Posts in 2019
Division and Perfect Peace

The Gospel of Peace brings division.

Jesus gives us a peace that the world cannot give, a peace that passes all understanding. This is the peace between God and man. It’s a peace in believers’ hearts. It’s the peace of knowing that our sins are forgiven. Yet, some would like the Gospel to give world peace, a utopia on earth. But that will never happen. Because of sin, Jesus divides like nothing else – even more than politics! Some will believe, and some will refuse.

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Know that He is God

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
- Psalm 100

Through the Work of Jesus, God Has Made Us His People So That We Can Know Him as God – A Way of Giving Thanks.

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Fruit of the Great Rescue: Saving Faith and Thankful Love!

Paul writes that we have been delivered “from the domain of darkness.” (Colossians 1:13) Eve’s sin and Adam’s fall have placed us in dire straits. The wages of our sin is death. We need rescuing. We need deliverance. “Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24) asks Paul. Only one can. Only one has. Jesus Christ it is.

Given this Great News, what is our response what is the fruit borne from our rescue?

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Children of God: He Cares for Us!

So why doesn’t God do something about this mess? Where is the power of God? Where is our hope and salvation? Is there any hope for the future?

God has a better plan that the ways and means and plans of this world, even among us His people. Yes, He must punish sin. Yes, we must know the consequences. But feeling some of the darkness only helps us appreciate the light.

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Free to Live! Free to Tell!

Free to Live! Free to Tell! focuses on Jesus’ encounter with the Gerasene man possessed by demons.

We watch a liberator who sets people free! Jesus gives Himself to you as your liberator.

Then, we watch a Lord who gives you good news to tell! The Lord opens the door, you can speak in simple words of what Jesus has done for you and the truth He has revealed to you in His word. You’re free in all of this, since it is not your obligation to convince anybody, but simply to testify to what you know.

Free to Live! Free to Tell! is based on these scriptures:

  • Psalm 3

  • Isaiah 65:1-9

  • Galatians 3:23-4:7

  • Luke 8:26-39

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Majestic in Mercy

Let Psalm 8 be the Lord’s invitation to a rich summer season when you get refreshed from both directions: from His creation and the merciful kindness He brings near to you in His Word. He is majestic in mercy! And, in fact, God’s vast creation makes His mercy toward us all the more majestic.

"Majestic in Mercy" is based on these scriptures:

  • Psalm 8;

  • Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31;

  • Acts 2:14a, 22-36;

  • John 8:48-59

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The Taming of the Tongue

We’ve all been tempted by juicy morsels of gossip and have been compelled in an emotional moment to blurt out some manner of poisonous vitriol. We know that isn’t God’s best for us, don’t we? And we want to repent of our less-than-loving behavior. So let us remember, as forgiven children of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, our words CAN be used in a manner that is pleasing to God. Come and hear how His holy Word He encourages us. Join us Sunday, June 2 at 10:45 to hear how.

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