May 4, 2014
The Sinner’s Friend
Series: Son of God
Slide1You've heard, "don't judge a book by its cover." Thankfully, Jesus doesn't see in us just what's on the outside. In fact, in His ministry, Jesus showed a startling - even scandalous - affection for the broken, the lowly, the sinful, and the struggling. Often Jesus endured scorn and ridicule for associating with people that most of us would have considered "undesirable." Even those in Jesus' inner circle of disciples, such as Matthew - a tax collector, were not held in high esteem. You and I often think more highly of ourselves than we ought. When we are honest, we should be grateful and humbled that Jesus, the Son of God, would call us -
sinners that we are - friends.
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  • May 4, 2014The Sinner’s Friend
    May 4, 2014
    The Sinner’s Friend
    Series: Son of God
    Slide1You've heard, "don't judge a book by its cover." Thankfully, Jesus doesn't see in us just what's on the outside. In fact, in His ministry, Jesus showed a startling - even scandalous - affection for the broken, the lowly, the sinful, and the struggling. Often Jesus endured scorn and ridicule for associating with people that most of us would have considered "undesirable." Even those in Jesus' inner circle of disciples, such as Matthew - a tax collector, were not held in high esteem. You and I often think more highly of ourselves than we ought. When we are honest, we should be grateful and humbled that Jesus, the Son of God, would call us -
    sinners that we are - friends.
  • Apr 27, 2014The Son of Man
    Apr 27, 2014
    The Son of Man
    Series: Son of God
    Slide1“Christ is risen!” We rejoice that Christ, as true God and true Man took our place on the cross, received our punishment and death, and rose victoriously from the grave! How does this work? For Jesus to take the punishment for our sins He had to be true Man, a human, just like us with our weaknesses and struggles … but for His blood to benefit all of humanity for all time, He had to be God, divine and powerful over sin death and the devil. Today, we see that Jesus, as “Son of Man,” identifies with us in our humanity. We learn that He has compassion on us and offers healing to
    all who come to Him to receive His mercy and grace. Will you come to Jesus?
  • Apr 20, 2014The Resurrection and the Life
    Apr 20, 2014
    The Resurrection and the Life
    Series: (All)
    “Christ is risen!” And, say the apostles, “so are you!” Though we with all believers who have gone before us still await the great Day of the resurrection of all at the return of the Lord, His resurrection seals our faith and confidence today that because He is, “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Our celebration this day is reflected every Sunday throughout the year. The first day of the week is the day of resurrection. By the power Christ’s resurrection you and I are promised to live forever! Let us celebrate with the women who first visited the empty tomb with that strange combination of joy and fear, which is faith in the power of resurrection, and faith in the power of God!
  • May 5, 2013CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 5. Telling What Happened
    May 5, 2013
    CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 5. Telling What Happened
    Series: CSI Creation
    csi pic 7 (2)The Bible is clear that only those who will enjoy eternity with the Father are the ones who receive His Son Jesus. He’s the way, the Truth, and the life – and no one comes to the Father except through Him. The theory of evolution has for decades been causing people to deny the truth of the Bible, and their need for a Savior. Without being argumentative, how can we proclaim the Gospel and the reason for the hope that we have? How can we
    defend our faith in Jesus and the objective Truth of the Bible?
  • Apr 28, 2013CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 4. Analyzing the Data
    Apr 28, 2013
    CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 4. Analyzing the Data
    Series: CSI Creation
    csi pic 7 (2)Evidence is just data. What’s important is how one interprets the data. A company’s financial ledger, for example, is just data. A negative bottom line may mean that the company is a bad investment or it may be a good investment – depending on what you believe to be true about that company and their business practices. Similarly, the beauty and complexity of life is a fact. Whether it points to haphazard naturalistic processes or the grand design of a magnificent God depends on how one interprets the data. Today we will compare some different interpretations of the same data. It
    is ours to decide what it implies.
  • Apr 21, 2013CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 3. Interrogating the Witness
    Apr 21, 2013
    CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 3. Interrogating the Witness
    Series: CSI Creation
    csi pic 7 (2)In any kind of trial, various witnesses and pieces of evidence are brought before the judge and/or jury. Their testimony is considered and weighed in light of all the known and verifiable facts. Some evidence is considered circumstantial – meaning that what it indicates is not necessarily relevant in the investigation. The best kind of testimony, however, comes from eye-witnesses - those who actually saw the event in question. Their testimony is further strengthened if there are other witnesses who saw the same things. In some cases, the credibility of a witness is brought into question. Can they be trusted? In regards to witnesses proposing to tell an account of creation, we ask the questions: what or who are the witnesses? Were they really present at the scene? And can their testimony
    be trusted?
  • Apr 14, 2013CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 2. Establishing the Timeline
    Apr 14, 2013
    CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 2. Establishing the Timeline
    Series: CSI Creation
    csi pic 7 (2)Often we are led to believe that the universe is tens of billions of years old. Why is it important for the theory of evolution that the world be so old? Why would it be necessary for humans to inhabit the planet for hundreds of thousands of years? But what does God say about the timeline of His creation? Is it really at odds with what we see when studying the universe, or is it rather a clash of worldviews and assumptions? And if humans did evolve slowly over a very long period of time, doesn’t that
    violate what Scripture says about Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden?
