2022-05-15
Submitting to One Another for Christ
Series: One Another
All of us have seen little children look at the mature actions of their parents and try their best to imitate them. Whether it is the little boy stretching to look in the mirror and act like he is shaving, or the little girl stirring a spoon pretending to mix food in an empty bowl, children who love their parents seek to be like them. Much of the focus of the verses that follow may reflect this objective. Why are Christians charged to “walk in love” (Eph. 5:2a)? Because beloved children of God should imitate God in the flesh who “has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice” (Eph. 5:2b). Paul names six sinful behaviors that are “not fitting” (Eph. 5:4d). In the context why should such things “not even be named among” Christians (Eph. 5:3d)? Because God would not practice such things! 
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  • 2022-05-15Submitting to One Another for Christ
    2022-05-15
    Submitting to One Another for Christ
    Series: One Another
    All of us have seen little children look at the mature actions of their parents and try their best to imitate them. Whether it is the little boy stretching to look in the mirror and act like he is shaving, or the little girl stirring a spoon pretending to mix food in an empty bowl, children who love their parents seek to be like them. Much of the focus of the verses that follow may reflect this objective. Why are Christians charged to “walk in love” (Eph. 5:2a)? Because beloved children of God should imitate God in the flesh who “has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice” (Eph. 5:2b). Paul names six sinful behaviors that are “not fitting” (Eph. 5:4d). In the context why should such things “not even be named among” Christians (Eph. 5:3d)? Because God would not practice such things! 
  • 2022-05-08Generation To Generation – A Mother’s Impact
    2022-05-08
    Generation To Generation – A Mother’s Impact
    Series: Mother's Day
    Happy Mother's Day! Pastor Kevin and his wife Andria will be co-teaching this morning. Pastor Kevin will be starting off on the story of a woman who is mentioned only a few times in Scripture. Yet despite her low profile, she provides a finely drawn portrait of a mother with faith. In fact, she even made it into the "Hall of Fame" for faith in Hebrews 11:23. Her name, according to Numbers 26:59, was Jochebed. She was Moses' mother.
  • 2022-05-01The Story of Joseph
    2022-05-01
    The Story of Joseph
    Today Dave Koss, one of our elders is stepping in as guest speaker. Dave will be teaching about the story of Joseph, from the Book of Genesis. The story of Joseph, is one of heroic redemption and forgiveness. Joseph was the most loved son of his father, Israel, given the famous robe of many colors. When Joseph reported having dreams of his brothers, and even the stars and moon, bowing before him, their jealousy of Joseph grew into action. The brothers sold him into slavery to a traveling caravan of Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt and sold him to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh's guard.
  • 2022-04-24Love One Another
    2022-04-24
    Love One Another
    Series: One Another
    In John 13:34 Jesus taught, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Then He added, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (verse 35). How do we do this? What does it mean to love one another? The “one another” in these verses is a reference to fellow believers. A distinguishing mark of being a follower of Christ is a deep, sincere love for brothers and sisters in Christ. The apostle John reminds us of this fact elsewhere: “He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister” (1 John 4:21).
  • 2022-04-17Easter Sunday
    2022-04-17
    Easter Sunday
    Series: Easter Week
    Easter is a Christian holiday, and Christian celebrations focus on the true meaning of Easter: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Two thousand years ago, a man died on a cross, was buried, and three days later rose to life again. This fact—that a dead man came to life again and lives evermore—is why we celebrate Easter. The meaning of Easter is that the Son of God paid the price for our sins and rose again to reconcile us to God (see Romans 4:25). Easter means that our greatest enemy, death, has been conquered. Easter means that our sins are forgiven and we are made right with God. Easter means that Christ is truly the King and Victor, seated “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked” (Ephesians 1:21). The meaning of Easter is that Jesus is the Lord of new beginnings, new days, and new lives.
  • 2022-04-15Good Friday Service
    2022-04-15
    Good Friday Service
    Series: Easter Week
    In order for the good news of the gospel to have meaning for us, we first have to understand the bad news of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. The good news of deliverance only makes sense once we see how we are enslaved. Another way of saying this is that it is important to understand and distinguish between law and gospel in Scripture. We need the law first to show us how hopeless our condition is; then the gospel of Jesus’ grace comes and brings us relief and salvation. In the same way, Good Friday is “good” because as terrible as that day was, it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God against sin had to be poured out on Jesus, the perfect sacrificial substitute, in order for forgiveness and salvation to be poured out to the nations.
