Sunday, October 20th at 10:45 a.m.

The Benefits of Abiding in the Presence of God Psalm 91: 4-16




We all know that spending special personal, quiet time with God on a daily basis is a good thing. But have you ever really considered the benefits of abiding or remaining in God’s presence?


Today we’re going to learn what these benefits really are and how life-changing they can be. Come and join us as we learn and grow together.


It’s going to be good!


Sunday, October 13th at 10:45 a.m.

The Path Series:

Never Let God Of Your Dreams!



We all have dreams. We all want to see our dreams become reality. But what do we do when we realize that we may not reach the destination we’re trying to get to, that the dream we so want to come true may not come true at all?



The Bible says, “Delayed hope makes one sick at heart; but a fulfilled longing is a tree of life”, (Proverbs 13:12, GW). That’s true, isn’t it? When it doesn’t seem like you will reach your dream, your heart gets sick.




The true stories of people who have experienced this are many. Maybe you are one of them. What do you do when a dream seems out of reach? How do you cope with the “delayed hope?”




Come and join us this morning as we learn from someone who experienced great heart sickness from his “delayed hope.” Come and be encouraged by his story.

You won’t want to miss it.

      It’s going to be good!


Sunday, October 6th at 10:45 a.m.

The Path Series: Look Where You are Going!

  Have you ever gotten distracted and looked either right or left for a few seconds while driving a car? If you have, you know that the car started going in the direction you were looking. Once you became aware that you weren’t going in the direction you wanted to go, you had to make a correction quickly.

  The same is true in life. Whatever grabs our attention will determine our direction. It’s one of the principles of “The Path.” If we want to stay on the right path, then we have to choose what we pay attention to because our attention determines our direction. Sounds quite easy doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s not.

  We get can get distracted in life just like we do when driving a car. So how do we keep from getting distracted while walking this path called life?

  Come and join us Sunday at 10:45 a.m. as we discover the answer to this question together.

   Come and join us!

      It’s going to be good!



Sunday, September 25th at 10:45 a.m.

The Path Series

Today Rev. Ebenezer Appiagyei will be sharing God’s Word with us from the book of Proverbs.


Come and join us Sunday at 10:45 a.m. as we grow in wisdom knowing our hearts matter to God.




Sunday, September 8th at 10:45 a.m.

The Path Series: Your Heart Matters

We all want to live life on the right path. And doing this requires wisdom—lots of wisdom. We need wisdom for each and every decision we will make in this journey called life. Thankfully God has provided us with great wisdom in the book of Proverbs.


As we grow in wisdom each week following “The Path” God has for us, God wants us to remember that our hearts matter to Him because He loves us so much.


As you journey down this path called life, God wants to take you deeper and further than you are right now. But to do that He has to have all your heart. He has to have all of you.


Come and join us Sunday at 10:45 a.m. as we grow in wisdom knowing our hearts matter to God.






Sunday, September 1st at 10:45 a.m.

The Path Series: Making a Course Correction


We’re on all a path. Our path is the result of the decisions we make in life. We all want to be on the right path.

So how do we choose the right path? How do we figure out what path we should be on? Or, in some cases, how do we figure out what path we need to get off of?

Come and join us Sunday morning as we learn how to be on the right path and how to make a course correction if we find ourselves on a wrong path.

Come and join us as we grow in wisdom. It’s going to be good!



Sunday, August 18th at 10:45 a.m.

The Path Series: Your Direction Determines Your Destination

Most of us have set goals in life. We had great intentions of being successful at these goals. Maybe our goal was to lose 20 pounds by summer, or to save a certain amount of money every month, or to learn more about God every day…. Whatever our goal was we sincerely intended to reach it.


But somewhere along the way to making our goal happen we got lost. We were on the right path for a while but then we made a decision, which took us in a different direction. The result? We ended up in a place that was totally different from the one we intended.


But there is a way to stay on the right path. There is a way to make wise decisions and reach our goals. How? How do we learn to choose the right path?


That’s what we’re going to be studying and learning together the next six weeks as we travel the path to getting wisdom.


Come and join us. It’s going to be good!




Sunday, August 4th at 10:45 a.m.

Before & After Jesus, Part 3

Acts 9


Every person who is living as a disciple of Jesus Christ has a before and after Jesus story? Why? Because from the moment you “meet” Jesus and commit to Him, you are never the same.

There are many stories both past and present that document this great truth. One such person was Saul. The moment Saul met Jesus is recorded for us in the Bible in Acts, chapter 9. Saul was never the same after meeting Jesus and becoming one of His disciples.

Today during our last part of this series, 3 people will share their before and after Jesus stories with us. They will share how becoming a disciple of Jesus has forever changed them.

So come and join Sunday for this special message.

Come and join us and see what a difference following Jesus can make in your life. It’s going to be good!



Sunday, July 28th at 10:45 a.m.

Before & After Jesus, Part 2

Acts 9


Every person who is living as a disciple of Jesus Christ has a before and after Jesus story? Why? Because from the moment you “meet” Jesus and commit to Him, you are never the same.

There are many stories both past and present that document this great truth. One such person was Saul. The moment Saul met Jesus is recorded for us in the Bible in Acts, chapter 9. Saul was never the same after meeting Jesus and becoming one of His disciples.

Today during service 4 people will share their before and after Jesus stories with us. They will share how becoming a disciple of Jesus has forever changed them.

So come and join Sunday for this special message.

Come and join us and see what a difference following Jesus can make in your life. It’s going to be good!


Sunday, July 21st at 10:45 a.m.

Before & After Jesus, Part 1

Acts 9


Every person who is living as a disciple of Jesus Christ has a before and after Jesus story? Why? Because from the moment you “meet” Jesus and commit to Him, you are never the same.

There are many stories both past and present that document this great truth. One such person was Saul. The moment Saul met Jesus is recorded for us in the Bible in Acts, chapter 9. Saul was never the same after meeting Jesus and becoming one of His disciples.

Today during service 3 people will share their before and after Jesus stories with us. They will share how becoming a disciple of Jesus has forever changed them.

So come and join Sunday for this special message.

Come and join us and see what a difference following Jesus can make in your life. It’s going to be good!







 Sunday, July 14th:

We Were Made for A Mission

John 17:18; Acts 20:24


  Come join us for our last message on “How to Live Life on Purpose.” God made us for an unstoppable mission. “The most important thing is that I complete my mission. The one the Lord gave me,” (Acts 20:24). God wants all of His teammates to keep focused on the mission He has for each and everyone of us.

  Why did God give me a mission? What is my mission? What fears have kept me from fulfilling the mission God made me to accomplish? What keeps me from telling others the Good News?

  Good questions. Come and join us Sunday as we answer all these questions and more. God does not give us an impossible mission. He gives us a mission of eternal significance.



Sunday, July 7th at 10:45 a.m.

We Were Made to Serve God

Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 13:21


  One of the purposes for God giving us life is to serve Him. God made you to serve Him–to do something with your life that only you can do. And since He also gave you all you need to successfully do this, you are uniquely qualified to serve God.

  Then God in His loving-kindness gave us a team to serve with. We call this team our spiritual family. On God’s team, everyone has an important position. No one is to sit on the sidelines or in the stands. All of us are to serve God.

  So how does God want us to serve Him? What exactly does He look for in each person on His team? How do I know if I’m serving God where He wants me to?

  Good questions. Come and join us Sunday as we answer all these questions and more as we learn how to be on God’s team and serve Him. It’s going to be good!




Sunday, June 30th: Made to Be Like Jesus

Romans 8:29; Ezekiel 36:26


  We were created to be like Jesus. That’s one of the purposes God gave us life. But how exactly does that happen? And what does it look like to be like Jesus?

  First of all it requires a heart change, a heart transplant. God promises: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove your stubborn hearts and give you obedient hearts (Ezekiel 36:26, GW). That’s the first thing that must happen. And God keeps this promise when we believe in His Son, Jesus, and start living for Him. He does remove our stubborn heart and give us an obedient heart.

  Then what happens? Do we immediately start being like Jesus or does it take time? What is our responsibility in becoming like Jesus?

  Good questions. Come and join us Sunday as we answer all these questions and more as we learn to live life on purpose by being like Jesus. It’s going to be good!


Sunday, June 23rd: Made to Be in God’s Family

Ephesians 1:5; 1 Peter 2:17

Family reunions can be great fun. It’s a time when we reconnect and share the stories of our lives with the members of our human family.

God has a family too. When you choose believe in Jesus as God’s Son and become His disciple; when you choose to belong to God’s family then you become part of God’s family. That means you gain another family in addition to your human family. You gain a spiritual family. And that family is a BIG family! It includes all the people across the world who chose to belong to God’s family. But it gets better! You also discover that you now belong to a smaller family within the BIG family. We call that family “church.”

The church is more than a building where disciples of Jesus come together to worship God. It is a family. And Jesus said we are to love our spiritual family.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35)

Jesus says we are to love those in our spiritual family. But what exactly does that look like? How are we to love those in our spiritual family?

Join us Sunday as we find out the answer to that question. Come and join us as we learn how God wants us to love those in our spiritual family. It just might surprise you.

Come and join us–it’s going to be good!


Sunday, June 16th: Living A Life of Purpose

Matthew 22:37; Revelation 4:12

God loves us. That’s an indisputable fact. God IS love. It’s God’s character to love because He is love.

What is our response to God loving us–to this great love He has for us? Our response is to love Him back. One of our purposes in life is to love God.

So exactly how are we to love God? Thankfully, Jesus answered that question for us. He said, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. (Matthew 22:37, CEV) Jesus is telling us that we are to love God with everything we are and everything we got. We are to worship God at all times.

Worship is a word that makes us think of things associated with church. But worship is much, much bigger than that. When Jesus told us to love God with all we are He meant we’re to worship God with our very lives!

So what exactly does that look like? Come and join us Sunday to find out how we can worship God with our very lives. The answer just might surprise you.

Come and join us–it’s going to be good!




Sunday, June 9th: Why Am I Here?

Proverbs 16:4; Ephesians 1:4

  Most of us at one point in our life have asked the following question: “Why am I here?” We wonder if our life even has a purpose. We wonder if there really is a point to this life at all. The answer to that question is a resounding YES! There is a point to this life, our life has a purpose and we are here for a reason! Scripture tells us that we are here because God loves us and God has a specific purpose for us being alive.

  Come and join us Sunday as we start the journey to finding our purpose in life by answering the question, “Why am I here?”

   Come and join us–it’s going to be good!


Sunday, June 2nd: Life’s Storms

(Acts 27)

  Life comes with storms. It’s a fact we don’t like, but a fact nonetheless. Another fact is that God wants to help us get through the storms of life.

  Paul, a dedicated disciple of Jesus, found himself in a very real storm. At the very moment when all hope seemed lost, he had a choice to make. Would he go through the storm with God or try to get out of the storm without God? Paul chose to go through the storm with God. He chose to trust God to bring him through the storm.  Because Paul made this choice, he learned some amazing things about God.

  When the storms arrive in our lives, we also are faced with the same choices as Paul. Will we choose to go through the storms with God? Will we learn the same amazing things about God that Paul did? The choice is ours. It always has been. It always will be.

    Come and join us as learn more about our amazing God when we allow Him to help us through the storms of life.

   Come and join us–it’s going to be good!





Sunday, May 26th: The Saddest Word Ever

(Acts 24:10-27)

  We all have decisions or choices to make every day. We know that some choices are easier to make than others. But regardless, every choice we make impacts our life somehow–even the ones we don’t make. As author and speaker John C. Maxwell states, “Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.”

    A long time ago there was a man named Felix who had a decision to make. But he procrastinated. He had all the facts necessary to make his decision and his heart was telling him to do it now. But, Felix procrastinated. He kept saying the saddest word every, “Someday. Someday I’ll…….”

  Most of us can relate to this true story about Felix. Tragically, the decision Felix put off making would determine if he lived or died. He needed to make this all important decision, but he continued to procrastinate until it was too late.

  Come and join us Sunday as we learn how to stop using the saddest word ever and instead, take action by making wise choices.

   Come and join us–it’s going to be good!



Sunday, May 19th: No Matter What

(Acts 23:1-11)

  If we were asked if we have ever done or said anything we have regretted, most of us would say, “yes.” Most of us would like to have a couple “do overs” in our lives.

  The good news is that Jesus came to save us from from all those things we regret. No matter what we  did in the past, Jesus wants to forgive us and set us free from all our regrets. Why? Because He loves us! He loves you–no matter what! Nothing can separate you from His love. Jesus loves you the same yesterday, today and tomorrow because in His essence He is love.

  Knowing and believing in the love Jesus has for you will put in motion changes that you will never have to regret because His changes are always good!

  Come and join us Sunday as we learn more about the love Jesus has for us–no matter what!

   Come and join us–it’s going to be good!


Sunday, May 12th: A Mother’s Love

(Matthew 20:20-23)

  Mother’s Day. It’s a day set aside to thank our mom for all she has endured and done for us–from bringing us into this world to seeing us step out on our own as an adult and everything in between.

  The Bible tells us about many women who were mothers–some were great mothers and some not-so-great mothers. But regardless, we can learn an important lesson from each of their stories.

   The mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, is one of the women we can learn much from. Although at first glance her story doesn’t appear to be a positive one, when we dig deeper into her story we discover the heart of a mother who truly loved her sons.

   Come and join us this Mother’s Day–it’s going to be good!





Sunday, May 5th: God’s Power to Change Your Life

    We’ve all tried to change something in our lives. We’ve tried to change our weight, our friends, or ourselves, but somehow the changes don’t last or don’t work at all.

   The desire to change is good but we need some help to make them last. The help we need can only be found in God. If we seek God, He promises to help. God, and only God, has the power we need to help us change. God is willing to help us change…if we let Him.

   Come and join us Sunday and learn what blocks our ability to change and how we can work with God to overcome them. Come and learn how to change.

   Come and join us–it’s going to be good!



Sunday, April 28th: Greatness in God’s Eyes

    Greatness. Many try to achieve greatness in this life. A few reach this level. That’s how greatness as the world defines it works.

   But greatness in God’s eyes in different. Everyone who is a believer in Jesus, God’s Son, can be great in God’s eyes. But what does greatness in God’s eyes look like?

  Jesus tells us in Mark 9:35, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”  Now this doesn’t sound like the path to greatness, does it? But it is in God’s eyes.

  Jesus lived out being a servant when He walked this earth. He lived out love in action. Love in action is what sent Him from heaven to a manger and from a manger to the cross.

  So to be great in God’s eyes we must follow Jesus and live out love in action.

  Come and join us as we learn more about what love in action as a believer in Jesus looks like.

   Come and join us–it’s going to be good!





Sunday, April 21st: Have You Seen Jesus?

  Those who saw Jesus alive were never the same. In fact, those who saw the resurrected Jesus were willing to die for their faith.

  The apostle Thomas was one of those who saw the resurrected Jesus. After appearing to Thomas, Jesus said, “You believe because you see Me. Those who believe without seeing Me will be truly blessed.” (John 20:29).

  Even though we do not see the resurrected Jesus, we can see a reflection of Him. And that makes us even more “truly blessed.”

  Where do we see a reflection of Jesus? Come and join us this Easter as we learn the answer to this question.

   Come and celebrate our risen Lord Jesus with us.

         Come and join us–it’s going to be good!




Sunday, April 14th: Hosanna! God save us!

  On Palm Sunday, the crowd cried out, “Hosanna!” as Jesus rode into Jerusalem. The days that followed were the days that led Jesus Christ to the cross.

  It was the cross–the passion, the power and purpose of the cross–that brought the invitation of salvation to all people. Christ died for our sin; He died so that we can be given the choice to accept His invitation to be saved. He is the answer to the call of every human heart that cries, “Hosanna! God save me!”

    Come and join us Sunday as we cry out together, “Hosanna!”

        Come and join us–it’s going to be good!



Sunday, April 7th:  Only Human (Acts 15: 36-41)

  Barnabas and Paul, the believers who took the Good News of salvation in Jesus to people who had never heard of Him, are among the heroes of the Bible. But just because they are heroes doesn’t mean they never made a mistake. After all, they were only human.


  In fact, Acts 15 records that Barnabas and Paul “disagreed sharply” over an issue. Sadly, because they refused to work through their disagreement, they parted ways and never worked together in ministry again. As Billy Graham said, “Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.”


   So how can we work through the disagreements that happen in our lives? Thankfully, God’s Word gives us several wise ways we can do that.


   Come and join us Sunday as we learn how to handle disagreements God’s way.

   Come and join us–it’s going to be good!


Sunday, March 31th  at 10:45 a.m.

How Hungry Are You?

   All people experience physical hunger on various levels. To satisfy our physical hunger we need nourishment. Once we eat, our hunger is satisfied.

  But there is another hunger we experience–spiritual hunger. We can try to satisfy this hunger with many things–money, alcohol, drugs, materialism–but none of these satisfy us. They only leave us wanting more.

