Posts from June 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 1, 2020

II Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)  the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles,  so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.  There is a need for tenderheartedness in every follower of Jesus Christ.  We must not think we are above sin.  When we know our own weaknesses,  we will have a lot more grace toward others.  We have our own brand of temptations.  We are only able…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JUNE 30, 2020

I Corinthians 13:8 (NLT)  Love never fails.  No failure in a relationship has to permanently destroy that relationship if forgiveness is part of your life.  No failure is greater than grace.  No hurt exists that love cannot heal.  How?  We must enter into a dialogue.  We must be willing to talk.  Are we willing to offer repentance and invite forgiveness,  or must we stand for our own rights in spite of the consequences?  Healing brokenness requires an attitude of compassion…

Worship Wednesdays

We are returning to Worship Wednesday gatherings once a month. Our next service will be Wed, July 15! Join us for an intentional time of worship & prayer. Details regarding onsite or online will be coming soon!

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JUNE 29, 2020

Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NLT)  Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins. Face the reality—even the person you love the most is imperfect.  He or she will eventually fail you or hurt you in some way.  It might be a not-so-serious way  (like forgetting your birthday)  or a more serious way  (like engaging an addiction).  Even the best people can make mistakes.  What then?  Usually the relationship is harmed.  Sin always alienates us from one another.  We…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JUNE 27, 2020

Job 42:8 (NIV)  …My servant Job will pray for you,  and I will accept his prayer…   Those who have no scars are often quick to judge,  quick to speak,  less compassionate,  lacking in humility,  legalistic with God’s Word and accusatory toward people.  Those who graduate from the crucible of suffering have learned the lessons of humility (Job 42:3-4) and gained new levels of spiritual authority.  How has suffering changed your spirituality?   

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JUNE 26, 2020

Psalm 138:8 (KJV)  The LORD will perfect that which concerns me.  (MSG:  Finish what you started in me,  God.  Your love is eternal…)  Have you had a life-altering experience that caused you to rethink a core belief and,  as a result,  you came to a more balanced,  Biblical view of life?  We will experience paradigm shifts that break the illusion that we are in control.  They will change our questions from  “How do I get rid of this inconvenience  (illness, …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2020

Colossians 3:5 (NIV)  Put to death,  therefore,  whatever belongs to your earthly nature:  sexual immorality,  impurity,  lust,  evil desires and greed,  which is idolatry.   “You can’t flip a switch and want God more than anything else.  We can’t master all the impulses.  We have to go to the parts of the self and identify what defeats us.  For example:  we may have an inordinant need for people to like us—ask the Holy Spirit to look at that.  A major…

On-Site Gatherings COVID-19 Guide

We are excited to host our Sunday Services in-person at the WEAG Campus! If weather permits, we will have outdoor services on Sundays at 11am in the Upper Field. In the event of inclement weather, we will move inside. To make this possible, our services have been redesigned to create a sanitary, touchless environment that allows for physical distancing. We have also launched a seating reservation system for Sunday Services to help us plan for reduced capacity at our WEAG…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JUNE 24, 2020

Colossians 3:13 (NIV)  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.   “Confession is an important way to discover your soul.  When you confess,  you give up splitting the self.  Sin always splits the self (soul) in some degree.  We become fractured people.  James 5:16 tells us to confess to one another.  Revival only comes with confession.  There is a charade of righteousness in ordinary living and that…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JUNE 23, 2020

Colossians 3:14 (NLT)  And over all these virtues put on love,  which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Those virtues are listed in verse 12:  compassion,  kindness,  humility,  gentleness,  and patience.  “We need to understand the nature of goodness.  It is not DOING the right thing,  but rather BECOMING the kind of person who naturally does the right thing because they want to do it.  These are two completely different things.  Rather than obsessing over behaviors,  we must arrange…

Blood Drive

You can help the Red Cross meet the urgent need for blood AND receive insight into whether you may have been exposed to this coronavirus. For a limited time, the Red Cross is testing all donated blood for COVID-19 antibodies. To donate, you must be feeling healthy and well. Join West End Assembly of God on 7/8 and 7/9 and give blood to help save a life! Click here to schedule an appointment or go to redcrossblood.org and type in…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JUNE 22, 2020

Colossians 3:12 (NIV)  Therefore,  as God’s chosen people,  holy and dearly loved,  clothe yourselves with compassion,  kindness,  humility,  gentleness,  and patience.  How well are you doing this?  Colossians 3:1-17 is fundamental to the Christian life—being transformed by Jesus.  “It is a Spirit formation—a process of transforming the mind.  It’s not about behavior modification but rather about the sources of behavior:  the mind,  the heart,  the soul and body.  Look at the roots of behavior,  where it comes from  (the spirit, …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JUNE 20, 2020

Nehemiah 1:6 (NIV)  …I confess the sins we Israelites,  including myself and my father’s house,  have committed against you…  The nation of Israel was in exile because they had not obeyed the covenant commands.  Now Jerusalem,  “the city where I have chosen to put my Name” (I Kings 11:36),  was in shambles.  Nehemiah’s prayers included repentance—personal and national.  How are we praying for our nation?  “Forgive us,  Lord.”  “Forgive me,  Lord.”  

