Sun, Jul 5th
Independence was built in our nation from the beginning. We want to control our own destiny without anyone or anything interfering. Because this cultural value is so strong, we sometimes assume that the Bible's references to freedom are talking about the same thing Americans are celebrating this weekend.
Sun, Jun 28th
Though none of us is really comfortable with the idea, Jesus made it crystal clear that we would have to suffer, and most of us are experiencing that right now. We might want to hear a message on how to avoid suffering, but God does not give us that. Still, God does give us help. He shows us …
Sun, Jun 21st
We have heard plenty of tragic stories lately, as well as over the years. You have probably also noticed that there are some very tragic stories in the Bible. Have you ever wondered why? One reason is that tragedy is a part of the stuff of life. But there is more to it than that.
Sun, Jun 14th
One difficult effect of the quarantine has been that we really miss seeing our friends and loved ones. Even as the quarantine is being lifted, we still probably won't have as much contact as we would like. What do you do when you are prevented from being with the ones you love?
Sun, Jun 7th
If you think the world is going crazy and is out of control, you're right. Tracing it to its source, the problem is that our natural (versus supernatural) human tendency is to think we are better than others. We will use anything we can find to try to prove this, including race and ethnicity. Clearly such a tendency does not bring people together but rips them apart.
Sun, May 31st
It's hard for people to get along. Even Christians have their difficulties, sometimes more so. The Coronavirus and quarantine have reduced conflict and tension among Christians in some ways, but increased it in others, especially now that we are discussing when and how to come back together again.
Sun, May 17th
While many people think it is wonderful that NorthWest is supporting people who are proclaiming Jesus in other parts of the world, others may not be comfortable with it. A lot of people think we have plenty of work to do right here at home, and some even believe it's wrong to try to persuade others to accept the beliefs we have.
Sun, Apr 26th
We've been staying home for a month now, and the threat and the restrictions are wearing on us all. We're trying to adapt and find good things to do, but this phase is definitely seeming long and stands to last even longer. Is there a word of encouragement for us?
Sun, Feb 16th
Two thousand years ago, an angel told the good news of the birth of a Savior, who would bring peace on earth. A few decades later, Peter spoke of the good news of peace through Christ that was sent first to Israel, and then he proceeded to tell that same good news to a Gentile audience. Today, …
Sun, Jan 26th
Jesus knew his departure from earth would be difficult for his disciples, so he sought to give them peace. Not only were they losing the physical presence of their teacher and friend, taking on the mission Jesus had trained them for would be daunting for them, and all the more so in his absence. So Jesus sought to give them peace by …
Sun, Jan 19th
Last week we noted that in this world we will experience trouble, persecution and sin. Knowing to expect such things as a part of normal Christian life helps a little bit, but they are unpleasant enough that they still often rob us of peace. Is there any more help than knowing to expect them?
Sun, Jan 12th
Anytime our expectations are not met, it can generate unpleasant or even unhealthy feelings. This is true of our expectations of Christianity as well. If our actual experience of following Jesus is significantly different than what we expected, we may become disappointed, discouraged, or even angry.
Sun, Dec 15th
Christmas can be a wonderful time! Not only can it strengthen us spiritually, as we remember our Savior coming into the world, we can also enjoy time off from work, fellowship with family and friends, travel, beautiful decorations, good food and sweets, and giving and receiving gifts. Unfortunately, things don't always turn out like we wish.
Sun, Nov 17th
In our Mind Matters series we've noted that we often do not think in healthy ways spiritually because of sin, that we need to have our minds renewed, that God is the one who is able to renew them, and that we need to cooperate with his work on our minds. Besides these basic truths, the thing I believe is most important for us to take away from the series is …
Sun, Oct 13th
We've noticed in this series how our minds can stop working well spiritually and that the beginning of a renewed mind is to repent. Then, one of our primary goals should be to develop the mind of Christ, which is an outlook or attitude of humility, self-denial, serving, and sacrifice. But there's more....
Sun, Sep 29th
Hopefully our previous messages have helped us see the need for our minds to be renewed. Today we begin that process with repentance. Unfortunately, the words repent and repentance have been overused and misused so much that we may not really understand then or even want to consider them. It is imperative that we do, however.....
Sun, Sep 22nd
The Bible uses a variety of unflattering words to describe our minds when they go astray from God. That certainly gets our attention but may also put us off a little bit. Are our minds really all that bad spiritually? Do we have untrue, distorted or unhealthy thoughts in our minds?
Sun, Sep 15th
Our minds have an extremely important role in our relationship with God. Unless we deliberately cooperate with God, however, our minds will be spiritually unhealthy and hinder us in many ways. What is the mind, according to the Bible? And how does it get to be such a problem for us?
Sun, Aug 25th
Welcome to our Back to School Blessing Sunday where we pray over all the students and teachers in our church family! We are so thankful for the impact that teachers have on our kids and for the opportunity for each of us to learn through our younger generations. We'll be learning about what these truest forms of teaching are this morning together.
Sun, Aug 18th
Our society has rules, both written and unwritten, about when and how we can talk about Christianity. Sometimes we go along with these rules and also shape the Christian message in ways that we hope will make it more acceptable to them. Doing these things may decrease the offense somewhat, but may also entail offending God! How do we navigate a good path between what people want and expect and what God has told us to do?
Sun, Aug 4th
First Question: What does it mean to be a Christian? What does it mean to be ruled by God? Once you've come up with a summary, then a second question follows: What did you think, feel, say or do as a Christian last week? And finally, How do your answers to these two questions match up?
Sun, Jul 28th
It's easy for us to get our priorities out of order. Even when we make Christianity the most important thing in our lives, we still sometimes focus on smaller aspects of it instead of the things that matter most. What matters most about Christianity is...
Sun, Jul 21st
God is seeking to create one new humanity in Christ. Jesus prayed that his followers would be one as he and his father are one, so that the world would know the father sent him. Unity is really important to God and Jesus, but we struggle mightily to get along with others, even our brothers and sisters in Christ. The solution....
Sun, Jul 14th
The key to unity is not for us all to agree on everything. Yes, we do agree on Jesus being our Lord and that he died for our sins and was raised from the dead. There are some other central truths that we all believe and that help hold us together as well. But once all that is settled, the next step toward unity is not to systematically discuss and decide the correct view on every possible issue. Rather......
Sun, Jun 23rd
The world is complex and complicated. Sometimes our attempt to live like Christ seems complicated as well. In such times, some of the basics of following Jesus usually get overlooked, but reminding ourselves of those basics can be clarifying and helpful. What is our basic outlook on others?
Sun, Jun 16th
Have you ever noticed in the Bible, that one of the characteristics of a society marked by rampant sin is children disobeying their parents (Romans 1:30; 2 Timothy 3:2)? How would you say the United States is doing in this regard? Where does the problem lie? Is there anything we can do about it?