  • 2022-04-10Passover Seder
    2022-04-10
    Passover Seder
    Series: Easter Week
    Today we are celebrating the Feast of Passover with our Passover Seder Haggadah. A Haggadah is a religious structure. During Passover, the Seder is led by reading aloud a Haggadah, a book detailing the story of the event. The Hebrew word “Haggadah”, which means “telling,” is said to have begun in the Old English language around the middle ages. According to Jewish history, it dates back more than a thousand years.
  • 2022-04-03Biblical Dedication
    2022-04-03
    Biblical Dedication
    Today we are welcoming back Dave Metzger as guest speaker. Pastor Dave is continuing with his teaching from the Book of Nehemiah. Pastor Dave will be teaching from Nehemiah chapter 10. In this chapter the people make an oath to take certain actions in service of God. We learn that all the people supported this agreement which their leaders had made. The whole nation was on board from the priests and Levites, to the servants, to the women and children. They had already taken the first step to serve God by separating themselves from ungodly influences. Now they decided together to go above and beyond. We learn several key principles from their agreement.
  • 2022-03-27Prayer and Fasting (Wk 3)
    2022-03-27
    Prayer and Fasting (Wk 3)
    The Feast of Booths was a time of thanksgiving for the harvest. It was a happy time. Devout Jews lived outdoors in booths made of tree branches for seven days as a reminder of God’s provision in the desert during the wilderness wanderings. There were two practices that were not mentioned in Scripture but were included in the oral tradition passed on from Moses. One was the “special commandment of the willow,” and the other was the water libation. Each morning there was a solemn procession from the temple mount to the pool of Siloam for a pitcher of water. A priest would fill a gold pitcher with water as the people sang together from Isaiah 12:3. The procession would return to the Temple Mount with trumpets blasting and great fanfare; there the priest would pour the water into a silver basin by the altar of burnt offering each day for the first seven days…
  • 2022-03-20Prayer and Fasting (Wk 2)
    2022-03-20
    Prayer and Fasting (Wk 2)
    In today's message, Pastor Kevin will be teaching from the Book of Esther, chapter 4, verses 12-17. In this lesson, Mordecai realized that the Jews’ only hope now lay with Esther, who, shut up in the women’s quarters of the palace, had not heard of the decree till Mordecai told her. He added that her duty now was to ask the king to cancel the decree (4:1-9). Esther pointed out that this was not as easy as Mordecai thought, for even the queen risked her life in making a request of the king (10-11). But Mordecai believed that God would not allow the Jewish people to be destroyed, and that Esther would be his means of saving them. She therefore agreed to approach the king. First, however, she asked for three days of fasting by the Jews on her behalf (12-17).
  • 2022-03-13Prayer and Fasting (Wk 1)
    2022-03-13
    Prayer and Fasting (Wk 1)
    Today Pastor Kevin is starting a new series titled, "21 Days of Prayer and Fasting". In today's message, Pastor Kevin will be teaching from the Gospel of Matthew chapter 17, verses 14-21. This passage of scripture is the story of the miraculous cure of a child by Jesus that was epileptic and vexed with a demon.
  • 2022-03-06How to Be Wise and Not Foolish
    2022-03-06
    How to Be Wise and Not Foolish
    Today we are welcoming back David Sona as guest speaker. Chaplin Dave will be concluding Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with today's message. This passage is very appropriate for the conclusion of His sermon. In this passage, Jesus is going to challenge His hearers to make a decision regarding His words. Virtually all religions around the world claim that Jesus was a good teacher. However, Jesus challenges the idea that He is merely a good teacher. Jesus wants us to put into action what He has said. So, let’s hear what He has to say from Matthew 7:24-29.
  • 2022-02-27The Choice is Yours…Life or Death?
    2022-02-27
    The Choice is Yours…Life or Death?
