Contributed on Jun 18, 2014
The good news of the gospel is offered to all people without distinction, and the only requirement to experiencing the saving grace of God is to believe in the one who made it possible, Jesus Christ!
Perhaps many of you have seen the billboards around advertising the Marines. One ad for the U.S. Marines pictures a sword, and beneath it the words: “Earned, never given.” If you want to become a Marine, you must be prepared to earn that name through sacrifice, hardship, and rigorous ...read more
Contributed on Jun 25, 2014
Even at are deepest, darkest, saddest, most unworthy moments of life, God shows God's love to us, and that happens in and through the person and work of God's very own son, Jesus Christ.
Who here wants to be perfect? Is there anybody who doesn’t want to be perfect? We spend a lot of time and energy trying to achieve perfection, don’t we? Women will spend hours in front of a mirror trying to make sure the hair and makeup are perfect, with every blemish covered. Guys will ...read more
Contributed on Jul 2, 2014
If we ignore the truth of Christ's saving work, then we suffer the consequences of a life mired in sin and death. But if we can remember that we are "in Christ", then we can rest secure in Christ's power to give us life!
We continue this morning our study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. We began a couple of weeks ago with Paul’s sweeping introduction to the letter and his words about Christ’s amazing work on the cross. Paul opened our eyes to see that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was made ...read more
Contributed on Jul 9, 2014
Beginning with the bold statement, "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus..." Paul teaches about how living in Christ changes us, taking away the weakness of the flesh and instead clothing us in the power of Christ-likeness.
We come this morning to the heart of Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome. Of all of Paul’s writings, the words of this one chapter are probably the best known. And the opening sentence of hope is almost beyond compare: “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ ...read more
Contributed on Jul 16, 2014
In Christ and through the Holy Spirit, God has tipped the scales in our favor, so that we can overcome even the sufferings of this present life and hope in God's coming glory.
This week, the kids and Grace and Fairview learned about imagining and building with God in the Workshop of Wonders Vacation Bible School. On the first evening of Bible Study at Grace, the kids did a science project where they learned about balance. Using ordinary objects, they built a balance and ...read more
Contributed on Jul 23, 2014
Here in Romans 12, Paul gives us the keys (sacrifice, transformed life, sharing of gifts, hospitality to strangers, and love) to living at peace with God and with one another.
Show video: “Reflections on the deaths that haunted us…” If that was a secular, or humanitarian reasoning against war and strife, then what we come to in Romans chapter 12 this morning is the spiritual counter to violence and destruction. Keep that clip in mind as you hear now ...read more
Contributed on Jul 30, 2014
The point of love, genuine Christian love, is to copy the self-giving love of Jesus himself. This is a love that is active, extravagant, and enthusiastic.
In his book, Love Does, author Bob Goff shares a particular “coming of age” story. Bob recalls his junior year when he decided he was done with high school. His plan was to move to Yosemite, find work in the valley, and rock climb in his spare time. He took his $75 and packed his meager ...read more
Contributed on Aug 6, 2014
Among those who are called and claimed by God, there are a variety of different beliefs and practices, but those differences are secondary. What is of primary importance is living in faith before God.
There’s an old story about a stranger who came into a small town one day and stood in the center of the town square. He had on a very strange coat. It was black, and sewn into it were patches of cloth of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Word quickly spread of this strange visitor, and pretty ...read more