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.
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  • 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.
     
     
  • Jun 6, 2021“Pleading the Fifth”
    Jun 6, 2021
    “Pleading the Fifth”
    "THE TEN[DER] COMMANDMENTS - Pleading the Fifth" When someone “pleads the fifth,” they are refusing to speak about a particular incident because what they say may wind up being incriminating. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus looks at the Fifth Commandment and pleads with us that we follow it not only in our actions, but in our hearts.
  • May 30, 2021R-E-S-P-E-C-T
    May 30, 2021
    R-E-S-P-E-C-T
    "The Ten[der] Commandments - R-E-S-P-E-C-T" The great Greek philosopher Aristotle asserted that families are the basis of any healthy society. The writers of Scripture would agree. Thus, families need to thrive. The Fourth Commandment is meant to foster such thriving. Parents and children are to show mutual respect to each other. commands?
  • May 23, 2021Stop! In the Name of Love
    May 23, 2021
    Stop! In the Name of Love
    Stop! In the Name of Love The Hebrew word “Sabbath” means “stop.” God’s desire is that we stop and take time to rest so that we may do the work He has given us. The Sabbath, then, is meant to be a joy, given by God out of love. Yet, in our culture, we all too often neglect this joy for the sake of workaholism. How can we be more intentional about practicing the rest God commands?
  • May 16, 2021Name Brand
    May 16, 2021
    Name Brand
    In the ancient world, someone’s name was also their reputation. God does not want us to take His name in vain because that damages His reputation. Yet, by how we live and by what we do as Christians, we often do besmirch how God wants to be known. Honoring God’s name, then, includes everything we say and do. My Next Step(s): - When I am in a desolate place, I will trust that God has not abandoned me. - I will use the quiet, barren and boring times in my life to move toward God. - I will revere, not misuse, the Name of our immutable, eternal, loving God! - I will honor God’s Name by speaking/sharing it, praying it, and living it. - I will find my identity, meaning and hope in God’s Name placed on me in my baptism.
  • May 10, 2021One and Only
    May 10, 2021
    One and Only
    One and Only Idolatry is when we take a good thing and turn it into a God thing which is a bad thing. Why is this a bad thing? Because it is an affront to the true God. But Isaiah also reminds us that we desire out of an idol what it can never give: help and fulfillment. Idols always disappoint. God, however, always keeps His promises.
  • May 2, 2021The Zero-eth Commandment
    May 2, 2021
    The Zero-eth Commandment
    THE TEN[DER] COMMANDMENTS: The Zero-eth Commandment Debates have raged between different segments of the Church over how we are to number the Ten Commandments. Some say there are two commandments on idolatry. Others say there are two commandments on coveting. But in Jewish thought, the first commandment is not so much a commandment as it is a declaration: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” (Exodus 20:2). Before God tells His people what they are to do, He reminds them of what He has already done. God’s work, then, is the power behind our works.
  • Apr 25, 2021“Always on Duty”
    Apr 25, 2021
    “Always on Duty”
    Series: (All)
    "Always on Duty" “The Lord is my __________.” Fill in the blank! Most of us who have grown up in the Church might quote Psalm 23, “The Lord is my SHEPHERD.” A beautiful word, no doubt; but a shepherd is a rare sight in our day and age! Still, it’s comforting to know that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is always on duty – providing, protecting, and prompting us to live as Good Sheep in the flock of God. We gather today under the watchful gaze of Jesus, trusting in the gift of his glorious cross and resurrection! He IS Risen!
  • Apr 18, 2021“Rethink Easter – The Resurrection Changes Everything!”
    Apr 18, 2021
    “Rethink Easter – The Resurrection Changes Everything!”
    Series: (All)
    “Rethink Easter - The Resurrection Changes Everything!” The Resurrection of Jesus brought a radical shift, it changes the way we look at everything - ourselves, the church and Christ’s mission.
  • Apr 11, 2021“More Than Real…”
    Apr 11, 2021
    “More Than Real…”
    Series: (All)
    "More Than Real…” In the midst of all your own doubts and disbeliefs, the risen Christ declares: Peace be with you! Have you denied God by your words or deeds … and now repent – as Peter did? The resurrected Savior says to you: Peace be with you! Have you betrayed Christ in your thoughts … disbelieved His promises – as Thomas did? To you, who in repentance now hunger and thirst for the Resurrected Christ … He Who died on the Cross … but has broken death’s chains and left the tomb forever empty – your Risen and ever-living Lord and God declares to you once again: Peace be with you, and is more than real!
  • Apr 4, 2021Easter Worship – Blended 9:30am Service
    Apr 4, 2021
    Easter Worship – Blended 9:30am Service
    Series: The Creed
    Happy Easter! Ashes to ashes and dust to dust. We all must face the inevitable grave. But because of Jesus’ resurrection we have a hope that overcomes death and promises life everlasting.
  • Mar 28, 2021The Holy Spirit and His Church
    Mar 28, 2021
    The Holy Spirit and His Church
    Series: The Creed

    Apart from God, what can we do? By His Holy Spirit, the Church is supercharged to walk in the forgiveness and love Jesus died for us to have and save the world!

  • Mar 21, 2021Part 5 – Ascension & Return
    Mar 21, 2021
    Part 5 – Ascension & Return
    Series: The Creed
    THE CREED: Part 5 "Ascension & Return"
    Jesus ascending to Heaven wasn't Him leaving us, but the fulfillment of a promise that He would always be with us. We have a part to play in what God is doing while we wait for His return.
    "He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead."