Seeing the Good in What Appears to be Bad

(For background, read Genesis chapters 37-50) The background for this sermon begins about 11 chapters earlier in the book of Genesis. You may recall that Joseph was the youngest of 12 sons born to Jacob. He was also the favorite of Jacob because he was born so late in Jacob's life. His favor, however, made Joseph a target of jealousy in the household and eventually, when he was about 17, Joseph's brothers sold him to traveling merchants and told Jacob that Joseph had been killed by a wild … [Read more...]

Bible Lessons

  For the past several weeks I've taken us on a journey through the Bible by highlighting many of the people whose lives and experiences are important to the understanding of God's plan. We followed the chronological timeline noting significant figures who were important in the story of God's relationship with mankind. The culmination of God's plan in history was the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is the focal point of God's plan to rescue sinful humanity and to … [Read more...]

Be Strong in the Lord

eph6-10

After the Israelites escaped from slavery in Egypt they rebelled against their God who had miraculously delivered them. Because of their disobedience an entire generation was allowed to die in the wilderness as they meandered through the region of Sinai for forty years. Eventually, however, it came time for them to enter the land which God had promised to them, but just prior to crossing the Jordan River to enter the land God was giving them they paused and the leadership of the Israelites … [Read more...]

Faithful, Holy, Loving

Great is thy faithfulness

    God is Faithful When we consider the faithfulness of God we are reminded of how unfaithful we are by comparison. God has made promises to us which He never fails to keep. We have all made promises which we haven't kept. God even reminds us in our desperate seasons that He will be faithful to us. Lamentations 3:19-24 19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to … [Read more...]

Choosing Jesus or Turning Away

  John 6:53-68 53 Jesus said to them, ‚ÄúVery truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me … [Read more...]

Prayer Is Essential

As a church leader I'm often reminded of how much we talk about prayer but how little we actually do it. My point in saying that is not to make assumptions about your personal prayer habits - I don't know about them - but I do know how much time we devote to prayer when we meet as a church body. While we always include prayer in our meetings, I'm not sure we are as devoted to prayer as we see exemplified by the early church. Of these early followers of Jesus it is written in Acts … [Read more...]

Aligning With Our Core Values

The beginning of a new year seems to be a good time for us to highlight what we are as a church community. The first thing I want to emphasize is that we exist, not to be different. While we may be unique in some operational aspects - aspects which I sincerely believe directly influence our spiritual relationship with God and our impact in our world - we do not differ largely from most other churches in the fundamentals of our doctrine. Our primary focus, as is true for all Christ following … [Read more...]

2018 – Work On What You CAN Change

Lots of plans will be made in the beginning of this new year: promises, resolutions, intentions, plans. Some will be practical and beneficial but many will be wistful, wishful and highly improbable. Some will actually be impossible. Those are the safe ones because no one will ever hold us accountable for the impossible. Then, along with the plans and wishes for the new year will come the guilt and pre-packaged disappointment we'll have to lug around... at least for a short while. In some … [Read more...]

(Your Name Here), A Child of God

The coming of Jesus into the world was accompanied by many miraculous and supernatural events. Here's a partial list. Super-natural events around the birth of Christ: Zechariah visited by an angel Angel visits Mary to tell of Jesus' birth Joseph dreams of Jesus' birth Magi dream not to tell Herod of Jesus' whereabouts Joseph warned by an angel to flee to Egypt Joseph dreams (Angel appears) that it's safe to return to Israel When God came down to dwell among men it shook the … [Read more...]

John, the Son of Zechariah and Elizabeth

Last week I talked about Jesus as the Son of God and why we believe the Christmas story is true. I thought we'd continue along those lines today to help us connect the dots which establish why we believe the Christmas story. Today we'll look at the gospel according to Luke and a portion of his account of the story. Luke was a gentile, likely converted after Jesus ascended following His resurrection. He was a contemporary and companion of the apostle Paul and was a careful historian who wrote … [Read more...]

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