Feb 26, 2017
We will be with the Lord Forever
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February 26, 2017

We will be with the Lord forever

The expectation, the hope, the promise - what lies ahead for those who have placed their trust in the resurrected Savior Jesus Christ - is beyond human description.

The Apostle Paul puts it this way: "As it is written: 'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived' - the things God has prepared for those who love him (I Corinthians 2:9)."

But because human beings are a curious, impatient lot, we cannot leave it at that. We demand narratives and detailed descriptions in novels and movels. We create elaborate, imaginative scenarios around the return of Christ.

Still, as Paul states, what God has prepared for us is beyond human conception. So our sermon this Sunday will not be an attempt to capture what cannot be caught. Rather, we will search through the Scriptures for what God has revealed about the nature of Christ's return and what we should be doing now to prepare.

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  • Feb 26, 2017We will be with the Lord Forever
    Feb 26, 2017
    We will be with the Lord Forever
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    February 26, 2017

    We will be with the Lord forever

    The expectation, the hope, the promise - what lies ahead for those who have placed their trust in the resurrected Savior Jesus Christ - is beyond human description.

    The Apostle Paul puts it this way: "As it is written: 'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived' - the things God has prepared for those who love him (I Corinthians 2:9)."

    But because human beings are a curious, impatient lot, we cannot leave it at that. We demand narratives and detailed descriptions in novels and movels. We create elaborate, imaginative scenarios around the return of Christ.

    Still, as Paul states, what God has prepared for us is beyond human conception. So our sermon this Sunday will not be an attempt to capture what cannot be caught. Rather, we will search through the Scriptures for what God has revealed about the nature of Christ's return and what we should be doing now to prepare.

  • 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 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.
  • 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
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    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.

  • Dec 11, 2016Hope to Your Future
    Dec 11, 2016
    Hope to Your Future
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    God can bring Peace to your Past, Purpose to your present, and Hope to your future. John 14:27

       John the Baptist was a young man, probably in his late-twenties, when he began his wilderness ministry. To the common men and women of Judea he was a prophet in the mode of Elijah, sent by God to prepare the way for the promised Messiah. 

            This was his life's purpose - to share a message of hope in the One who would fulfill all God's promises. Thrust into prison by King Herod, his entire life's hope rested in Jesus. There were many signs and prophecies pointing to Jesus as the One. But before John's execution took place, his heart longed to know if his life's passions and exertions had been in vain. Did Jesus himself believe himself to be the Messiah?

             Yes! When John sent a message to Jesus asking if he was the promised One, Jesus answered in unequivocal terms that He was the One. He pointed to his actions, his miracles, his fulfillment of prophecy.

             Those same evidences, described in the world's most miraculous collection of writings, the Bible, are ours today. They remind us that ours is not a hope pulled out of thin air but firmly planted in reason and faith. May that hope grow in us all during this Advent season!