As we wrap up 2013 and head into a new year, it’s a good time to take stock and make course corrections if necessary. Dan asks two questions to help us do that.
Pastor John Mangrum reminds us that the message of Christmas is one of great joy for all peoples. It’s a message that often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
A look at “peace”: practical, personal, and complete peace. Is peace possible? Where does this peace come from?
Bob explains the significance of calling Jesus King, and why it is an incredibly important designation for Jesus despite how odd it sounds to our modern ears. He isn’t President, He is King, the King of Kings. This is the conclusion to our ‘Rediscovering Jesus’ series.
A message from Isaiah 40:9-11 on the 2nd Sunday of Advent.
Dan explains what it means to say the Jesus is our Great High Priest and explores this theme in the book of Hebrews. Understanding Jesus’ ministry as our High Priest gives us confidence in prayer, strength to persevere, and a powerful weapon to fight against guilt and shame.
A look at hope in Jesus on this first Sunday of Advent.
Luke 17:11-19 When 10 men who were afflicted with leprosy called out to Jesus, he was gracious enough to heal all of them. However, only one came back to Jesus in order to give thanks – the man was a Samaritan. In most areas of life, a sense of entitlement is unbecoming, but as it relates to faith it is deadly. Is it even possible for ingratitude or a sense of entitlement to coexist with salvation? It is certainly something worth thinking about. Today we remember the importance of thanksgiving for all God’s good gifts, especially the gift of salvation.
A look at Jesus’ teaching on treasure through four questions: Where is your heart? Who owns your soul? How is your faith? What are your priorities?
Matthew 18:21-35 The topic of forgiveness is a difficult one. An improper understanding of forgiveness can be damaging. Sometimes the notion of forgiveness can be used as a tool for abusive relationships. When Jesus spoke about forgiveness he was not suggesting that the abused should go back to the abuser and suffer in silence. However, Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness was radical and revolutionary. So what did he mean when he told his disciples to forgive? Why should I forgive? What does it mean to forgive? What are the consequences of forgiveness?