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2020

Nehemiah 1:3-4 (NIV)  …The wall of Jerusalem is broken down,  and its gates have been burned with fire.  When I heard these things,  I sat down and wept.  For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of Heaven.  Nehemiah models for us the correct response to devastating national news.  He sat for days in mourning and fasting and praying to God.  What compassion!  Compassion is often the springboard of obedience to God’s will.  Sitting in God’s…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JUNE 18, 2020

John 16:12 (NIV)  “When He,  the Spirit of Truth,  comes,  He will guide you into all truth.”  Jesus is leading us on a path to complete wholeness.  He intends to heal every heartache from your past—all in due time.  There is so much to learn about ourselves,  about Him,  and about others.  The world is filled with hurting people,  those who have been caught in the wake of someone else’s bad choices,  and those who are manipulated by evil to…

Kids Racial Reconciliation Resource List

Our Family Ministries Department has gathered a list of resources that may interest you as you discuss racial reconciliation with your kids. Podcast Parent Cue Book Lists While we have not read every book listed here, the lists come from quality sources, and we feel like they are a good start for diversifying your child’s library. We encourage parents to do their own research on specific titles before getting them for their kids. PBS Kids For Parents New York Times…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JUNE 17, 2020

Psalm 27:1 (NIV)  The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?  You don’t have to fully understand each thing that happens in order to trust God.  You don’t have to try and figure it out,  control it,  or even like it,  for that matter.  In the midst of uncertainties,  you just have to stand and say,  “I trust you Lord.”  Though your path is…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JUNE 16, 2020

Hebrews 13:5-6 (NLT)  For God has said,  “I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you.”  So we can say with confidence,  “The LORD is my helper,  so I will have no fear.  What can mere people do to me?”  Lysa TerKeurst says,  “The peace of our souls does not rise and fall with unpredictable people or situations.  Our feelings will shift,  of course.  People do affect us.  But the peace of our souls is tethered to all that…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JUNE 15, 2020

Psalm 9:9 (NIV)  The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,  a stronghold in times of trouble.  There is an oppressive,  condemning voice,  an accusing voice that finds its way into the minds and hearts of every human being (…for the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth—the one who accuses them before our God day and night”  Rev. 12:10).  You’ve heard it.  I’ve heard it.  It embeds a sense of rejection and insecurity into…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JUNE 13, 2020

Acts 27:23 (NIV)  Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me…  God deploys holy angels on our behalf.  There are 108 references to spiritual hosts in the Old Testament and 165 references to them in the New Testament.  They have a definite effect on the activities and affairs of people.  In this case,  an angel appeared to the Apostle Paul during his ship’s perilous journey to Rome and gave him a…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JUNE 12, 2020

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,  but against the rulers,  against the authorities,  against the powers of this dark world,  and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  The battle believers wage is spiritual.  So beware of the subtle thoughts that come your way and  “every pretention that sets itself up against the knowledge of God” (Ephesians 10:3-5).  Live aware of the many ways your thoughts are being influenced.  We need…

Summer Made New Classes

WEAG Made New Discipleship Classes Our discipleship team has two brand new classes available for you starting July 2020! SACRED RHYTHMS  (Online via ZOOM) This class will be held online via Zoom Tuesdays, July 14 – 18 at 6:30pm for 6 consecutive weeks. . Teachers: Pastor Marlyn DeFoggi and Paul DeFoggi  Learn to arrange your life around a regular pattern of spiritual practices that God can use to nourish your soul and transform your life. Lessons… Longing for More: Understanding…

RSVP for Sunday Morning Services

Confirm your plans to worship on-site as we return to gathering together! If weather permits, we will have a family-friendly worship service in WEAG’s upper field, so please bring a chair or picnic blanket! In the event of inclement weather, we will move inside to the spacious Worship Center. Please RSVP in advance as attendance will be limited to observe social distancing requirements. Facial coverings are required for all those 10 and older.

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JUNE 11, 2020

II Kings 6:16 (NIV)  “Don’t be afraid,”  the prophet answered.  “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  The enemy had surrounded the city and the prophet Elisha’s servant was terrified.  But Elisha calmly reassured him.  He prayed the simple prayer,  “O Lord,  open his eyes so he may see” (vs. 17).  Suddenly,  Elisha’s servant saw a multitude of heavenly hosts.  The enemy was neutralized,  and Israel gained a great victory without even fighting a…

Arts Camp – Canceled

A note from Arts Camp Coordinator, Kara Smith: I am sad to say this, but we are going to cancel Arts Camp for this summer. We haven’t been getting the signups that we usually get for our in-person camp, and I totally get it. I understand that people are tired of virtual obligations, and it’s freeing not to be tied to the computer now that school is out. I think in this unprecedented time that we shelf it for now…

Virtual Preschool & Kids Church!

