Apr 1, 2018
Daring to Believe
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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.
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  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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?
  • Feb 4, 2018Abundance
    Feb 4, 2018
    Abundance
    We must admit - God has richly provided for our well-being. He’s given us everything we need and everything we enjoy. He is the One with power to bless and to take away. And He has richly blessed us. He’s the owner and provider; we are but the recipients and managers of His blessings. Since God’s heart is generous, He calls us to live lives of generosity. Oh how good it is to be able to be generous with God’s wealth. His promise to us is that when we give, He will bless us with more so that we will be able to give even more. Are we willing to trust Him in this?
  • Jan 28, 2018Generosity
    Jan 28, 2018
    Generosity
    God’s people truly experience joy as we draw close to God through His Word and Sacraments. Through these the Holy Spirit helps us begin to understand how much God loves us and what He has done for us. We experience true delight, when we do God’s will and bear fruit for His Kingdom. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, God transforms us into truly generous, loving and giving people. With new hearts of faith, we experience joy as we generously serve God and others in His Name.
  • Jan 21, 2018A Time to Fish
    Jan 21, 2018
    A Time to Fish
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    Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen by trade. Jesus invited them to follow Him, promising He would make them fishers of men. What could this possibly mean? The prophet Jonah may provide a clue. Swallowed, and then regurgitated by a great fish after running from God, Jonah was given another chance to cast a Gospel net for the people of Nineveh. With only the lure of Jonah’s brief, Law-heavy sermon, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”, God reeled in a bountiful Kingdom-catch, saving more than 120,000 people and animals in that city. Jesus’ own preaching announces the fullness of time, the presence of God’s reign, and invites repentance and faith in the Good News from God, which He embodies and enacts. This message-proclaimed and sacramentally enacted-is the net by which Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies people under God’s gracious reign
  • Jan 14, 2018Listen
    Jan 14, 2018
    Listen
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    The importance of listening cannot be overstated. Listening leads to big things: the call of a prophet; moral guidance to a young church at Corinth; the call to discipleship.
  • Jan 7, 2018Hope for Life
    Jan 7, 2018
    Hope for Life
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    As Christians we offer the love, hope and healing power of Jesus Christ to all who find or have found themselves in hopeless situations. In Jesus, there’s “HOPE”: HUMANITY even in suffering. OPPORTUNITY even in uncertainty. PROMISE even in weakness. And ENJOYMENT even in the unexpected. May we find our HOPE in Him.

  • Dec 31, 2017Seeing With the Eyes of Faith
    Dec 31, 2017
    Seeing With the Eyes of Faith
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    The Apostle Luke reveals the true mission of Jesus the Messiah - to be Savior of the nations. Through the eyes of Simeon and Anna we see the transformative power of Christ on the lives of God’s people. His mission changes us and redefines joy in our lives. Though we have the freedom to use our time and energy pursuing the empty things of the world, we choose instead to find joy by dedicating our hands and heart to the things of God. Like Simeon we trust God to fulfill His promises. That frees us to accomplish much - both now and in eternity - as we see life with the eyes of faith.
  • Dec 25, 2017A Journey of LOVE
    Dec 25, 2017
    A Journey of LOVE

    Over two thousand years ago, a star burst through the darkness and signaled the long awaited but still unexpected birth of a savior. Today another star shines, piercing the darkness of our lives with hope, love, joy, and peace. His name is Jesus, and His light shines, drawing us into the journey of following Him. It's a journey of Love. God's Love sent Christ to us. Christ's Love sends us into the world.