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December 2019

Jesus: Our Ark

Christmas is in the rearview mirror, and although our stockings now hang empty I pray that every heart is full as we look forward to the new year. Maybe 2020 will be the year of Christ’s return! I hope you can come join us this Sunday for the last worship service of 2019. For just one morning we’ll be taking up the story of Noah’s Ark. This story is rich with significance and meaningful application as we head into the new year together, and in many ways it encapsulates our hopes for what God would accomplish through us in the coming year.

Christmas Future

Titus 2:13 is speaking of Christmas’s Future when it says, “…waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…”

Anyone who was once a child on Christmas Eve knows something about waiting with hope. When I was growing up Christmas Eve was easily the longest day of the year. Forget what scientists say about the Winter solstice and days being shorter around Christmas time; trust me, it’s the longest day of the year for little bo

Christmas Present

Think for a moment about how you have spent your day so far. Which would you say shaped your today more; was it yesterday or tomorrow? For example, if you went to work today, why did you work as hard and conscientiously as you did? Was it because in days past your parents modeled for you a good work ethic and taught you the value of hard work or is it because you are hoping to one day pay off your mortgage, get promoted or earn a raise? Or what if you loaded the family up and went out to bu

Christmas Past

Years ago I was challenged by a pastor to memorize Titus 2:11-14,

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own

Fishing For Sheep

This Thanksgiving we don’t want to just say Thanks to God for His many blessings. We want to share in God’s nature by being a blessing and a help to others . In Acts 20:35, Paul quotes Jesus as saying “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” In Mark 10:45 we remember that Jesus also said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Christians, are Christ-imitators, we follow our Lord’s example in everything, and

November 2019

One Came Back

It was 152 years ago, at the height of the Civil War that President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. In his Thanksgiving Proclamation, issued on October 3, 1863 and published a couple days later in the New York Times, he spoke of the many ways that God had blessed and helped the United States. Speaking of those many blessings he wrote, “No human counsel has devised, nor has any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the graciou

Lazarus, Come Out

In this message we study the eleventh chapter of John which contains the account of Lazarus being raised from the dead. As I have pointed out many times in our study so far these signs serve to teach us important truths about who Jesus is and why He came. This one, of course, is no different for it continues one of the most hope-filled of Jesus’ “I Am” statements- “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”

However, in verses 5 and 6 of that chapter we read these puzzling words, “Now Jes

Seeing a Blind Man Clearly

The ninth chapter of John begins with these words, “As [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

This man is described as having been born blind. To paint this dilemma in more provocative language we could say he was “created” blind. He came off t

Welcoming Jesus Into the Boat

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a man who was punished by the “gods” to spend eternity rolling a large boulder up a hill that always rolled back down to the bottom just before he could reach the top. At times, we’ve all felt like Sisyphus, pouring money and years and energy into the pursuit of things that remain tantalizingly out of reach no matter how hard we went after it. Futility is an ugly sort of word that speaks to us of frustration, waste, hopelessness and despair.


October 2019

Hungry People

In this message we continue our study through the eight miraculous signs of the book of John by taking up the account of the feeding of the five-thousand in John 6. This is a rich story and one that is full of weighty significance for the church today.

This morning as I was organizing my thoughts and preparing the message I felt prompted to pray the following prayer over our church family:

Heavenly Father,

If we are sleepy, wake us up.
If we are wandering, pursue us.
If we ar