    Jesus is only One who can satisfy the hunger that exists in our souls. That is why it is so important to share the Gospel–God’s Story that points to Jesus–with those who are spiritually hungry.

   Come and join us Sunday as we learn how to share the good news of the Gospel. It’s going to be good!



Sunday, March 24th  at 10:45 a.m.

We Give

   Why do we give? We give because God gave. We give because we follow Jesus. We give because God tells us it’s the right thing to do. God tells us that when we give to the poor we are really honoring Him.

    We give so that others in our world can simply live. If you’ve ever traveled to another country where others are simply struggling to have food, water, shelter, medical care–things we tend to take for granted–then you understand why it is so important to give.When we give our time, our possessions, our money to those who need it we are helping them to live. And God is honored as we give.

   Come and join us Sunday as we see the difference giving so that others can simply live is making in one country in Africa. Come and celebrate with us!



Sunday, March 17th  at 10:45 a.m.

Getting Out of God’s Way (Acts 11:1-18)

   Sometimes life can feel like it is out of control. But when we feel like this, we can choose the way we respond. How we respond is a choice.

  Sometimes in our lives, we may have to choose to step aside or be silent while trusting God to handle a situation for us. These are the times that require special strength to choose to wait.

  Come and join us as we learn more about making God honoring choices in our lives, even when life feels out of control.


Sunday, March 10th  at 10:45 a.m.


Come enjoy guest speaker Pastor Hal. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour tonight.



Sunday, March 3rd at 10:45 a.m.

Witnessing Done God’s Way (Acts 8:25-40)

  Have you ever wondered why we make something that is so simple so difficult? When we share our faith with others, we take something so simple and make it so complicated. Philip teaches us God’s guidelines for effectively sharing our faith. Join us this Sunday and walk through the steps Philip gives for us witnessing done God’s Way.



Sunday, February 24th at 10:45 a.m.

The REAL Reason (Acts 4:36-5:11)

  Have you ever thought about why you do the things you do? Sometimes we do things to help others. Sometimes we do things because we have to do them. But sometimes, if we’re honest, we do things to impress others- to look good in front of other people. That’s what Ananias and Sapphira, a married couple in the infant Church, did. They gave to impress others. They chose to do good thing for the wrong reason. And it was a very costly choice.

    Join us Sunday as we learn why it’s very important to pause and examine the real reason for the choices and actions we make on a daily basis. It’s going to be good!



Sunday, February 17th at 10:45 a.m.

It’s Not About Religion (Acts 4:1-22)

  When the word “religion” is said many people have a set idea of what that word means. Some of these ideas are positive and some are not. However, Jesus didn’t come to establish a “religion.” He came to bring something entirely new.

   As the new Jesus created was getting established in the world, those who followed Jesus found themselves in conflict with those who saw their religion being threatened. Yet this small group of men and women with the help of the Holy Spirit would not be prevented from sharing Jesus and His message. Why? Because they understood that the new Jesus brought was not a religion. It was an honest, sincere relationship with the living God!

   Join us Sunday as we discover how the new Jesus brought is still changing lives today. Come and learn with us that it’s NOT about religion–it’s about a relationship with Jesus! It’s going to be good!



Sunday, February 10th at 10:45 a.m.

We Is Greater Than Me (Acts 2:42-47)

  The story of the first Church unfolds in the book of Acts. After the Holy Spirit was sent on Pentecost, over 3000 people believed in Jesus and committed their lives to Him. The first Christian Church was born.


But what happens next tells us how the first Church lived and grew as new disciples in Christ under the leadership of the apostles. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42). This is how the first Church lived–being disciples and making disciples. After 2000+ years, it is still the model that believers in Jesus Christ are to use.


   Join us Sunday as we dig deeper into how the first Church did life together–growing as disciples of Jesus Christ and learning how to put His love into action. Come and join us as we learn the lessons their lives teach us today. It’s going to be good!



Sunday, February 3rd at 10:45 a.m.

The Work of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2)

Pentecost was the day the Holy Spirit came to live inside every person who accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. When we allow the Holy Spirit to work inside of us, He becomes our guide and so much more.



Join us Sunday to learn how the Holy Spirit works in every believers heart and life. Come and see how the Holy Spirit wants to help you be the person God created you to be. It’s going to be good!





Sunday, January 27th at 10:45 a.m.

Join the Revolution! (Acts 1: 3-11)

Jesus started a revolution! Sometimes revolutions bring good changes–sometimes not. But when Jesus started His spiritual revolution, He made all things new and good!

The men and women who followed Jesus were wanting a different kind of revolution. But when Jesus died on the cross their dreams of a revolution died too. What they didn’t understand is that at that very moment Jesus’ revolution was just beginning. And it was beginning with them!

However, the followers of Jesus lacked one important thing to enable them to launch Jesus’ revolution. When they received what they needed, Jesus’ revolution exploded into the hearts of thousands.

Come and join us as we learn more about Jesus’ revolution and how we can be a part of it. Come and join the revolution.




Sunday, January 13th at 10:45 a.m.

Jesus Changes Everything!

Courage comes in different sizes. We all need courage. When we look to the past, we can find men and women who courageously took a stand against injustices that were happening–even at the cost of great personal safety and sacrifice.


The men and women who formed the infant church in the first century were filled with courage. They stood together to form the new that Jesus brought. They stood together to keep power, politics, profit and the world out of the early church. As a result, the gospel exploded into the hearts of thousands who took Jesus’ message, the new He brought, into the known world. The gospel was irresistible because of the courage of the infant church.




Sunday, January 6th at 10:45 a.m.

Change IS Good!

Sometimes we don’t like all the changes that are happening in our world or in our lives. Yet if we think about it, we can find some changes to be thankful for. For instance, not too long ago we would be dialing a rotary phone and having a conversation with the person on the other end with perhaps everyone who is one our “party line” listening in. But today we have our own personal phone that we don’t even have to personally dial to call someone and no one will be listening in to our conversation. Yes, change can be good.

In life changes can be external such as the phone example above. They can also be internal. God tells us in His Word that we change internally the moment we believe in and start following His Son, Jesus Christ. But it does not stop there. As we keep following Jesus, we find ourselves changing more and more. The changes that are happening to us on the inside–in our hearts and minds–show up on the outside. So the internal changes lead to external changes. That’s how God designed change to happen. And these changes are good!

So come and join us as we learn more about how change IS good–with God!



Sunday, December 30th at 10:45 a.m.

Oscar The Dog’s Amazing Story

Everyone has a story. But God’s story is the best story of all. God invites us to read His story in the Bible. The first page that we read says, “In the beginning,” and the final page ends with, “Amen.” Between these words is where our story is to fit. When we belong to God through faith in His Son, our story has meaning because it joins with God’s story. He uses our stories, our lives, to accomplish His purposes. And it’s always good.

Sometimes God even uses unusual methods to accomplish His story in our lives. That’s what happened when God brought Oscar the dog into one family’s story.

So come and hear Oscar’s story. It’s an amazing story. And it’s good.



Sunday, December 23rd at 10:45 a.m.

Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph:
The Rest of the Story

Joseph’s story of faithfulness to God continues after the night Jesus was born. Joseph faithfully fulfills the requirements of the Law and has Jesus circumcised when He is 8 days old. He takes his little family to Jerusalem a little over 3 weeks later for Mary’s purification ceremony and Jesus’ dedication. At God’s command, Joseph flees to Egypt with his family and stays there until God tells him it’s safe for them to come home.

Scripture never tells us that Joseph questioned God’s commands. He just obeyed. Even when it was extremely challenging or inconvenient, he obeyed. Joseph never gave up. He stayed faithful to God–always. Joseph lived a life of faithfulness.

Joseph’s life continues to speak loudly to those who would believe in the Son he raised for his heavenly Father.

Come and join us as we look at the rest of the Christmas Story through Joseph’s eyes.



Sunday, December 16th at 10:45 a.m.

Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph:
The Journey to Bethlehem

Have you ever been on a journey in life that you didn’t want to take? Maybe it was a painful journey that was caused by another person’s actions or decisions. This is what happened to Joseph and Mary.

The Roman Emperor decided to take a census, which forced Joseph to return to his hometown of Bethlehem. The couple had to travel over a difficult 70-mile terrain when Mary was close to her due date. Taking this trip was probably the last thing they wanted to do in Mary’s condition. But they did make the long, difficult trip.

After they arrived in Bethlehem, they discovered that God could take even the most painful, difficult journey and redeem it. Come and join us as we learn from Joseph and Mary’s trip to Bethlehem how this is possible.

Come and join us as we continue to look at Christmas through Joseph’s eyes.



Sunday, December 9th at 10:45 a.m.

Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph: Raising A Child Not Your Own

As the Christmas story unfolds in the gospel of Matthew, Joseph must decide what to do when he discovers that Mary is pregnant before they are wed. But God tells Joseph what he must do and sends an angel to deliver His message.

When God gives us a specific assignment, we all have the choice to obey or not. We can willingly step out of our comfort zone and follow the Lord’s lead–or not. Thankfully, Joseph, while knowing the enormity of the assignment God was giving him, said yes to raising a son that was not biologically his own. He said yes to raising God’s Son.

Come and join us as we continue to learn from Joseph this Advent season by seeing Christmas through his eyes.



Sunday, December 2nd at 10:45 a.m.

Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph:
Whose Child Is This?

As the Christmas story unfolds in the gospel of Matthew, the love story of Joseph and Mary takes an unexpected turn. Joseph and Mary are happily preparing for their wedding day when Mary becomes pregnant. Before God sends an angel to explain to Joseph how this pregnancy happened, Joseph’s heart is shattered because he believes his wife-to-be has been unfaithful to him. And heart-broken Joseph must decide how to handle this apparent betrayal.

What Joseph decides to do is a beautiful picture of God’s love for us in sending Jesus to be our Savior.

Come and join us as we continue to learn from Joseph this Advent season by seeing Christmas through his eyes.



Sunday, November 25th at 10:45 a.m.

Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph

Christmas is an extra special time. It’s the time of year that reminds us of the vastness of God’s love for us because He sent His Son, Jesus, to earth. The Christmas story is a story of love–God’s love. And this story is usually told through the eyes of those who experienced the miraculous birth of Jesus, God’s Son–Mary, the shepherds, the wise men, and Joseph.

The Christmas story seen through Joseph’s eyes is one that still speaks to us today. His story speaks to our humanness, our faith journey, obedience, responsibility, and more.

Come and join us as we learn from this humble, gentle, mighty man who was chosen to raise the Son of God.

Come and see Christmas through the eyes of Joseph this Advent season.



Sunday, November 18th at 10:45 a.m.

It’s Time For Hope: The Power of the Holy Spirit

Did you know that when you believe in Jesus, the Son of God, as your Savior and Lord, and follow Him, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of you? The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the living God, the Spirit of Christ, the Power that raised Jesus from the dead, Counselor, Teacher and much more. Then why do so many Christians live a powerless life with little or no hope when the Holy Spirit lives inside of them?

Scripture says the answer to this question can be found in the heart. We need a heart change. We need to be courageously willing to have a heart change. Thankfully, that’s the Holy Spirit’s specialty.

Come and join us Sunday to find out how the power of the Holy Spirit can change a willing heart.

Come and find Hope.

It’s time for Hope.



Sunday, November 11th at 10:45 a.m.

It’s Time For Hope: Hope for today…and tomorrow

Why do we need hope for today? Because storms come into our lives. Small storms. Medium storms. Huge storms. No matter the size, storms come and we need hope to get through them.

Thankfully as followers of Jesus, we have the hope we need. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Romans 8:34b). Jesus always intercedes to God on our behalf. Not only is Jesus interceding to God for us, but so is the Holy Spirit.

Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit Himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain, (Romans 8:26, NCV). You are never, ever alone in your storm. The Holy Spirit is with you and praying for you. You have Hope every day.

And we have Hope for tomorrow because one day all storms with cease to exist. Eternal life in heaven is storm-free. But until that day comes we can count on Jesus being with us in our storms and praying us through them.

Come and join us Sunday as we learn more about our Hope for today and tomorrow.

It’s time for Hope.



Sunday, November 4th at 10:45 a.m.

It’s Time For Hope: God Understands You!

In just under two months we will be celebrating Christmas, the day that God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to live as a human. God chose to come to earth to live as a human. God was pleased for all of Himself to live in Christ. (Colossians 1:9).

Jesus is the God-Man. Jesus was God and man at the same time. Because Jesus was fully God, He never sinned. Because Jesus was fully human, He understands us. Jesus, the God-Man, understands us!

But there’s more! Jesus, the God-Man also cares about us. He cares so much about us that before He went to the cross He prayed for each and every human who would believe in and follow Him. And that gives us hope.

But there’s more! What Jesus asked God, the Father, for in His prayer for us also gives us hope. So what exactly did Jesus pray for?

Come and join us Sunday and as we learn the answer to that question from God’s Word.

Come and join us this Sunday.

It’s time for Hope.



Sunday, October 28th at 10:45 a.m.

It’s Time For Hope: The Power of Prayer

Have you heard someone say, “I don’t have a prayer,” or “He doesn’t have a prayer?” That is such a sad statement because it is a statement with no hope.

But if you belong to God and are His child, you will never be without a prayer. God hears the prayers of His children. Not only does He hear our prayers but God also answers our prayers.

But there’s more! God promises in His Word that: “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective,” (James 5:16b, NIV). If you belong to God, then God promises your prayers are powerful and they make a difference!

Come and join us Sunday and learn in God’s Word how our prayers are powerful and how they make a difference.

Come and join us this Sunday.

It’s time for Hope.



Sunday, October 21st at 10:45 a.m.

It’s Time For Hope: The Power to Change

Most of us have heard someone say, “People never change.” But believing this leads us down the path of hopelessness because it means that we will never change either.


Thankfully God tells us this statement is not true for those who have put their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.


If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God,who reconciled us to Himself through Christ…

(2 Corinthians 5:17-18, NIV)


God makes us a brand new person on the inside the moment we become a Christian. We are changed! God also promises this is only the beginning of the wonderful changes He wants to make in us.


No one is beyond being changed by God’s love and grace. The truth is we CAN change.


Come and join us this Sunday.

It’s time for Hope.



Sunday, October 14th at 10:45 a.m.

It’s Time For Hope: Our Inheritance


It’s time for Hope. As Christians, our Hope is found in God and His promises. And He promises us we have an inheritance.


I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, (Ephesians 1:18).


We are heirs: We are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, (Romans 8:17).


We are heirs and our inheritance is amazing.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him, (1 Cor. 2:9, NLT).


Our inheritance God has for us is both present and future. He wants us to use our inheritance every day because it is in using our inheritance we find Hope– Hope for today and for tomorrow.


Come and join us as we learn about our amazing inheritance that God promises us. Come and join us because it’s time for Hope.




Sunday, October 7th at 10:45 a.m.

It’s Time For Hope: The Resurrection

We all need hope. Every person desperately needs hope. Yet hope, real Hope, does not exist apart from the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

So how do we know Jesus really resurrected from the grave? How do we know He really is alive? It’s an important question because without the resurrection Christianity is just another dead religion.

So come and join us as we investigate the resurrection of Jesus. Come and join us as we discover how the resurrection impacts our life both here and in eternity.

Come and join us this Sunday.

It’s time for Hope.



Sunday, September 30th at 10:45 a.m.

It’s Time For Hope

We all need hope. Yet as we look around us we find very little to be hopeful about. In fact, if we keep our eyes on what is happening in our world long enough we can find ourselves feeling hopelessness. So where can we find the hope we so desperately need?

God tells us that hope is found in Him. Jesus is our Living Hope. Our Hope has a name! Our Hope is alive! And our Hope tells us that we can have hope because God always keeps His promises to us.

We can find hope in God’s promises.

God wants us to feel His hope.

Jesus wants to give us hope.

Come and join us this Sunday.

It’s time for Hope.



Sunday, September 23rd at 10:45 a.m.

God speaks….are you listening?

God speaks to us. Over and over He invites us to come and listen to Him. He invites us to know Him, His ways and His thoughts, which are found in His Word–His written Word and His Living Word (Jesus). God longs for us to listen to Him so we can have abundant life on earth and eternal life with Him in heaven.

Come join us this Sunday as we learn how to answer God’s invitation to come and listen to His voice.


Are you listening?




Sunday, September 16th at 10:45 a.m.

Who You Say We Are

The Bible tells us we are loved, we are strong, and we are His. Come join us this Sunday to grow and learn who God says we are.


I Believe



Sunday, September 9th at 10:45 a.m.

Why Am I Here?

Have you ever asked yourself: Why am I Here? What’s my purpose for being here? If you have you are not alone. People for thousands of years have asked themselves these same questions.

Some people try to find the answer in creative ways, but the only way to discover why you are here is to ask the One who made you. And His answer may just surprise you.

