Mar 31, 2013
Easter 2013 – The Impact of Easter
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Jun 3, 2012Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit as Gift Giver
    Jun 3, 2012
    Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit as Gift Giver
    HolySpiritDid you have a favorite super-hero when you were a child?  Did you want their “super powers?”  What powers would have been good to have? What would you have done with those powers? In our Epistle reading today, Paul talks about the special gifts that we have as believers which are given to us by the Holy Spirit.  While these gifts are not “super powers” in the Hollywood sense, they are super-natural powers, given to us by the Holy Spirit to do His work in the world.  As God works through His people, not for our glory but for His, some pretty amazing things happen!