Aug 8, 2021
The Righteous for the unrighteous (Luke 22:63-23:49)
To read again one of the crucifixion accounts should cause anyone to pause. Repeatedly, Jesus is declared innocent. Repeatedly, we see him caring for others in the middle of his own suffering. Repeatedly, we see the anger and vitriol that led to his death. One wonders how things would have been different had Jesus been welcomed and accepted as the Messiah. But for now we are left with the mystery of the only righteous one, willingly paying the price for unrighteousness.
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  • Aug 8, 2021The Righteous for the unrighteous (Luke 22:63-23:49)
    Aug 8, 2021
    The Righteous for the unrighteous (Luke 22:63-23:49)
    To read again one of the crucifixion accounts should cause anyone to pause. Repeatedly, Jesus is declared innocent. Repeatedly, we see him caring for others in the middle of his own suffering. Repeatedly, we see the anger and vitriol that led to his death. One wonders how things would have been different had Jesus been welcomed and accepted as the Messiah. But for now we are left with the mystery of the only righteous one, willingly paying the price for unrighteousness.
  • Aug 1, 2021When God said, “No” Luke 22:35-62
    Aug 1, 2021
    When God said, “No” Luke 22:35-62
    Sometimes we fall into a trap of thinking we have heard all the stories of the Bible and there is nothing new. But as we examine the prayer of Jesus, his subsequent arrest, and Peter’s denial more closely, we can learn a great deal that will help us when we go through times that are confusing, tempting, and devastating. We must always remember that Jesus understands.
  • Jul 25, 2021Where are the adults (2 Peter 1:1-10)
    Jul 25, 2021
    Where are the adults (2 Peter 1:1-10)
    What does it mean to be “called” by God? What does that look like? Is being “called” by God only a term we use for people like missionaries and pastors? What we will see in this passage is that no matter what the circumstances in our lives or our culture, God is still calling each of us to live in obedience to Him. It is in personal obedience to God that we find, purpose, fulfillment, and significance, regardless of our profession or career.
  • Jul 25, 2021Where are the adults (2 Peter 1:1-10)
    Jul 25, 2021
    Where are the adults (2 Peter 1:1-10)
    What does it mean to be “called” by God? What does that look like? Is being “called” by God only a term we use for people like missionaries and pastors? What we will see in this passage is that no matter what the circumstances in our lives or our culture, God is still calling each of us to live in obedience to Him. It is in personal obedience to God that we find, purpose, fulfillment, and significance, regardless of our profession or career.
  • Jul 18, 2021“One Final Meal” (Luke 22:7-34)
    Jul 18, 2021
    “One Final Meal” (Luke 22:7-34)
    Following a service of baptism, Pastor Scott shares with us from Luke 22 and gives us some lessons we can take away from the Last Supper.
  • Jul 11, 2021Giving from our abundance? (Luke 20:45-21:4)
    Jul 11, 2021
    Giving from our abundance? (Luke 20:45-21:4)
    In a very brief but familiar story we discover one person who in humility, gave what she had to God. Others gave as well but made sure to keep plenty for themselves. A question for each of us is, do I give from my abundance, or from my heart? Do I know the difference?
  • Jul 4, 2021Freedom and Responsibility (Luke 19:1-27)
    Jul 4, 2021
    Freedom and Responsibility (Luke 19:1-27)
    If we have learned anything from the history of our nation it is that freedom is best exercised within clear boundaries and it comes at a great cost. In our spiritual lives we also discover that the freedom we have in Jesus Christ, came at a great cost to him and is best exercised in the boundaries God sets. In a familiar story and a familiarly themed parable, we discover anew the goal of Jesus to seek the lost. We also discover that those who claim to follow Jesus are given a freedom within boundaries to serve him to the best of their abilities. We will finally learn that God does not play games or put up with spiritual facades.
  • Jun 27, 2021Humility and Dependence
    Jun 27, 2021
    Humility and Dependence
    In three uniquely connected instances we learn something very valuable from Jesus.   When we approach God in true childlike humility and faith we find that he is there.  When we are willing to realize that nothing we have in this life is a substitute for depending on God we find he is enough.  It is then we discover soul satisfaction.
  • Jun 20, 2021“Already…Not Yet” (Luke 17:20-8:18)
    Jun 20, 2021
    “Already…Not Yet” (Luke 17:20-8:18)
    We are met with the concept of “already...not yet” in many situations in life. We just completed the graduation season. A student already has their degree but their full potential has not yet been realized. The same is true in Scripture. When we put our faith in Christ we are already acceptable in God’s eyes, and yet we are not yet all that we can be. We learn in this passage the balance of the already and not yet reality of the return of Jesus.
  • Jun 13, 2021A Tale of Two Men (Luke 16:19-31)
    Jun 13, 2021
    A Tale of Two Men (Luke 16:19-31)
    Choices we make in life matter. Consequences are real. How we live our lives day in and day out reflect what we really believe about God and His Word. We will all one day give an account. Our passage today is more about attitudes and priorities than it is about rich v. poor. God is not against wealth. He is however, not a fan at all of hoarding wealth for one’s own pleasure at the neglect of those in need. We each need to consider how we practically live out the truth we say we believe.
  • Jun 6, 2021Lost and Found (Luke 15)
    Jun 6, 2021
    Lost and Found (Luke 15)
    We have all had that sinking feeling when we have lost something. We look everywhere. The intensity of the search is related to the value of what was lost. In three familiar parables we find Jesus showing his hearers how valuable they are to the Father. And we learn that no matter how good we think we are, we are never good enough to earn a place in God’s eternal home. We still need God’s grace to open the door.
  • May 31, 2021Growing in times of peace and persecution
    May 31, 2021
    Growing in times of peace and persecution
    God wants us to grow in relationship with Him, no matter what we are facing. As followers of Jesus we can mature through times of peace and through times of persecution. It is important for us to be fully aware of what persecution looks like so we do not manufacture hard times. As we mature spiritually we should always be ready to share with others what we believe and why we believe it as they observe our lives.
  • May 30, 2021Growth in Times of Peace and Persecution
    May 30, 2021
    Growth in Times of Peace and Persecution
    God wants us to grow in relationship with Him, no matter what we are facing. As followers of Jesus we can mature through times of peace and through times of persecution. It is important for us to be fully aware of what persecutioin looks like so we do not manufacture hard times. As we mature spiritually we should always be ready to share with others what we believe and why we believe it as they observe our lives.
  • May 23, 2021Lessons at Lunch (Luke 14:1-35)
    May 23, 2021
    Lessons at Lunch (Luke 14:1-35)
    After another Sabbath healing Jesus uses the opportunity to teach through two parables. The first will focus on the value of humility and serving to serve not to be repaid. The second will point to a God who accepts no excuses. This chapter ends with a reminder that true followers of Jesus are willing to give up even the closest of relationships to follow Him. It is a true step of faith.
  • May 16, 2021Compassion v. Tradition (Luke 13:10-17)
    May 16, 2021
    Compassion v. Tradition (Luke 13:10-17)
    Have you ever determined what you think about another person strictly by the way they looked? If you then got to know that person, what changed in your judgement? In a very striking passage we discover Jesus seeing the person and the need that moves him to act compassionately. However, his actions violate tradition. We are each challenged to let our compassion override our tradition. But that is easier said than done.