God promises that we aren’t here by mistake. We were made for a reason.

So come and join us Sunday as we learn together why we’re here and what our purpose is. It’s going to be good!



Sunday, September 2nd at 10:45 a.m.

Am I Good Enough?

Did you ever wonder how good you had to be to go to heaven? Did you ever wonder if you were good enough? If you have, you are not alone.

Many people believe that because they are a good person, they will go to heaven. But there’s many problems with this belief. The main problem being that there’s no one definition of “good” to follow to guarantee heaven.

And then the Bible tells us that, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23). “There is no one righteous, not even one, (Romans 1:10). Jesus even told the religious leaders of His day that they were not good enough to go to heaven! So basically, no one is good enough for heaven!

So is anyone going to heaven when they die? Absolutely. Approximately 1/3 of the people in the world know that they are going to heaven when they die. And they know how this is possible. And you can too.

Come and join us Sunday as we learn how heaven is promised to those who know the way.


Sunday, August 26th at 10:45 a.m.

The Unfinished Blessing (Luke 24:36-52)

After Jesus rose from the dead He spent 40 days appearing to many in His resurrected body. One of these appearances was the final time Jesus would spent with His disciples and it was a moment they would never forget.

Jesus told the disciples that they were to witness about Him and to preach the gospel starting in Jerusalem. He also told them that His gospel would spread until it reached all nations. Then Jesus started to bless His disciples. But AS He was blessing them He began to ascend to heaven. Jesus’ blessing was left unfinished–or was it?

Those of us who belong to Jesus and follow Him throughout every generation are the continuation of His blessing. As we witness to others about Jesus, the Holy Spirit inside of us not only blesses us but He blesses those to whom we share Jesus with–in word and deed.

Come and join us Sunday as we celebrate the awesome privilege and responsibility Jesus gives us to share Him with others everywhere we go.


Sunday, August 19th at 10:45 a.m.

A lot can happen in 3 days!

After Jesus was crucified and buried the disciples lost hope. They expected Jesus to be their political Messiah who would free them from Rome’s oppression and establish a kingdom here on earth where peace and prosperity would reign. But all those hopes were buried with Jesus.

Two of the disciples were walking home to Emmaus from Jerusalem when they were joined by a stranger. After walking and talking with this stranger for hours they finally realized this wasn’t a stranger. They had been with the resurrected Jesus! Jesus is alive! He has risen!

Hope has returned! And they had been changed. This good news was too important to keep a secret. They had to share it.

And so do we.

Come and join us Sunday as we learn how the power of the resurrection changes everything!



Sunday, August 12th at 10:45 a.m.

Grace Always Wins!

Once there was a man who was doing a great job of following Jesus. Every day was a new adventure. He experienced and saw things that made him believe more and more in Jesus as the Messiah. But then one day…

At a dinner Jesus told everyone with Him that He would be killed. He also told them that one of them was going to betray Him. Now this was too much for this man. With great passion He told Jesus that he’d never betray Him, in fact he was willing to die with Him. And then Jesus told him that he would deny Him 3 times that night before the rooster crowed.

The man was stunned. What? Deny Jesus? Deny I even know Him? Never! I’d never do that!

But he did. Just as Jesus said. He failed the One he swore he never would. He was crushed. He felt like his life was over. All he could do was mourn. He failed. He felt unworthy. He knew Jesus would never be able to use a failure like him…ever.

But Jesus did. Jesus is our Savior. He came to SAVE us from our failures, our sin. His grace is larger than we can ever imagine.

And the man, Peter, experienced his Savior’s grace. Yes, Peter failed, but he repented—he grieved deeply for what he had done. Then Jesus paid Peter a special visit, restored him and gave him his kingdom assignment. The restored Peter became the leader of the infant church.

Never let failure define who you are or your future. Jesus’ grace is offered to all. Grace. Amazing grace. Grace always wins.

Come and join us Sunday and experience the amazing grace of Jesus.





Sunday, August 5th at 10:45 a.m.

On A Mission


You are invited to worship with us as we go on a mission for God and with God. What are the requirements of this mission? The answer is found in Micah 6:8, “This is what the LORD requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God.” God loves it when we desire to do what pleases His heart–seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with Him. Today we will highlight many ways we can do this to include joining with those who are already providing justice and mercy to those in need in our world. God invites all of us to join Him on this mission.

Sunday, July 29th at 10:45 a.m.
Kid J.A.M. (Jesus And Me)


You are invited to come worship with us as Kid J.A.M. leads our Sunday worship service. Come and experience church through the eyes of our children. Come and be prepared to worship Jesus with great energy as well as learn more about Him from our children.

Then please stay and join us for our annual church picnic after worship service. It’s going to be a great day of celebration!


Don’t let anyone look down on you for being young. Instead, make your speech, behavior, love, faith, and purity an example for other believers. 1 Timothy 4:12

Sunday, July 22nd at 10:45 a.m.
The Garden Revisited (Luke 22:39- 53)


The Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives was a favorite place for Jesus to go when He wanted a quiet place to pray or to rest with His disciples after an exhausting time of ministry. However, Jesus’ last night in the Garden would be very different. He would spend time praying to the Father, but this time He prayed with great agony, knowing the cross was before Him. He told His Father all the pain that was in His heart, yet concluded with words of surrender to the Father’s plan: “yet not my will, but your will be done.” And as Jesus prayed, the Father sent Him help to strengthen Him.

God, our Father, promises to do the same for us. Psalm 138:9 states: “When I pray, you answer me and encourage me by giving me the strength I need.” (TLB). But to receive the strength we need from God, we must pray.

Come and join us Sunday as we return to the Garden one last time with Jesus–the night that marked the beginning of His journey to the cross.

Sunday, July 15th at 10:45 a.m.
The End of Table Talk (Luke 22:21 – 38)


Jesus and His disciples linger over their last Passover together. But the end of the dinner conversation wasn’t quite what the disciples expected. Jesus talks of the one who is going to betray Him–and it’s one of them! He tells Simon Peter that a big test of His faith is coming soon and he will fail it. Peter cannot fathom how he will fail His Lord but Jesus reconfirms it. Yet Jesus gives Simon Peter hope. He tells Peter than “when he returns” he is to “strengthen His brothers.”

We can relate to Peter because we find ourselves so much like him. We cannot imagine that it is in us to disappoint our Lord when trials or suffering come. But sometimes we do. Yet, God uses times such as these to remold and reshape us when we humbly turn to Him for forgiveness and grace.

Come and join us Sunday as we learn the lessons Jesus taught as the table talk with His disciples ends and His journey to the cross begins.

Sunday, July 8th at 10:45 a.m.
Table Talk (Luke 22:1 – 20)


It’s fun to gather around a table with friends and/or family to eat great food and talk and laugh together. Jesus enjoyed gathering around a table with others. He enjoyed teaching spiritual truths while relaxing around a table with friends.

But the last meal Jesus had on earth with His disciples was different. While they were eating the Passover meal, Jesus changed this meal into one that is now central to all those who believe in Him. We call it the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.

Jesus established Communion so that we would always remember the sacrifice He made to forgive us of our sin and give us the promise of eternal life with Him. When we gather around the Lord’s Table we come remembering, reflecting, celebrating, and joining together with other believers across this earth as we take the bread and cup.

Come and join us Sunday as we celebrate the gift Jesus is to us as we follow His command to remember Him when we come to His table and take Communion.

Sunday, July 1st at 10:45 a.m.
The Beginning of the End (Luke 21:5 – 38)


Jesus knows He will be facing the cross soon and wants to prepare His disciples for what will happen after He is gone. Jesus talks to them about events that will happen in the near future and at the “end of the age.” Naturally the disciples are overwhelmed when they learn about the destruction of the Temple and the persecution and suffering they will face.

But Jesus is always honest with those who follow Him. He reminds each one that they must count the cost before agreeing to be tied to Him–to follow where He leads. The path He leads us on isn’t always smooth or without trouble, but He promises to be with us every step of the way. Following Jesus and being tied to Him gives us the Hope we need to cope with life on earth.

Come and join us Sunday as we learn how to live life here as we anticipate all Jesus says will happen, especially His return.

Sunday, June 24th at 10:45 a.m.
Home Again (Luke 19:28 – 21:4)


Jesus returns home to Jerusalem to complete His Father’s plan. Luke 19:28 – 21:4 tells us that Jesus experienced a roller coaster of emotions upon His return–joy when entering the holy city as crowds cheered, “Hosanna,” compassion and sadness as He wept over the city that refused to accept Him as God’s Son, anger as He cleansed His Father’s House of those who had “made it a den of thieves”, and unending compassion and love for all people, even the ones who tried to trap Him so that they could turn Him over to Rome to be killed.


And Jesus still invites all people with unending compassion and love to come and know Him regardless of where they are or what they have done.


Come and join us Sunday as learn more about God’s Son, Jesus, as He invites us to “Come. Follow Me.”


Sunday, June 17th at 10:45 a.m.
How’s Your Sight? (Luke 18:35-19:27)


Jesus encountered many people with different types of blindness as He traveled to Jerusalem. As He is nearing the city of Jericho, Jesus encounters a man who is physically blind. The man cries out to Jesus for mercy. Jesus stops and meets this man’s greatest need by restoring his sight. The once blind man praises God for the miracle he received and begins to follow Jesus.

Next, as Jesus is traveling through Jericho, He meets Zacchaeus, a man who is spiritually blind. Jesus invites Himself to Zacchaeus’ house for dinner where Zacchaeus repents of his sins and receives his greatest need—the miracle of salvation.

Today, Jesus is still healing people of different types of blindness—physical and spiritual. But He also heals those with selective blindness—the people who proclaim to believe in Jesus but wear blinders, which prevent them from seeing those who are spiritually blind and lost.

If we find ourselves in this last group, then we must pray and ask Jesus to heal us and remove our blinders so we can see the lost and lead them to Jesus. For it is only as anyone encounters Jesus that blindness of any type can be removed and what is truly need be received.

Come and join us Sunday as we ask Jesus to correct our spiritual vision and use us as His disciples so others can see Him.

Sunday, June 10th at 10:45 a.m.
Upside Down Kingdom (Luke 18:15-30)

As Jesus continues on His way to Jerusalem, He teaches His disciples and others about the kingdom of God. In Luke 18:15-30, Jesus astonishes His disciples when He turns their cultural beliefs and expectations upside down by allowing children to come to Him. Then He further astonishes them when He encounters a rich young ruler who comes to Jesus desiring to know how to “inherit eternal life.” Jesus’ answer to this man amazed everyone and turned their beliefs upside down.

God’s kingdom is open to all who accept His gift of salvation made possible by God’s Son, Jesus Christ. As we come to Him like a child and put Him first in our lives we will discover just how amazing His kingdom is.

Come and join us Sunday as we continue on our journey to learn how to be disciples of Jesus.

Sunday, June 3rd at 10:45 a.m.
Persisting in Prayer (Luke 18:1-14)

Persist is an important and powerful word. To persist means to not give up; to hold on. In Luke 18, Jesus told a story of a widow who persisted against all odds against an unjust judge. She would not give up until she received the justice she sought against someone who had wronged her. This widow succeeded because she persisted.

The lesson Jesus was teaching His disciples in this parable was how to persist in prayer.We persist in prayer by trusting God, coming before Him with a humble attitude and seeking His help for He is a just God. We persist in prayer by never, ever giving up hope or believing our God will answer our prayers. And while we wait for God to answer our prayers we are to wait expectantly.

“And now, Lord, for what do I expectantly wait? My hope [my confident expectation] is in You.” Psalm 39:7, AMP


Come and join us Sunday as we learn how to persist in prayer from the widow who did not give up.

Sunday, May 27th at 10:45 a.m.
Setting An Example (Luke 17)

  Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:15, Be very careful then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.” We, as followers of Jesus, are to be careful how we live. Jesus has called us to a different way of living in this world by setting an example. In order to know how to do this, Jesus gives us the practical guidelines we need.

  Throughout Luke 17, Jesus teaches His disciples (and us) how to set an example by positively influencing others and by watching our spirit, faith, attitude and gratitude. A life lived this way pleases God.

   However, living as Jesus taught in Luke 17 doesn’t happen automatically. Come and join us Sunday as we learn how to live life Jesus’ way by setting an example that pleases God and attracts others to Him.

Sunday, May 20th at 10:45 a.m.
The Problem with Riches (Luke 16)

    Money. It’s a topic many try to avoid. But in Luke 16, Jesus confronts others about the problem with money. He does so by teaching through two parables—one about a shrewd manager and another about a rich man and Lazarus. And although Jesus taught two different stories, the lesson He wanted everyone to learn was the same: God gives all we have to us, and we only have this life to be stewards of His gifts—including money and possessions.


     Jesus teaches that it’s not the amount of money we have been given that’s important but it’s how we use the funds and possessions God gives us. God wants us to love Him, love others and use the funds and possessions He gives us to honor Him. It’s honors God when we give back to Him a portion of what He gives us, it honors God when we use a portion of His gifts to provide for our families’ needs and it honors God when we use the gifts He gives us to help others and further His kingdom. Jesus reminds us in His teaching that we only have the time God gives us here on earth to do this. Once we die, our opportunity is gone. Then we will realize that only what we have done for Jesus in this life matters.


  Come and join us as we walk this journey together to learn how to be Jesus’ disciple. Come and join us as we encourage each other to do more to help those in need in our own backyard and around the world, and do more to further God’s kingdom so others can know Jesus.

Sunday, May 13th at 10:45 a.m.
Lost and Found (Luke 15)


  God is in the lost and found business. To illustrate this truth,  Jesus taught 3 parables in Luke 15 about things that were lost–a sheep, a coin and a son–and then found.

  The lost are those who don’t know God yet. They are separated from having a relationship with God by sin. Sin blocks them from having a relationship with God but it doesn’t keep God from pursuing them. God always pursues the ones He loves and God loves people.

  When a person who is lost takes one step towards God, desiring to have a relationship with Him, God runs to meet him or her. And then Jesus says, a party is thrown in heaven for this lost one who is now found!

   If you feel like your lost, remember that God, your heavenly Father, knows exactly where you are. He is waiting for you to want to be found by Him. Take a step towards God and He will come running to meet you. His arms will enfold you and welcome you home as His child. You may not hear the angels cheering at that moment, but they are in that party in heaven! 

  Come and join us as we walk this journey together to learn how to be Jesus’ disciple and learn more about what matters most to Him.


Sunday, May 6th at 10:45 a.m.
Consider the Invitation (Luke 14)


In Luke 14, Jesus was invited to a dinner at the home of an important Pharisee. He was invited to come to the Pharisee’s table. Even though Jesus knew the Pharisee invited Him with ulterior motives, Jesus used this time to teach kingdom truths. He taught an important lesson in compassion by healing a man who was present at the meal. He taught about the importance of humility in God’s kingdom.


Jesus also taught about accepting God’s invitation to come to His table. Come is one of God’s favorite words. Come is a warm, inviting word but it is also a word that requires a response. When God says, Come, He is asking us to decide our destiny by accepting His Son, Jesus. Although God invites all people to come to His table, His invitation is not a summons. Therefore, each person is free to accept or reject God’s invitation.


Jesus says to consider the invitation carefully before you accept it. God’s grace saves all who accept His invitation by believing and receiving Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Then the journey of being a disciple of Jesus Christ begins.


For the rest of the meal around the Pharisee’s table, Jesus explains the cost of being His disciple. But all the costs of following Jesus are minimal compared to being at God’s table in heaven.


So come and join us as we walk this journey together to learn how to be Jesus’ disciple and grow in His love. Come to God’s table. There’s room for you.


Sunday, April 29th at 10:45 a.m.
Who Shall Be Saved? (Luke 13)


In Luke 13 Jesus teaches how important it is for those who believe in Him to change.Throughout this chapter Jesus states over and over again that we must repent, which is to CHANGE the way we think and act. True disciples of Jesus change.

  To illustrate how important it is for His disciples to repent and change, Jesus taught a lesson about a fig tree. We are to change just like a seed that is planted in the soil changes as it grows into a tree that eventually produces fruit.

   Come and join us as learn how disciples of Jesus can change. Come and learn how to produce fruit for God’s kingdom that will make a lasting difference for and with Jesus. 

Sunday, April 22nd at 10:45 a.m.
Your Heart and Your Treasure (Luke 12)

      Jesus was steadily making His way to Jerusalem to face the cross. He knew His time with His disciples was growing shorter and shorter so He focused on teaching them as much as He could about God’s kingdom. 

   In Luke 12 Jesus teaches His disciples that …where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (34). Jesus wants them (and us) to know that what we treasure will possess our hearts  because what we treasure becomes what we trust in.

    Jesus teaches us that we are to send our treasures ahead to heaven where they won’t decay or be stolen. In order to do that, we must treasure what Jesus treasures and release treasuring material things (which cannot be sent ahead to heaven).

