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.
“Lord, keep us steadfast in your word!” The Reformation of the Christian church has been rated in the top five events in the history of the world because of the impact it has had on society. The spiritual reformation was even more profound. Christians could once more hear the truth that Jesus’ forgiveness was free for all.
This Sunday we’ll see that nothing in the vineyard of our Lord truly belongs to us. Our God is letting us use the gifts he’s given us for his glory. At any time he can ask for those gifts back. One of those gifts is money. There are a few places that our money must go – the government and our God are two of those places that Jesus will address this Sunday. We close out our series In the Vineyard this Sunday as we talk about financial stewardship.
What does good fruit look like? I think by the time a person can drive they have a clue about picking produce from the store, but what does good fruit look like in the life of a Christian. We’re going to jump back into the vineyard with our Lord this week and see what he has to say on the topic.
This Sunday we are In The Vineyard with Jesus. We’ll look at the stewardship of what our God has given us. Last Sunday we looked at our time – it’s a valuable commodity. This Sunday we’ll look at our work. What do you do? Is one job more important than another? Does our God have anything to say about it?
This month we continue our set of sermon series using the Gospel of Matthew. We will be In The Vineyard with Jesus. We’ll look at the stewardship of what our God has given us. In this first week, we’ll consider our use of time. It’s a valuable commodity in our fast-paced society. How can we make time for our God and what he thinks is important?
“One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food, And to one hope she presses, With ev’ry grace endued…” What does it look like to forgive someone? That might be an easy question, until the hurt hits close to home. This Sunday we’ll consider Jesus command to forgive. We have the perfect example in Jesus. More importantly we have the perfect motivation when we look at how he forgave us.
“Though with a scornful wonder The world sees her oppressed, By schisms rent asunder, By heresies distressed…” We continue our sermon series under the theme One Foundation. We’ll see that our God protects the church from enemies inside and out! There are plenty of problems in the church. How can we work through those? We’ll look and see God’s plan for taking care of trouble on the inside this Sunday.
“The church shall never perish, her dear Lord to defend…” The struggle is real. That isn’t the cry from a clueless middle schooler; it’s the groan of the Christian church. Jesus defends us from struggles everyday. From an outsiders perspective the church doesn’t look unified at all. But the Holy Christian Church is safe behind the almighty power of our Lord. We have all that we need in the word of God.
“The Church shall never perish. Her dear Lord, to defend, To guide, sustain, and cherish, Is with her to the end.” We continue our series One Foundation on Sunday under the theme: The Church Will Stand Forever. It might not look that way, but this is the promise from our God. He can’t break his promise to the church or to you personally. Join us as we see how great God’s love is for his people.
“The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord…” Over the centuries the Christian Church has been through division, heresy, and persecution. The church still stands. Over the next five weeks, in our series One Foundation we’ll look at what our Lord Jesus says the church is. Our first Sunday we’ll see that the church is for all people.
Can you imagine what was going through Peter’s head as a wave is about to swamp him… as he’s walking on the water?! This is a disaster waiting to happen. In spite of all that, Jesus doesn’t let him down. This morning we close out our series – The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of a Christian.
How does God supply the needs of a whole world everyday? How can there be that much food for everyone? In our lesson from Matthew 14 we’ll see that Jesus called on the disciples to trust in him by giving them a situation they could not handle. This week we continue our series on the Extraordinary Ordinary Life of a Christian.
The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of the Christian is one that Seeks Spiritual Wealth. What exactly does that look like? Our Lord points us in the right direction with a series of parables. Once you find spiritual wealth, it is worth more than anything else in the world.
What is it like to live in a world where you don’t fit in? This Sunday we continued our series from the Gospel of Matthew – The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of the Christian. We saw how God calls us to live as wheat among the weeds. That isn’t always an easy task, but it’s also not something that the Christian has to do alone. God is with us every step of the way.
“Oh, what of that? …and what of that?!” The sower sows his seed. With a wanton disregard for the safety of the word he casts it like a sower in an ancient field. Some of the seed falls on rocks, some among weeds, some on the path, and some on fertile soil. This Sunday we’ll look at Jesus’ famous Parable of the Sower. We’ll see how this impacts our life and how we are planted by God’s word.
Get your rest! That’s good advice for mental health, letting your body recover, disease prevention, weight loss, and -yes- spiritual health. Spiritual rest can’t be found under Egyptian cotton sheets and a down pillow. Spiritual health can only be found in Jesus. We continue our series on the Extraordinary Ordinary Life of a Christian: Find Rest in Jesus.