Making Sense of It All & Invasion and Rescue ContinueSeptember 24, 2007
Ecclesiastes 3 is the text for our next installment of Making Sense Of It All. Studying for this one chapter has caused me to re-examine some key Christian doctrines.
Solomon says â€œThere is a time or season for everything.â€ At first glance it appears like the wise man is discussing the different seasons of life that happen upon us, but a closer examinations reveals something much deeper and much more challenging in our walk with God.
The source of these seasons may surprise you, but our response is foundational to our faith. Looking forward to our unpacking of these truths together.
Like these men, we're immersed in a sea of temptation that claims many lives daily. How could the crew take their minds off the deadly seawater and on the task of survival? What keeps us from indulging the alluring waters about us?
Survival must look beyond the immediate plight and gaze upon the ultimate goal of being rescued. Sharks, injuries, thirst, and hunger cannot block the dream of rescue without our permission.
Invasion & Rescue IISeptember 18, 2007
This second installment amplifies the struggle we face with our sins. Three key elements are necessary for the battle: Understanding the battlefield, the enemy, and our plan for rescue.
Jesus warned us to â€œwatch and prayâ€ (Matthew 26:41). What did He mean by using the word â€œwatchâ€? That will be our focus as we continue to wrap our minds around the concept of Christ invading our world to rescue us.
Please pray for me as I do the finishing work on this message.
New series on Invasion & RescueSeptember 11, 2007On July 30, 1945 the USS Indianapolis was ambushed after delivering the atomic bomb that would help end WW II. Some 900 sailors survived the torpedoes, but only 316 survived the shark-infested waters for the five days it took to rescue them. Over 500 sailors were not rescued. A clerical error meant the Navy wasn't even looking for them! It was a recon flight that discovered the survivors. This was one of the biggest tragedies of the war.
Truth is, most who live on this earth will not be rescued. We will begin a new series on Invasion & Rescue that focuses on Christ's coming to this world to seek and to save. Why won't most be rescued? What do we need to know to survive the satan-infested culture in which we live? What do we need to know we will be rescued.
I recommend watching the movie, Ocean Of Fear (check cable listings and/or the video store). This movie is about the daunting rescue. I also recommend reading Ephesians 6:10-18, I John 3:4-8, and Luke 4:16-21 in preparation for our study together.
Building and Healing Relationships SeminarSeptember 4, 2007
This coming Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9Dr. Brian Stogner & Dr. Gordon MacKinnon of Rochester College
Saturday 4:30 PM (Session One)
Babysitting provided 5:15 PM (Catered Meal) - No charge
6:00 PM (Session Two)
Sunday 9:30 AM (Session Three)
10:30 AM (Session Four)
Please invite a visitor for these outstanding messages!
The Difference Between An ACT of Faith and An ACTIVE Faith - Part FiveAugust 27, 2007We began and will end with Abraham, our Father of the faithful. Take a look again at Genesis 12:1-7. I'm intrigued with what's not in the text. What was the promise to Abraham? What part of the promise was for him personally? We'll discuss Abraham's response to Yahweh's promise to him. It was â€œtoâ€ him, but not so much â€œforâ€ him.
Faith is about making decisions today that may not benefit us as much as they favor our children and their children. Sounds nice, but at what cost? How much of your lifestyle are you willing to sacrifice to make it better for future generations.
We'll also discuss Matthew 11:11 and the statement about the least in the kingdom are greater than John the Baptist. Why did Jesus say that?
While you're at it, take a walk through Hebrews 11 this week - â€œThe Hall Of Fame Of The Faithful.â€ What's the common thread?
Looking forward to studying with you on Sunday!