  Come and join us as we worship our God Sunday and learn with us what Jesus truly treasures and how we can send our treasures ahead to heaven.

Sunday, April 15th at 10:45 a.m.
The Power of Prayer (Luke 11)

      Jesus’ disciples had grown up reciting morning and evening prayers with their fathers. But they recognized that Jesus’ prayers were different. They saw and heard Jesus’ passion when praying to God. They wanted the same connection He had with His heavenly Father, so they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. That is when Jesus taught the disciples what we know as the Lord’s Prayer.

     This prayer is simple, yet powerful. It shows what we believe about God and our view of Him. It encompasses everything we need to live our lives loving and pleasing God. It teaches us how to forgive others and ourselves and much more. It is our model prayer from our Lord.

     Come and join us as we worship our God Sunday and learn how to pray and why prayer is so vital to our relationship with Him and His Kingdom.

Sunday, April 8th at 10:45 a.m.
Choosing What is Best (Luke 9:51-10:42)

  We all make many choices on this journey called life. Some choices are easy. Some are more difficult. The ability to make choices was given to us by God. We must use this privilege carefully by making the best choice possible in all situations. 

From the end of Luke 9 through chapter 10 we find many making choices–including Jesus. Jesus always made the best choice in every situation He faced.

The best choice we can make in life is to believe in and follow Jesus. He IS the best choice. Following Jesus is a choice that is well worth the cost. It’s the choice that will change our lives and us if we choose to do it.


   Come and join us for worship Sunday as we learn how to follow Jesus and make the best choice.  

Easter Sunday, April 1st at 10:45 a.m.
Religion or Relationship?

 Many people believe that religion as it relates to God just involves the practices and rituals that are done for God and in His name. The problem with religion arises when we the practices and rituals are done without Jesus, God’s Son.

On one side is religion–something. On the other side is Jesus–Someone we can know and trust. Jesus wants to have a relationship with us. He wants to be our first love. He wants to be the center of our lives. When that happens then all the actions of religion have meaning, purpose and the right focus. They will be the ways we show our love to Jesus.

So is it religion or relationship? It’s both with Jesus!


   Come and join us for worship Easter Sunday as we celebrate our risen Lord and learn how to have a relationship with Him. It’s all about Jesus. It always has been. It always will be.  


Sunday, March 25th at 10:45 a.m.
A Journey With Dr. Luke:
Mountaintops and Valleys (Luke 9)

 There comes a time in our walk with Jesus when we move from learners to applying what we learn. In Luke 9 the disciples experienced just that when Jesus sent them out in pairs to minister in His name with His authority. They got to experience the mountaintops and valleys of sharing the gospel and ministering to others.

The disciples would experience many more mountaintops and valleys as they continued to follow Jesus. As so do we. The mountaintops are where our Lord Jesus renews our strength and prepares us for the valley that lies just ahead. But it’s when we’re in the valleys the Lord really grows us–usually through some painful or difficult experience. In the valleys of our life, our Lord reshapes our hearts to be more like His. The valleys are not painless places but they are good places. 

   Come and join us Palm Sunday as we study the the lessons learned by the disciples as they follow Jesus through the valleys and up to the mountaintops and how they apply to our lives.


Sunday, March 18th at 10:45 a.m.
A Journey With Dr. Luke:
The Healing of Two Daughters (Luke 8:21-56)


 In Luke 8:25 the disciples ask, Who is this?, after Jesus commanded the wind and waves to be still and they obeyed Him. At this point the disciples were just starting to learn who Jesus is. Jesus would spend most of the rest of His time on earth proving who He really is–The Son of God, the Christ. 

   In Luke 8, Jesus proves to His disciples that He is Lord of creation, He has power over evil spirits, He is Lord over illness, He is Lord of life and He is Lord over death. Jesus proves to them that He is Christ!

  We too can know who Jesus is. We can know Him as Christ. We can learn from the lives Jesus touched in Luke 8–the man possessed by evil spirits, the woman healed after a 12 year struggle with a bleeding problem, and Jarius’ little daughter. They knew after their encounter with Jesus that He  is the Christ.

  Come and join us Sunday as we study the lives Jesus touched in Luke 8 in order to know Him more and discover who He really is.

Sunday, March 11th at 10:45 a.m.
A Journey With Dr. Luke:
What Type of Soil Are You?
(Luke 8)

Jesus enjoyed teaching the crowds that followed Him as He traveled during His ministry years. One day Jesus taught a parable using a farming example to compare 4 types of soil to the 4 types of people who hear God’s Word.


Jesus begins by saying that God is the One who sows the seed, which is His Word. As He sows some seed falls on the path or on rocky soil or among thorns or on good soil. Jesus then explains that each place the seed falls represents a different type of person who hears His Word.


But it is only the good soil that produces a harvest for God. These are those who hear His Word and retain it. They keep growing in their faith by getting God’s Word into their hearts and allowing it to change them. Then they practice God’s Word by sowing the seeds of God’s love, mercy and justice into others. And as they persevere in doing this, they are letting the Light of Jesus shine through them, drawing others to Him. As a result, there will be many who receive God’s Word (Jesus) and start growing and sowing God’s seeds too. This is the harvest Jesus said the good soil would produce.


Come and join us Sunday as we learn how we can be the good soil and produce a harvest for God.

Sunday, March 4th at 10:45 a.m.
A Journey With Dr. Luke:
A Righteous Response: Ready Repentance
(Luke 7)


  In Luke 7, Jesus teaches the importance of ready repentance for disciples of every generation. Jesus begins by healing a centurion’s daughter and raising a widow’s son from death. Then Jesus stops and gives a teaching lesson about the importance of heart repentance. This all important lesson was followed by a beautiful heart showing the disciples (and others) what true repentance looks like in action. And this beautiful heart has spoken to disciples across the generations. 

  Come and join us Sunday as we dig deeper into God’s word and learn to live life Jesus style.



Sunday, February 25th at 10:45 a.m.
A Journey With Dr. Luke:
The Upside Down Kingdom (Luke 6)

    In Luke 6, Jesus teaches a lesson for disciples of every generation. He begins by stating the blessings promised to those who belong to the Kingdom of God and ends with the values expected of those who belong to God’s Kingdom.

   However, the blessings are not what we would expect. That’s because the Kingdom of God is upside down in comparison to the kingdom of this world. Jesus tells us that we are blessed when we are poor, hungry, when we weep and when people hate us because we belong to Him.

   Then He calls us to a higher standard by telling us those in God’s Kingdom must live differently than those who are not. We are to reflect the character of our heavenly Father by showing love and mercy, giving generously and being people of integrity. We are to obey His teaching even while living in this fallen world.     

  Easy? No. Possible? Yes, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

     Come and join us Sunday as we dig deeper in God’s Word to learn how to follow and obey Jesus as God’s Kingdom people living in a fallen world.

Sunday, February 18th at 10:45 a.m.
A Journey With Dr. Luke:
Are You Willing to be Made Able? (Luke 5)

    In Luke 5, Jesus called His first disciples. These disciples followed Jesus because they were willing. They were willing to leave everything in order to follow Him.

    The first step in following Jesus is to be willing, which always involves leaving something behind. Jesus may ask us to leave our career, our home, our country and follow Him. We also must be willing to leave our destructive choices, anger, bitterness, hatred, and more.

    Then as we follow Him, He will transform us into able disciples. Jesus will make us:

*able to forgive

*able to be healed

*able to repent

*able to surrender

*able to follow

*able to love

*able to share the gospel

*able to ________________

     But we will never be able disciples until we are willing disciples.

     Come and join us Sunday as we dig deeper in God’s Word to learn how to follow Jesus as His willing disciples.

Sunday, February 11th at 10:45 a.m. 
A Journey With Dr. Luke:
On a Mission with Jesus (Luke 4:14-44)

In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus announces His mission statement to His hometown synagogue in Nazareth:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

 And from that moment on, everything Jesus did fulfilled His mission statement. 

  Jesus’ mission statement always addressed the spiritual, physical, and social realms of life. Jesus wants His mission and kingdom to affect every part of life–then and now. 

  As Jesus’ disciples, we know He has saved us. We also know Jesus has saved us for a reason. He saved us so that we can  join Him in His mission. Jesus made the world a better place by bringing God’s kingdom to earth.  By following Jesus and joining our lives to His mission, we can make this a better world too for future generations.

Come and join us Sunday as we dig deeper in God’s Word to learn how to join Jesus in His mission.


Sunday, February 4th at 10:45 a.m.:

A Journey With Dr. Luke: Showdown in the Desert (Luke 4:1-13)

   After  Jesus is  baptized, the Holy Spirit leads Him into the desert.  Jesus, always  obedient to God in all things, lives in the desert for 40 days. During this time he fasts from all food. 

    At the end of His fast, the devil comes and tempts Jesus. And thus, begins the “Showdown in the Desert.” The devil is God’s enemy so he goes after the One God loves most–His Son. 

The devil entices Jesus to sin by tempting Him physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But each time he fails because Jesus uses the Sword of the Spirit, God’s Word, to counter his attacks. And in so doing, Jesus shows us how to resist temptation. 

    We must use God’s Word as our sword to resist temptation. But to use God’s Word we must know it. As the psalmist states in Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” 

   Come and join us Sunday as we dig deeper in God’s Word to learn all the lessons found in the “Showdown in the Desert” (Luke 4:1-13).

Sunday, January 28th at 10:45 a.m.:

A Journey With Dr. Luke: The Beauty of Baptism

    In Luke 3 we read about Jesus’ baptism. Jesus, God’s Son, was obedient to God in all things. 

  For those who believe in and follow Jesus baptism is a sign of repentance and true transformation. We proclaim to all that our heart belongs to Jesus and commit to follow Him the rest of our lives. Baptism is a symbol of the incredibly beautiful work God is doing inside of us!  

   Come and join us as we journey with Dr. Luke to learn more about the beauty and importance of baptism. 

Sunday, January 21st at 10:45 a.m.:

A Journey With Dr. Luke: Forever Faithful

  We can learn much from the lives of those who lived during New Testament times, such as Anna and Simeon.

    Simeon and Anna were two elderly, godly people who remained faithful to God throughout their entire lives. And because of their constant love for and devotion to God, they were privileged to see the infant Jesus, God’s Messiah. Simeon got to hold the infant Messiah in his arms as tears of joy streamed down his cheeks. And as Simeon was loudly prophesying about God’s Son, Anna joins the group. She begins worshiping God in a loud voice, praising Him that the long awaited Messiah had now come. 

   Mary, Joseph and those present would never forget this special moment–the day they came to the Temple to dedicate Jesus to the Lord and received special gifts from these two precious, elderly people who most overlooked on a daily basis. But because of their faithfulness, Anna and Simeon also received a special gift from God. They were privileged to hold and sing praises over the One many had waited for–God’s Messiah.

  Simeon and Anna teach us that even into old age our faith matters. Their lives, lived so long ago, encourage us to remain forever faithful. And maybe, on a day we least expect it, we too will receive an extra special blessing from God. For God indeed rewards the faithful. 

    Come and join us as we journey with Dr. Luke to learn more about Simeon, Anna and the faithfulness of Jesus’ parents during His early years. They all were forever faithful and we can be too. 

Sunday, January 14th at 10:45 a.m.:

A Journey With Dr. Luke: 2 Miracles Babies and 3 Songs!

We can learn much from the lives of those who lived in  New Testament times.  Elizabeth and Zechariah teach us much about persistence in prayer and continuing to follow and serve God even when we don’t understand why our prayers aren’t answered.

   Elizabeth and Zechariah teach us that we can trust God with our prayers. We can trust Him to answer in the way that is best and in the right time because we know that God always does what is good for us.

  Elizabeth and Zechariah also teach us that sometimes God’s answers our prayers in amazing ways. John, the son that was born to them, was the answer to their prayers. John, who was named by God, was called “a prophet of the Most High” who would pave the way for the Messiah! John was born for a special purpose. And so were we.

   Come and join us as we journey with Dr. Luke to learn more about John and another miracle baby who was also born at just the right time and to just the right parents for a very special purpose. 

Sunday, January 7th at 10:45 a.m.:

A Journey With Dr. Luke!

  As a doctor, Luke was naturally a seeker of truth. He had to ask his patients questions, listen to their symptoms and then determine the treatment needed to help them return to health. When Luke befriended Paul, he again became a seeker of Truth.

    On his journey to Truth, Luke interviewed many eyewitnesses, asked many questions, documented his research in an orderly way so each person who read his gospel would know who Jesus Christ, the God-Man was, would know the costs of following Jesus and could make their own decision about Jesus based on truth. Luke had become a lover of God and it was his desire that others would become lovers of God too by accepting and following his Son, Jesus. And that needs to be our desire too.

   We can invite others to ask us how we came to believe in Jesus. We can share how our questions and searching led us to the Truth. We can tell our story so that others can become lovers of God too.

   Come and join us as we journey with Dr. Luke to discover Truth–Jesus, the God-Man .

Sunday, December 31st, at 10:45 a.m.:

New Year–New You!

Happy New Year! 2018 is filled with 365 brand new days that have not been lived yet. We have all those days ahead of us to enjoy the new gift of another year God has made ready for us. We all like new things don’t we? Did you know that you are made new when you believe in Jesus?

2 Corinthians 5:17, Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.

It’s a new year and you can be a new you—with Jesus. We can all be new creations each and every day with the inner power and strength of the Holy Spirit working in and through us. But there’s more!

Ephesians 3:20, Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power He can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God is able to do “INFINITELY MORE” [that’s a whole lot of more!] than we can ask or image! God wants us; He invites us to dream big! Don’t just supersize your dreams. God size them! You were created for more! You were made a new creation for more!

Come and join us as we discover what “more” Jesus has in store for us.

Sunday, December 24th, at 10:45 a.m.:

The Star: A Journey to Christmas

Today on the last part of our journey of following the star this Advent season our hearts are filled with great excitement as we celebrate God coming to our world. Our journey of hope, love, joy and peace has led us to the manger in Bethlehem where the source of all good gifts lie. Jesus, the Son of God, is our hope, love, joy and peace! Jesus is God’s perfect Light–the Light of His God’s Love. When we allow the Light of Christ to shine in us, we carry His hope, love, joy and peace in our hearts as we journey out into the world with our way lit by Jesus, the true Light of the world. O come Lord Jesus, our Emmanuel and fill us with the Light of your Love, Joy, Hope and Peace.

Come and join us on our journey to Christmas as we make room in our hearts for Jesus, God’s Son, who is the true reason we celebrate Christmas.

Sunday, December 17th, at 10:45 a.m.:

The Star: A Journey of Peace

The message brought by the angels to the shepherds on the night Jesus was born was a message of peace: “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests’” (Luke 2:13–14).

Jesus stepped into our world that first Christmas and He knows our world is in desperate need of peace! But true peace is found only in one place. Jesus! Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Peace is not just a feeling or a state of being. Peace is a person! Jesus’ peace is still available to us today even though we have hardship, troubles and fear because peace is not the absence of trouble but it is the presence of God. Jesus is the source for all peace—Peace with God, Peace with ourselves and Peace with others. In the midst of the not-so-peaceful moments this Advent season, turn to Jesus and pour out your heart to Him. Trust in His ability to handle things no matter what, and find peace in His goodness and faithfulness—knowing that it’s going to be okay no matter what, one way or another, because He’s holding you. This Christmas season let your hearts be ruled by the Prince of Peace and experience the gift of peace that Jesus promised when He left the earth. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you,” He told His disciples. “I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

Come with us on this journey of peace and discover how you can be filled with God’s peace.


Sunday, December 10th, at 10:45 a.m.:

The Star: A Journey of Joy

Today on the third Sunday of Advent, we are continuing our journey to Christmas and the celebration of Christ’s arrival. Today we are on a journey to joy. On the night of the first Christmas the angel appeared to the shepherds watching their flocks in the field and delivered the most wonderful message that was full of joy: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger,” (Luke 2:9–12).The angel’s message was not just for the shepherds. It is a message for all people, for all time. Come and join us as we learn more about this “good news that will cause great joy.” Come with us on this journey of joy and discover how you can be filled with God’s joy.


