Sun, Jan 24th
What does it mean to go out into the world and especially into our community? When we go out and serve, what is the difference between us and an atheist doing the exact same thing? The answer is simple: we go in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sun, Dec 20th
Isaiah describes Jesus as the "everlasting father." The term father has a variety of meanings to different people and this is largely based on what your relationship was/is like with your own earthly father. Isaiah promises a father who overcomes all dysfunctionality and places joy in our hearts.
Sun, Nov 15th
We all have a deep seeded question within us that we ask God and ourselves: Who am I? This morning we will look at Moses asking God just that question and then see how Jesus knew His own identity and continues to form our identity to look more like him.
Sun, Oct 18th
The year 2020 has been a pretty miserable one for just about everyone. There's been a pandemic, mass quarantine, political unrest, and a slew of other issues and events that have caused an immense amount of stress on just about everyone. We have felt a loss on a number of levels in a loss of our routine, a loss in being able to meet together for a large portion of the year, a loss of major events, and some of us have lost people whom we held so dear.
Sun, Oct 4th
Revolution is a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system. Revolutions of various kinds and degrees have occurred throughout history, and they are unsettling. Some say one or more cultural revolutions are occurring currently. Some Christians are asking how we should respond. My question is …
Sun, Sep 27th
We've studied this passage several times and noted that Christians are to be unified, like-minded, not selfish or conceited but humbly putting others ahead of us. Both the world and the church desperately need to see people doing this, especially right now. We know our responsibility, but where do we get the power to live this way?
Sun, Sep 6th
I am struggling quite a bit, off and on, and all that is going on in our nation and world makes matters much more difficult. But I was blessed this morning when I remembered that the people who received the book of Hebrews were also facing hardships, and I was helped when I then re-read the divine advice in the book that encourages us ...
Sun, Aug 9th
By the time Jesus came to earth, Satan held virtually dominated mankind. Everywhere his the devastating effect of his tyrannical rule was apparent. But in Jesus God launched an invasion into Satan's kingdom that changed the course of human history. It all began with a simple but momentous announcement, a proclamation of good news:
Sun, Jul 12th
At the risk of cliché, there are many storms in our lives. We have been in a big one for the last few months. There is also a major storm coming at the end of time, namely, the judgment. What can we do to make it safely through the storms and The Storm?
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.