July 30, 2017
"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field in which a man found." ~Matthew 13: 44.
There are some things in life you cannot put a price on, things that are ours for which we may take for granted, things like beauty, health, family, art, a sound mind....That is exactly the point of the parable found in Matthew 13: 44-52. These are blessings! They are gifts that make the heart sing! Yet we sometimes overlook them. The parable is about the Kingdom of God which is present, which offers a very special relationship with God, and which is a pale reflection of God's eternal kingdom in the life that is to come. The importance of the parable is that if we miss the kingdom, we miss everything.
July 23, 2017
"Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." ~Words spoken by Martha, John 11: 21
June 4, 2017
"And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind." Acts 2:2
What would you say is the most important event in human history? It would have to be Easter as Easter changed everything. What would you say is the second most important event in human history? It would have to be Pentecost, the birthday of the church. It was at the first Pentecost that the church was empowered by the Holy Spirit and from that empowerment, the apostles began to act with their own sense of empowerment. Celebrating Pentecost can pass right past us without much notice, yet how different the world would be if Pentecost had never happened. Acts 2 tells of the remarkable event of the giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Chapters 3 and 4 describe the empowerment of the apostles when the Holy Spirit is given. Such power is available to the church today.
May 14, 2017
Mother's Day Services: 8:00 & 10:00 AM
"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31: 30.
May 9, 2017
"And throwing down the thirty pieces of silver in the temple, he went out and hanged himself." Matthew 27: 3.
April 16, 2017
"Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene come to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been rolled away. So she ran to tell Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved,They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they laid him." John: 20: 1-2.
Easter is the centerpiece of the Christian faith. Without Easter Christmas would have no meaning. Or as the Apostle Paul said, "If Christ has not been raised from the dead, then our preaching is in vain a nd your faith is in vain." I Corinthians 15: 14.
April 9, 2017
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the First Day of Passover, throngs fill the streets and waved palm branches, welcoming the new king who would restore the kingdom of David. They sang "Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." As the week progressed, the sounds of joy and adulation were silenced and replaced by shouts of hate and anger. Such is life...here is a paradigm for life. When we are not delive red as we had hoped for, we tend to cease the cheering and sometimes even abandon our faith. We want God to change the circumstances, rather than to change us within the circumstances. Palm Sunday can truly be didactic, not only as a prelude to Easter, but for life itself.
Serving Him together,