We will host our Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 29 from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Come out and meet our friendly church members and neighbors. (and pick up some candy in a safe environment while you’re at it!)
Join us for this fun event!
Our church’s Trunk or Treat will be on Sunday, October 29. More details will follow!
I came across this video a bit ago. It describes a “healthy church member”. Are you one?
Have you ever sat down to read your Bible and nothing happened? I mean, you read the words on the page but the words don’t leap off the page. You don’t see what you’re reading as being very applicable to you. It doesn’t seem to connect. It seems so …boring. I know I have!
You’re in good company! It happens to all of us from time to time. Take a couple of minutes to watch this helpful video.
As I prayerfully prepared a sermon a few years ago, a random thought came to my mind about Easter, which was over a month away. That week’s sermon had nothing to do with Easter.
Sacrifices, though bloody, were relatively clean and simple, consisting of plunging a sharp object into the heart or slitting the throat with a sharp instrument…. Death came quickly, lasting only a few seconds, if that long. (If you’ve ever witnessed the slaughter of a goat, chicken, or some other animal, you know that there’s no suffering.)
The ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ, however, was different. Very different.
Hours passed from his arrest until he breathed his last breath on a Roman cross.
He was beaten with sticks.
His beard was plucked out.
He endured scourging with innumerable lashes, His skin shredded with each blow.
A crown of long thorns was pressed into his scalp.
He carried a very heavy cross.
He stumbled under its weight.
Nails were driven into His wrists.
A nail was driven into His feet.
His cross was dropped into a hole with a sudden jolt at the bottom; He was already mounted on the cross at the time.
He hung there for hours in the blazing sun. Naked. Humiliated.
A disgustingly nasty sponge with vinegar touched His dry, parched lips.
All the while, bleeding.
Pushing against the nail in His feet, struggling for breath.
All the while, His lungs slowly filled with fluid. He was drowning.
It was an extended death. And it was ugly. Very ugly.
Perhaps the best depiction of the brutality of His torture was in Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. And perhaps even this portrayal was sanitized for movie audiences.
To ultimately atone for sin required the ultimate sacrifice. Contrasting with a simple slash of a knife in a ceremonial fashion, Jesus’ death was carried out brutally by the forces of hell itself through a perfected brutal torture, designed to inflict the most pain for the longest period of time. Sadism at its worst — glaringly on display. As he hung there, He barely looked like a human being.
I confess that I rarely consider the immensity of that sacrifice. But for that sin, His death also atones.
Thank God for Easter: an annual opportunity to remember!
Seeking to Know Him more,
2 Corinthians 9:15
This Saturday (April 15), we will host an Easter Egg Hunt, followed by a Hot Dog Supper. It all begins at 5:30. We welcome kids of all ages to join us for this fun event!
Easter Sunday Morning, we’ll be on our regular schedule of Bible Study at 10 and Worship Service at 11. We will not have an Evening Service.
We won’t have a special musical pageant. No special guests. But we will celebrate the Wisdom of God in the Cross! And that’s VERY SPECIAL!
Come out and join us for this Weekend’s activities!
1 Corinthians 2:1–2
We have turned our calendars to yet another month. We are one-quarter the way through 2017. I feel like I blinked and missed it!
Easter is less than two weeks away. With Easter comes the offer to start over again. Maybe you have “fallen off the horse” of developing your spiritual walk. Maybe you have missed more days of reading your Bible than you’d like to admit. Maybe you have walked an aisle, shaken a pastor’s hand and even been baptized, but nothing ever “took”. Maybe you haven’t been a church building in a few weeks. Or a few months. Or a few years. I once heard a pastor share that it’s never too late to start and it’s always too early to quit. Either way, I invite you to start over again. The power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, if you are one of His (Romans 8:11). Maybe you need to turn your life over to Jesus and become one of His. Maybe you need to tap back into that power again.
The power that raised Jesus from the dead isn’t found in a bunny. It isn’t found in an egg. It is found only in the risen Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Please come out and join us for Bible study, worship, prayer and fellowship.
We’re nice people, and probably more like you than you’d think. 🙂
Ok, so we’re two months into reading through the New Testament in a year. We have memorized two passages from the Bible, Joshua 1:8 and 2Chronicles 7:14.
How’s it going? Have you lost your way? Have you given up? Or have you rekindled a deeper love for God and His Word?
Don’t be ashamed if you’ve fallen behind! I’ve been there and have a couple of extra T-shirts to prove it! Go before you Father and ask Him to help you. Then jump right back in! The 5x5x5 plan has each day of the year marked for you. Today, March 1 is Acts 28. Tomorrow, we’ll begin reading through Hebrews. Next, we’ll have two days of reflection and you’ll have a little time to re-read or catch up.
Please don’t throw in the towel! Join us! Let’s do this together!
Over twenty years ago, Dave Busby said that exposure does not equate to experience. Dave was so right! I strongly encourage you to watch his message, “Oh Taste and See… that the Lord is Good: Part 1- Experiencing Our Depravity“. In the message, Dave recounts growing up hearing about starving children in Africa. But going to Africa and experiencing the sights (and smells) — experiencing starvation — was completely different.
As I contemplated my last post, I remembered a book a good friend of mine wrote last year, Why “Bible Study” Doesn’t Work: The epic failure of evangelicalism’s favorite discipleship method – and how YOUR CHURCH can do something about it. In the book, Dr. Gerry Lewis says that many of us (in the church) look at Bible Study in a way similar to the way that many of us look at eating vegetables: you should do it because it’s good for you.
Gerry is dead-on: he points out that exposure to the Bible is insufficient to bring about spiritual growth. Simply reading the Bible will not make you more like Jesus. He proposes solutions to this “epic failure” of discipleship in his book. I won’t give a spoiler alert; get the book to find out!
In order to move us past simple exposure to the New Testament, our 5x5x5 New Testament reading plan encourages us to thoughtfully process what we are reading. If you don’t already have the Plan and aren’t using it, you can get a copy here.
Simply reading the Bible will not make you more like Jesus. But it is a step in the right direction.
Yearning for more,
Well…. How are you doing? Are you keeping up with your Weekly New Testament Bible Reading (5 chapters per week per our 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan) and did you memorize Joshua 1:8?
If you didn’t keep up with your reading, it’s never too late to join in! That’s the glory of the reading plan we’re using! Each week, we have two “off” days when we can catch up or just reflect on what we’ve read during the week.
Remember, the goal isn’t to get to December 31 and check off your final assignment. The goal is to encounter God in His Word. The goal is to love God more and to be more like Jesus at the end of 2017 than you were at the beginning.
There is no “shortcut” to being more like Jesus. You have to spend time with Him in His Word. You just have to. And by walking through this together, we’re actually being the church rather than “playing church” (Heb 10:24-25).
We need each other. That’s why we’re memorizing Scripture and reading through the New Testament together.
Don’t give up!