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.
  • 2022-02-13To Judge or Not to Judge…That’s the Question
    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
    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
    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
    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?
    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
    Love Your Enemies: It is the Way of Jesus
  • 2022-01-02Dream Big: Creating a Vision for Your Future
    Dream Big: Creating a Vision for Your Future
    Series: Dream Big
    Today Pastor Kevin is launching a new series on dreaming big. Up first, we will explore from the Book of Genesis how God communicated his plan for Joseph through several dreams. Discovering who God created you to be and what God is shaping you to do is not a one-time event. God reveals his vision to us over time. And we usually only see part of the vision at first. As you respond to what God shows you and begin to live into God’s preferred future, the vision becomes more vivid and real.
  • 2021-12-26Remembering the Past to Praise God Now
    Remembering the Past to Praise God Now
    Today is the last Sunday of the calendar year. We are having a special joint English and Spanish service today. Pastor Kevin will be looking at the Old Testament and pointing out several examples of remembering the faithfulness of God. We will also hear testimonies from several congregants of God's intervention and blessing.
  • 2021-12-24Christmas Eve: Finding CHRIST in Our World
    Christmas Eve: Finding CHRIST in Our World
    Christmas Eve. The preacher brings Luke’s story into the excitement of a family service and later into the reverence of candlelit worship full of people distracted by kids, plans, phones, hopes and griefs. Granted, audiences are always mixed, emotions often high. Yet Christmas Eve heightens the intensity, energy, and disparities gathered in congregations on this night, underlined by every commercial and artistic institution in our culture.
  • 2021-12-19Finding PEACE in Our Struggles
    Finding PEACE in Our Struggles
    In Luke’s language, the Greek word translated as “peace” doesn’t only mean tranquility between nations or even friendship among individuals. Another part of the definition is such assurance of salvation as to be content with whatever one’s earthly lot. This kind of peace is a “no matter what falls” peace. In one sense, it’s inner peace whether one gets exactly what is hoped for or a rotten outcome altogether. It’s knowing that you aren’t forgotten. It’s remembering that you are loved. It’s understanding that you can be secure regardless of what is going on around you.
  • 2021-12-12Finding JOY in Our Discouragements
    Finding JOY in Our Discouragements
    Happiness is an emotion that can disappear as quickly as it rises to the surface. Joy, however, is a choice. We have a choice. God gives us a joy that is unconquerable. We can choose to live in an attitude of resentment, anger and fear or we can choose to pursue the joy of Christ. So, what is the picture of joy in the Bible? Today Pastor Kevin will answer that question as we celebrate week 3 of Advent.
  • 2021-12-05Finding LOVE in Our Differences
    Finding LOVE in Our Differences
    What Is the Candle of Love? Before we dive into this, we should keep in mind, some church traditions vary on which candle goes on which Sunday. Some may light the “love candle” on the second Sunday of Advent instead of the fourth. Others have lit the candle of Peace on the fourth week of Advent instead of the candle of love. With that being said, let’s dive into the symbolism of the love candle. Otherwise known as the Angel candle, this candle can represent purity. Love, plays a vital role in the Christmas story. Because of Joseph’s love for Mary, he didn’t stone her when he found out she was pregnant with what he thought was a child out of wedlock with another man (Matthew 1:18-19). Mary has a natural motherly love for Jesus, and ultimately, we see God’s love for everyone by sending his son for us (John 3:16). Jesus focused on preaching love throughout his ministry. Two of his greatest commands involve love: Love God, love your neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40). Love is the greatest of all the virtues on the Advent wreath and encompasses Jesus’ entire purpose for being on earth (1 Corinthians 13:13).
  • 2021-11-28Finding HOPE In Our Uncertainties
    Finding HOPE In Our Uncertainties
    Today Pastor Kevin begins a new teaching series which will take us to Christmas Day! The Christmas season is here. It is called Advent. Advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming.” Christians began celebrating an advent time of fasting and prayer sometime in the 300s, the period of early church history where Constantine made Christianity legal.  The first Advent candle stands for hope, specifically the hope the Israelites had that the promised Messiah would come.  They had been waiting for the Messiah for centuries, wondering what he would look like and what he would do when he arrived.  When Jesus was born, that hope was finally fulfilled – “a prophet like you” (Deuteronomy 18:15) had come.  How Jesus fit the prophecies that the Israelites had been reading for centuries would become the key conflict of his ministry – whether he fulfilled them, and whether people had been reading them correctly.