Sunday, December 3rd, at 10:45 a.m.:

The Star: A Journey of Love

This second Sunday in Advent finds us continuing on our journey of following the star to Bethlehem where we discover Love. In the manager at Bethlehem we find Jesus, God’s Love with skin on. God is love, and He sent His Son, Jesus, as a gift of love to us to be our Savior. Because of Jesus, we can have a relationship with our loving God today, tomorrow and forever. God pours His Love into our hearts as we follow Jesus. As God’s Love flows in our hearts, it changes us. And as His Love overflows in our hearts, it spills out and helps us to love others–even those who are unlovely. We can love the unlovely with God’s Love and the help of the Holy Spirit in us. Come and join us as we learn more about God’s love and why His love is truly the entire reason we celebrate this season. God loves you. Sunday, November 26th, at 10:45 a.m.:

The Star: A Journey of Hope

This Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent season. The word “Advent” is a version of a Latin term, which means “coming.” The weeks of advent mark our journey of following the star to Bethlehem to behold the coming of Jesus, our Savior, Light of the World, and giver of hope. This first Sunday of advent reminds us we journey towards hope with hope. Our journey involves finding hope while living in a world that is very dark. Our journey also involves waiting. Yet we don’t wait without hope. We actively wait for Christmas, pausing in the hustle and bustle of the season to breath in deeply the hope our Savior came to give us. And then as we continue on our journey, we actively wait for His second coming when our hope will be realized. Jesus is the hope that will give us strength for our journey through Advent this year and all the years to follow. Come and join us as we learn how to live with the hope Jesus gives us and to actively wait for His return. Sunday, November 12th, at 10:45 a.m.:


Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 16:24, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” To follow Jesus we must learn to deny ourselves or in other words, to say “no” to what we want and “yes” to what He wants. Andy Stanley, the Christian pastor and speaker, says that at some point in our Christian journey we will want to hit the “unfollow” Jesus button. It will come at a time in our life when our faith clashes with our plans or what we want to do. It will be when following Jesus costs us something. That will be the day we all will have to decide if we will continue to follow Jesus or unfollow Him. Either decision comes with a cost. Come and join us as we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn more about following Jesus and how to avoid hitting the “unfollow” Jesus button.


Sunday, November 5th, at 10:45 a.m.: Experiencing the Holy Spirit in Prayer In 2 Timothy 1:6, Paul told Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you.” The “gift” Paul is referring to is the Holy Spirit. We to encourage each other to “fan the flame that is in” us. We need the Holy Spirit’s power to revive us. Jesus said the Father will give the power of the H0ly Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13). Revival starts with prayer–with asking God for the power of the Holy Spirit to come and revive believers. But this revival must start in our hearts first. We need to pray for the Holy Spirit to revive our love for the Lord and for others.We need to pray and ask God to make us witnesses of the gospel through the love and power of the Holy Spirit. We need to pray. Prayer is a life-line not only for us but also for others! There are many lost people in this world who are waiting for us to share Jesus with them. It’s time to pray. It’s time for revival in our hearts, country and world. It’s time to “fan the flame within us” and let revival begin. Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn more about the Holy Spirit and how we can experience Him through prayer.


Sunday, October 29th, at 10:45 a.m.: Experiencing the Holy Spirit Scripture tells us that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts. At that moment, the Holy Spirit also gives us at least one spiritual gift to use for God’s glory. God has a tailor made plan for each of our lives and using our spiritual gift(s) is part of that plan. We are to use our spiritual gifts both inside and outside the walls of where we worship. The church isn’t a building. The church is all the people who believe in and follow Jesus. God calls us to serve as His church. And that means we are to be servants. Jesus said in Matthew 23:11, The greatest among you will be your servant. Serving isn’t something we do. A servant is who we’re called to be.We are to be spiritual contributors and not spiritual consumers. We are to serve God and others, to make a difference in our world, and do it all for God’s glory. Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn how to be a spiritual contributor by being servants of our Lord.


Sunday, October 22nd, at 10:45 a.m.: Experiencing the Holy Spirit in the God’s Word Scripture tells us in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active…”. Jesus said in John 6:63, “…these words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.” One of the names of the Holy Spirit is Breath of God. He is the one who breathes life into God’s Word and makes it alive and active. The Holy Spirit teaches us God’s Word in order to “train us in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16b). The more we read God’s Word, the more we understand that God’s Word is most concerned with the person we become. We are to follow Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit through God’s Word to mold and shape us to become like Jesus. This is only possible when our hearts are willing and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn more about the Holy Spirit and how we can experience Him through God’s Word.


Sunday, October 15th, at 10:45 a.m.: Experiencing the Holy Spirit in the Gospel We receive the Holy Spirit into our hearts the moment we believe in Jesus as God’s Son, our Savior, and become a disciple of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is God and loves variety and creativity. Therefore, we can experience the Holy Spirit in the many creative ways He reveals Himself to us. One of those ways is through the gospel, which is the good news of our salvation by Jesus dying for us on the cross, forgiving our sins, and raising to life again. Through the gospel, the Holy Spirit invites us into relationship with God the Father and God the Son (Jesus), other believers, and with Himself. Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn more about the Holy Spirit and how we can experience Him through the gospel. “New Sermon Series: “The Holy Spirit” starts Sunday, October 8th Who is the Holy Spirit? He is the third person of the Trinity–God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also the first of many gifts that God gives us when we become a follower of His Son, Jesus Christ. We can know the Holy Spirit better through His names. The Bible gives us many insights into the character of the Holy Spirit through His names. As we get to know Him better we will come to agree with the author J.D. Greear who states, “The Holy Spirit in us is better than Jesus beside us.” Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn more about the Holy Spirit and how He works in and through us as we follow Jesus.


Sunday, October 1st: Expectations We all have expectations. We have expectations of ourselves and others. We even have expectations of God. And expectations can cause problems when they are not met. If we honestly evaluate our expectations, we will realize that we need help with them. There is only One who can help us set healthy expectations of ourselves and others and that is God. We can trust God to do just that. Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn how to follow Jesus better. Sunday, September 24th: Today’s sermon, “Levels of Ownership,” gives us a new, deeper look at the prodigal son parable from Luke 15:11-32.

Come and join us as together we dig deeper into God’s Word to learn how to follow Jesus better.


Sunday, September 17th:

“Who Am I?” sermon series conclusion: “Living My Identity in Christ.”

The Holy Spirit lives in us and gives us the power we need to live out on a daily basis our identity in Christ.We have the power to walk in Christ as we believe our identity. We can experience the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:17, If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.


  We are a new creation when we belong to Christ. We can believe and let the promises God tells us in His Word  define us. We can let His love change us into the people He created us to be. We can fulfill the purpose God gave each of us and that is to bring Him glory.

  We bring God glory by loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; loving people with our words and our actions; and being His humble disciples. When we live out our identity in Christ in this way, we make a difference for Christ, the world notices, and God receives the glory.

      It’s time to believe our identity in Christ and to live it out daily for God’s glory.  Come and join us as we learn to be His humble disciples by growing deeper in love with God and loving people.


Sunday, September 10th:

“Who Am I?” sermon series: “I am secure.”

    People everywhere long to be secure in all aspects of their lives. But there is only one place we can be secure and find absolutely security always and that is in Christ.

    God defines our identity in His Word. He tells us that if we belong to His Son, Jesus, then we are secure in Him. Nothing or no one can take our identity away from us. Our identity is secure in Christ.

   God longs for us to accept our identity and live as His beloved child. God invites us to take His hand and journey through life with Him. He will never let go of us. He promises.


Psalm 63:8, I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 73:23, Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.

So take God’s hand and come and join us as we listen to His voice–the voice of Truth–and discover that we are indeed secure in Christ.

Sunday, September 3rd:

“Who Am I?” sermon series: “I am accepted.”


All believers in Jesus Christ are accepted. Because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, we are justified, redeemed, forgiven, loved and accepted by the Father. God says we are called His children.


1 John 3:1-3,

See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are…Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And every one who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.


God’s Word is full of promises that describe who we are as His children that are in Christ.  God wants us to accept His truth about our identity in Him and live as His children.


Come and join us as we worship our Lord and discover what God says about us in His Word, the Truth, about our acceptance in Christ.

Sunday, August 27th:

“Who Am I?” sermon series: “I am significant.”


  All believers in Jesus Christ have significance and are significant. God’s Word tells us we have value and worth in Christ. We can’t earn our value or our worth. Our value and worth–our significance–is not the result of anything we’ve done or not done.  We didn’t earn it so we can’t take credit for it. Our significance, is found in Christ. Jesus Christ made it possible for us to have significance when He took our sins upon Himself and died on the cross for us.  The moment we believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, our Savior and Lord, we receive significance because we now belong to Him. We are now “in Christ.” 

  Come and join us as we worship our Lord and discover what God says about us in His Word, the Truth, about our significance  in Christ.  

Sunday, August 20th:

New Sermon Series, “Who Am I

Who am I? It’s a question most people ask themselves at least once in their lives. We want to know who we are at the true core of our being. 

  If we let the world define our identity, or our  circumstances, or what people say about us, then we are listening to the wrong voices. Our true identity can only be found in Jesus Christ. Jesus is Truth. If we listen to His voice, the voice of Truth, we will know who we truly are. As we believe who Jesus says we are, we will live life differently because we know who we are and whose we are.  We will never again

 have an identity crisis.

  Come and join us as we worship our Lord and learn who we truly are in Christ. 

Sunday, August 13: Off The Rails

Our Children’s Church ministry, Kid J.A.M (Jesus And Me) will be leading every aspect of Sunday worship! The children will be teaching us more about Jesus and how to live for Him through one of their “Off the Rails” Bible lessons!

    Our worship service will end with two new believers in Jesus being baptized! It’s going to be a wonderful day of praising and worshiping our great God!

  Come and join us as we learn how to be disciples of Jesus  and celebrate our Lord.

August 6, 2017: To the least of these  

  We are to love our Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength. And because we love Jesus, we want to do what He tells us to do. One of the most important things He commanded all His followers to do is found in Matthew 28:18-20.

   Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

  Jesus said “Go!” It’s a commandment. Jesus was sent to us, and now He sends you and I to the world. We are all missionaries who are to intentionally take God’s love in Christ to people—to our neighbors, our relatives, people that we meet, people across the planet.

   In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

   Our focus is always to be outward, not inward. Meeting the needs of people and making disciples are what we are to be all about. It’s what Jesus commanded us to do.

   Come and hear how our amazing God is using ordinary believers like you and I to go into all the world and make a difference for Him.

July 23, 2017

We welcome Rev. Ebenezer Appiagyei from New Hope-Warren who will be bringing our morning message on Faith without limit (Mark 2:1-12) .


July 16, 2017

Rev. Rufus Kahn from Liberia will be sharing how God is moving in his home country and be delivering God’s Word.

Who is This Man? Series!

Jesus came as a baby in a cradle with the sole purpose of saving us by enduring the cross. His focus was always on the cross.
Beginning January 8th, we will learn more and more who Jesus is by studying His names in Scripture. God wants to teach us who His Son truly is as we learn the names of Jesus.
Our series ends on July 9th as we learn the last name of Jesus in our series, I AM.


Who Is This Man? I AM

(July 9, 2017)


   Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man, the God-Man, is I AM. Jesus Christ proves over and over again in Scripture that He is I AM not only through His teachings but also through His actions. Many were touched by the God-Man and they were never the same. Zacchaeus, the lepers, the bind, the demon possessed, Lazarus, and many others were changed forever.

   If we allow Jesus to come into our hearts, we also will never be the same again. Jesus, the I AM, offers us freedom, forgiveness, redemption, healing, love and mercy. He wants to free us from the oppression in our hearts and lives. He wants to fill us with His love and grace.

  Take Jesus’ hand today and let Him lead you into freedom. All things are possible when you allow the God-Man in your life. Come and let I AM change you into the person He created you to be.



Who Is This Man? Son of God, Son of Man

(July 2, 2017)

  The great, awe-filling, majestic truth is that Jesus is both the Son of God and the Son of Man. Jesus is human and divine. He is God living in human flesh. “The second person of the Trinity came down from heaven to become one of us so that we could be one with Him” (Ann Spangler).

    As God’s Son, Jesus always addressed God as His “Father.” He used the word, Abba, which means “Daddy” to express His relationship with God (Yahweh). This is how Jesus wants us to think of God.

   “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit, who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Galatians 4:6). We have the privilege of calling God “Abba” and being his children. This is all made possible by believing Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins on the cross.

    And as the Son of Man, Jesus relates to us in our humanness because He shared in our humanity. He knows what it is like to be human. Therefore, Jesus can relate to everything we experience—sorrows, sufferings, pleasures, successes—and much, much more.

   Jesus is truly the God-Man and we are called to seek Him. We seek Jesus to learn more about Him so we can live life His way. We can come to Him with our hearts and lives trusting that He will help us one day at a time.


Who Is This Man? Prophet, Priest

(June 25, 2017)

  In ancient Israel there were three main offices or positions—Prophet, Priest and King. There was only One person who was all three at once. And that One person was Jesus Christ.

   Jesus as a Prophet was different than all the other prophets. He is the only Prophet who not only perfectly revealed God’s Word, but who perfectly revealed God!

   Jesus still continues to reveal God to us in His Word. Jesus is our Prophet and we are to listen to Him. God says, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!’ (Matthew 17:5)

   Jesus is our Prophet. And He is also our Priest. In the Old Testament, the role of the priests was to represent the people to God by offering sacrifices, prayers and praises on their behalf. Hebrews 4:14-16 tells us that Jesus is our Great High Priest.

   Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God…

   As our High Priest Jesus gave Himself as the last sacrifice every needed for sin. Through His sacrifice, Jesus accomplished what no human high priest could ever do by becoming our Savior and opening the way to eternal life for all who believe in Him.

   Jesus, our Great High Priest now invites us to come to the throne of grace where He is ready to give us mercy and grace because He loves us. God is love. There is no longer anything that prevents us from coming to Him and receiving His mercy and grace. There is nothing we have done, thought, or left undone that is beyond the reach of God’s mercy and His grace.

   Come to Him today and receive His mercy and grace. Begin the journey of understanding, really understanding, the love that forgives you and sets you free. Let His love change you into the person He created you to be—His beloved.


Who Is This Man? Son of David

(June 18, 2017)

  Jesus is called the “Son of David” in Scripture. The Jews knew that when the Messiah came, would be a direct descendant of King David, Israel’s greatest king. How did they know that? Because of a special promise God had made to King David centuries earlier.

   2 Samuel 7:16. “Your house (royal dynasty) and your kingdom will endure forever before Me; your throne will be established forever.”

   God’s promise to king David was fulfilled through Jesus, God’s Son. Jesus is the “Son of David,” the Messiah. He desires to reign in our hearts.

   B. Simpson once said; “You can take Christ as the King of your life by giving Him your difficulties and adversaries to overcome, and permitting Him to subdue all His enemies and yours and reign as Lord of all. Everything that comes up in your life is but another opportunity to giving him a larger and richer crown.”

  Jesus Christ wants to be the King of our lives. He wants to reign over our loneliness, our sorrow, our hurts, our weaknesses, or whatever we need to give Him. We can speak to Him about each one in prayer, letting Him know that we believe He is the “Son of David,” the Lord who is able to heal and deliver us.

   Today, may we cry out to him the same way those who sought His healing did many years ago, “Jesus, Son of David! Have mercy on me!” May we cry out believing Jesus is Messiah, the only One able to heal us and make us whole. May we come to Jesus knowing He is the only One who can restore our hope. Cry out to Him today and experience His love and healing power in your life.

Who Is This Man? Bridegroom

(June 11, 2017)

Weddings are joyous occasions. In all cultures, brides are beautiful and the bridegroom and bride only have eyes for each other on their special day. Jesus identifies Himself in the Bible as our Bridegroom.

Luke 5:34-35, Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”

Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom and we, the Church, are His bride. Do you hear the whispers of love from Your Bridegroom? Do you see the joy in His eyes as he looks at you, His bride?

When Jesus, our Bridegroom, looks at us He sees us clothed in white garments of His righteousness, loving Him, and making ourselves ready for our wedding day. He can hardly wait for that day to arrive and neither can we! As Jesus’ bride we need to keep watch and get ready for our Bridegroom.

On the day Jesus returns we will be invited to attend the wedding feast of the Lamb. On this day, our relationship with Jesus, our Bridegroom, will be fulfilled beyond our greatest dreams, our deepest longings.

The Bridegroom and His bride–the eternal love story.

We WILL live happily ever after!

Who Is This Man? Alpha and Omega

(June 4, 2017)

Jesus Christ states in Revelation that He is “the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. The One who was, who is, and who is to come.” Jesus Christ is infinite, eternal, and is not bound by time but we humans are finite and confined to time.

Since we are bound by time, one day our time on earth will end. Those of us who believe in Jesus and follow Him do not have to fear this day because we know that Jesus is already there. He knew us before we were conceived in our mother’s womb. He loves us with the greatest love we will ever know. And on that day, when our earthly life is over, Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, will welcome us home to live with Him forever! That amazing day will be our last ending and a new beginning all at the same time! Amen!

Who Is This Man? Friend

(May 28, 2017)

We all have friends. We all need friends. There is one Friend though that is different from our human friends. This Friend never disappoints us. He is always loving, always kind, always tells us the Truth. He believes in us and always wants the best for us. He always keeps His promises. Even when we aren’t true to Him, this Friend forgives us and will never leave us.

Who is this Friend? Jesus.

Jesus, the Son of God and Man, invites us into a relationship with Him. Imagine! We’re invited to have a relationship with the God-Man! He invites us to be His friend! Jesus is the greatest Friend we will ever have.

