July 18, 2021
We study the experience of the Israelites in the wilderness as it relates to our interactions with God. If we only communicate in prayer when times are hard, we may have false expectations of what God will do. When they asked for provision, they most likely didn't expect daily manna, yet God provided. If we fellowship with God daily, we will find peace in whatever way He responds.
July 11, 2021
We explore the power of the Word of God. As we feed on His Word, our souls are filled with life and joy. His ways are not our ways, but they reveal His mercy and grace, if we're willing to seek after Him while we still can. Don't miss out on His purposes.
July 4, 2021
On this Fourth of July, we reflect on the matter of freedom. The dictionary, and modern society, see it as enabling individuals to do as they please, regardless of the consequences. However, the Scriptures make it clear that we are in bondage to sin and self-interest. By faith in the work of Christ on the cross, we have true freedom and power to resist sin, and to serve others.
June 27, 2021
To what things do we give our greatest attention? Is it our job, family, money, pleasure? We often give our worship to idols such as these, when our full attention should be toward Jesus and His ways. When our sight is on the Light, we see the world as it truly is, and can then positively impact every other area of our life.
June 20, 2021
We are barraged with national and international news, and we reflect on how the Body of Christ can have an impact. But, as we continue our summer series, we consider the expectations of how the Church is to make an impact on local communities. If we reflect the life of Christ to our neighbors, we can change our local community, which can in turn affect our nation.
June 13, 2021
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
As we continue the series "God, Life and Our Expectations", we explore the subject of suffering and it's impact on us. Suffering has always been a part of life since the Fall in the Garden of Eden. Jesus experienced God's grace in the midst of his suffering, and thus proved that we too can experience resurrection life. His grace is sufficient for us, and His power is manifested in our weakness.
June 6, 2021
We begin a new summer sermon series entitled "God, Life, and Our Expectations". As we look at Matthew 16, we find Peter having an incorrect understanding of who Jesus was. Initially, he did not understand that Jesus was to be a suffering Savior, before becoming a conquering King. In today's world, many err in their understanding of His purposes. We must manifest Jesus as patient ambassadors of the truth, not hammers of truth. Let love reign.
May 30, 2021
As we conclude our study of Jonah, we see him experiencing spiritual disillusionment. Though he knew God was real, things didn't happen the way he expected from Him. Instead, God exposed his weaknesses, so he could become more like Him. As we seek to embrace God, we'll find that we may not understand His ways, but we can trust His heart.
May 23, 2021
Once Jonah was thrown from the fish, he obeyed God's command to go to Nineveh to warn them of their destruction, if they did not repent. Amazingly, these hated enemies of Israel, responded by turning from their wicked ways, and God chose not to destroy them. God's desire is to reconcile mankind to Himself. So, we too should love and pray for our enemies, and seek their redemption.
May 16, 2021
As we continue the study of Jonah, we find him praying inside the fish. He recounts how God showed His mercy by bringing him low, and then rescuing him. We see elsewhere in Scripture how God speaks and dispels darkness: at Creation, with Jonah, with Lazarus, and at Christ's resurrection. God can speak life into our chaos.