our own comfort, over our own desires.

It’s easy to “walk in unity” with someone who thinks just like you do – but what about the guy down the street who doesn’t agree with anything you do. Can you walk in unity with him?