Apr 23, 2017
Come As You Are
Grace is the centerline of Christianity. When we don't embrace grace it causes us to continue to be trapped in a cycle of sin-death. But God embraced us with grace, and called us to be channels of His grace through acceptance of others.
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  • Apr 23, 2017Come As You Are
    Apr 23, 2017
    Come As You Are
    Grace is the centerline of Christianity. When we don't embrace grace it causes us to continue to be trapped in a cycle of sin-death. But God embraced us with grace, and called us to be channels of His grace through acceptance of others.
  • Apr 16, 2017Resurrection Hope
    Apr 16, 2017
    Resurrection Hope
    Series: Easter
    The cross is not the end of the story. Although Satan may have thought he had the victory. Sunday was coming. The Sunday hope of resurrection is a message for us.
  • Apr 9, 2017King: To Whom Your Allegiance Belongs
    Apr 9, 2017
    King: To Whom Your Allegiance Belongs
    Jesus did not come to be Savior. He came as Savior to be Lord.
     
    His rule and kingship in our lives was first foretold in Genesis 49, and celebrated in his coronation on Palm Sunday.
  • Mar 12, 2017Chosen
    Mar 12, 2017
    Chosen
    Our culture says choose the best, the brightest, the fastest, and the biggest. But when God chooses He tends to choose the unconventional, the unlikely. That is the pattern of the Kingdom.
  • Mar 5, 2017Sacrifice
    Mar 5, 2017
    Sacrifice
    God still provides a lamb so his people will live.
     
    Abraham's one and only son whom he loved was delivered from the ultimate sacrifice. God's Son was not. But by His sacrifice we were delivered.
  • Feb 26, 2017Covenant
    Feb 26, 2017
    Covenant
    Every covenant includes a rite of admission. For Abraham that right was the act of circumcision for all the men who were part of his household. In circumcision they showed they agreed to be counted among God's covenant people. For Christians, we enter into that covenant relationship through the action of baptism.
  • Feb 19, 2017Priest King
    Feb 19, 2017
    Priest King
    You would think that Melchizedek is an insignificant character in Scripture. He appears in the life of Abram and is gone after four verses. But this fleeting character is unfolded for us in Psalm 110 and Hebrews 6 and 7 as a compelling type for the Messiah, both king and priest. In this type he presents two convincing truths: God can be trusted, and our salvation is sure.
  • Feb 12, 2017Conquest
    Feb 12, 2017
    Conquest
    God promises to reestablish his kingdom, and He invites his people to take part in advancing that charge. Abram embraces that call in worship. We can continue it in the worship of witness.
  • Feb 5, 2017Diversity
    Feb 5, 2017
    Diversity
    God introduced diversity to unify humanity in fulfilling its mission. However, humanity tends to interpret diversity as disunity. God reversed this flow through the blood of Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ we can experience unity in the midst of our diversity.
  • Jan 22, 2017Faithfulness
    Jan 22, 2017
    Faithfulness
    Eve undoubtedly felt like God's promise of victory over the serpent was lost when one son was killed and the other exiled. Perhaps, she felt as though she had received the stomping. However, God is always faithful and opened another pathway to promise fulfillment ... a promise finally realized in Christ.
     
     
     
  • Jan 8, 2017Control
    Jan 8, 2017
    Control
    When we look at the Creation story, we tend to look to answer the 20th century question of HOW. Yet God in telling his story of Creation answers the greater question, WHO and WHY. 
     
    His message, in a world of chaos, God is in control. In creation, God defeats the other gods of the Ancient Near East, in preparation for taking his kingly throne in the presence of humanity.
  • Jan 1, 2017New Growth Commitment
    Jan 1, 2017
    New Growth Commitment
    Growth is a normal thing. However, as Christians many fall into the habit of putting growth in neutral. Jesus' spiritual growth was intentional. Neither gospel writer spends much time on his infancy because Jesus grew.
     
    In his spiritual development, he lays for us some markers for our own growth in Luke 2.