Apr 22, 2018
Serve
Jesus told us to love God and love others. Love, however, is often misunderstood. (We “love” chocolate, for instance!) To simply say that we love, or even have warm feelings toward someone, is not enough. Loving others means taking action and serving them, and breaking down walls in ways that words simply cannot. When we serve people, we show them that they are not “projects” to us—people we are merely trying to convert. Rather, they are unique individuals who are loved by God and loved by us.
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  • Apr 22, 2018Serve
    Apr 22, 2018
    Serve
    Jesus told us to love God and love others. Love, however, is often misunderstood. (We “love” chocolate, for instance!) To simply say that we love, or even have warm feelings toward someone, is not enough. Loving others means taking action and serving them, and breaking down walls in ways that words simply cannot. When we serve people, we show them that they are not “projects” to us—people we are merely trying to convert. Rather, they are unique individuals who are loved by God and loved by us.
  • Apr 15, 2018Connect
    Apr 15, 2018
    Connect
    It may seem obvious, but if we never connect and spend time with people who are far from God, it’s going to be impossible to introduce them to Jesus. Jesus set an example for us by hanging around with people who needed Him—people who needed to be healed, not just physically but spiritually. And He calls us as His followers to not only believe in him, but to live like him and do the same.
  • Apr 8, 2018Overview
    Apr 8, 2018
    Overview
    As his followers, Jesus calls us to be witnesses—to tell our stories. We don’t have to be experts in theology or know all the answers about the Bible. We do, however, need to be willing to tell people why we believe, and how we have been changed by the hope that is in us. Really, that’s what it means to live life on mission; to see opportunities right in front of us - opportunities to tell our stories in a way that will be both salt and light in the life of another person. Welcome to your Life on Mission.
  • Apr 1, 2018Daring to Believe
    Apr 1, 2018
    Daring to Believe
    Series: (All)
    Today's Easter message seeks to answer two questions. First, what are the benefits of believing in Jesus Christ? Faith in Jesus is life changing and actually beneficial to the believer. We’ll learn how that is so! Second, what does it mean to believe in Jesus? We’ll use the word TRUST to help us learn how to continue to have faith, even in our darkest days.
  • Mar 25, 2018Back to the Future
    Mar 25, 2018
    Back to the Future
    What happens on Palm Sunday points forward to what will happen in heaven. Just as the people hold palm branches on Palm Sunday hailing Jesus’ arrival, people in heaven wave palm branches hailing Jesus’ rule (Revelation 7:9). By faith, this future c

     

    an be our final – and eternal – future!
  • Mar 11, 2018Truth be Told
    Mar 11, 2018
    Truth be Told
    One of Jesus’ final conversations is with a man who in the crosshairs of an existential crisis. Pontius Pilate wants to know, “What is truth” (verse 38)? Interestingly, Jesus never answers Pilate’s question – not because He cannot, but because Pilate does not really want an answer. Pilate’s conversation with Jesus does not lead him to Jesus. Far too often, we have conversations with the Lord where, rather than seeking His answers, we are merely thinking out loud. What would it look like if we truly sought God’s answers to life’s biggest questions?
  • Mar 4, 2018Famous Last Words
    Mar 4, 2018
    Famous Last Words
    Jesus’ final lesson to His disciples is one of love: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (verse 35). Being that this is Jesus’ final lesson – a last will and testament of sorts – shouldn’t it be of primary importance to us? So how are you doing at listening to and obeying Jesus’ call to love others?
  • Feb 11, 2018Celebrate Good Times
    Feb 11, 2018
    Celebrate Good Times
    What do you celebrate in life? In the day-to-day grind of life’s hectic schedule, celebration can easily get lost. Even in the final week of His life, Jesus participates – and indeed, hosts – a celebration. Though the crowds do understand Jesus, they celebrate Him. Even when we do not fully understand God’s ways in our lives, do we still celebrate Him?
  • Feb 4, 2018Abundance
    Feb 4, 2018
    Abundance
    We must admit - God has richly provided for our well-being. He’s given us everything we need and everything we enjoy. He is the One with power to bless and to take away. And He has richly blessed us. He’s the owner and provider; we are but the recipients and managers of His blessings. Since God’s heart is generous, He calls us to live lives of generosity. Oh how good it is to be able to be generous with God’s wealth. His promise to us is that when we give, He will bless us with more so that we will be able to give even more. Are we willing to trust Him in this?
  • Jan 28, 2018Generosity
    Jan 28, 2018
    Generosity
    God’s people truly experience joy as we draw close to God through His Word and Sacraments. Through these the Holy Spirit helps us begin to understand how much God loves us and what He has done for us. We experience true delight, when we do God’s will and bear fruit for His Kingdom. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, God transforms us into truly generous, loving and giving people. With new hearts of faith, we experience joy as we generously serve God and others in His Name.
  • Jan 7, 2018Hope for Life
    Jan 7, 2018
    Hope for Life
    Series: (All)

    As Christians we offer the love, hope and healing power of Jesus Christ to all who find or have found themselves in hopeless situations. In Jesus, there’s “HOPE”: HUMANITY even in suffering. OPPORTUNITY even in uncertainty. PROMISE even in weakness. And ENJOYMENT even in the unexpected. May we find our HOPE in Him.

  • Dec 31, 2017Seeing With the Eyes of Faith
    Dec 31, 2017
    Seeing With the Eyes of Faith
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    The Apostle Luke reveals the true mission of Jesus the Messiah - to be Savior of the nations. Through the eyes of Simeon and Anna we see the transformative power of Christ on the lives of God’s people. His mission changes us and redefines joy in our lives. Though we have the freedom to use our time and energy pursuing the empty things of the world, we choose instead to find joy by dedicating our hands and heart to the things of God. Like Simeon we trust God to fulfill His promises. That frees us to accomplish much - both now and in eternity - as we see life with the eyes of faith.
  • Dec 25, 2017A Journey of LOVE
    Dec 25, 2017
    A Journey of LOVE

    Over two thousand years ago, a star burst through the darkness and signaled the long awaited but still unexpected birth of a savior. Today another star shines, piercing the darkness of our lives with hope, love, joy, and peace. His name is Jesus, and His light shines, drawing us into the journey of following Him. It's a journey of Love. God's Love sent Christ to us. Christ's Love sends us into the world.

  • Dec 24, 2017A Journey To Christmas
    Dec 24, 2017
    A Journey To Christmas
    Over two thousand years ago, a star burst through the darkness and signaled the long-awaited but still unexpected birth of a Savior. Today another star shines, piercing the darkness of our lives with hope, love, joy and peace. His name is Jesus, and His light shines, drawing us into the journey of following him.
  • Dec 17, 2017A Journey of PEACE
    Dec 17, 2017
    A Journey of PEACE
    The star has been our guide as we’ve journeyed toward Christmas. That Star of Bethlehem briefly mentioned in Matthew’s account of the Christmas story drew those wise seekers from afar to the Savior thousands of years ago. It must have led them over rough routes and smooth ones, through easy passages and ones that appeared difficult with no way to cross. It remained before them through all the circumstances and surprises of their journey. The star never faltered or failed. It faithfully pointed the way to Jesus. So together we continue to look for the light today as we follow the star on a journey of peace.