According to the parables in Mt. 13:24-35, there are three things we know: 1) The kingdom of God is invincible; 2) the kingdom of God is often invisible; and 3) we are not always capable of identifying how God is establishing his kingdom. Let’s consider the beautiful mystery of the visible and invisible kingdom of God.
From Mark 1:14-20. “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men…they left their nets and followed.” In Mark’s gospel Jesus’ call to discipleship is radical, immediate and abbreviated. Radical because it was a call to complete surrender, immediate because they left their nets on the sand and abbreviated because Jesus gave them no explanation. Simply, come and follow. Such a call to discipleship could be terrifying, liberating or both. How does it seem to you?
Pastor John Mangrum brings his wisdom and Scripture to the question of cohabitation before marriage.
From John 11:17-37. Jesus knows death, both the grief of others and the experience of it himself. The ancient Jews had customs of walking through a period of mourning that involved the community. Jesus’ sacrifice provides the ultimate comfort for our grief; his death has brought us eternal life both now and in the life to come.
Josiah helps us contemplate the Christian perspective on singleness.
Youth Sunday message from John 3:1-16. The Gospel writer John shows us that God’s love came first and is not dependent on our ability to earn it.
From John 2:1-11. What can we learn about the glory of God revealed in Christ through the story of Christ’s turning water into wine?
Does God really understand me? We’re so different – God is God and I am human.
This is a legitimate question with a real life answer: God understands me because in the person of Jesus Christ he walked in my shoes. The reality of God experiencing our humanity is especially evident in Matthew 4:1-11. The temptation of Jesus has much to teach us about the nature of God and humanity.
From Matthew 3:13-17. The message this week focuses on the baptism of Jesus – the moment his earthly ministry began. Jesus’ baptism shows us His submission to the Father, the Father’s love for His Son, and the central role of the Spirit in empowering Him for ministry. Join us as we explore this story and consider its profound implications on how we can walk through life as followers of Christ today!
From Luke 2:41-52. In this legendary Bible story, the parents lost track of their son Jesus. When they found him in the Temple, they were just as exasperated as any parents would be. His response to their scolding was, “Didn’t you know that I had to be in my Father’s house?” Hmmm…how would you have responded if your child had said that? It must have been tough raising the son of God. And besides, what does it mean to be about your Father’s business?