"Transforming Love" January 21, 2018
The lyrics of a 1960's popular song are still relevant today -- "What the world needs now is love, sweet love." The question is, whose love? The only love that can change the world is God's love. In 1 John 4:7-21 the Apostle John definitively answers this question: “We love because He (God) first loved us… for love comes from God” (vs. 19, 7). Only by knowing and receiving the love of the God of the Bible can we be transformed by His love and able to truly love others. Being followers of Jesus begins with understanding the depth of the love of God the Father.
"Call to Follow Jesus" January 14, 2018
When Jesus sent his disciples out on mission ahead of him (Luke 10), he was letting them know that discipleship was not a passive but an active thing. They were to learn how to live and minister as Jesus did. In Luke 9:23-25 Jesus issued an invitation to be his disciples, not only to the 12, but also to anyone who would choose to follow Him. The Great Commission is given to the church as our singular task -- to make disciples out of all people groups. Discipleship was important to Jesus and it should be important to us. Our theme to begin this year is Discipleship. However, we can make effective disciples unless we are disciples ourselves. We need to be a disciple of Jesus in order to make disciples of Jesus.
"Reflections on Missional Living" January 7, 2018
Hannah and Jake Spooner share from their experience as part of a church planting team in Nottingham, England. Two and a half years ago a team of people from the Community Church in Derby, England began to pray about developing a missional community-based church in Nottingham. Families then moved to Nottingham and began to meet people and share the gospel. The church has over 100 people from all walks of life meeting in at least two missional communities. Hannah and Jake will be sharing stories of how people are finding Jesus through the community life of this new church and the journey God has them on. In fact God has opened up opportunities for them to reach out to drug and alcohol addicts. Their stories have inspired us, and we are sure they will inspire you as well.
"Treasures" -- December 31, 2017
In Matthew 2:1-12 we have the story of the Magi (wise men who were advisors to the Kings of Persia) who journeyed a long way to see the King of Kings born in Israel. They saw his star in the sky and knew it was time for the Messiah to be born. How did they know all this? Undoubtedly they were descendants of the Magi trained by the prophet Daniel 400 years earlier in biblical prophecy. What they read in the stars prompted them to make a long, hard journey to search for and to worship Jesus. They brought gifts from their treasure to present to the King. Their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh represented Jesus roles as King, Priest and Sacrifice. They also financed their escape to Egypt. We also bring our treasure and present it to King Jesus. In Matthew 6:21 Jesus teaches that our heart and treasures are connected. We will worship who or what we treasure. Our treasures can include our spiritual gifts, abilities, skills and life experiences as well as our tangible resources and time all of which can be made available for Jesus' use. Like the wise men we have a choice to present our treasure to King Jesus as an act of worship and devotion to Jesus. As we approach a new year, my message entitled "Treasures“ will challenge us to consider our attitude toward the things we treasure and our devotion to Jesus.
"Stepping Out" -- December 17, 2017
Joseph was a righteous man. When Mary told him she was expecting a child by the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit, he decided to divorce her quietly to protect her life. What else could he do? Then an angel appeared to him in a dream and everything changed! It's amazing how things can change so quickly when God reveals what He is doing. The angel told him that Mary was telling the truth, that she was to give birth to the Messiah and he was to take her home as his wife. Now comes the crisis of faith. Does Joseph take the risk, stepping out in faith to truth God, or will he shrink back into the comfort of his safe world? Of course we know that Joseph decided to step out. This message explores the story of Joseph and the role he played in Jesus' life.
"Making Room" -- December 10, 2017
Luke 1: 26-28
Have you ever missed a golden opportunity -- perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity? We find ourselves saying, "If only I had know, I would have…" Perhaps it was a missed job or investment opportunity, or a missed opportunity to share the gospel. If only the innkeeper had known that Mary was to give birth to the Messiah, perhaps he would have made room for Jesus in his inn? In Luke 1:26-38 we read of Mary's encounter with the angel Gabriel telling her she had been chosen to give birth to the Savior of the world. Though it seems impossible, Mary believes the God of the impossible and responds with a responding yes, "I am the Lord's servant." How will we respond to the opportunities, the open doors that the Lord presents to us? This message looks more closely at Mary's decision to follow God and what we can learn from her example.
"Preparing for the King's Coming" December 3, 2017
How do you prepare to have a guest visit your home? Whether it is for a dinner, a weekend or longer, we all make an effort to prepare our home and ourselves for their visit. We will clean our home, put out fresh towels, plan for delicious meals, and make plans for activities. All of this is focused on enjoying the time we have with our guest. Advent is a season to prepare for the coming of King Jesus -- not only remembering his incarnation for our salvation, but also anticipating his second coming as Sovereign Lord to usher in His Kingdom. In between these two advents we live and worship in the presence of Jesus as Lord. Preparing for the coming of King Jesus is far more important than preparing for a guest. Jesus doesn't come as our guest, but as our Lord! How would you make ready for the coming of the King? What preparations would you make if you knew the day and hour of his coming? We have been praying that Jesus would come with salvation and power to our neighborhoods. How should we prepare for His coming? My message this Sunday in our Advent series is "Preparing for the King's Coming". Take a moment to read Isaiah 40:1-11. How would you prepare for Jesus' coming?
Behold! -- November 26, 2017
Isaiah 43:19; Luke 2:21-38
Isaiah 43:19 where God says, ‘Behold I am doing a new thing'. The new thing is the promise of the coming Messiah, the redemption of Israel. In Luke 2:21-38 we read the stories of Simon and Anna who have waited all their lives to behold the Messiah with their own eyes. They were not disappointed. The Advent season leading up to Christmas is a time a preparation for the coming of our King and the new thing that God is doing. When we come to Christ He makes all things new. God desires to renew us with His vision for our future.In Trouble, November 19, 2017
Glimpses of Worship, November 12, 2017
A Martyr's Oath, November 5, 2017
Grace: Our New Identity, October 22, 2017
Fall Festivals of Israel, October 15, 2017
Praying Heaven Down, October 8, 2017
Hector Newman from Mission Honduras, October 1, 2017
Release the River, September 17, 2017
Family on Mission, September 10, 2017
Praying for Others to Know Christ, September 3, 2017
Shameless Audacity, July 23, 2017
Exhortation and Missions Update (Celeste Chanya), July 16, 2017
Doing Your Part, July 9, 2017
Message by Bob Reali, July 2, 2017
August 28, 2016: Beauty for Ashes
August 21, 2016: Overwhelmed by Water
August 14, 2016: What a Ride!
August 7, 2016: Why Are We Here?
July 31, 2016: What the World Needs Now
July 24, 2016: Under God's Might Hand,Part 1
July 24, 2016: Under God's Might Hand,Part 2
July 17, 2016: The Testing of Our Faith
July 10, 2016: Living for Christ
July 3, 2016: Setting Apart Christ as Lord
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