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Contributed on Jan 16, 2020
Sometimes we find ourselves in the miry pit, either through our own sin, the sin of others, or just bad stuff happening. That is the time to learn to wait on God, trust his word, obey his prompting, and glorify his name.
Help, God! Psalm 40:1-11 January 19, 2020 We’ve all been there. Sometimes life is good, and sometimes life is not so good. Sometimes you are the bird sailing high up in the air, and sometimes...you are the statue. Sometimes we’re on a mountain high, and other times we may be in the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 5, 2020
The Apostle John reveals a Jesus who is our way, our truth, and our life, who gives us purpose, meaning, connection, and endurance in this new year.
John 1:1-14, 18 God in the Flesh Sometimes Christmas comes and goes, and we wonder, “What was all the fuss about?” All the shopping, the traffic, the shows, and glitter and glamor and wrapping paper. And now the New Year, with resolutions, diet plans, and credit card bills! What does it all ...read more
Contributed on Dec 17, 2019
In the first Christmas, we learn from Joseph and Mary how to trust God. It begins by making ourselves available, then treating others with respect, and finally following the nudges of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:18-25 Learning to Trust God Have you ever been driving down the road, trying to get somewhere with your navigator or your smart phone giving you directions? And you start doubting whether that thing really knows what it’s talking about? Now I’ve had it work out both ways. Sometimes that ...read more
Contributed on Dec 11, 2019
The prophet Isaiah teaches us about joy born at Christmas: to encourage joy in others, to receive joy's healing, and to pursue joy in community. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!"
Isaiah 35:1-10 Joy Born at Christmas We concluded last week’s service with the great carol, “Joy to the World.” Joy is a distinctly Christian trait. It goes beyond happiness. Someone once said, “Happiness comes from happenings, but joy comes from Jesus.” Your happiness may fluctuate up and down, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 8, 2019
Jesus came as our Messiah, our Christ, fulfilling a 700-year-old prophecy of deliverance. In so doing, he still today brings us understanding, justice, and peace.
Isaiah 11:1-10 Hope Born at Christmas Christmas is about miracles. Christmas is about hope and peace and love. Christmas is prophesied here in the book of Isaiah, written some 700 years before Jesus’ birth. Times were hard then. The 10 tribes of the Northern Kingdom had already fallen to the ...read more
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Contributed on Dec 15, 2019
Joy (used in "Joy Born at Christmas" sermon - 12/11/2019) From Isaiah 35:8-10 (verses below) Someone once said, “The difference beween happiness and joy is that happiness comes from happenings and joy comes from Jesus.” A few years ago Michael Bublé wrote a song that became very ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2019
I just finished reading a book called, “The Shack.” I read it about ten years ago, and something made me read it again, and I’m so glad I did. I commend it to you as a book that captures the very essence of a God who wants nothing more than to have a loving relationship with you. What an incredible ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2018
Christians of all people should lead the way in forgiveness. And some do. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof entered a Bible study group at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Even though he was white, he received a warm welcome from the all-black congregation. When the group closed ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2018
When I think of drawing on love’s source, I think of Corrie ten Boom. Her family had all died in the Nazi concentration camps. Their crime? Hiding Jews in their home. Somehow Corrie survived. The war had ended, the camps had been liberated, and Corrie was speaking in various churches, sharing about ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2017
Commentator Gordon Fee recalls the famous “miracle mile,” the first time two milers ran under four minutes in the same race. Roger Bannister and John Landy competed in Vancouver, B.C. in 1954. Landy had led all the way, but coming off the final turn toward the finish line he looked over his ...read more