    Think for example about a hiking trip. When hiking a mountain, have you ever had a choice between walking up the paved road and walking up an almost wild path with stones, and mud, and plants? The narrow way is the more difficult way. It requires more discipline. It requires sacrifice. It requires perseverance. Jesus is warning us not to be false disciples. In Mark 10:17-23 we saw one person who wanted to be a disciple of Jesus, but he turned away because Jesus asked something difficult of him. Jesus asked him to sell his possessions and he wasn’t willing. This man was not a real disciple. His decision to take the broad way shows us a glimpse of his heart which was not regenerated. The narrow way is the way that looks to do to others what you would have them do to you. The person on the narrow way has the right eye. He looks and sees the beauty of God and not the beauty and lure of money. See Luke 14:26. The narrow way chooses to follow God rather than giving in to pressure from parents. See Mark 8:34. The narrow way is saying “no” to self and saying “yes” to Jesus no matter what the cost. That is what a disciple is. A true disciple is willing to say “yes” to Jesus even at great cost to themselves because they know that Jesus is worth it.
  • 2022-02-20God’s Promise and The Golden Rule
    2022-02-20
    God’s Promise and The Golden Rule
    What principles can we learn from Matthew 7:7-12 about growing in kingdom character? Christ teaches that believers must ask, seek, and knock, and if we do, we will receive. This is obviously a call to prayer. Christ spent considerable time on prayer throughout his sermon, including giving the Lord’s Prayer, which is to be the believer’s pattern of prayer. Jesus promised that if we “ask, seek, knock” then our heavenly Father will respond with “good gifts” (Matthew 7:11). Our job, then, is to keep asking with sincerity and persistence—and let him worry about when he answers and which good gifts he delivers in response.
  • 2022-02-13To Judge or Not to Judge…That’s the Question
    2022-02-13
    To Judge or Not to Judge…That’s the Question
    Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, Christ has been warning his disciples about the false teaching and self-righteousness of the Pharisees. When Matthew 7:1-6 is considered in that background, it is clear that Christ’s command to not judge is another challenge for the disciples to not be like the Pharisees and other hypocrites. Since the religious leaders of Christ’s time desired to exalt themselves in the eyes of others, condemning and judging was another way of lifting themselves up.
  • 2022-02-06Don’t Freak Out! God’s Still On His Throne
    2022-02-06
    Don’t Freak Out! God’s Still On His Throne
    Anxiety, worry, fret, distress, agitation, tension, irritability. Common feelings, common emotions of man that effect our outward look on life, our decision making, and ultimately the direction of our lives. Jesus addresses this issue in Matthew 6:19-34. Jesus does not want us to be anxious and full of worry. He wants us to live life in a different manner. He does not want us making decisions based on a fear of the future. He wants the direction of our lives established on eternal truths rather than temporal things of earth and the hollow promises of man.
  • 2022-01-30The Eternal Treasure of the Kingdom
    2022-01-30
    The Eternal Treasure of the Kingdom
    What is success to you? What do you personally value? If you want to know what you value, then ask yourself where you put your time, energy and money. The answer to those questions will tell you what you value in life. The question of what you value in life is an important question because the answer has eternal ramifications. In today's reading from the gospel of Matthew chapter 6:19-24 , we meet a fellow that valued the things of this earth and forgot about the fact that he would soon be facing eternity. He prepared well for life on earth, but neglected to plan for that which was infinitely more important, life in eternity.
  • 2022-01-23The Lord’s Prayer
    2022-01-23
    The Lord’s Prayer
    The Lord's Prayer (also referred to as the "Our Father" by Catholics) was given during Christ's well-known Sermon on the Mount. Surprisingly, these words are recorded in only one of the gospels (Matthew 6:9 - 13). A similar, but not exact, version of these verses is given by the Lord at a different time (Luke 11). The Matthew 6 version of the prayer was given after he chose twelve men to be his apostles (Luke 6:12 - 16) and was offered to a large and diverse crowd of people (Luke 6:17). The Luke version of the prayer was given by the Lord in response to a disciple wanting to be taught how to talk to God (Luke 11:1).
  • 2022-01-16Are We Playing the Hypocrite?
    2022-01-16
    Are We Playing the Hypocrite?
    "So when you give to the needy..." Jesus says. Notice that he took for granted that we would give to the needy. What he was concerned about was the motive and attitude with which the alms were given. Without real love, there would be no reward. As Jesus begins to discuss expressions of piety in his day, he zeros in on the chief problem with spiritual life: its constant tendency to go to our head and turn into a hollow religiosity.
  • 2022-01-09Love Your Enemies: It is the Way of Jesus
    2022-01-09
    Love Your Enemies: It is the Way of Jesus