Apr 2, 2017
The Great Exchange
At times, I am keenly aware of my inability to follow through with my commitments to God. At other times, I think that God is pretty lucky to have me on His side. Neither of these mindsets lead us to faithfulness; they lead us to carelessness.
- Apr 2, 2017The Great ExchangeApr 2, 2017The Great Exchange
Romans 3:19-26At times, I am keenly aware of my inability to follow through with my commitments to God. At other times, I think that God is pretty lucky to have me on His side. Neither of these mindsets lead us to faithfulness; they lead us to carelessness.
- Mar 26, 2017Jonah Minus Joy
- Mar 26, 2017One Generation to AnotherMar 26, 2017One Generation to Another
Psalm 145:1-7Sociologists call it Generational Fragmentation. Basically, it means people in modern society spend less time with people outside their generation. Even in church we can gather together like oil and water in the same bottle. This morning we will discuss the blessings of having all our generations under one roof.
- Mar 19, 2017It’s Not The End of the WorldMar 19, 2017It’s Not The End of the World
Joel 2:28 – 3:21Some may wonder what God is up to, as it relates to things going on in the world. This one verse sums it up, “The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.”
- Mar 19, 2017Let the Children Come to MeMar 19, 2017Let the Children Come to MeBy: (All)
Matthew 19:13-15It always surprises me that some of the most evangelically-minded people show little interested in children. Historically the vast majority of baptisms in the church come from our kids. It's the culmination of faithful parents, strong Sunday school, youth, and children's ministries working together to build a foundation for our kids. These programs are important to us because our children are important to Jesus.
- Mar 12, 2017Watching The Day of the LordMar 12, 2017Watching The Day of the Lord
Joel 1 & 2Philosophers have gotten to us. Especially the ones who told us that God has wound up the clock of time for human history, left and is off waiting and watching. When the allotted time runs out, then He will return and take appropriate action. Because of that false idea, we think there will always be enough time to make needed changes. Joel’s message is that people of faith see that God is always at work in this world, acting in a way that leads us penitently to Him.
- Mar 12, 2017The Greatest GiftMar 12, 2017The Greatest Gift
Matthew 7:7-11Most kids have parents who love them unconditionally. Parents don't need to be reminded to care, protect, and provide for their kids. Mommy guilt is a real thing. Most mothers feel like they don't do enough. Kids do need time and attention, but the most overlooked gift we can give our kids is not more time, more programs, or more things. It's you. A parent who is a great person. More often than not, kids take on your values, priorities, politics, and faith.
- Mar 5, 2017Finding Our Way Back HomeMar 5, 2017Finding Our Way Back Home
Hosea 11-14God’s willingness to take us back is hard to conceive. It takes humility and discernment. Humility is necessary to get to the place to see that I am wrong. Discernment is necessary because I must see the holiness of God, which is different from the morality of culture.
- Mar 5, 2017Wisdom and StatureMar 5, 2017Wisdom and Stature
Luke 2:41-46; 51-52Becoming a mom or a dad is easy. Being a father or a mother is a lot harder, for many reasons. One of the greatest challenges for parents today is the outsourcing of parenthood. Schools. Sports. Church programs. It happens so frequently that we rarely acknowledge how much of a responsibility our children are; and not just "providing food and shelter." Kids develop their intellect, faith, character, vocation, relationships. Luke says of Jesus that he "increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor of God and man." (Lk 2:52). Through all that, parents guard, guide, and direct. It's a big job.
- Feb 26, 2017The Trial of the Millennium: Jehovah v. HumanityFeb 26, 2017The Trial of the Millennium: Jehovah v. Humanity
Hosea 4:1The Book of Hosea has a message for all time. The premise includes that all humanity is accountable the Law of God. When people break the law, the Law-Giver extends mercy. Unfortunately, when people don’t respond to mercy, a court session is convened and a case is made. If you were on the jury, would you say innocent or guilty of the charges of law breaker?