Jesus is our BFF!

Who Is This Man? Lord

(May 21, 2017)

“Jesus is Lord!”

What does it mean for believers to say, “Jesus is Lord?” In order to answer this question, we have to understand what pleases our Lord Jesus.

Our Lord Jesus is pleased when He is the center of our lives. That means we are to live as the first believers did. Jesus was the very center of their lives. They did everything “in the Lord.” They lived, worked, prayed, suffered, loved, and much more “in the Lord.”

Our Lord Jesus is also pleased when we obey Him. Jesus said in Luke 6:46, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” We must obey the Lord Jesus and the only way we can do that is with the help of the Holy Spirit.

As we keep striving to please our Lord Jesus, we will find ourselves developing a deeper, more intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We will also discover that we are living the abundant life Jesus promised us as we continue to please Him.

One day we will kneel before the Lord Jesus and proclaim with all people in heaven and on earth that, “‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:11b). We will live forever with our Lord Jesus! Oh glorious day!

Who Is This Man? The Lion of the Tribe of Judah

(May 14, 2017)

Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

“’Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.”

The apostle John was told to look up and see the Lion of the tribe of Judah who was able to open the scroll, but when he looked he saw a Lamb. How can He be both? Jesus is indeed the Lion but He is also the Lamb. The good news is that Jesus, as both the Lion and the Lamb, meets us where we are and helps us to become more and more like Him.

Who Is This Man? Bright Morning Star

(May 7, 2017)

In Revelation 22:16, Jesus appears to the apostle John and speaks these words: “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright Morning Star.” (NRSV)

Jesus says that He is the bright Morning Star. In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

Jesus is Light. He is the One who announces a new day is here just like the morning star does in the western sky every day. He desires that we keep growing in His Light as we follow Him every moment of our lives. We can keep growing by practicing His presence and saturating our minds with His Word.

Jesus wants us to keep growing in Him so that we can take His message of hope to the ends of the earth. We are not to keep His Light to ourselves. We are to share His Light and Love with those who don’t know Him yet.

Our time to share Jesus with others with our words and actions is growing short because the Morning Star will return someday soon. Then He will bring a day that never ends. He will be our Light in heaven as we bask in His presence forever.

Who Is This Man? Cornerstone, Capstone
(April 30, 2017)

In Scripture Jesus is called the Cornerstone and Capstone.

Wikipedia defines cornerstone, as the first stone set in construction of a masonry foundation, important because all other stones will be set in reference to this one, thus determining the position of the entire structure. A cornerstone can also be called the foundation stone.

Many places in the Old and New Testaments, God’s Word identifies Jesus as the Cornerstone.

Isaiah 28:16

So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.”

Scripture tells us that Christ is the foundation for all who would believe in Him. He is the first “stone” set in what would become His Church.

1 Corinthians 3:11

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Christ is a very unique Cornerstone. Because He is alive, He is our “Living Stone.”

1 Peter 2:4-5 tells us that all those who believe in and follow Christ are called “living stones.” We are part of the living structure that Jesus is building. This structure has its beginning foundation on the Cornerstone, which is Christ Himself.

It is an honor, privilege and a responsibility to be a living stone in Christ’s Church. It is a joyous task to build our spiritual houses, which are our lives, to be like Jesus. It all starts with the foundation, which is Christ Himself.

Building our spiritual houses (our lives) is a life long journey. Throughout this journey we must constantly keep adjusting our lives to Christ—to His Truth, His ways, His will. He doesn’t adjust to us; we must adjust to Him. As we do adjust to Him, we will discover He transforms us step-by-step to be more like Him.

Keep following Him and discover the joy of His presence changing you every day until the wonderful day He calls you home to be with Hm forever.

Who Is This Man? Rabbi, Teacher  (April 23, 2017)

  Jesus is our Teacher and Lord. Jesus tells His disciples in John 13:13, “You call me Teacher and Lord–and you are right, for that is what I am.” As our Master Teacher we are to learn the lessons Jesus teaches us and we are to do what He teaches us to do. In other words, we are to do His will.   Jesus used many teaching styles when He taught but parables were His favorite. He would teach a parable using an illustration from everyday life to help those listening understand the spiritual truth He was teaching.   For instance, in the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-11), Jesus uses the example of farming. The farmer sows the seed. Depending on what type of soil the seeds fell on determined    if or how the seeds grow. In this parable Jesus is really teaching the four ways people can respond when they hear the Gospel (the seed)–when the Gospel is shared with them.   The same is true today. The question for us to ask is: How do I respond when hearing the Gospel? What soil am I in this parable?   If we are the good soil, then we choose to hear the Gospel, accept it and live it. When we do that Jesus says we will produce a bumper crop, a huge harvest, for His kingdom. We will keep sharing the Gospel in word and deed, in good and difficult times. We will not give up or turn away from our faith. We will persevere knowing that the hope we have in our hearts remains regardless of our circumstances.   Today, take the time to read the Parable of the Sower. Let the spiritual lesson Jesus is teaching sink down into your mind and heart. Don’t hurry. Rest a while as you study Jesus’ words. Let His Truth speak to you and teach you. Learn His Truth and live it.

Who Is This Man? The Gifts of Easter  (April 16, 2017)
The song, “How Many Kings” written by Downhere reminds us:
“How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only wanted that for me”
Our Father God gave up His Son for you and for me. For all who will believe that His Son is God in human flesh who stepped down from His royal throne to save us from sin and death. Our King did this for us to bring us salvation. We are saved—no longer a slave to sin and sins final result—death. We are free from guilt, condemnation, fear. Our salvation is a gift. We can’t earn it. We can’t buy it. We can only believe in Jesus and receive it. And Jesus gave us this gift when He willingly went to the cross in our place. His gift of salvation is truly amazing grace.
What gift will we give our Lord Jesus this Easter? If we have already given Him our heart what more is there to give? We will learn Easter Sunday there are many gifts we can give our Risen Lord! 

  Who Is This Man? He Chose to Give Us Victory (April 9, 2017)

Most of us have experienced at least one tragedy in our lives. We’ve experienced something totally unplanned and unexpected—a cancer diagnosis, the betrayal of a friend or spouse, the death of a loved one, a car crash, and much more. Tragedy happens and we’re in shock and numb with unbelief. Then waves of grief hit and hit hard. We cry out, “What is happening?” or “Why did this have to happen?”

  That’s exactly how Jesus’ disciples felt when He died. They experienced the tragedy of Friday and the numbness and grief on Saturday. They didn’t realize it yet but they were in God’s waiting room. They couldn’t see it yet but triumph was just around the corner.   God took the tragedy of His Son’s death and turned it into triumph for all who believe in Him–then and now. In this way God took away Satan’s power to accuse you of sin, and God openly displayed to the whole world Christ’s triumph and the cross where your sins were all taken away. (Colossians 2:15). But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! (1 Corinthians 15:57, The Message). Through the tragedy of the cross, sins are forgiven and guilt and death are conquered for those who believe in and follow Jesus Christ. Jesus triumphed over the tragedy of the cross!   But there’s more. God can take any tragedy and turn it into something good (a triumph) in our lives. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28). “All things,” even tragedies can be woven into something good when we love God and follow Him.   So if you are in God’s waiting room today, somewhere between the tragedy and the coming triumph, hang on. Don’t leave God and give up. Stay near Him. Wait with hope knowing God always keeps His promises. Sunday’s triumph is coming for you too.  

Who Is This Man? Servant, Man of Sorrows       (April 2, 2017) Jesus was the greatest of all servants. Scripture tells us He was the Man of Sorrows. He suffered much when He chose to come to earth and live as the God-Man. He was the Suffering Servant.    When He lived in His human body, Jesus experienced pain—physical and emotional. He experienced hunger, thirst, fatigue, rejection, betrayal, temptation, and much more.    Jesus came to serve and not to be served. And as believers in Jesus, we are to follow and imitate Him. We are to be servants of Jesus and follow Him. Period. Wherever He leads we follow. We are His servants and He is the Master. We, as His servants, are to follow Jesus’ lead and served others.    John 12:26, Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.    To be servants of Jesus also means we can expect to experience what Jesus experienced—we will experience suffering, physical pain—hunger, thirst, fatigue, and much more. We can expect to experience rejection and possibly betrayal. We can expect to be tempted.    Jesus, the Christ, knows everything we experience and has proved that we can trust Him by fulfilling over 300 prophecies from the Old Testament in His life. Why did He do this?    Because He wants His followers to know that He can be trusted. He is who He says He is! He is Messiah! And we can trust Him!     Don’t we want someone to trust? And don’t we need someone to trust who is bigger than we are? Aren’t we tired of trusting things and people? We need someone we can trust!    We need Someone who understands us. Someone who can empathize with us. Someone who will show us compassion, yet help us—not enable us. Someone who will love us forever. Someone who will forgive us. Someone who keeps His promises. We need Someone to save us! We need Someone who will help us grow! We need Someone we can trust!    And that Someone is Jesus! We need Jesus! Jesus, and only Jesus, is Who we need.
Who Is This Man? Savior (March 26, 2017)

  There are many things in our lives that we are given no choice. We don’t get to choose who are birth parents are, we don’t get to choose the color of our skin, the shape of our nose, the size of our feet, or what continent and country we are born in. We could fit many other items into this list of choices we don’t get to make.   But there is one choice we do get to make. It’s the all important choice. We get to decide where we will spend eternity. That all important choice hinges on who we believe Jesus is. Do we believe He is the Son of God, our Savior, the Christ, that died for us on the cross, who forgives our sins  and who gave His life so we could live ours in true freedom for Him. Jesus is the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life. Yet He grants us the freedom to accept or reject Him.   Today, may you make the best choice you’ll ever make–choose Jesus. He is the only One who can save you from sin and death. Choose Jesus. Live and grow in His love a bit more each day until the day He calls you to come home to Him in eternity. Choose Jesus and truly live. Who Is This Man? Redeemer (March 19, 2017)   God, our Father, has redeemed us through the life of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Living Redeemer. Jesus Christ has redeemed (ransomed, freed, rescued, unchained) us from sin and death.    He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin. Colossians 1:13-14   And since Christ has redeemed us we are to live like redeemed people. God’s Word instructs us how we are to live as redeemed people.    I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God–what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2    For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying  for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.  Colossians 1:9-12.   We are redeemed to love, serve and to become more like Jesus Christ. Who Is This Man? Logos (March 12, 2017)   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) Jesus Christ is the Word, the Logos. The apostle John wrote his gospel to testify to the fact that Jesus was the God-Man–fully human and fully divine. John personally knew Jesus–a human he loved very much. But John also knew Jesus was the Christ. Jesus was God’s speech, God word to man–the Living Word (Logos)–able to speak living truth so that we can understand God’s mind and heart.      Jesus is the son of God and the Word. We need to listen and obey His life-giving message–the Bible. We need to let His words sink down deep into our souls.   We need to study His words so that when the storms of life come we can reach down and speak life into ourselves in order to dispel fear. Jesus, the Word of God gives us His word as a weapon to use during these challenging times of our lives. He also gives us His word to comfort us, help us grow and to persevere until the end.      Today, let Jesus, the Living Word of God, speak life into your soul by reading , studying, memorizing and obeying His words (the Bible). Let His word remold you into the person He created you to be. 


Who Is This Man? Messiah, Christ (March 5, 2017)   Christ and Messiah both mean “Anointed One.” Jesus Christ then is Jesus the Anointed One. Anointed One refers to someone who has been set apart for a special purpose.    God’s Word tells us that Jesus as Christ or Messiah is intertwined with serving, suffering, rejection, death and resurrection. Christ calls those who believe in Him to follow Him.    What does following Jesus look like? Jesus tells us: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me,” (Mark 8:34). We are to follow Jesus, our Messiah. He does not follow us.      To follow Jesus is to lay down our selfishness, our self-centered wants and desires and replace them with Jesus’ wants and desires. To follow Christ is to allow Him to be the center of ALL our life. He directs our steps and we willingly follow because we trust Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. We know Christ will bring into our lives only what is good–even if at times it comes in the form of pain, suffering, or rejection.      As we follow Him and give ourselves away we will find that we gain so much more than we ever thought possible. To our human way of thinking it doesn’t make sense but it works in God’s kingdom. God’s ways work! Our final gain will be the day we receive the most precious gift of all from Christ–eternal life. We get to live with Christ forever and ever! Whatever the cost of following Christ is for each of us as we take up our cross, it will all be worth it on that glorious day! 

Who Is This Man? Prince of Peace (February 26, 2017)

  Many people are looking for peace. But true Peace is found here: 

For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. 

  To find peace and have peace in our hearts and lives we need turn to Jesus Christ, the Son of God who is the Prince of Peace. Peace isn’t a location. Peace is a Person! Jesus IS Peace!

  As we seek His help, we can grow in the Peace that the Prince of Peace gives us through the Holy Spirit. We can have Peace with God, Peace with ourselves and Peace with others. 
Jesus promises us: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27). Believe in Him, follow Him, and have Peace.
Who Is This Man? King of kings (February 19, 2017)

   Jesus is our Friend. He is our Lord and He is our King. But even more, He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. (Rev. 19:16)

    Jesus is the only King who was willing to leave His home, come to earth and live as the God-Man, and die for those He loves. God the Father has honored Jesus and given Him a name that is above all names (Philippians 2:6-11). One day “every tongue [will] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

  What is our response to the love King Jesus has for us? We are to worship King Jesus. We worship Jesus in many ways but the best way is by putting Him in the center of our lives. Jesus wants to be in our family, in our work, in everything! There is no better way to honor and serve  our King.


Who Is This Man? Lamb, Lamb of God (February 12, 2017)
Jesus is called the Lamb and Lamb of God in Scripture. There are many references in the Old Testament to the lamb and they are true of Jesus. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. God sent His Son to be our perfect “lamb” to forever take away sin.

Jesus is the Lamb of God. Through His sacrifice we are made holy, and blameless in the sight of God. God loved us so much that He sent His Son who was innocent of all sin to die on the cross for our sins That is what love looks like. Love does not usually look like Valentine’s Day every day—big hearts, soft teddy bears and chocolates. True love is built on sacrifice. Jesus’ sacrifice allows us to be reconciled with the Father. His sacrifice frees us from our sin. The Lamb of God willingly gave Himself for us. When we belong to Jesus, God sees us washed clean by the blood of His Son, the Lamb. He sees us covered in His Son’s righteousness, which means He sees us as His pure, spotless child. We all have a choice as to how we respond to our God who loves us more than we can imagine; our God who sent His Son, the Lamb of God, to die on the cross in our place.

Who Is This Man? Physician (February 5, 2017)

   Jesus is the greatest physician that ever lived.  He healed many freely, without any charge when He walked this earth. God sent His Son to save us from our sins. Sin always brings with it pain and suffering. Jesus knew that. That is why healing is an important part of his mission.

Luke 4:18-19, 

  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me . He has sent me to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release t the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Jesus wants to heal all those who will come to Him. Jesus wants us to bring all our hurts–physical, spiritual, emotional–to Him. He invites us to seek His healing, trusting Him to do what is best in our lives. Simply put, we seek His healing and accept His answer.

    Jesus, our Physician, invites us to come to Him. He wants us to draw close to Him and abide in His presence. In His presence we can find healing for our souls.  Come to the great Physician, the lover of your soul,  and let His healing process being in your heart and life.

Who Is This Man? Bread of Life (January 29, 2017)

Jesus, God’s Son who was born in Bethlehem which means, “House of Bread,” and slept in a manger (a feeding trough!) said in John 6, “I am the Bread of Life.” He didn’t say He gives the bread. He said He IS the bread.

   Jesus, the Bread of Life, promises all of us who believe in Him to make us complete. While physical food is important spiritual food is most important. We cannot live spiritually without Jesus; He is the Bread which satisfies the eternal hunger of our souls. 

   Jesus also promises us eternal life. Jesus promises that He will accomplish the work that God the Father sent Him to do. He gives eternal salvation to all those who believe in Him and follow Him! In Jesus, God becomes flesh—everlasting love, that stretches across the huge chasm of death and reaches toward us to save us.
   Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is heaven’s bread. He is the answer to all our souls hungers for. Believe him. Listen to him. Feed on him. Receive His gift of eternal life.
Who Is This Man? Child (January 22, 2017)

  Christianity is not a religion—it’s a relationship that started with a child! That child was Jesus. Jesus understood what it was like to be a child because He was one.

   But Jesus was not an ordinary child. His mother was a young Jewish girl who was a virgin and His father was God! Jesus was fully dependent as a child on His Father and His human parents This extra-ordinary child who grew to be our Savior and Lord, changed the word for everyone—especially children.    Jesus tells us that if we want to receive His kingdom we must come to Him as a little child. We must come to Him vulnerable, dependent on Him and with humility, be willing to follow and serve Him. Jesus says whoever comes to Him in this manner is great in His kingdom.    Matthew 18: 1-4, “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.    May we all follow and serve our Lord Jesus with the heart of a little child.  

