Happy Valentine’s Day! It might seem a little odd to have a day set aside for love. Should’ve we love everyone all the time? Well, let’s go with it. I am married to a beautiful woman – and I wrote her a card expressing my love. That really wasn’t that hard. But what I’m not sure about is what to get for the neighbor who is mean to me? What do I get for the guy who just cut me off on the interstate? How about that guy at work who’s spreading rumors about your work performance? Maybe this isn’t so easy after all. This Sunday we’re back in the Gospel of Matthew watching Jesus redirect our thoughts – this time on the topic of love.
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We spend a lot of time talking about the differences and divisions that can arise in the church and in the home, but I wanted to take a little time to talk about how our church body seeks out like-minded Christians. This comes into the area of fellowship.
“Grace and peace to you!” I’ve said these words so many times in my life that when I’m testing a mic they replace – “testing, one, two, three, testing.” I start every sermon with these words too. When the Apostle Paul wrote “Grace and peace!” to the Christians in Corinth, was he just offering a cordial greeting? Or was he laying the stage for a powerful letter to God’s people full of God’s love and the new reality God’s people enjoy because of that love?
When Jesus came to the Jordan River he was baptized by John the Baptist. John didn’t want to baptize him because he understood that this was God. John was the one who need to be washed by Jesus! In Jesus’ baptism God the Father thundered from heaven the approval of his Son. Jesus was anointed by the Spirit who descended in the form of a dove. It is in this way that Jesus was revealed to the world as the Messiah at the start of his public ministry. Watch as we study what Jesus’ baptism means for you!
Did you see all the TV’s marked down on Monday for the holiday? I didn’t either! Isn’t it great! There is no commercial aspect to Epiphany. I suppose you are wondering what exactly is Epiphany. This Greek word means reveal. During the Epiphany season of the church year we look at how the world found out and still finds out that Jesus is God …that Jesus is the Savior of the world.
Do you have a plan for the New Year? God does! This Sunday come and see God’s plan for you. He’s been working on this since the creation of the world – and – I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
How much more can you take? At what point should you give up? It’s questions like these that many Christians face down on a daily basis. Before we get into a contest of suffering, let’s hear what our God has to say on the topic. There are many who refuse to have anything to do with Christmas because of the suffering in the world. It is for that very reason that Jesus was sent – to rescue the world from sin and offer an eternity that is better by far! Join us this Sunday as we continue our journey to the cradle with a look at Job.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We begin a new church year with the first Sunday in Advent. Hear the call to prepare your hearts. Jesus is coming! Don’t worry, we’ll help you get ready this year. I won’t be personally coming over to help trim your tree, but you will hear from John the Baptist. His cry in the wilderness still rings today: REPENT! Join us this Sunday as we begin our journey to the cradle. It is there that we will find the new born king.
We have so much to be thankful for this year. What if God has blessed us with LESS and not more this year? Should we still be thankful? The answer is yes in Jesus. Join us to find out how we can be thankful even when God gives us less.
A passing glance at the news and current events would show one thing – no one seems to be in control. On this Christ the King Sunday we remember that Jesus is, indeed, in control of the world. He does so for the good of his church. Join us this Sunday as we close out the church year worshiping Christ the King.
It doesn’t take very long before we get tired. We are tired physically, running ragged on our frantic American rat race to nowhere. We are tired emotionally. This is especially dangerous because too many of us go looking for rest in physically harmful ways – like drugs or alcohol. Finally, we as a nation are spiritually exhausted because precious few know that Jesus is the only place to find rest for our weary souls.
One of the more confusing topics surrounding the Bible is the end of the world. It sounds hard to believe, doesn’t it? Won’t the sun come up tomorrow just like it has every day since God started it on its daily march? It will, unless God commands it to stop. The Bible is clear that the world will end when God ends it. More importantly will you be ready when he does? What will you say as you stand before him?
Life is full of choices. The life of the Christian is full of choices, but the hardest choice was the one that God made when he chose the world. He chose you because he loves you. All the other choices after that are in response to his incredible love for you.
The Reformation of the Christian church brought many welcome changes. The greatest of these was a spotlight on the gospel of Jesus. There were also many societal benefits. One of those was a highlight of God’s design in marriage. Join us this morning as we go back to the beginning to see God’s plan for the perfect marriage
This week we continue our stewardship series, a look at the family of believers. Last week we saw our identity – one of God’s children, a son or daughter of the King of the Universe. This Sunday we’ll examine what we do with our time and the struggles that go all with it.
God calls his people from the nations. They weren’t his people, but now they are. God reserves the glory and accomplishments for himself. God calls you his child. The only question left for the Christian is why? Why would God love the unlovable? Why would God love me? The answer is that he loves us. God’s love doesn’t need a reason; it is marvelous to behold, truly divine. Join us as we look at God’s love using the prophet Hosea and his family. The family portrait is shocking.
Never give up! That’s easy to say when there is a goal in mind, when we can see progress. That’s not so easy when it comes to prayer. How do we know that God hears our cries for help? We have his promise. This Sunday we’ll look at God’s instructions for prayer. Never give up
Would you trust Crazy Bob’s Autos or Flow Honda with the purchase of your next car? If you needed a sitter for the kids would you ask the person next to you in the checkout line at Food Lion or a trusted friend or family member? This Sunday we’ll see that God gives you his word. That’s something you can always trust.