Preschool Church & Elementary Kids Church WEAG YouTube | Sundays | 12:30 pm There will be no services or kids programming on the WEAG campus until further notice. Hop over to WEAG’s YouTube page for Preschool and Elementary Kids Church with Ashlyn Bolton and Lisa Eggert. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK: WEAG Preschool Kids | WEAG Elementary Kids Homeschooling Tips If you’ve been doing school at home, it’s a normal part of learning to see what works and what doesn’t, so…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JUNE 10, 2020

Revelation 5:11-12 (NLT) … I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne…and they sang in a mighty chorus:  “Worthy is the Lamb…”  Heaven’s angels number in the millions.  John saw a glimpse of what you and I who follow Jesus will see one glorious day.  We will join the song:  “every creature in heaven and on earth…they sang:  “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the One sitting on the throne and to…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JUNE 9, 2020

I Peter 1:12b (NIV)  Even angels long to look into these things.  Angels are well-informed about many aspects of God’s universal kingdom.  They are very intelligent but they labor under certain limitations.  Peter tells us that they long to explore the wonders of God’s grace that are revealed in God’s redemptive plan.  They look at us and wonder and marvel at God’s amazing grace and the lengths to which He went to engage His redemption plan.  I think they also…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JUNE 8, 2020

Psalm 103:20 (NIV)  Praise the Lord,  you his angels,  you mighty ones who do His bidding,  who obey His word.  The word translated angel means messenger.  Angels were created to carry out specific spiritual functions on behalf of God and His people.  Throughout the Bible you will read about them worshipping God,  carrying out assignments for Him,  serving as agents of His judgment,  providing strength and protection for God’s people,  delivering God’s people in times of peril,  and sometimes even…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JUNE 6, 2020

Joshua 1:6  (NIV)  ”Be strong and courageous,  because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.”  Each one of us has an arena of influence,  a people group,  which we can lead to inherit their  “Promised Lands.”  We do that as we point people to salvation through Jesus Christ,  and then lead them in discipleship.  We lead them to  “inherit”  their  “land”  as we teach them from God’s Word,  and as…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JUNE 5, 2020

Joshua 5:13-15  (NIV)  …Joshua… looked up and saw right in front of him a man standing,  holding his drawn sword.  Joshua stepped up to him and said,  “Whose side are you on—ours or our enemies?”  He said,  “Neither,  I’m commander of God’s army.  I’ve just arrived.”  Joshua fell,  face to the ground,  and worshiped.  “What orders does my Master have for his servant.”  Scholars consider this  “commander of God’s army”  to be a  “theophany”— a physical manifestation of Yahweh.  Notice…

Reconciliation Resource List

We have gathered a list of resources that may interest you as we strive to move toward reconciliation here in our city, nation and world. You can also check out our consolidated resource list for parents. Click here. Books RightNow Media RightNow Media has consolidated resources regarding racism and racial reconciliation within their study library. Check them out here. Don’t have a log in? Create one here. Authentic Racial Bridge-Builders. Be The Bridge’s vision is that people and organizations are…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JUNE 4, 2020

Joshua 1:5  (NIV)  No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life.  As I was with Moses,  so I will be with you.  I will never leave you nor forsake you.   God’s primary promise to Joshua was His unfailing faithfulness.  Joshua had been Moses’  assistant.  Whenever Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to talk to God,  Joshua lingered just outside the doorway.  He hungered for God and had been a good…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JUNE 3, 2020

Acts 27:23  (MSG)  “Last night God’s angel stood at my side, an angel of this God I serve,  saying to me,  ‘Don’t give up,  Paul.  You’re going to stand before Caesar yet—and everyone sailing with you is also going to make it.’”  Paul did not stand in the storm and rebuke the winds and the waves like Jesus did on the Galilee with his despairing disciples.  The Holy Spirit led Paul to a different action—to stand before the sailors in…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JUNE 2, 2020

Acts 27:33-34 (MSG)  With dawn about to break,  Paul called everyone together and proposed breakfast…”I urge you to eat something now.  You’ll need strength for the rescue ahead.  You’re going to come out of this without even a scratch!”  Full of faith and confidence,  Paul declared that rescue was ahead and that they’d survive—but they needed to eat and get strength for the next hit from the storm.  He broke the bread, gave thanks to God, and passed it around…

Race, Class & the Kingdom

In light of everything happening in our nation today, we wanted to make you all aware of a resource we have available for all of you!  In 2017, WEAG hosted a conference led by Arrabon, a Richmond-based organization dedicated to equipping communities for cross-cultural engagement from a biblical perspective and framework. That conference has been converted into a Video-Based Curriculum! If you are wondering how to process the events of the past few weeks, not sure how to engage in…
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