Aug 16, 2015
What Is A Messiah?
God, for centuries, had been preparing His people for the arrival of the Messiah -- the one who would bring His presence to mankind, not through a structure, but through a man. However, when Jesus arrived, he didn't necessarily fit the mold that people expected. Jesus didn't arrive as triumphant King, but as Servant-Messiah. Matthew's quote of Isaiah 42, in chapter 12, frames Jesus' ministry as he wants us to see Jesus.
- Aug 16, 2015What Is A Messiah?Aug 16, 2015What Is A Messiah?God, for centuries, had been preparing His people for the arrival of the Messiah -- the one who would bring His presence to mankind, not through a structure, but through a man. However, when Jesus arrived, he didn't necessarily fit the mold that people expected. Jesus didn't arrive as triumphant King, but as Servant-Messiah. Matthew's quote of Isaiah 42, in chapter 12, frames Jesus' ministry as he wants us to see Jesus.
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- Aug 2, 2015Big Britches, Hard Falls, & Right MindsAug 2, 2015Big Britches, Hard Falls, & Right MindsIn a world that is concerned about protecting fragile self-esteem and puffing up pride, the story of Nebuchadnezzar is a hard to grasp. To the king with all of the known world under his control, the message is simple, "There is only one king ... and it is not you." We, likewise, can become consumed with our own importance and forget that we are not the king of our worlds.When we become deluded by our own self-importance, God may step in to remind us that He is the King of our world by taking us through a journey of shame, humility, and repentance, so that he can restore us to our right minds ... minds that recognize his kingship over our lives.
- Jul 26, 2015Jeremiah: Downtraded FaithJul 26, 2015Jeremiah: Downtraded FaithLife is filled with choices and trade-offs. But the biggest threat to our Christian life is when we choose to trade the real thing for a lesser quality version. That is the problem that Jeremiah was addressing in Jeremiah 7 - at least three ways that the people of Judah had downgraded their faith to God's unflattering assessment.
- Jul 19, 2015Solomon: Words, Wisdom, and Watching What We Say
- Jul 12, 2015Preparation For PurposeJul 12, 2015Preparation For PurposeBy: Joann EarlsJoAnn shares an insightful message on the principle characters and supporting cast in the story of Esther. The book of Esther teaches us that God is able to use us in, or even in spite of, our various capacities and inclinations to fulfill His purposes.God has strategically placed all of us in a divine spot to play a part in His plan. The question is: Are we going to play that role?
- Jul 5, 2015God’s Rehab ProjectsJul 5, 2015God’s Rehab ProjectsGod created a home for himself in the pages of Scripture, however, since the entrance of sin in the world, he has been engaged in a rehab project to restore his home with humanity to its original glory.The home he built with the people of Israel was in need of restoration. Zerubbabel led in the rebuilding of the Temple. Nehemiah led in the rebuilding of the walls of the city. Ezra led in the rebuilding of the faithful.God's renovations of our spiritual lives are not complete with sprucing up the exterior. God comes in to do a complete demolition and restoration of the inside.
- Jun 28, 2015David: An Ordinary Man Serving An Extraordinary GodJun 28, 2015David: An Ordinary Man Serving An Extraordinary GodDavid, unlike many of our gilded appraisals, was far from the perfect person. So what did it mean to be "a man after God's own heart." It is never about the person themselves. It is always about God's ability to use the broken and imperfect to accomplish His purposes.
- Jun 21, 2015Get Off The Merry-Go-RoundJun 21, 2015Get Off The Merry-Go-RoundIsrael, in the book of Judges, was caught on a wild merry-go-round ride swirling between sin, oppression, repentance and redemption. But we aren't unfamiliar with their ride. We often hop on that crazy adventure of sin ourselves.However, when the Israelites repented of their sin, God was ready to respond by sending a judge to bring deliverance for his people. Yet, these people were not stellar characters. Each had obvious flaws in heritage, character, or morals.Why did God use such broken people as deliverers? The answer is because it was never about them. It is all about God and what he can do through people who are willing to be used by him. While we may see ourselves reflected in the story of Israel, it is all about God.
- Jun 14, 2015That’s Why They Call It The DesertJun 14, 2015That’s Why They Call It The DesertBy: John GrossoehmeGod allows us to go through difficult periods in order to create within us the obedience that he desires in relationship with Him. If we are truly to follow after him it will take some change of perspective that he may only be able to accomplish as we traipse through the desert. Yet, the real call for us is to learn from the desert wanderings of Israel in our own journey toward a life of godly obedience.
- Jun 7, 2015Abraham: The Journey of FaithJun 7, 2015Abraham: The Journey of FaithThe B90 Message series is a series that accompanies our congregational effort to read through the entire Bible in 90 Days. This is the first message in the series.Abraham is mentioned as the "father of faith", however, Abraham's faith was not perfect. Often is could best described as "lurching toward faith." But as imperfect as his faith was there were characteristics that made his faith notable.
- May 31, 2015Growing Like Jesus DidMay 31, 2015Growing Like Jesus DidAs believers, we are called to grow just as Jesus did, following the example of Jesus as a twelve-year-old boy.