Oct 3, 2021
Sinner, but Saint
STRANGE BUT TRUE: Sinner, but Saint
As Christians, we are saved saints! Yet, we still struggle with sin. This is an ongoing tension we have inside of ourselves until we die. Living in this tension requires God’s forgiveness and grace!
  • Oct 3, 2021Sinner, but Saint
    Oct 3, 2021
    Sinner, but Saint
    STRANGE BUT TRUE: Sinner, but Saint
    As Christians, we are saved saints! Yet, we still struggle with sin. This is an ongoing tension we have inside of ourselves until we die. Living in this tension requires God’s forgiveness and grace!
  • Sep 26, 2021Now, but Not Yet
    Sep 26, 2021
    Now, but Not Yet
    STRANGE BUT TRUE: Now, but Not Yet The kingdom of God came with Christ, but we do not feel or see its full effects. It is here now, but it is not yet fully realized. We see this tension come out especially clearly in the healing stories in the Gospels. Although Jesus heals some people, He does not heal all people. We see some amazing things now, but we are still waiting for the amazing things that are yet to come.
  • Sep 19, 2021God, but Man
    Sep 19, 2021
    God, but Man
    STRANGE BUT TRUE: God, but Man There is a doctrine known as the hypostatic union in Christ. Simply put, there is only one Jesus, but this Jesus has two natures: He is God and He is man. Paul explains this well as he points to Jesus’ human characteristics, like His death on a cross, while also asserting His divinity, saying that the very fullness of God dwells in Christ.
  • Sep 12, 2021One, but Three
    Sep 12, 2021
    One, but Three
    STRANGE BUT TRUE: One, but Three
    The doctrine of the Trinity says that there is only one God, yet He is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. From the opening pages of Scripture we see all three persons present. God is creating. The Spirit is hovering. And Jesus is the Word who is spoken.
  • Sep 5, 2021The Prayer of Fulfillment
    Sep 5, 2021
    The Prayer of Fulfillment
    CONNECTING WITH GOD: The Prayer of Fulfillment Today we conclude our series on the Lord's Prayer looking at the last phrase, "For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever." What do the words kingdom, power, and glory mean and how do we apply them in our lives? We will discover this as we explore how we fulfill God’s purpose in His kingdom, by His power, and for His glory.
  • Aug 29, 2021The Prayer of Deliverance
    Aug 29, 2021
    The Prayer of Deliverance
    CONNECTING WITH GOD: The Prayer of Deliverance Today we focus on the phrase from the Lord's Prayer, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Why do we keep making the same mistakes over and over and doing things we know are bad for us? The reality is that good intentions are never good enough. To break free from our temptations and bad patterns we need more than good intentions. Today we will learn how to break through our most common temptations and avoid the traps the evil one sets for us.
  • Aug 22, 2021The Prayer of Release
    Aug 22, 2021
    The Prayer of Release
    CONNECTING WITH GOD: The Prayer of Release The Lord’s Prayer continues, “as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Why must we release those who have hurt us? As we consider the story of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18, we will find out.
  • Aug 15, 2021The Prayer of Cleansing
    Aug 15, 2021
    The Prayer of Cleansing
    CONNECTING WITH GOD: The Prayer of Cleansing Today we continue in the Lord's Prayer with "Forgive us our trespasses.” Forgiveness is the greatest tool that God has given mankind for our life together in community with one another and it was modeled to us best in our Lord Jesus’ work on the cross. Through it we are able to have a fresh start and a clear conscience – both with God and with our fellow humans.
  • Jul 25, 2021The Prayer of Dependence
    Jul 25, 2021
    The Prayer of Dependence
    CONNECTING WITH GOD: The Prayer of Dependence
    "Give us this day our daily bread" is God's reminder to us that we are to trust Him to provide for us – every day. In lean times and in times of uncertainty, we should not look to Washington nor to Wall Street to provide for us, but to God. In this petition of the Lord’s prayer we are saying that we trust Him to meet all of our needs – not just bread.
  • Jul 18, 2021The Prayer of Surrender
    Jul 18, 2021
    The Prayer of Surrender
    Connecting with God - The Prayer of Surrender
    The second and third petitions of the Lord's Prayer, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” form a prayer of surrender.  Today we will learn four ways that surrender is the solution to stress.
  • Jul 11, 2021The Prayer of Connection
    Jul 11, 2021
    The Prayer of Connection
    CONNECTING WITH GOD: The Prayer of Connection God is a person, not a power. You can connect and relate to him personally because He is our Heavenly Father. But the word “father” can bring up all kinds of bad connotations, hurts, difficulties, and experiences. As a result of our earthly fathers’ fallibility, we may think God is the same. In this message we explore four characteristics of God as Father using The Lord’s Prayer, that will help you see God for who He really is.
  • Jul 4, 2021What’s Yours is Mine
    Jul 4, 2021
    What’s Yours is Mine
    THE TEN[DER] COMMANDMENTS: What's Yours is Mine Coveting is a dangerous sin because you can fall prey to it without anyone around you knowing it. It is first a sin of the heart. And it will make you miserable. How can we be content rather than covetous?
  • Jun 27, 2021Tall Tales
    Jun 27, 2021
    Tall Tales
    THE TEN[DER] COMMANDMENTS: Tall Tales Everyone lies. But just because everyone’s doing it doesn’t make it right. Abraham lies about his relationship to Sarah because of fear. He also tries to justify his lie by pointing out how it is partially true. We do many of the same things. Yet, because Christ is the Truth (cf. John 14:6), we are called to be truthful.
  • Jun 20, 2021Beg, Borrow But Don’t Steal, God loves to provide for us
    Jun 20, 2021
    Beg, Borrow But Don’t Steal, God loves to provide for us
    THE TEN[DER] COMMANDMENTS: Beg, Borrow But Don't Steal God loves to provide for us (cf. 2 Corinthians 9:10). Stealing takes what God has provided for someone else and tries to commandeer it for oneself. Therefore, stealing distrusts God’s provision. Theft, of course, is not just a crime of the poor. As the story of Zacchaeus demonstrates, even the rich can fall prey to distrusting God’s provision. The remedy for theft is both faith in God and generosity toward others. Do we live our lives in this way?
  • Jun 13, 2021No Excuses
    Jun 13, 2021
    No Excuses
    THE TEN[DER] COMMANDMENTS: No Excuses. Adultery is often justified by excuses. “My marriage has grown cold.” “God would want me to be happy.” But no excuse can justify adultery. What we need are not excuses. What we need is forgiveness.