Oct 7, 2018
Abraham
Series: Genesis
God continues to seek new beginnings in a world filled with old sin. He makes a promise to Abraham that from him He would bring forth a new nation that will be a beacon of righteousness in a world darkened by sin. He also shows us how righteousness is ultimately obtained – through faith.
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  • Oct 7, 2018Abraham
    Oct 7, 2018
    Abraham
    Series: Genesis
    God continues to seek new beginnings in a world filled with old sin. He makes a promise to Abraham that from him He would bring forth a new nation that will be a beacon of righteousness in a world darkened by sin. He also shows us how righteousness is ultimately obtained – through faith.
  • Sep 30, 2018Babel
    Sep 30, 2018
    Babel
    Series: Genesis
    Noah brings a new beginning, but humanity quickly falls back into its old ways as it seeks to usurp God’s position by building a tall tower. This tower demonstrates both the folly and the danger of human ambition. Human ambition is filled with folly because, of course, no one can build a tower to the heavens. But human ambition is also filled with danger because it cannot compete with God’s perfect commands.
  • Sep 23, 2018Noah
    Sep 23, 2018
    Noah
    Series: Genesis
    As man’s wickedness increases, God’s justice against sin is finally rendered in the form of a flood. But out of disaster emerges a man chosen by God to bring forth a new beginning – Noah. As “new creations” (2 Corinthians 5:17), we too are called to bring forth new beginnings in a world that is filled with sin. .
  • Sep 16, 2018Cain and Abel
    Sep 16, 2018
    Cain and Abel
    Series: Genesis
    The effects of Adam and Eve’s fall into sin quickly become apparent in the story of Cain and Abel. Hatred and death quickly have their way. But in the face of evil, God both exacts justice and gives grace. He forces Cain to wander the earth, but he also protects Cain’s life even though he has taken his brother’s life.
  • Sep 9, 2018Fall
    Sep 9, 2018
    Fall
    Series: Genesis
    God’s good creation was quickly corrupted by a bad decision. If Genesis 1 describes the best of times, Genesis 3 ushers in the worst of times and sets up a tension for the rest of the book, for the rest of the Bible, and for all of history. We live in this tension, however, with hope, for God has promised to swallow up the worst of times in His Son.
  • Sep 2, 2018Creation
    Sep 2, 2018
    Creation
    Series: Genesis
    How did all that we see get here? This is the question that Genesis 1 answers. The great promise of this chapter, however, lies not in how everything got here, but in what everything that God created is: it is good.
  • Jun 24, 2018Daring to Wait on God
    Jun 24, 2018
    Daring to Wait on God
    Series: Daring Faith
    Few things make us more irritable than having to wait. And yet waiting is an important part of life. It will come. There will be times of waiting. When you find yourself waiting on God, ask these questions: What do I need to remember when I’m in the waiting room of life? And what do I need to do when I’m in the waiting room of life? There are things we need to remember while we wait, and things we can do while we wait. Today we will learn of the incredibly patient nature of our God. His patience of us demonstrates His great love for us. And His waiting on us demonstrates the great work He is doing in us. If God is willing to wait on us, how much more ought we be willing to wait on Him? As we learn to wait, we learn what it means to be more trusting of God. It takes daring faith to wait on God.
     
  • Jun 17, 2018Daring to Plant in Faith
    Jun 17, 2018
    Daring to Plant in Faith
    Series: Daring Faith
    On this Fathers' Day we remember how our Dads "planted" in our lives. They sowed lessons of life and wisdom - not perfectly - but lovingly. By God's grace, those seeds are growing in us and continue to produce fruit in many ways. Today we will look at God’s laws of planting and harvesting. As we do, we learn that planting is an act of faith. We must trust the seed to do its work and trust in the power of God that gave that seed to us in the first place. This law of planting and harvesting extends into multiple areas of life - our relationships, our health, our finances, and our careers - but it has the greatest impact when we sow the seed of God's Word. God has promised us that His Word will not return to Him without accomplishing the purpose for which He has given it. May we demonstrate daring faith as we liberally and generously sow the seeds of God's Word near and far!
  • Jun 10, 2018Daring to Commit
    Jun 10, 2018
    Daring to Commit
    Series: Daring Faith
     

