September 19, 2021
In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.
Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.
As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?
Step #1 - The church in Ephesus..."You have forsaken the love you had at first" (Revelation 2:4).
What is our "first love"?
September 12, 2021
What would you do if you knew that Jesus was returning next week?
When reading Revelation, too often we perseverate on all the details of John's poetic imagery trying to "crack the code" and "figure out" the end times...
We lose sight of the importance of Revelation...the hope in the victory and in eternity.
John's prophetic word is a reminder of the greatest challenge we have to face - whether we will remain faithful to God or compromise to the society, culture, ideology of our time!
August 15, 2021
The questions we are talking about this week are...
Why do we "Sabbath"?
How can we do this in our fast-paced world?
In the very beginning God showed us the importance of Sabbath. The 4th of the 10 Commandments is an invitation to remember the Sabbath Day and to keep it holy. Jesus often "withdrew to lonely places to pray" (Luke 5:16) & to be with the Father.
The example has been set for us. So...Why is this important & how do we do it?
Listen in as we learn the what, why, & how of taking a day of personal rest in God's presence.
August 1, 2021
Do you need to understand everything in the Bible...
to believe in God? to follow Jesus? to be Christ-like?
Remembering that the Bible is the story of God and humanity, what does God's Word say about knowledge & understanding...about God and about us?
Too often, humanity gets our belief and our "understanding" mixed around. We come to this question perfectly backwards!
The answer to this question is, in theory, simple. It is the application that is both difficult and rewarding beyond our imagination!
Join us this week as we learn about "understanding."
July 25, 2021
Have you ever wondered why bad things happen?
Have you ever asked the question, "If God really is good, how does He let bad things happen?"
We live in a world where bad things...terrible things...happen all the time!
Why and how does that happen???
Join us this week as we "dive into the deep end" of a very difficult set of questions, comments, concerns, and snide remarks about the church, faith, and a wonderful, loving God.
July 11, 2021
Prayer guides us into the heart & mind of God...
There are 2 aspects of prayer; the words we use & our heart that we bring to our prayers.
This week we talk the attitude we bring to prayer and have while praying.
Our attitude reflects our heart & motivation.
Join us this week as we learn about how to pray & our heart & motivation in praying!
July 4, 2021
Our new series this summer, we are responding to YOUR "Questions, Comments, Concerns, & Snide Remarks" This series is designed and driven by you and your thoughts...
Our first question is about prayer.
What is prayer? How do we pray? What is the point of prayer?
Join us this week as we begin talking about one of the greatest opportunities any human being can ever have...spending time in conversation with the Creator of the universe!
June 21, 2021
Paul closes out his letter to the church in Corinth with the reminder of why we are called to "Fly in Formation"...why we are to come together in unity.
It is because eternity is greater than anything we can ask, hope, or imagine. There is something greater waiting for us all!
As the church we need to come together to help those who do not know or understand that there is something far greater than this life has to offer!
If we, as the church, cannot or do not unite...If we, as followers of Christ, do not live differently (with eternity in mind)...many will remain lost and suffer "the second death" after their first death. We cannot let that happen!
June 13, 2021
In beginning to close his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul reminds us all what worship is all about...
Worship is all about God and honoring Him.
All we do in worship is for the sake of ALL (not just my own needs/desires)
We all have a role to play and a gift to bring to worship.
God gives gifts to prepare all members to contribute to the growth of the whole body of the church.
We are stronger TOGETHER than we can ever be apart!
June 6, 2021
Prior to this message we had a great celebration of baptism within our church family.
Baptism is a sign and a seal of God's promises...so in today's message we are reminded that our identity is in Christ alone. All people are God's people and He chooses us, dearly loves us, and wants for us to live with Him both now and forevermore.
What we DO flows out of WHO WE ARE (& WHOSE we are)! Our "being" and "doing" cannot be separated. So let's live as who we are...chosen, holy, & dearly loved by the Creator of all things - the One who IS love!