May 20, 2018
What Happens When You Have Faith
Series: Daring Faith
Today is Pentecost Sunday. On this day we remember how the Holy Spirit was given to the Church as Jesus promised. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to create faith in a person through Word and Sacrament. So it is fitting that on this day we are having our young confirmation students profess their faith and we are receiving the Lord’ Supper! In our message today we will delve into the topic of faith, and discover what happens when we see with eyes of faith instead of eyes of fear. We will look at the Old Testament example of the twelve Israelite spies going into the Promised Land, and the difference between the reports of the ten, versus the reports of Joshua and Caleb, who saw the land with God’s perspective
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  • May 20, 2018What Happens When You Have Faith
    May 20, 2018
    What Happens When You Have Faith
    Series: Daring Faith
    Today is Pentecost Sunday. On this day we remember how the Holy Spirit was given to the Church as Jesus promised. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to create faith in a person through Word and Sacrament. So it is fitting that on this day we are having our young confirmation students profess their faith and we are receiving the Lord’ Supper! In our message today we will delve into the topic of faith, and discover what happens when we see with eyes of faith instead of eyes of fear. We will look at the Old Testament example of the twelve Israelite spies going into the Promised Land, and the difference between the reports of the ten, versus the reports of Joshua and Caleb, who saw the land with God’s perspective
  • May 13, 2018Pray
    May 13, 2018
    Pray
    If we are on a mission to connect, serve, share, and grow, doesn’t it make sense that we should stay in communication with the One who is sending us out? Prayer is how we stay connected to God, and is the source of our power and strength. Finding God’s heart for the world starts with prayer because it moves us from our perspective to His perspective. It is a central, consistent means to bring God’s power to bear on every life we touch. We cannot live a life on mission without prayer.
  • May 6, 2018Grow
    May 6, 2018
    Grow
    Having a relationship with Jesus should change us. The Bible tells us that we are to be “transformed.” (Romans 12:2) It’s not a matter of self-help and self-improvement, where we try to change ourselves. It’s about inviting God in, turning it all over to Him, and asking Him to do the heavy lifting of renewing us and reshaping us in His image. We are called to be disciples of Jesus which means that we trust Him for eternity, and we surrender to Him now; developing daily habits that help us to be more like Him in the way we live. We are also called to make disciples, which means helping others to do the same!
  • Apr 29, 2018Share
    Apr 29, 2018
    Share
    The impact of authentic love is so unlike what people experience in the normal course of life, that they may open the door for us to share our faith and the motivation for our service with them. However, it may also happen that people appreciate our kindness, but never ask why we do what we do. They may just assume that we’re “nice.” So at some point, God asks us to be bold, and to initiate the conversation. This can be a bit scary. But remember, we don’t need to have answers to their every question. We just need to be ready to share our own experiences, and to state clearly and simply how Jesus has changed our lives.
  • Apr 22, 2018Serve
    Apr 22, 2018
    Serve
    Jesus told us to love God and love others. Love, however, is often misunderstood. (We “love” chocolate, for instance!) To simply say that we love, or even have warm feelings toward someone, is not enough. Loving others means taking action and serving them, and breaking down walls in ways that words simply cannot. When we serve people, we show them that they are not “projects” to us—people we are merely trying to convert. Rather, they are unique individuals who are loved by God and loved by us.
  • Apr 15, 2018Connect
    Apr 15, 2018
    Connect
    It may seem obvious, but if we never connect and spend time with people who are far from God, it’s going to be impossible to introduce them to Jesus. Jesus set an example for us by hanging around with people who needed Him—people who needed to be healed, not just physically but spiritually. And He calls us as His followers to not only believe in him, but to live like him and do the same.
  • Apr 8, 2018Overview
    Apr 8, 2018
    Overview
    As his followers, Jesus calls us to be witnesses—to tell our stories. We don’t have to be experts in theology or know all the answers about the Bible. We do, however, need to be willing to tell people why we believe, and how we have been changed by the hope that is in us. Really, that’s what it means to live life on mission; to see opportunities right in front of us - opportunities to tell our stories in a way that will be both salt and light in the life of another person. Welcome to your Life on Mission.
  • Apr 1, 2018Daring to Believe
    Apr 1, 2018
    Daring to Believe
    Series: (All)
    Today's Easter message seeks to answer two questions. First, what are the benefits of believing in Jesus Christ? Faith in Jesus is life changing and actually beneficial to the believer. We’ll learn how that is so! Second, what does it mean to believe in Jesus? We’ll use the word TRUST to help us learn how to continue to have faith, even in our darkest days.
  • Mar 25, 2018Back to the Future
    Mar 25, 2018
    Back to the Future
    What happens on Palm Sunday points forward to what will happen in heaven. Just as the people hold palm branches on Palm Sunday hailing Jesus’ arrival, people in heaven wave palm branches hailing Jesus’ rule (Revelation 7:9). By faith, this future c

     

    an be our final – and eternal – future!
  • Mar 18, 2018Denial
    Mar 18, 2018
    Denial
    Series: (All)
    Today we focus on our forgiveness for denying our Lord. We humbly confess that we often join Peter in saying, “I don’t know this Man!” Denial is never a good thing – except in formal logic. In logic a denial simply reverses the truth value of a statement. Here is the truth statement about our human condition: we are sinners under God’s condemnation. Now, put a denial in front of that statement and we have this: It is not the case that we are sinners under God’s condemnation. That is a joyful denial. And it happens all because Jesus denied His righteousness for our sake. Paul writes, “But, God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus became our sin so that we become His righteousness. Rejoice in that new identity.
  • Mar 11, 2018Truth be Told
    Mar 11, 2018
    Truth be Told
    One of Jesus’ final conversations is with a man who in the crosshairs of an existential crisis. Pontius Pilate wants to know, “What is truth” (verse 38)? Interestingly, Jesus never answers Pilate’s question – not because He cannot, but because Pilate does not really want an answer. Pilate’s conversation with Jesus does not lead him to Jesus. Far too often, we have conversations with the Lord where, rather than seeking His answers, we are merely thinking out loud. What would it look like if we truly sought God’s answers to life’s biggest questions?
  • Mar 4, 2018Famous Last Words
    Mar 4, 2018
    Famous Last Words
    Jesus’ final lesson to His disciples is one of love: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (verse 35). Being that this is Jesus’ final lesson – a last will and testament of sorts – shouldn’t it be of primary importance to us? So how are you doing at listening to and obeying Jesus’ call to love others?
  • Feb 25, 2018Patience
    Feb 25, 2018
    Patience
    Series: (All)
    Christ is the savior of the world, God with us, but not always on our schedule. Jesus comes to us, but not always when we demand. Sometimes "faith" is the ability to wait, the willingness to let God be God for us in His own good time.
  • Feb 18, 2018Cure for a Snakebite
    Feb 18, 2018
    Cure for a Snakebite
    Series: (All)
    We all have causes – things to which we devote our passions and energies. Some people devote themselves to humanitarian work. Some people devote themselves to their favorite team. Jesus’ cause is that of His Father’s house, that is, the worship of the one, true God, for Jesus understands, in the words of the Westminster Catechism, “The chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” Is your cause the same as Jesus’ cause?
  • Feb 11, 2018Celebrate Good Times
    Feb 11, 2018
    Celebrate Good Times
    What do you celebrate in life? In the day-to-day grind of life’s hectic schedule, celebration can easily get lost. Even in the final week of His life, Jesus participates – and indeed, hosts – a celebration. Though the crowds do understand Jesus, they celebrate Him. Even when we do not fully understand God’s ways in our lives, do we still celebrate Him?