Oct 3, 2021
Stick to the Core Message of Jesus
So often we hear of organizations working on their branding and messaging. One of the realities of the early movement of the followers of Jesus, that became the church, is that they all knew and were deeply committed to the core message of Jesus. One could say their branding was as clear as it was simple. Sometimes the simplest message is still the most effective.
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  • Oct 3, 2021Stick to the Core Message of Jesus
    Oct 3, 2021
    Stick to the Core Message of Jesus
    So often we hear of organizations working on their branding and messaging. One of the realities of the early movement of the followers of Jesus, that became the church, is that they all knew and were deeply committed to the core message of Jesus. One could say their branding was as clear as it was simple. Sometimes the simplest message is still the most effective.
  • Sep 26, 2021Following Our Guide The Holy Spirit
    Sep 26, 2021
    Following Our Guide The Holy Spirit
    From the beginning of the book of Acts we discover that Jesus did not leave his followers alone. He promised to send the Holy Spirit and he did. The Holy Spirit guides us, empowers us, and helps us to do God’s work right now. The key is that we need to pay attention and wait as the Holy Spirit’s timing is always perfect. We will discover the importance of living life in the Spirit this morning.
  • Sep 19, 2021Prayer: Our main line of communication (Part 2)
    Sep 19, 2021
    Prayer: Our main line of communication (Part 2)
    We continue our focus on prayer this week. We will look at several different aspects of what it looks like to make prayer a core reality in our lives both individually and as a corporate entity. Our prayer for this part of our Acts series is that each one would seek to make a small step of growth in their prayer relationship with the triune God.
  • Sep 12, 2021Prayer: Our main line of communication
    Sep 12, 2021
    Prayer: Our main line of communication
    It is easy to say that prayer is important. However, we each need to think long and hard and determine if our prayer activity, matches our prayer declarations. Prayer is a vital necessity for the life of any church. It is not just an individual necessity, it is a corporate necessity. We need to be praying people. We need to be a praying church. How will we make that happen?
  • Sep 5, 2021“I am right here Joe” Psalm 23
    Sep 5, 2021
    “I am right here Joe” Psalm 23
    Joe reflects on his journey through the dark valley of clinical depression. Psalm 23 and John 16:33 are key passages in this deeply personal reflection.
  • Aug 29, 2021What Now? (Acts 1:1-11)
    Aug 29, 2021
    What Now? (Acts 1:1-11)
    No matter how much instruction you receive there comes a point in which you have to step up and do what you have learned. There comes a time when you have to act on what you have learned. That time came for the first followers of Jesus in what is recorded in Acts 1:1-11. We will look at the “marching orders” given to them by Jesus and some pre-cautions that we all need to follow.
  • Aug 22, 2021Looking Back…Looking Forward
    Aug 22, 2021
    Looking Back…Looking Forward
    We all face times of transition. We all face times when we know we need to leave something behind as we move forward in life. But what we leave behind is not forgotten, it becomes the foundation for our next step. The two volume set of Luke and Acts provide that transition for us. As we finish Luke we have a clear foundation and a certainty of God’s plan. As we begin Acts we will find clarity in God’s principles for His Church that we can all follow.
  • Aug 15, 2021One for the Ages (Luke 24:13-49)
    Aug 15, 2021
    One for the Ages (Luke 24:13-49)
    Imagine what it must have been like for the disciples to process the events leading up to the resurrection. Two of the disciples are privy to what had to be the most amazing sermon mentioned in the Bible. The risen Jesus explaining to them the flow of prophetic history and how it pointed to him. It was a sermon for the ages. We will look at some of those high points in the Scriptures this morning as we consider the risen, living, Jesus Christ.
  • 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.