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.
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?