    Our lives are shaped by our commitments.  Our commitments reflect what we deeply believe in.  It's no wonder so many people are afraid of commitment; they don't fully understand what they believe. Thankfully our Lord Jesus was not afraid of commitment.  His commitment of love toward His Father and toward us caused Him to sacrifice His own life for us.  Today we will explore how our faith motivates our commitments, and where those commitments bear fruit. The goal is that our trust and love of God will cause us to connect with other believers for worship, fellowship and growth, and to use our talents to serve others in ministry and mission to make a difference in eternity!

  • Jun 3, 2018Daring to Imgaine
    Jun 3, 2018
    Daring to Imgaine
    Series: Daring Faith
    The word "imagination" has at its root the word "image." We were made in the image of God, and part of that image is the ability to imagine. Our imagination is a gift from God, just like our faith is. In fact, there is a relationship between our imagination and our faith. But how are the two supposed to work together? And how can we unlock our imagination so that we dream God-sized dreams and imagine the world the way that God already sees it? The Bible has something to teach us about that.
  • May 27, 2018Daring to Give God My Best
    May 27, 2018
    Daring to Give God My Best
    Series: Daring Faith
    The Bible frequently talks about how the faithful are to live, demonstrating their faith in life. It is only natural that those who have been given - and forgiven - everything by God, want to respond to that gracious gift. We see this in the Old Testament as the prophet Isaiah dedicates himself to God’s service. In the New Testament we see examples of soldiers, athletes and farmers all giving their best to God. We can learn much from these godly examples, and certainly we strive to offer our best to God. Though ultimately the greatest offering made to God was that of His Son, as He poured out His life for our sake. It is only in Him and through His Holy Spirit that we are able to offer any good thing to the Lord.
  • May 20, 2018What Happens When You Have Faith
    May 20, 2018
    What Happens When You Have Faith
    Series: Daring Faith
    Today is Pentecost Sunday. On this day we remember how the Holy Spirit was given to the Church as Jesus promised. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to create faith in a person through Word and Sacrament. So it is fitting that on this day we are having our young confirmation students profess their faith and we are receiving the Lord’ Supper! In our message today we will delve into the topic of faith, and discover what happens when we see with eyes of faith instead of eyes of fear. We will look at the Old Testament example of the twelve Israelite spies going into the Promised Land, and the difference between the reports of the ten, versus the reports of Joshua and Caleb, who saw the land with God’s perspective
  • May 13, 2018Pray
    May 13, 2018
    Pray
    If we are on a mission to connect, serve, share, and grow, doesn’t it make sense that we should stay in communication with the One who is sending us out? Prayer is how we stay connected to God, and is the source of our power and strength. Finding God’s heart for the world starts with prayer because it moves us from our perspective to His perspective. It is a central, consistent means to bring God’s power to bear on every life we touch. We cannot live a life on mission without prayer.
  • May 6, 2018Grow
    May 6, 2018
    Grow
    Having a relationship with Jesus should change us. The Bible tells us that we are to be “transformed.” (Romans 12:2) It’s not a matter of self-help and self-improvement, where we try to change ourselves. It’s about inviting God in, turning it all over to Him, and asking Him to do the heavy lifting of renewing us and reshaping us in His image. We are called to be disciples of Jesus which means that we trust Him for eternity, and we surrender to Him now; developing daily habits that help us to be more like Him in the way we live. We are also called to make disciples, which means helping others to do the same!
  • Apr 29, 2018Share
    Apr 29, 2018
    Share
    The impact of authentic love is so unlike what people experience in the normal course of life, that they may open the door for us to share our faith and the motivation for our service with them. However, it may also happen that people appreciate our kindness, but never ask why we do what we do. They may just assume that we’re “nice.” So at some point, God asks us to be bold, and to initiate the conversation. This can be a bit scary. But remember, we don’t need to have answers to their every question. We just need to be ready to share our own experiences, and to state clearly and simply how Jesus has changed our lives.