God is serious about his word. How serious? Jesus didn’t come to make friends of those who looked only from personal gain from God’s people. He came to save the world. He came to save you.
Temptation comes in all shapes and sizes and yours might be different than mine. Satan knows where we are the weakest and won’t hesitate to float a temptation right in front of our noses.
Certainty in love seems like a pipe dream, doesn’t it? How can you really know what someone is feeling? How can you see the doubts?
What lengths would you go to save a life? This is the question our medical professionals answer on a daily basis as they use heroic efforts to preserve the lives of people under their care. We praise God for the medical gifts he has given to our society! What lengths would God go to save a soul? That is the question we’ll answer as we watch the great physician in action!
What didn’t Naaman have? He had everything as his disposal. A successful career, wealth, but… he had leprosy. There was something wrong and he didn’t know how to fix it. The truth for Naaman was there was something else wrong besides his leprosy. It was in Israel that he found the true God.
“Follow me!” This is Jesus’ call as he gathers his first disciples. In this season of Epiphany we see Jesus reveal himself to be the Savior of the world. In the Gospel of John he shows his divine power. This catches the attention of the disciples, but it is the Word of God that creates faith.
The waters of the Jordan washed over Jesus as John baptized him. Those same waters of baptism washed over the jailers family in ancient Philippi. Still today the waters of baptism flow in churches around the world. In Jesus the Father is well pleased with all of us.
Over a thousand years before the wise men travel to Bethlehem, Ruth traveled to Bethlehem. Both were foreigners. Both came to worship the King of the Universe. Both had no business being there. Both were part of God’s divine plan. Want to hear more? Watch this week’s message taken from Ruth 4.
I just love getting Christmas cards! It’s my once-a-year update from my family and friends. To many people Jesus is just like one of many Christmas cards. Throw him on the pile with the rest. Is he a nice guy? There are some people (like us) who actually worship him as God.
A late Christmas gift can be perfect. With so many families there are only twenty-four hours in the day. Many families have to divide time between family and friends. I remember growing up, that late Christmas gift was something to look forward too! Simeon saw Jesus, a late Christmas gift, and praised God for it.
What does uncomfortable attention look like? This afternoon we will find out and offer a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.
Depression is usually more than just an emotional problem. It affects you physically, emotionally and spiritually. Depression can feel like you are trapped in your body and imprisoned in your mind. God has good news for you in your captivity. Today, on this 3rd Sunday in Advent we will hear that the Lord proclaims freedom.
“Take a load off,” is what I just told you. What does that phrase mean to you? Maybe, at least, sit down or take off your shoes. There is a load that so many people carry around all the time. It’s not a backpack full of books. The heavy load is anxiety or depression. Another heavy load can be a guilty conscience. It’s important to not confuse or associate those two things. People who struggle with anxiety and depression aren’t sinning. The comfort that our God offers in the first few verses of Isaiah 40 are powerful medicine.
A common misconception is that Christians don’t get depressed … or at least they shouldn’t get depressed. Saying depressions shouldn’t happen only serves to make God’s people – who already feel guilty and weak – even more guilty and weak. Christians do suffer from depression. The Lord has a message for you in your depression. The Lord removes your guilt. This Sunday marks the start of the Advent season, a time of preparation before our Christmas celebration.
Christ the King is the one who is in charge of everything. This can be difficult to see at times because his kingdom is not of this world. Even though this is true, it doesn’t mean that he has no control. Jesus controls all things for the good of his church. One day he will end this world and, finally, every knee will bow before the King of Kings.
“Jerusalem the Golden – with milk and honey blessed!” Feeling weary and oppressed? Can we ever comprehend what joys await us beyond the pearly gates? This Sunday – Saints Triumphant Sunday – we take time to ponder all that is heaven. In our message we’ll find that death means you’re only asleep in Jesus.
Are you looking forward to the end of the world? That might not sound like a great way to start your week, but God’s take on the end of the world is a great source of comfort for the Christian. Do you see the injustice in the world? God does too! Do you see the crippling effects of sin in the world? Of course, God sees the suffering. We learn from Scripture that creation groans under the weight of sin. Come this Sunday to hear God’s rescue plan. Because when God ends the world, he will take us home to heaven.