May 12, 2013
Chapter 1: The Word of God
In John's Gospel we see a side of Christ that the other Gospel writers do not touch on. John was part of that blessed inner circle, that handful of Disciples that was with Christ during some of His most intimate moments. Each chapter presents a new facet of Jesus’ divine character.
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  • May 12, 2013Chapter 1: The Word of God
    May 12, 2013
    Chapter 1: The Word of God
    In John's Gospel we see a side of Christ that the other Gospel writers do not touch on. John was part of that blessed inner circle, that handful of Disciples that was with Christ during some of His most intimate moments. Each chapter presents a new facet of Jesus’ divine character.
  • 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.
  • Mar 31, 2013Easter 2013 – The Impact of Easter
    Mar 31, 2013
    Easter 2013 – The Impact of Easter
  • Mar 24, 201324 – The Crowd
    Mar 24, 2013
    24 – The Crowd
    “Hosanna” means “save us now!” Jesus received great praise as he entered into Jerusalem and the people shouted, "Hosanna. Save us, and do it now!" But that day was also the beginning of the end for our Lord, an end that will culminate in the most humiliating of deaths: by crucifixion. Yet we can rejoice, not for a palm parade, but for the truth that after his death, resurrection and ascension, God exalted his obedient and humble Son to the highest place where he receives all glory as King of kings and Lord of lords, having won for us the forgiveness of sins!
  • Mar 17, 201324 – The Judgment
    Mar 17, 2013
    24 – The Judgment
    Have you ever had a court make a ruling or issue a judgment in your favor? Against you? Does the memory of the process make you squirm? Courts and judgments make us uncomfortable. You may have heard someone say, “it’s not mine to judge.” That raises the question – whose is it to judge? As Christians we believe that God has the authority to judge. As a “just” judge He judges with truth and integrity. What this means is that all sin and wrongdoing must be punished – including all our sins and failures. The good news is that God isn’t waiting to carry out that Judgment against us. No, He has already carried it out. He executed justice when Jesus was judged guilty and crucified!
  • Mar 10, 201324 – The Judge
    Mar 10, 2013
    24 – The Judge
    Judges are often not popular people. When a verdict is determined, the judge is condemning someone to punishment. Good judges have the responsibility to punish wrong doing. In one sense Pilate was a bad judge because Christ did not deserve to die – He had done nothing wrong. But in another sense, Pilate was a good judge because He sentenced Jesus to the punishment that was required – Christ’s death for our sin! Jesus Christ, the True Judge, get’s judged for our wrong doing. Because of that, you and I are forgiven and free. Thanks be to God!
  • Mar 3, 201324 – The Hearings
    Mar 3, 2013
    24 – The Hearings
    It’s a common phrase used when a person is sworn in for testimony in court: “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” At the most critical time of determining justice, the truth must be completely and fully heard. Why do we make such a big deal of telling the “whole” truth? It is because as people we are often content to tell and accept “half” truths. Something that is not completely true must necessarily be partly lie. Satan, the father of lies, is the master at mingling lies with truth. In fact the best lies contain some truth! But at Jesus “hearing” before the high priest, the whole Truth comes out: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God! What difference did that Truth make for Jesus? What difference does that Truth make for us?
  • Feb 24, 201324 – The Arrest
    Feb 24, 2013
    24 – The Arrest
    People sometimes think Christians are wimpy and prudish, or they think we’re "do-gooders" who never get into trouble. But our leader, our master, got himself arrested! Imagine coming upon the scene of a large crowd including the authorities, and one man is at the center… and it’s a Christian – not just any Christian, but the Sunday School Teacher – no it’s the pastor! The question for us today is do you run and hide? Or do you say – "yep, that’s our man… we're with him!?”
  • Feb 17, 201324 – The Betrayal
    Feb 17, 2013
    24 – The Betrayal
    Why would Judas do it? He betrayed Jesus! ... and not for a lot of money - just 30 pieces of silver - which he would later return in remorse. People betray and are betrayed every day, but what makes this betrayal so special?
  • 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.