In the new year, we will take a closer look at a part of the Bible that is packed full of common sense lessons (that aren’t always so common).
During Advent 2017, we turn to the narrative of Jesus’ birth in Matthew 1:21-24, to rediscover some practical lessons that will help us experience the holidays with joy and hope.
Pastor David Riemenschneider begins a new biographical series that details the story of some people who run away from God, as well as some others who run toward Him. The results are dramatic. The series is based on the Old Testament books of Jonah, Amos, and Zephaniah.
We will have many speakers giving various messages throughout the summer. 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).