Grace and Peace are two soothing words. They are also prime topics of the New Testament book of Romans and the message series we are going through in the weekly worship hours. read more
This year’s Lenten series, The Invitation, focuses on the stories (parables) that Jesus told in the final week of his life on earth. His pointed stories unpack and illustrate his profound invitation to each of us.
In the Beginning…
Genesis, the first book of the Bible, is the narrative of God’s awesome creation of the universe, the appearance of the first family, and then the impressive population growth that follows. It is the story of the early years of civilization and the sad stumblings of humankind. It is also the story of God’s active, enduring love for people, even when they wander far the wrong direction. It is the story that offers big picture perspective and tangible hope in our lives today.
The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. Christmas shopping, cookie making, party planning, gift wrapping, Christmas plays to be attended.
While these are all good things, they all take up time, which seems to be on short supply these days. While a few might find themselves fully charged and completely refreshed after the holidays, most of us leave the holidays exhausted, and wondering…
… isn’t there something more? read more
That phrase raises some questions for many like…
When do they apply?
Why have them?
Pragmatically, any community or society needs some agreed-upon values in order to function very long. But how do we come up with a good list? How do we help our children and teens take them seriously? How do we help ourselves take them seriously?
Risk and Legacy, they often go together.
The message series entitled Risk & Legacy, is based on the biography of a remarkable woman of history named Esther. The Bible records her dramatic story in the Old Testament book of Esther. She was a courageous young woman who was cast into a role of vast privilege as the Queen of Persia. Persia was a massive, power-driven empire of the ancient world and the pressures on her were intense. Queen Esther carries out a creative, but high-risk strategy to rescue her extended family impending national disaster.
Revelation, the last book of the New Testament, offers striking detail of what will happen in our world as it comes to its last chapter. Yet, Revelation is actually intended to be a book of encouragement. It was not written to raise our anxieties or leave us hanging with some scary stories. Rather, it explains how God is going to set the record straight and bring complete justice (which does include some sobering judgments).
Selections, choices, and decisions. Throughout our journeys we make many decisions. Sometimes we make good decisions, and sometimes we make bad decisions. For Advent, we are studying the life of Jesus and the critical decisions that He made. We will be retracing places where Jesus traveled, cities that are still active cities in Israel today like Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum and Jerusalem . read more
One of the most successful, affluent leaders in all history was a king named Solomon who ruled over the greatly enlarged kingdom of ancient Israel 30 centuries ago. As a gifted and visionary leader, Solomon ingeniously multiplied the influence and wealth of his nation. He vigorously pursued a satisfying, significant life for himself as well. He was an impressive standout at many levels, for a while.
The Bible explains the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of this inner joy, no matter our circumstances. read more