Who Is This Man? Light of the World (January 15, 2017)    Jesus announced in John 8:12, “I AM the light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
  Jesus is light and in Him is no darkness. When we follow Jesus His light shows us the path to follow so that we never get lost. His light will lead and guide us to where He wants us to go while providing comfort and protection.
  Jesus promises to be with us forever therefore, we will always have His light. His light shining in our hearts IS the “light of life”. The Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out as we cooperate with the Light of Life, molding us in to the masterpiece God created us to be.
   The Light of the World longs to live in each one of us and help us to reflect His light into the darkness in this world.
Who is This Man? Immanuel   (January 8, 2017)
  Immanuel, “with us is God” is one of the many names given in Scripture to describe Jesus, God’s Son. God desired to be with us so much that He sent His Son to us. Jesus, Immanuel, was born fully human and fully God. He truly is “God with us.” Once we believe in Jesus, we are never alone. He is always with us.
  Then why do we struggle living as if this Truth was not true? Perhaps as we grow older we focus so much on the harshness in this world that we begin to wonder if God is truly with us. But God promises He is never absent in our lives. Never.
  Perhaps it’s His children that are absent. Perhaps His children are absent especially in these harsh areas and harsh times that need God’s presence so much.
    We, God’s children, have Immanuel, “God with us” all the time. We have Immanuel in us all the time because God’s Spirit lives in us. God tells us that we are to share Immanuel with the world by reflecting the image of Jesus to those in need. The impact we have as believers when we live our lives believing God is always with us is truly unlimited.
  Let’s remember that Immanuel is always with us no matter what we are experiencing. Let’s believe His promise to never forsake us and share His Love and Light with those who don’t know the joy of belonging to Immanuel.  Together, God’s children can  diminish the harshness in our world with God’s Presence.  
Exercising  our Faith   (January 1, 2017)
We, as believers, are to exercise our faith. How do we exercise our faith? Jesus told us we are to scatter seeds. Matthew 13:31-32, He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. (CEV) 
  Jesus is telling us that we are to share our faith (i.e. scatter seeds) with our words and with our actions everywhere we go. We scatter and God brings the growth. But growth doesn’t happen over night. It takes time and obedience. It takes “on purpose” obedience.
  So let’s scatter our faith on purpose. This new year, let’s love God and others by serving on purpose. If we do, then God promises to bring amazing results.  
An Ornament of God’s Tree   (December 25, 2016)
We, as believer in Jesus, are ornaments to the doctrine of God our Savior!
Titus 2:10b, “…in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior.”
  The doctrine Paul is speaking of is the Gospel, the good news, the salvation story which is what Christmas is all about. It’s all about Jesus, Our Savior, bringing salvation to the world from the cradle to the cross. This salvation is a precious treasure we have as an ornament that belongs to Jesus. 
  As His ornament we are to reflect His Light the same way our Christmas ornaments reflect the lights on the tree. We are to shine His Light into the hearts of people everyone, but especially those who do not have His Light yet.
  This Christmas let’s shine the Light of Jesus wherever we go. Let’s be an ornament that becomes a tree of life to many. For it is Christmas every time you let Jesus love others through you.
  Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the [consistently] righteous is a free of life, and he who is wise captures and wins souls [for God–he gathers them for eternity.” (AMP)
Every Heart A Manger   (December 18, 2016)
  The Christmas story is the story of God’s amazing love for us. How does God show us that He loves us? God chose us to be with Him. He made that possible by sending His Son to earth to redeem us–to purchase us.  Then He planted us in the perfect place in this world so that we could share His love with others. What an amazing love story! And it all began with the birth of God’s Son on that first Christmas.
  When Jesus was born so was our hope. Jesus, the Son of God, our Savior, came to earth wanting to be received by every heart. He wants every heart to love Him, believe in Him and hope in Him. He wants every heart to be His manger.
   Jesus wants to be born in you today. All you have to do is open your heart to Him and believe. Let Him love you, heal you and free you to be the person He created you to be. Let your heart be His manger this Christmas and all the Christmas’ that follow  until He brings you home to heaven.
God Guides the Wise   (December 11, 2016)
  There are many lessons to be learned in the Christmas story of Luke 2 and Matthew 2. Today we focus on the lessons learned from the Magi.  The wise men acted with humility their entire journey to find the King of the Jews. They never deviated from their path nor let trials keep them from reaching their goal. Herod on the other hand, was the complete opposite. He operated out of consuming pride. It was always his way or the highway–which was usually the highway of death for those who disagreed with him. Herod led a miserable life and died a miserable old man.
  Today we have a choice–humility or pride. God has much to say in His Word about both. God opposes the proud but teaches, leads and rewards the humble. Jesus said, “I am gentle and humble in heart.” (Matthew 11:29). This Christmas season, let’s choose to be like Jesus and have a humble heart. Like the Magi, let’s let nothing keep us from finding our Lord and worshiping Him. 
Worship Works Wonders   (December 4, 2016)
  Have you ever pondered how everyone involved worshiped the night that Jesus, God’s Son, was born? The magi worshiped by believing the King of the Jews had come, traveling many miles to kneel before Him and giving Him extravagant gifts that He was worthy of.  Mary worshiped by believing God’s message and being obedient to God’s will even though it wasn’t easy for her. She worshiped by caring for God’s Son before and after He was born. She gave the gift of herself and her heart. Joseph worshiped through His obedience to God’s will to be the earthly father of His Son. He worshiped by giving up his plan for God’s. He gave the gift of submitting to the Father for the good of His Son.
  The angels worshiped that night. They praised the King of kings who was born to be the Savior of the world. They gave the gift of praising the One who is worthy of all praise. The shepherds also worshiped God that night. They worshiped by believing the angel’s message and obeying. They worshiped by giving encouragement to Mary and Joseph as they reported what the angel had told them. Later they worshiped by praising God out loud as they made their way back to their sheep.
  How do we worship our Lord and Savior? Do we sing or shout our praises to the One who is worthy to receive them? Do we kneel before Him in humble adoration? Do we bring Him the gifts He asks for–all our heart, soul, mind and strength? Do we share Him with others to encourage them?
  How will you worship the King of kings this Advent season and all the days after? Don’t let the busyness of this Christmas push worship out of your schedule. Stop–and worship. Stop several times a day and remember the One who is worthy of worship. Tell Jesus you love Him frequently. Give Him the gift of all of you. As you do, you will find that worship truly works wonders. 
God has a Face (November 27, 2016)

      God chose to enter our world  in order to save us. Jesus, God’s Son, was born that first Christmas as a baby who was fully human and fully God. Because God became one of us, he understands everything about us. He knows our joys, sorrows and struggles. And He is the only One who can give us hope. God brought Hope to us that sacred night many years ago and His hope remains. We can live life with His hope in our hearts regardless of our circumstances. Our God is always with us and for us. Always.
     The road to Bethlehem teaches us that God has a face. On that first Christmas Mary gazed into the face of God as the Savior of the world rested in her arms. 
     If you haven’t gazed into the face of God for a while take time today to do so. Look into Jesus’ eyes and find everything you need for this Christmas and all the Christmas’ to follow.
Celebration of God’s Names!   (November 20, 2016)
  Today we will be culminating our study of getting to know God better through His names by celebrating our great God through song. Great Christian song writers both past and present have blessed us with many songs that describe our LORD GOD through His names. Come and join us  as we honor and praise God by worshiping Him in song. 
What’s in a Name? Ish  (November 13, 2016)
One of the names of our LORD GOD is “Husband,” which is Ish in Hebrew. In the book of Hosea, God provides a parable of His relationship with Israel in a unique way. He has Hosea and his wife, Gomer, be a living parable to those He wants to reach. Gomer’s unfaithfulness to Hosea represents Israel’s unfaithfulness to God.  Hosea’s faithfulness and love for Gomer regardless of how she responds is a reflection of God’s faithfulness to Israel…and us. God loves us. Period. His love is not based on what we do but who He is. God is love. He loves us unconditionally. He cannot love us more than He does right now. God may not love everything we do, but He always loves us. We need to allow that thought to soak into our minds, hearts and souls. God loves us! And when we finally begin to understand how great His love is for us, then we will respond with love back to Him.
   Is it really that simple? Yes, it is. Learn how much God loves you. Believe it. Live it. And then you will learn to live in that love as you walk with Him, following His lead each and every day.

What’s in a Name? Ruach Qodesh (November 6, 2016)

Ruach Qodesh, The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He is the Spirit of Truth. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would come when He went away. He promised the Holy Spirit would come to those who believe in Him and be with them forever. Then Jesus gives us more promises about the Holy Spirit. He told us the Holy Spirit would be our Helper, our Comforter, and our Counselor. He also told us the Holy Spirit would give us power. He gives us the power we need to change from the inside out–to become more like Jesus. He gives us the power to share Jesus with others in what we say and what we do. We need the Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives. We need to rely on Him every day. There is no greater way to live than by following Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.


What’s in a Name?  Yahweh Shammah (October 3o, 2016)
Yahweh Shammah,The Lord is There! In every storm, trial and test The Lord is there holding on to us. We just need to step back and feel His comfort, let Him take the wheel. We must be faithful not only during the good times, we must be faithful in the hard times too. We must be faithful at ALL times!
What’s in a Name?  El Elyon (October 23, 2016)
     One of the names of our LORD GOD is El Elyon, which means the “Most High God.”  Our God is above everything and everyone. He is the Sovereign God and He is absolute power combined with mercy, love, justice, kindness and goodness. El Elyon, The Most High God, will not share His glory with anyone. He, and He alone, is God.
    Our all-powerful, sovereign God tenderly cares for those who humble themselves before Him. El Elyon loves and cares for us so much that He sent Jesus, His Son, to save us from our sin and make a way back to His heart. Jesus Christ is the only One able to do that because Jesus is the Son of the Most High God. God tells us in His Word that those who believe in His Son, Jesus, and live for Him are called “children of the Most High” (Luke 6:35-36). As God’s children, we are to reflect the character of His Son to the world. This is a precious act of worship to the God we love and serve.
     We are also to praise our great God. Psalm 7:17 tells us, “I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.” (NRSV)
     God Most High, El Elyon, is the only One worthy of worship. He is the only One worthy of our praise. He must be Most High in our hearts and lives. Nothing else must come before Him.
What’s in a Name? Yahweh Tsidqenu  (October 16, 2016)
One of the names of our LORD GOD is “The LORD Our Righteousness,” which is Yahweh Tsidqenu in Hebrew. God is our righteousness and He gives us His righteousness through His Son, Jesus Christ. When we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God gives us the gift of His grace–His righteousness. Then we begin our journey of learning to live a life of righteousness.
What does it mean to live a righteous life ? It means hungering and thirsting for righteousness as Jesus said in Matthew 5:6. It means being in a right relationship with God and others. It means cooperating with the Lord as He remolds us to reflect the heart and character of His Son, Jesus.  We are on  a journey of pleasing God and what pleases Him the most is when we become like His Son.
However, imitating Jesus is only possible as we submit to the Holy Spirit who lives inside every believer. We must allow the Holy Spirit to live and love through us. Then others will be attracted to God’s heart as they see the Love and Light of God shining through us. We are not here to push people away from “The LORD Our Righteousness” but to help draw them to Him.
Daniel 12:3, “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the starts forever and ever.”  
What’s in a Name?Shophet (October 9, 2016)
What’s in a name? Shophet–Judge.
One of the names of our LORD GOD is judge which is Shophet in Hebrew. God as our Judge, is our Ruler. He presides over all His creation. He is a God of justice.
   As believers, we are called to be ministers of justice. We are to care about what the Lord cares about–helping the poor, feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, clothing the poor, visiting those who are in prison and those who are sick, providing for the orphans, widows, and children.
    At the end of time, everyone will stand before our Judge and give an account of his/her life. There will only be two groups before the Judge–believers and unbelievers. Believers have their names written in the Book of Life and will receive their reward of eternal life. Unbelievers will be separated from God and all that is good for eternity.
   Thankfully, God, our Judge, is patient. 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT), “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.”
  God desires that no one will be separated from Him forever. Therefore, we who believe in Him are to share Jesus with those who don’t believe yet. We are to live our lives for God in front of others with humility. We are called to pray for unbelievers to change and turn to God, to accept His Son and live for Him.
   Keep praying and watch God move. He is a compassionate Judge who sent His Son as Savior to the entire world. Let’s pray the world accepts Jesus and lives for Him.
What’s in a Name? Maon, Machseh, Magen, Metsuda, and Migdal-Oz (October 2, 2016)
   There are several names of God that reveal characteristics about our God that are similar, such as: Dwelling Place (Maon), Refuge (Machseh), Shield (Magen), Fortress (Metsuda) and Strong Tower (Megdal-Oz). All of these names convey that our God is a God of safety and security. He is the one who surrounds us with His protection in the storms of this life. When the storms of life are raging or the storms within us are raging we all need a safe place to go for help.
  Where do you need God to be your dwelling place, refuge, shield, strong tower and fortress? Where are the storms of life battering you with fear or oppression? Whatever the storm is know that God is bigger than any storm. We can run to Him and be safe.
    “You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.'” Psalm 91: 1-2
  We can stand on the promises He gives us in His Word. We can rest in His presence.
  “Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. with long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.” Psalm 91: 14-16
    Let God be your Refuge, Shield, Dwelling Place, Fortress and Strong Tower.
Trust Him at all times to be who He is. He will never fail you.
  “In every soul testing trial, the believer must find strength in a refuge greater than himself.” Steven Lawson 
What’s in a Name? El Chay (September 25, 2016)
   El Chay,  is the Hebrew name for our God that means “Living God.” 
  Jeremiah 10: 10, “But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King. When He is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure His wrath.”
  Our Living God is not dead. He is alive and working inside each and every one of us who have come to Him in faith. Mark 12:27 tells us that God is not the God of the dead but of the living. Scripture also tells us that if we belong to the LORD, then we are a temple of the Living God. We are to dedicate our lives to our LORD GOD. When asked, we are to be prepared to explain the reason for our faith in  our living God.
  We are a living, breathing testimony to our Living God through the words we speak and the things we do–our actions. In fact, our actions speak louder than our words. When we live our lives for our Lord and follow His loving leadership, others will see that we truly do love our Living God. If El Chay, is in our heart then it will be apparent to others through what we say and do.
  Our great God is alive and He is working in all of us who have given Him our hearts and lives. He is patiently waiting for all to come to Him, the Living God.
What’s in a Name? Melek (September 18, 2016)
  Melek means “King” in Hebrew. God is our King. The LORD GOD, our King, is unlike any human king. He invites us to come boldly to His throne of grace to find help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).  Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, we have access to the throne. Our King knows everything about us and loves us anyway. Our King is a God of righteousness and justice. He never sleeps but He is always at work drawing us out of the darkness and into His Light. Our King invites us, His children, to join Him in the work He is doing in the world. It is a privilege and an honor to serve our King.
   Jesus prayed, “Our Father, who are in Heaven, holy is your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We are to join our King in bringing His kingdom here to earth. That means we are to join Him in bringing righteousness and justice to our world. It starts with us, the person we see when we look in the mirror. We are to turn to Jesus and cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He changes every part of our heart and mind to come in line with God’s way of thinking and acting.
  We are to go. Go where? Into the world and share Jesus with others in word and action. We are to take the hope that we have (Jesus) and share it will those  that need Him so much.  We are to serve like Jesus did. In His name, we are to provide the basic needs of the poor–food, clothing, water, shelter; we are to fight injustice wherever it is found. We are help alleviate the suffering in our world–spiritual, physical, mental and emotional.  No one can do everything but if we all so something we will make a difference for Jesus here and now. 
   When Jesus returns as King of king and Lord of lord or when He calls us home individually there will be no more changes to serve Him here on this earth. Our time is very short and we need to be about our King’s business.    We need to start living each day on purpose for Him.  Start today joining God in His work and make a difference for King Jesus. It’s not a duty. It’s a privilege. And it’s all for Him.
What’s in a Name? Yahweh Roi (September 11, 2016)
Yahweh Roi means “The LORD is my Shepherd.” In John 10, Jesus announces, ” I am the Good Shepherd.” Jesus is the One we can trust and count on all the days of our lives. He only wants what is good for us. He is our Shepherd who loves us. And how much does He love us? He loves us so much that He was willing to die for us.
                 The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
Jesus willingly died for you and for me. He went to the cross because of love. Because of His obedience to the cross, we can come to Him and receive forgiveness, receive mercy, receive the help we need on a daily basis to live life here for Him and receive the promise of eternal life with Him. He is calling to us, “Let me be your Shepherd. Just come to me.”
Do you hear Jesus’ voice calling to you? Do you recognize His voice calling amid all the other voices calling to you in the world today? Is the Lord your Shepherd? Do you belong to Him? The Good Shepherd longs for you to know Him. He already knows everything about you and loves you anyway.
For those who have come to Him and belong to Him, He says, “I’m here. You have opened the gate and I’ve come to be with you. I know you. I know all about you. I want you to know me. Give me all that is on your heart, all your worries. I can handle them and lead you into a better way to live. I, and I only, know what is best for you. You can always trust me. Come and follow me, your Good Shepherd.”  
What’s in a Name? Yahweh Roi (September 4, 2016)
Yahweh Roi means “The LORD is my Shepherd.” It is a great honor and privilege to belong to the LORD, our Shepherd. Psalm 23 provides us with much insight into those privileges as we follow our Shepherd wherever He leads us.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

