Sep 23, 2018
Does anybody really know what time it is? (Ecclesiastes 3)
The teacher writes a beautiful poem describing the order in the universe. And yet he regrets that we still cannot know God’s work. He is frustrated by injustice and by the reality of desiring to know the future but only being able to live in the moment. So we are left with two options: adopt fatalistic materialism or pursue faith in the eternal, creator God who knows far more than we do and has the end game in mind.
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  • Sep 23, 2018Does anybody really know what time it is? (Ecclesiastes 3)
    Sep 23, 2018
    Does anybody really know what time it is? (Ecclesiastes 3)
    The teacher writes a beautiful poem describing the order in the universe. And yet he regrets that we still cannot know God’s work. He is frustrated by injustice and by the reality of desiring to know the future but only being able to live in the moment. So we are left with two options: adopt fatalistic materialism or pursue faith in the eternal, creator God who knows far more than we do and has the end game in mind.
  • Sep 16, 2018Never Enough (Ecclesiastes 2)
    Sep 16, 2018
    Never Enough (Ecclesiastes 2)
    What makes you stand in awe and wonder? What intrigues you? It seems as we live in this age of immediate information there is less that stirs wonder in our hearts. In Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 we discover that life lived on its own terms, no matter the pleasure, accumulation, or achievements is still a dead end
  • Sep 10, 2018It Doesn’t Make Sense…or Does it?
    Sep 10, 2018
    It Doesn’t Make Sense…or Does it?
    We search for meaning in a lot of places. We spend money trying to stave off the aging process. We amass wealth, and property, and grown up "toys" yet still as a culture we are not happy. We look to have greater influence and power and yet nothing really changes. What is the point? That is life "under the sun" without God.
  • Sep 9, 2018It Doesn’t Make Sense…or Does it?
    Sep 9, 2018
    It Doesn’t Make Sense…or Does it?
    We search for meaning in a lot of places. We spend money trying to stave off the aging process. We amass wealth, and property, and grown up "toys" yet still as a culture we are not happy. We look to have greater influence and power and yet nothing really changes. What is the point? That is life "under the sun" without God.
  • Sep 2, 2018God just wants me to be happy, right?
    Sep 2, 2018
    God just wants me to be happy, right?
    As we look at this last of our Christian Urban Legends it provides us an entry into our series in Ecclesiastes. Is my happiness really a priority to God? The answer to that question may surprise you. We will look at the concept of terms like happy, blessed, and joy in the Bible and in so doing discover God’s recipe for true happiness
  • Aug 26, 2018Got Questions?
    Aug 26, 2018
    Got Questions?
    Over the past few weeks we have been collecting questions from our congregation. These have focused on matters in Scripture that have either been unclear or that have been unfortunately twisted into Christian Urban Myths. Today Pastor Scott will address those questions and seek to provide a Bible centered framework for thinking.
  • Aug 12, 2018If I give 10% will God make me wealthy, right?
    Aug 12, 2018
    If I give 10% will God make me wealthy, right?
    Some people look at God as an investment plan. They donate a percentage of income and God gives a return on their investment. But why is that not the case for every person? Where in the Bible are we commanded to tithe? What is God’s standard for giving? What does God promise me when I give? We will try to unravel this Christian Urban Legend.
  • Aug 5, 2018“If I Have Faith I can do anything…right?”
    Aug 5, 2018
    “If I Have Faith I can do anything…right?”
    Sometimes it seems people treat faith as a magic wand. We just wave it and God answers. Other times it can be used as a club to make God do what we want. So what is faith and how do we exercise it? We must be careful to trust God and not demand of God. How do I apply the passages regarding moving mountains and asking what we want from God?
  • Jul 29, 2018Does the Bible Teach that I must Forgive and Forget?
    Jul 29, 2018
    Does the Bible Teach that I must Forgive and Forget?
    C.S. Lewis wrote: “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive...” (Mere Christianity p. 104). When we add to that reminder the idea that we must forgive and forget if we are to be Christlike, then forgiveness seems almost impossible. It is important to understand what forgiveness is, what it is not, and how to apply it. Then we can correct the false notion that we are to forgive and forget.

     

  • Jul 22, 2018Everything Happens for A Reason…or does it? (Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:28)
    Jul 22, 2018
    Everything Happens for A Reason…or does it? (Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:28)
    Does God manipulate situations and circumstances? Did God cause me to get sick and lose my job? Is it possible that some things just happen? As we think through the common statement “Everything happens for a reason” we have questions. For the Christ Follower they are questions about the sovereignty of God. We don’t know the mind of God but we have the Word of God for guidance.