  • 2021-11-21Thankfulness: Saying and Showing
    Thankfulness: Saying and Showing
    Series: Thanksgiving
    Simon the Pharisee, a religious leader, has invited Jesus to dine in his home (only Luke has Jesus being invited specifically to the home of a Pharisee). Suddenly, an uninvited, unnamed woman appears who is described simply as a “sinner in the city.” Without speaking, she weeps, wets Jesus’ feet with her tears, wipes them with her hair, kisses them, and anoints them with perfumed oil (verse 38). Today we are welcoming Pastor OJ Mozon as guest speaker. Pastor OJ will be exploring on what the Bible is speaking to us through this story.
  • 2021-11-14How to Talk To and Treat Others Like Jesus
    How to Talk To and Treat Others Like Jesus
    In the Old Testament law it was clearly wrong to make false vows. We have seen in the cross-references that there are many warnings about making vows and then not fulfilling them. These warnings are true. We should not make vows/oaths/promises that we cannot or may not keep. Jesus is not disagreeing with this fact, but He raises the bar even higher. Make no oath at all – In the time of Jesus making oaths had become more popular. What was originally a wow to make a solemn covenant before the Lord as seen in Psalm 76:11 had developed into a widespread problem of making oaths. In people’s routine everyday communication with each other they would make oaths to convince each other of the truth and sincerity of their words.  We Christians are called not to oath-taking but to truth-telling. Not just on solemn occasions but every day, in every situation, so that we might reflect Jesus' truthfulness and his love for everyone around us.
  • 2021-11-07What Did Jesus Say About Divorce?
    What Did Jesus Say About Divorce?
    Jesus’ refers to Genesis 2:21-25. His answer takes people back to creation when God made one man and one woman and put them together. The two became one flesh. By quoting Genesis, Jesus shows that this is not a cultural principle. It is not a principle which changes for different times or different places. It is a universal principal rooted in creation itself where God revealed His perfect plan for marriage. This clearly refutes many of the modern world’s excuses for allowing divorce of which there are many.
  • 2021-10-31The Deadly Lure of Lust
    The Deadly Lure of Lust
    Jesus is dealing with the subject of adultery or sex outside of the marital union. He states that we can commit adultery in the mind as well as by the literal act. Then He talks about our right eye or right hand causing us to stumble. It's obvious that He's referring to the sin of adultery. He's not referring to you literally plucking your eye out, or cutting your hand off. He's using these two parts of our body symbolically. I believe the eye is referring to what we allow ourselves to see. The hand is referring to our actions. If there is something in our lives that continually causes us to fall into the sin of adultery (or any sin), then we need to cut that out of our lives. This is just as painful as plucking out our eyes or cutting off our hands. We need to focus on the rewards as Jesus soothes our pain.
  • 2021-10-24Right Worship Starts with a Right Heart
    Right Worship Starts with a Right Heart
    Pastor Kevin continues in his series, "The Sermon on the Mount". Today Pastor Kevin will be teaching from the Book of Matthew, chapter 5:21-26. In this section, Jesus deals with the commandment “Do not murder” which is one of the ten commandments given to Moses. Jesus is leading His listeners to see that true righteousness is far more than legal or external obedience. Righteousness is not about just getting your part done. It is not looking to see how much you can get away with and still be considered “righteous.” Righteousness is right relationships, relationships that spring out of a right heart, mind, and soul that always bring about blessing and life. God's righteousness is connected with His shalom, which is well-being and harmony. This is the righteousness, the Torah of God, that Jesus came to fulfill. Jesus has completed the Torah of God. He is completely in right, peaceful, life-giving relationship with God, us, and all of creation.
  • 2021-10-17What Jesus Believed About the Bible
    What Jesus Believed About the Bible
    Jesus is the Word of God. He is the Spirit of Prophecy. He is God in the flesh, so if we’re looking for some guidance on how to relate to Holy Scripture, we ought to look no further than him. Jesus believed that the Scripture, in its entirety, is God-breathed. When confronted with the temptation of the devil He said the following: It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4:4 ESV) Jesus believed in the full authority of Scripture.
  • 2021-10-10Blueprints for Building: True Christianity: Nehemiah 9
    Blueprints for Building: True Christianity: Nehemiah 9
    Today we are welcoming back Dave Metzger as guest speaker. Pastor Dave is continuing his series from the Book of Nehemiah. Today Pastor Dave will cover Nehemiah, chapter 9.  After the wall was completed, after the wall was working, after the people had heard and obeyed God’s Word, after the Holy Spirit was doing a significant work in the lives of people – now there is a scene of dramatic, humble repentance. Pastor Dave will be discussing what true spirituality involves and the one measure of true Christianity.