  Because the LORD is my Shepherd I am content with whatever He gives me and wherever He leads me. The LORD my Shepherd always leads me forward. When I look back, I only see goodness and mercy following me. He is my Guide and I follow Him joyfully–even through the valley of the shadow of death. Why? Because I know I will be with Him forever. I get to live where He lives forever! I say “thank you” to My Shepherd a lot. I want to be with Him all the time. I love to hear His voice calling to me, saying my name, telling me how much He loves me. And all those who belong to Him especially love it when He sings. We become very still and quiet and just let His beautiful, loving voice wash over us.      The LORD is my Shepherd. He is all I need and all I want—Forever.
What’s in a Name? Yahweh Tsuri (August 28, 2016)

Yahweh Tsuri means “The Lord our Rock.” Our God is a safe God. Our God is a secure God. He is our foundation. He is our shelter from the storms of life. There is no God like our God! God is our Rock! 1 Samuel 2:2: “There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”

Our God, Yahweh Tsuri, is our security. We can trust Him at all times. He is faithful. He always keeps His promises. We can depend on Him. He loves us more than we could ever image and invites us into a relationship with Him. David understood this when he poured our his love and devotion to God in Psalm 18:1-3,

    “I love you, O Lord, my strength.The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my  deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved from my enemies.”
Jesus is the Rock of our salvation! Jesus calls us to build upon His steady, secure, faithful and loving foundation. He invites us to build our lives on Him, the Rock.
Matthew 7:24–27

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”

If we choose Jesus–to believe in Him, follow Him, and obey Him one day at a time, we will be building on lives on Him. As we grow in His love with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will find ourselves changing. Then when the trials, tribulations and tragedies of this life come we won’t fall apart because we have built our lives on Christ. On Christ the solid Rock we stand. There’s no better place to be.
What’s in a Name? Yahweh Tsebaoth (August 21, 2016)

Yahweh Tsebaoth means “The Lord of Host,” and sometimes is translated, “LORD God of Hosts” or “God-of-the-Angel-Armies.” Yahweh Tsebaoth is our powerful and mighty God, our God who commands the hosts of heaven and all of creation to accomplish His purposes. Yahweh Tsebaoth also fights our battles for us. Many in the Old Testament knew this fact–David when he went against Goliath, Elisha when attacked by the King of Aram and King Jehoshaphat when preparing for an attack. In 2 Chronicles 20:15 after King Jehoshaphat has poured out his heart to the Lord for his people, he receives this message from God:

  “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat:    Thus  says the Lord to you: ‘Do not fear or be dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours but God’s.'”
  Instead of focusing on how impossible our problem  or battle is we need to focus on how big our God is! We are instructed to take our battle position–stand still and know that God is God (Psalm 46:10-11),  to put on our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-17) and keep our eyes on the the Lord. God is not only with us but He will fight our battles for us.  
  Whatever we are struggling with today, we need to remember our God is Yahweh Tsebaoth, the Lord of Hosts and nothing is too difficult for Him.
What’s in a Name? Yahweh Shalom (August 14, 2016)

Yahweh Shalom means “The Lord is Peace.” The LORD GOD, the Father, Son and Spirit give us peace as a gift. We only need to receive peace. The LORD GOD wants us to receive Shalom—to live in His presence, to be healthy, whole, calm, to experience all that Shalom means. But how do we do that? To receive the Shalom Jesus longs to give us in our hearts and lives we are going to have to get rid of some things and add some things to our lives. We will need to work at deleting sin with the help of the Holy Spirit and commit to a life of holiness. We will need to delete fear, anxiety and worry. And we will need to delete busyness. What do we need to add to experience Shalom? We need to add practicing the presence of God. We need to seek the Lord and show Him that we love Him by spending time with Him—especially regular time alone with Him. During our special time with God we develop our relationship with Him through talking with Him (prayer), listening to Him, reading His Word (Bible), being silent before Him, and much more. We need to give Him our undivided attention. We need to add listening to music that honors God to our lives. We are responsible for what type of music our ears hear and as parents, we are responsible for what type of music our children’s ears hear also. Listen to music that honors God.  We also need to add being with Christians—at weekly worship, in a small study group, with an accountability partner, celebrations, etc. As we delete and add these things to our lives we will begin to experience Shalom. Shalom comes from making God THE priority in our lives, by living in His presence and by walking on the path of holiness.  

What’s in a Name? Qedosh Yisrael (August 7, 2016)

 Qedosh Yisrael means “Holy One of Israel” and it is a title given to our LORD God. Our Lord God IS the Holy One. Holiness is who He is! And God calls those who belong to Him to be holy: But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”   1 Peter 1:15-16
    We are told in God’s Word to pursue being holy and live a holy life. But we don’t pursue it alone. We pursue it with Jesus and the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us. Jeremy Camp sings a song called “Same Power.” He sings, “The same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in us.” Do you believe this truth? The Holy Spirit lives in you if you have given your life to God through Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the One who gives us the power to change the way we think and act. He gives us the power to live life God’s way.
  After we accept Jesus our lives should constantly be changing. We should be growing to be more like Jesus everyday. We are to be living lives that can be examined by anyone at any time, without any embarrassment. A commitment to holiness means having a life that is always an open book for anyone to read.
      Jesus calls us to make a difference in this world for Him and we can’t do that if we are like the world. We do that by being like Jesus and Jesus is holy. A holy life is a beautiful life.  It’s a fun life!    It’s time to commit to a life of holiness. There’s no other way to live if you belong to Jesus. Start today to live life His way and soon you’ll discover peace and joy you never experienced pouring into your soul. The One Holy of Israel is anxiously waiting for you to take the first step.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, “May the God who gives peace make you holy in every way. May he keep your whole being—spirit, soul, and body—blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.  The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.”
What’s in a Name? Esh Oklah, El Kanna (July 31, 2016)
 Our God is a Jealous god (El Kanna) and a Consuming Fire (Esh Oklah). God is jealous for those who belong to Him. Our jealous God grieves when we are unfaithful to Him. He commands us to love Him with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength. He wants us to be fully devoted to Him.  
  Our God is a Jealous god (El Kanna) and a Consuming Fire (Esh Oklah). God is jealous for those who belong to Him. Our jealous God grieves when we are unfaithful to Him. He commands us to love Him with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength. He wants us to be fully devoted to Him.
   Why is our God jealous for us? Because we belong to Him and He loves us! He paid the price of giving His Son so that we can belong to Him. Such a love as this is a fierce love! And His fierce love moves in our hearts and lives as a Consuming Fire to refine us–to burn away anything that doesn’t glorify Him. His consuming fire remolds us to make us more like Jesus.
   Such amazing love! May we be fully devoted to our God, our Jealous God and Consuming Fire, loving Him with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength. He is worthy of nothing less.
What’s In a Name? Yahweh Nissi (July 24, 2016)
Yahweh Nissi, “the LORD is my banner” is the name of God that reminds us that He wants us to follow Him and to keep our eyes on Him. A banner in the Old Testament times was similar to a flag. Troops would rally around the flag knowing that it represented the power and resources of the country it represented. For believers the same is true today. When we live under the LORD’s flag and follow Him, we have available to us all the power and resources of the One the flag represents–our amazing God! The LORD is truly our banner.      
  Even though every believer is in a battle (see Ephesians 6:12), the LORD promises each and every one of us victory! We must never give up or give in. We are to stay the course, walking with the LORD through the battles in our life knowing with calm assurance that He will bring the victory.  He may give us the victory over some battles in this life. But regardless, we will all be victorious when we are home with our LORD in heaven.
   May we all allow His banner of love to lead and guide us as we live for Him each and every day of our lives until we reach THE Promised Land.
What’s In a Name? Yahweh Rophe (July 17, 2016)
Yahweh Rophe, “the LORD who heals” longs to heal us in all the areas of our life where we hurt. Our LORD longs for us to be whole and healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually. Yahweh Rophe is the name of God that reminds us He is the One we can run to for healing. There is no hurt in our lives that is too big for the LORD to heal. But to receive healing we must believe the LORD is who He says He is and come to Him. The LORD wants us to trust Him with our lives and follow Him. He invites us to give Him our pain, our hurts, our scars and our sins. His arms of love and healing are always open to those who run to Him. Run to Him and receive forgiveness and healing. Yahweh Rophe, “the LORD who heals” is waiting for you.
What’s In a Name? Adonai (July 10, 2016)
Adonai, our “Lord” and “Master,” is the One we worship and adore. It is the name of God that reminds us He is the One who is in charge of our very lives. He writes the blueprint for each believer’s life and it is our privilege to follow it. Yet our Adonai always gives us the choice to follow Him or not. We either choose to follow our Lord or we make excuses as to why we will not follow Him. The basis of our decision always involves trust. Do we trust God enough to give Him the reigns and then follow Him? Do we trust our Lord enough to say, “Yes Lord” when He calls us to do something for Him? Do we believe our Lord only wants what is best for us, even when we don’t understand all the circumstances? If we answer “yes” to these questions, then following our Lord will produce the results He promises in His Word–peace, love, joy, gentleness, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control.
  Adonai, out of love, we follow You. We bow our knees and hearts to You, our Lord. There is no better way to live than to trust and obey You. Amen.
What’s In a Name? Yahweh (July 3, 2016)
  Yahweh, the LORD, is the One who spoke to Moses from the burning bush . When Moses asked the LORD what His name is Yahweh said, “I AM WHO I AM.” Yahweh
has always existed. He always will. He is present with us…always. His presence is a promised constant in our lives.
Yahweh is our God who is faithful and compassionate. He is a holy God with a holy purpose for those who follow Him. Yahweh is our Savior-God. Yahweh
wants to free us from sin. (Psalm 103:1-13)
  Jesus, God’s Son, came to our world to save us from our sins. In Luke 4:18-19  Jesus states, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Jesus is saying His mission is the same as
Yahweh’s. In John 8:58, Jesus says, “I tell you the truth before Abraham was born, I AM.” Jesus clearly tells us He is Yahweh
.  He has come to give us freedom from our sins. As we give Him our hearts, take His hand and follow Him, Jesus will save us and lead us into freedom.
What’s In a Name? Yahweh Yireh  (June 26, 2016)
Yahweh Yireh, “The Lord will provide,” is our loving God who sees our every moment and is able to provide for our needs. We trust Him to provide what is best for us. However, we must be willing to accept that what our Lord provides may not be what we think we need. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. His plan for us is always good. What do you need today? Whatever it is–physical, emotional or spiritual–you can come to Yahweh Yireh and ask Him for His help. Pour out your heart to Him for your heart is safe in His hands. Trust Him to provide what is best for you. Accept His plan as a gift of love for your heart. Then, with a heart of thanks to God, provide for someone else who has a need you can meet. One reason our Lord provides for us is so that we can help others in need. Choose to trust  and follow Him. As you imitate our loving Lord, you will find that Yahweh Yireh is truly able to provide all you need.  And all we truly need is Him.
What’s In a Name? Abba  (June 19, 2016)
Abba is our dear Father. Jesus, Abba’s Son, teaches and shows us what our heavenly Father is like. In Luke 15, Jesus taught a parable to help those who were listening and us understand what God the Father is like. His teaching shocked those who were present because they didn’t understand the Father at all. Jesus taught that our Abba  is a compassionate, loving Father who is always ready to forgive His children who come back home to Him. His grace covers everything we’ve ever done. We only need to realize that when we leave the Father we need to and get up and come back home to Him. Abba is always watching, waiting and longing for us to return. When we do come home we realize that we will never want to leave again. Our hearts are safe in Abba‘s hands forever.
What’s In a Name? El Olam (June 12, 2016)
El Olam is our Everlasting, Eternal God who was, who is, and is to come.  El Olam is not bound by time. He has no beginning, no end. He will never cease to be. He will never grow old. He is never in a hurry and He is never late. Our Eternal God is the One whose love and faithfulness lasts forever. His promises never end. The ultimate promise El Olam  gives us is the promise of eternal life. How amazing is it that we who believe in God’s plan of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and live our lives here for Him, have the promise of living with Him forever?!
What’s In a Name? El Shaddai (June 5, 2016)
El Shaddai is our all-sufficient, all-Mighty God who is bigger and more powerful than anything we will experience in this life. He provides for us and protects us. Our All Mighty God is enough. And if we truly believe El Shaddai is enough, then we will respond to any life circumstance in a way that honors Him. Not easy you say? Absolutely! But if we are to live our faith and believe our God is who is says He is (and proves He is over and over again) what other option do we really have? We could become bitter when life throws us a curve ball. That’s our choice. But does that align with our faith? Instead of being bitter we must choose to be better regardless of our situation. The stories of Abraham, Ruth and Job from the Old Testament and many heroes of the faith since then show us how to be better and not bitter during the challenging seasons of life.  During these times when we feel like we’re out of hope, we must run to El Shaddai, not away from Him. Let El Shaddai be your refuge, worship Him through your tears and trust the One who spoke the universe into being to bring good out of your situation. Remember, no matter what we experience in this life, El Shaddai is enough.
What’s In a Name? El Roi (May 29, 2016)
Have you ever been a time in your life that you just wanted to run away or to hide? Most of us have experienced that feeling at least once in our lives. Perhaps it was when a promise or dream was broken, perhaps it was when the pain of living one more day seemed unbearable, or when we had made a really bad choice and we thought hiding or  running away would give us a fresh start. Regardless of the reason, hiding or running away may  seem like it will solve our problem but it usually doesn’t. We can never really hide or run away, especially from God. God is
El Roi, “the God who sees me.” El Roi sees us when we are anxious, when we feel all alone, when we are mistreated by others, and when we make mistakes. El Roi also sees us when we pray, worship, and live our lives for Him. El Roi
sees us all the time. Period.
  God sees us because He cares about us. God  loves us, is always with us and longs to help us. Once we realize the awesome love of God, our
El Roi
, we will never want to hide or run away again.
What’s In a Name? Elohim (May 22, 2016)
Have you stopped to take in the beauty of our world lately? Creation declare the glory of its Creator.
Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God cre
ated the heavens and the earth.” The Hebrew name for God used in this verse is Elohim. Elohim is our Creator God who is all powerful, sovereign and mighty. Elohim created us because He wants to have a relationship with us. Image, our God who spoke the universe into being desires to have a relationship with us! Why? Because He loves us! God reveals His names to us so that we can truly know Him more. Elohim, our God, is on our side. He loves us and cares for us. We can trust Him. What more do we truly need?
What’s In a Name?  (Begins May 15, 2016)
Names are important. They identify us from others. Sometimes our name even describes an aspect of our character. Our name is important. But the most important name we will ever know is the LORD GOD’S name. God has revealed much about Himself to us in Scripture through His names. Through His names we can learn about God’s character, what He is like, what pleases and displeases Him, and much, much more. The more we learn about our LORD GOD, the deeper in love with Him we grow, the deeper our faith in Him grows and the more intimate our relationship with Him grows. But how do we begin? With a promise from God Himself:  “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). We must begin this journey by seeking God with all our hearts. We must want to know Him more.
  As we begin this week with The Name,
, we are doing just that. We are beginning to seek God more with all our hearts.
So What’s In A Name? Journey with us in the weeks ahead as we learn together.
Palm Sunday. The entry into Jerusalem with Jesus the Messiah riding on a donkey hearing shouts of “Hosanna to the Son of David!” and “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Jesus entered Jerusalem focused on completing the reason His Father had sent Him. He would let nothing deter Him. We too are called to stay focused—on our Lord Jesus. But how can we stay focused on Jesus each and every day? Come and join us on Palm Sunday as we learn how to stay focused on Jesus together.
  Hope is such a small word. Yet life without hope is meaningless. Where can we find hope? The world says we can find it in possessions, wealth, people, power, and prestige. But God tells us differently. At the end of our lives none of these things that provide false hope will matter. To have true and lasting hope our soul must be anchored in the Lord. It is only through Christ that we find strength through His love to persevere through the storms of life. It is only through Christ that we can know with certainty our final destination when our earthly journey is completed. Christ is our hope. He will never disappoint us. His hope is solid and trustworthy.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.”    Hebrews 6:19-2 0