Feb 19, 2017
The Apostle Paul. John Wesley. and Fanny Crosby
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February 19, 2017   The Apostle Paul. John Wesley. and Fanny Crosby.
 

When I think of what it means to know the assurance of God's love and his saving grace, these are the three names that first come to mind.

The Apostle Paul, once a persecutor of those who followed Jesus, would later share his assurance of God's saving grace in his second letter to a young Christian named Timothy:

"I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able, to keep that which I've committed unto Him against that day."

John Wesley, who as a young man sought God's approval through works of righteousness and founded the Methodist movement as an Anglican Priest, tasted the joy of assurance for the first time at the age of 34 when he wrote in his journal:  

"I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."

Fanny Crosby lost her sight in infancy but described in thousands of poems and hymns the ecstasy of the assurance she received through God's grace: 

"Perfect submission, all is at rest I in my Savior am happy and blessed Watching and waiting, looking above Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.'

Assurance of salvation is elusive for many Christians. We lapse into sin and doubt we were ever saved. We strive to "feel" God's presence but feel instead a the pangs of an empty inside. We wander through spiritual deserts, wondering if God will ever quench our thirst again.

This Sunday we'll explore Christian assurance - it's challenges and God's promises. I hope you'll come and find a greater assurance of his love and salvation.

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  • Feb 19, 2017The Apostle Paul. John Wesley. and Fanny Crosby
    Feb 19, 2017
    The Apostle Paul. John Wesley. and Fanny Crosby
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    February 19, 2017   The Apostle Paul. John Wesley. and Fanny Crosby.
     

    When I think of what it means to know the assurance of God's love and his saving grace, these are the three names that first come to mind.

    The Apostle Paul, once a persecutor of those who followed Jesus, would later share his assurance of God's saving grace in his second letter to a young Christian named Timothy:

    "I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able, to keep that which I've committed unto Him against that day."

    John Wesley, who as a young man sought God's approval through works of righteousness and founded the Methodist movement as an Anglican Priest, tasted the joy of assurance for the first time at the age of 34 when he wrote in his journal:  

    "I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."

    Fanny Crosby lost her sight in infancy but described in thousands of poems and hymns the ecstasy of the assurance she received through God's grace: 

    "Perfect submission, all is at rest I in my Savior am happy and blessed Watching and waiting, looking above Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.'

    Assurance of salvation is elusive for many Christians. We lapse into sin and doubt we were ever saved. We strive to "feel" God's presence but feel instead a the pangs of an empty inside. We wander through spiritual deserts, wondering if God will ever quench our thirst again.

    This Sunday we'll explore Christian assurance - it's challenges and God's promises. I hope you'll come and find a greater assurance of his love and salvation.

  • Feb 12, 2017Acts 2:21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved
    Feb 12, 2017
    Acts 2:21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved
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    February 12, 2017 Acts 2:21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. - God is a God of grace, mercy, and love.

            God is a holy, just, and righteous God.

            Both statements are true according to the Bible. But for many people, they present a view of God that is contradictory. A God of love would not punish sinners. A God who is just and holy cannot overlook our transgressions.

            Therein lies our personal and corporate quandary: who will God save? Many people live in a limbo of uncertainty about their personal salvation, i.e., "I know I've done what the preacher said I needed to do, but I don't feel saved and I don't believe I'm good enough."

            Others worry about loved ones who died without confessing Jesus Christ as Savior. Or about a friend who turned from faith to atheism in their adulthood. Or about a spouse who is "as good as gold" but hasn't made a commitment to God.

  • Feb 5, 2017FAITH – Faith is the victory that overcomes the world
    Feb 5, 2017
    FAITH – Faith is the victory that overcomes the world
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    February 5, 2017 FAITH - Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. Romans 5:1-9
     

          Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. The Bible teaches us that through faith we are justified and gain access to the grace that allows us to stand in the midst of a fallen world. I hope you'll join us Sunday morning as we look at the power of faith in God to transform our lives.

  • Jan 29, 2017The Riches of God’s GRACE
    Jan 29, 2017
    The Riches of God’s GRACE
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    January 29, 2017 The Riches of God's GRACE 

    I've always loved the opening verses of Paul's letter to the Ephesians. It overwhelms. It soars. Above all it communicates the awesome wonder of God's grace in a way that leaves no doubt that Jesus came earnestly, lovingly, and mercifully to save even the lowest of sinners.  Ephesians 1:1-14

  • Jan 22, 2017Beyond the NO
    Jan 22, 2017
    Beyond the NO
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    January 22, 2017 Beyond the No - What do we do when God says no.
    Sometimes God says yes. Sometimes not yet. Sometimes no.
     

     Why so many people struggle with the concept of a God who can and will say no is a mystery. In the Bible there are numerous examples of godly people who accept God's "No" because their faith opens them to believing that the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow has a better plan for our lives than anything we can conceive.

  • Jan 15, 2017What is Baptism
    Jan 15, 2017
    What is Baptism
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    January 15, 2017 What is Baptism? - This Sunday we'll explore baptism - its glory and its mysteries - and also answer from Scripture some of the most common questions Christians and non-Christians have about this sacred act of God.
  • Jan 1, 2017A Resolution to Bless and Amaze the World
    Jan 1, 2017
    A Resolution to Bless and Amaze the World
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    January 1, 2017 Fresh Start Psalm 76:5-7 - Chad Brown New Year's Day sermon entitled "A Resolution to Bless and Amaze the World."
     

    New Year's Day falls exactly seven days after Christmas Day - when hope was born in Bethlehem! In Revelation 21:5, our Lord Jesus Christ proclaims that He will make all things new. Is it possible that January 1, coming so soon after the birth of hope for people everywhere, can represent a new beginning for all of us and for our Church? Can we commit again to be a people of courageous faith, of sacrificial love, of never-failing hope in the One who was born to set us free from the law of sin and death?

  • Dec 24, 2016December 24, 2016 Christmas Eve 11 PM
    Dec 24, 2016
    December 24, 2016 Christmas Eve 11 PM
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    December 24, 2016 Christmas Eve 11 PM Service
  • Dec 24, 2016December 24, 2106 Christmas Eve 7 PM Service
    Dec 24, 2016
    December 24, 2106 Christmas Eve 7 PM Service
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    December 24, 2016 Christmas Eve 7 PM Service
     
  • Dec 18, 2016Joseph Accepting God’s Will
    Dec 18, 2016
    Joseph Accepting God’s Will
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    December 18, 2016 Joseph Accepting God's Will. The story of Joseph is an aspect of the story of Christmas that is often overlooked.
     

    The story of Joseph is an aspect of the story of Christmas that is often overlooked. It is about a man who quietly accepts God's will, even when it runs against the grain of societal propriety. Today he is revered as a patron saint of the Catholic church and of unborn children, fathers, immigrants, workers, employment, carpenters, realtors, against doubt and hesitation, and of a happy death. But in his life, he was simply a husband, father, and carpenter.

    How appropriate that he should be the patron saint  "against doubt and hesitation." When an angel revealed the identity of Mary's yet-to-be-born child, Joseph expressed no doubt nor hesitation in accepting his role as the earthly father of the Son of God. From that time on we see a Joseph as a protective father who cared for his wife and son with loving dedication.

    God may never have spoken to you through an angel as he did to Joseph, but his Holy Word has clear instructions for every one of us. Above all, we are told to love God with every fabric of our being and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. May that love of God and neighbor enrich all our hearts this Christmas season.