  • Apr 7, 2013CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 1. Securing the Scene
    Apr 7, 2013
    CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 1. Securing the Scene
    Series: CSI Creation
    csi pic 7 (2)The Bible is the looking-glass through which people can correctly view the world. Though not a science book, Scripture does portray the history of the universe. How the accounts of God’s creation, when death first corrupted God’s perfect creation, and the global flood are taken by people today – as either historical fact or mythical accounts – will greatly influence whether they put their faith and trust in the Bible as the authoritative word of God. The foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Bible. If the Bible cannot be trusted, then the truth and hope the
    Bible proclaims is in vain.
  • Oct 7, 2012Happily Ever After – Re-modeling Your Marriage
    Oct 7, 2012
    Happily Ever After – Re-modeling Your Marriage
    Happily Ever After - 16x9 Title SlideWEBSometimes our marriages need some extensive remodeling. They have become boring, outdated, worn. Where can we turn to find a compelling model for marriage? The Bible tells us about a Bridegroom who models all of the characteristics that are required for a healthy marriage. But not only is He an example worth emulating, He is able to restore, redeem and reconcile when we fall short of the ideal. Today we will look at the character of Christ and declare the hope that's always available because of His sacrifice on the cross.
  • Sep 30, 2012Happily Ever After – Not Your Parent’s Marriage
    Sep 30, 2012
    Happily Ever After – Not Your Parent’s Marriage
    Oftentimes the expectations of what a marriage should look like (or shouldn’t look like) are formed by what we saw in our parent’s marriage. How we deal with conflict, the words we use,Happily Ever After - 4x3 Title Slide the amount of time we give to nurture the relationship, even our commitment to marriage itself, all can be profoundly impacted by what we experienced as children. In fact, our past can have a huge impact (both good and bad) on our marriage. Today we will look how our past can shape our identity but also look at Biblical ways to get past our past when necessary.
  • Sep 23, 2012Happily Ever After – Staying in Love
    Sep 23, 2012
    Happily Ever After – Staying in Love
    Happily Ever After - 4x3 Title SlideWe live in a culture that is preoccupied with the idea of falling in love. Everyone longs to fall in love. Songs and are written about it. Movies are made about it. But “falling” in love is the easy part. Staying in love is trickier. Time wears on any relationship, especially marriage. A loving marriage requires hard work – everyday. It takes constant course correction. Today we will discover practical, biblical principles for nurturing a strong, loving marriage.
  • Sep 16, 2012Happily Ever After – Debunking the Marriage Myth
    Sep 16, 2012
    Happily Ever After – Debunking the Marriage Myth
    Happily Ever After - 4x3 Title SlideThe idea of marriage is filled with so many myths.“ True love comes naturally.” “I didn’t marry the ‘right’ person." “If only my spouse would change.” “If you loved me, you would know what I need.” “We can work this out on our own.” These myths create a mountain of expectations that will never be met and often leave husbands and wives disappointed, disillusioned and unsatisfied. Today we will attempt to debunk the myths and offer a more biblical view of marriage.
  • Jun 24, 2012Holy Spirit – The Fruits of the Spirit
    Jun 24, 2012
    Holy Spirit – The Fruits of the Spirit
    HolySpiritWhen you think of the Holy Spirit, what comes to your mind?  Perhaps more importantly, what happens in your life?  In other words, is what you know about the Holy Spirit just information - or does it lead to transformation?  Today's Epistle reading speaks of the transformation that the Holy Spirit works in our lives.  It begins with our baptism and continues throughout our lives as we allow the Word of God to work in us to conform us more and more into the image of Christ.  As we consider the fruit that the Holy Spirit yields in our lives, we realize how He has blessed His Body, the Church, through each of us.  What an amazing thing God has done!
  • Jun 17, 2012Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit as Unifier
    Jun 17, 2012
    Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit as Unifier
    HolySpiritDivision.  It may be helpful in mathematics and in a variety of endeavors ranging from cooking to corporations, but when it comes to the Body of Christ it's not helpful.  To the contrary, division is a tool of the enemy used to weaken the Body as well as our witness of God.  Why is that so?  Jesus tells us that He, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are one; they are united - in love, purpose and Truth. He also tells us that we are united together as believers - united in the blood of Christ.  When we appear to the world as divided, therefore, it demonstrates a fragmented God.  It is critical then, that we remain united as families and as a church.  How does this happen?  As with all good things it only happens by God's grace and with His power.
  • Jun 10, 2012Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit as Counselor
    Jun 10, 2012
    Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit as Counselor
    HolySpiritHave you ever played the quiet game?  The object of this game is to try and sit with one or more people and not say anything to them - to sit in total silence.  (Playing a video game or reading a book doesn't count!) It's hard to go very long.  It's hard for us to be quiet.  We live noisy lives with lots of activity and distractions going on around us. In today's Old Testament reading, there was a lot of noise.  God told Elijah to wait on Him.  What happened?  What did it sound like when the Lord passed by?  It's ok for us to be noisy, but God desires for us to be still at times and listen to Him.  Today we will learn about hearing the Holy Spirit - God's Counselor!