March 29, 2015
No one names his newborn son “Judas”. It is a name held in contempt by everyone in the world, Christian or not. But Judas wasn’t a demon. He was, in fact, uncomfortably similar to us. And the more we understand that similarity, the less likely we will fall into the same trap that made “Judas” the most infamous name in history.
March 22, 2015
Priscilla’s name is never found in the scripture without her husband’s name. Not uncommon in a patriarchal society. However, there is one small but significant grammatical point which changes how we see Priscilla and Aquila–and should help us understand how God uses different people at different times.
March 15, 2015
Beauty, wealth, position–what more could any young woman ask? How about the knowledge that you won’t be killed just for going into the room where your husband is? Esther was a Jewish woman thrust into the court intrigue of the Persian court. She didn’t ask for it, but she was willing to use her position–even if it cost her death–to serve the Lord and her people.
March 08, 2015
The phrase “putting out a fleece” is known to most Christians. The funny thing is, rather than an example of faith and how to understand God’s will, the real “fleece” was an example of doubt and reluctance to obey God. So, what was Gideon’s faith really like, and what can we learn from it?
March 01, 2015
Most people have heard about Jonah’s journey at sea, but what was his message? Why was that important? Also Jonah was a prophet of God, but his actions let us all know that he was a human just like us. Jonah was a real person and a study in his life will show us the tender mercy of God.
February 22, 2015
While he didn’t live in the time of the scriptures, Randy Christian, our senior minister is a real person ☺. On December 7th he suffered a serious leg injury in a motorcycle accident, and since then has been preaching from a wheel chair. Today he walks out (with the help of crutches) and shares his testimony of how God has used this situation to build righteousness and peace into his life (Hebrews 12:11)—and hopefully yours too!
February 15, 2015
Throughout the world, Job is known for his patience. Ironic, because if you read what he said about his experiences, he wasn’t all that patient. Who was this guy, and why did all this happen to him? How did he respond, and ultimately, what lessons does the Holy Spirit have for us from the book of Job? We invite you to join us as we begin a 6 part series call “Real People”, exploring actual people from the Bible who have become legendary, but who actually were just like you and me.
February 8, 2015
Ok, almost everyone talks about sex. TV, movies, the news, schools—and yes, churches. But what do we actually talk about? Too often churches’ discussion of sex is limited to “Don’t” or “Don’t tell me”. Pretty lame considering how powerful a part of peoples’ lives this is. What does the Bible say about sex and sexuality, and what does the church need to be telling people?
February 1, 2015
No one talks about privacy—except to complain about when we feel ours is being invaded. We know we have a “right” to privacy. We become very uncomfortable when others get too close—or even if we get too close to others. But what is too close? Does the Bible recognize a right to “privacy”? We need to talk about it to find out what scripture says!
January 25, 2015
Almost everyone knows someone—even loves someone—who suffers addiction. In fact, on any given Sunday many people in worship services themselves suffer addiction. Yet we rarely talk about it. Is it a disease? Is it a sin? How should we respond to it? On this Sunday we look at what scripture says about addiction.