Powerful Prayer

We are going to continue focusing on prayer for a few weeks here on the blog and podcast. Today, we’re looking at a certain kind of prayer. The kind that really has the attention of God. What does that powerful prayer look like? Find out in today’s message.

This message is from Steve Carpenter at our Atoka Campus.  If you missed a message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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Margin for Love

In 1966, a song came out by Jackie DeShannon entitles, “What the world Needs Now.” The words go like this:

What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of what the world needs now is live, sweet love. Not just for some but for everyone.

Perhaps the words to that song have never been truer than they are right now. In fact, our nation and world seem more divided and violent than ever before. Domestic violence, hatred, and racism are still plaguing our world. Angry posts and hurtful tweets are the norm when it comes to social media and politics . . . well . . . .

Even though the free love of Jackie DeShannon’s day is not the answer, there is a love that our world desperately needs. It is the love of Jesus expressed through His people.

“And walk in love, as Christ had so loved us and given Himself for us, and offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:2

Would you be willing to make room in your life for real LOVE? It truly is what the world needs NOW.


This message is from Steve Carpenter at our Atoka Campus.  If you missed a message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.



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Thanksgiving Is Over

Thanksgiving is over. The parade is over and the pumpkin pie is gone. We are five pounds heavier and still eating leftovers! Attention has now turned to the next great celebration . . . Christmas! Fall decorations are being swapped out for Christmas trees and elves on shelves! However, I wonder, did we really “get” Thanksgiving? 

Christmas always means more when we let Thanksgiving really sink in.

What does it mean to let Thanksgiving “sink” in? It means that we learn to value the things we already have been given. It means learning contentment to the point that any time we receive from God or others that our first response is to give thanks for that which we don’t deserve. In Psalm 103 we are brought face to face with so many blessings that we have in Christ. He forgives all our sins. He heals all our diseases. He redeems our lives from destruction. He crowns us with love and compassion. He satisfies us with good things. Let all of that sink in.

Gratitude is a choice. Even in the most difficult times, we are called on to “give thanks to the Lord.” Our society is not so grateful anymore. In fact, gratitude has become rare. Hardly ever do we hear a genuine “thank you.” This year, as the presents pile up under the tree, thank God for the deeper gifts that He has given you, and pass on an attitude of gratitude to others.


This message is from Steve Carpenter at our Atoka Campus.  If you missed a message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.



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Plumb Lines 2018: Love Is Our Most Convincing Witness

Whether you are constructing a house, getting a degree, raising a family, or growing a church, your foundation has to be sure and secure. If you cut corners or fail to plan properly, your foundation could crumble, and all of your efforts might be in vain. Builders use a “plumb line” to be sure everything is straight so that what they are building will stand the test of time.At Gateway, we have a set of Plumb Lines taken from God’s Word that are designed to keep us on track and keep everything straight. They help us make sure that we are building something that will last. Our plumb lines are short statements of the things we value most as a church. They capture who we are and where we are headed.

They are the threads that weave the fabric of Gateway’s identity as a church and our mission as a congregation. 

Love is our most convincing witness.

Jesus isn’t visible. Our community can’t watch Him love, heal, and teach. But they can see us. We paint a picture of Jesus with our lives.

When we love, we show Jesus.

This message is from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast. 

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Plumb Lines 2018: The Call to Follow Jesus Is A Call to the Nations

Whether you are constructing a house, getting a degree, raising a family, or growing a church, your foundation has to be sure and secure. If you cut corners or fail to plan properly, your foundation could crumble, and all of your efforts might be in vain. Builders use a “plumb line” to be sure everything is straight so that what they are building will stand the test of time. At Gateway, we have a set of Plumb Lines taken from God’s Word that are designed to keep us on track and keep everything straight. They help us make sure that we are building something that will last. Our plumb lines are short statements of the things we value most as a church. They capture who we are and where we are headed.

They are the threads that weave the fabric of Gateway’s identity as a church and our mission as a congregation. 

The call to follow Jesus is a call to the nations.

That means that when you choose to be a follower of Jesus, you are accepting a call to care about the world. . . to go to all nations with the gospel with the gospel.

There is not a single group of people that exists right bow for which Christ did not die.


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