Matthew 25:31-46 The Sheep and the Goats “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come,…
Loving Others as God calls us will always challenge and stretch us beyond our comfort zone. Yet, it does not mean that we don’t hold others accountable. In fact, love requires us to help others grow in faith and strength. Love for others will be hard work.
If God Love us, how does he express that love? It is not through prosperity or physical blessings (though that sometimes happens) but by the “means of grace” which are varied and multi-layered. There is one grace described with the characteristics; Prevenient, Justifying, and Sanctifying. These three components help inform us and help us identify where God is at work.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Knowing and loving God means struggling with the reality of a God who truly loves us, but also calls us to live for him and this means the black letters of the Bible are just as important to us, challenging as they may be, as the wonderful red letters of Jesus’ teaching. Who do you say God is? God calls us to love him with everything we have and that’s tough language, especially for us who live in…
Colossians 3:12-15 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. “Charity begins at home but should not end there.” Thomas Fuller Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and praise. – Click here to give online today! Watch the entire service here: 8:00 am Message 9:00 am Service 10:30 am Service
The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
As we have examined the first Christmas Carols; Zechariah’s Song and Mary’s The Magnificat we see they lead directly to the Gloria at birth of Jesus. Everything from the Old Testament and everything in the New points to this moment of his birth and leads us to his ministry, the cross, and the resurrection. Jesus is not only the center, he is the answer to everything. Find Jesus – find peace.
Christmas challenges us to accept Jesus as a surprising and transformative gift. We expect liberation from earthly powers, just as the Jews expected a revolutionary leader to free them from Roman oppression. Yet, what we get is more, better, greater because it is both a transformation and freedom now but it is also eternal.
Luke 1:47-55 Mary’s song, the Magnificat, is not just a song to glorify God, though it certainly does that, but it also is prophetic in that it sets the stage for who Jesus is and what he will do. It is a call to follow this, yet unborn, king. The Magnificat, Mary’s song gives God Glory, but it is also challenging because it challenges human leadership and reinforces the ancient prophecies declaring the Messianic identity of this baby. Mary’s song…
“Two thousand years, and still we wait.” Hope. Hope, this mysterious, often difficult to describe ‘thing’ is what gives us a reason to continue in life, whether just working through a difficult time, or seeking meaning in life. Christmas brings hope in the form of a baby, but it is really in the resurrection, the rebirth, and in our salvation, because of Christ, that we have tangible hope.
Guest Pastor Derrick Johnson 1 Timothy 6:10-16 Strength in God’s Grace 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” Edmund Burke Make your donation today! Watch the entire service here: 8:00 am Message 9:00 am Service 10:30 am Service