Persecution, intimidation, and threats can be part of the Christian walk. In our Gospel lesson we’ll see how Jesus faced these during his ministry as did a missionary to Ireland named Patrick. Watch this Sunday as we look at how our God would have us respond.
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If you were hungry – I mean, really hungry – and you could turn stones into bread, would you? Would there be any harm? A guy has to eat! There was more to the temptations of our Lord that first meets the eye. Join us as we consider what our Lord went through so that we might be saved.
We are only dust and ashes before our Holy God. David knew that too well. In 2 Samuel 24 he repents of his sin, but the consequences are catastrophic.
Epiphany mean “reveal”! The season of the church year that we call Epiphany has its bookends the Star of Bethlehem and the glory of God on the Mount of Transfiguration. We begin the season taking on the baby in the manger from Christmas. We leave the season seeing God in all his glory. The reason this “shot in the arm” is essential to our faith is because the forty-day journey to the cross that is the season of Lent is long and difficult. The annual recollection of Jesus’ Passion is painful to watch. Lest we forget that Jesus is God we see him once more in all his glory revealed.
When you are attacked verbally or physically what is your first reaction? God has not set us up to be physical or emotional punching bags, but how can we “turn the other cheek” and keep the peace? We’ll look at a Christians response to persecution this Sunday.
Thorns are maybe what pricked you a couple days ago when trying to prep your roses for your girl. Thorns in life hurt. One of the questions that people often as is why? What is God thinking? We’ll consider the thorn in the Apostle Paul’s life this Sunday.
There are some things that sound like a bad idea. Take fishing in the middle of a lake during the middle of the day with a net. That probably won’t work. When Jesus tells you to try something, the chances are very good that he has a reason. This Sunday we’ll look at Jesus’ fishing advice and what it means for our lives. This Sunday come fishing with Jesus.
When Church Goers Attack – might be a good title for a B movie. Most of the time people in a congregation are happy to be there. Violence is never on the agenda in our Sunday Morning bulletin, yet on that fateful Saturday in Nazareth, someone was almost thrown off a cliff. What we talked about as an emotional moment last Sunday goes terribly wrong in just a few moments. What happened?! Join us for worship this Sunday as we sort out the violent reaction to Jesus’ sermon.
When was the last time that you were in church? If you haven’t been in worship in recent memory, it can be difficult at times to go back. God’s people were brought tears when they heard God’s Law publicly read in Jerusalem for the first time in 150 years.
Changing water to blood may not be as fun as making a few hundred gallons of wine at a wedding, but the miracle we know as the first plague of Egypt was a powerful miracle of judgment on Pharaoh and his unbelieving nation. What can and can we not say about this event as we apply it to our lives? How can we see this as a miracle of redemption for God’s Old Testament people? Watch and find out.
A thunderous voice, a dove descending on a man – these events drew plenty of attention to Jesus of Nazareth. This Sunday we’ll go deeper into our Epiphany Season and see Jesus revealed as the Son of God – the Christ. What does baptism mean for us? What did it mean for Jesus? We’ll answer these questions this Sunday.
The wise men travels for a couple years to find the Christ child. A thousand years before Christ the Queen of Sheba came looking for wisdom too. There are still people who search their whole lives for the Christ child. They look for fulfillment and peace in places that can offer none. This Epiphany come and see the Light for the nations.
How far would you travel to church? Jesus traveled with his family to Jerusalem for the festivals like every other Jew. We don’t know much about Jesus as a boy, but in this account we hear how Jesus made his way to his Father’s house – not just to worship – but to keep the Law for us.
The wonder of Christmas is on full display this year as we sing with the angels, stand in awe with the shepherds, and look on with love next to Mary. That special feeling that comes with Christmas and all of it’s trappings is an empty emotion without the theology of the Christ Child. God took on human flesh for one purpose. That purpose was your salvation.
The death of Adam didn’t happen for almost a thousand years. Does that seem odd? Imagine if a criminal was condemned to die, but was then placed on death row for almost a thousand years. Do you think Adam ever wondered if God would ever keep his promise? Am I really going to die?
The refiner is coming! The washboard is ready! What will it be like when the Messenger of the Covenant appears to take care of business? We’ll explore God’s promises through the prophet Malachi today!
He is coming! The first Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of four Sundays of preparation as we get ready to celebrate the birth of our Savior. How can we prepare ourselves? Some of us decorate our homes. This can be a fitting outward expression the inward preparations we make in our hearts. This Sunday we’ll explore what those preparations might be. Join us!
Our God is the Ruler of the Universe. In these Last Days it sure doesn’t look that way. Times are rough for Jesus’ Christians and his church. None of this means that our God is any less powerful than he ever was. We cry as the church has for thousands of years, “Come quickly, Lord!” We worship Christ the King.
What does it mean to really live? I don’t think we need to hang off the front of the Titanic and feel the wind race through our hair to really live. Jesus tell us that he has life. One day, on the Last Day, life will destroy death for good. Join us as we take a glimpse into eternity on Saints Triumphant Sunday.