Template For Trials Epilog

 This Sunday will be an epilog of last Sunday's message Template For Trials. Jehoshaphat response to his crisis provided for us a template that we can lay over whatever foes we encounter today.

In fact this morning (Monday), I did just that about a struggle that I'm having. Whenever I preach a message I write notes following the presentation to file with the message. The thought came to me that there are things we lose sight of when we're facing a battle.

This Sunday I want to bring these hindrances in the open to disarm. There are three things we must never lose sight of in or out of a conflict. Sunday, we'll talk.

Template For Trials

 This Sunday an old-fashioned message about an Old Testament king, Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was a descendant of Solomon, and king of the southern kingdom of Judah.

He wakes up one day and finds himself in a world of hurt. His problem, however, affected his entire nation. What would he do? Where did he get help?

Romans 15:4 reminds us that the stories of the Old Testament were written to produce hope in us. There would be times when hopelessness would rule the day, but God has an answer. What God did for Judah and Jehoshaphat lives in the hearts of believers everywhere. God has preserved this story so we might have a Template For Trials.

Want a jump on the study? Read II Chronicles 20.

The Real War

 Recently, I have done a new study on Psalm 23. It has always amazed me that David was in this “valley of the shadow of death” but he talks about having a meal with Yahweh. He's walking into battle, and yet he's upbeat and looks forward to a promising future.

This coming Sunday we will examine this text and I John 4:17-21 and talk about the role of fear and love in our lives.

Because He Lives!

 In my ministry, I am involved in peoples' lives during their highs and lows.  I'm there, like this past week, when a baby is born and there is so much joy and hope for a brighter future.  I'm also there when there's the suffering of a loss brought by death. 

The lowest I see people is when they lose a loved one  without the hope of the resurrection.  It is difficult to bring comfort where there is no faith.  To see the emptiness in the eyes of these sufferers is hard to bear and even harder to experience if outside of Christ. 

Easter Sunday, we will celebrate the theme, “Because He Lives!”  This is the key Christian doctrine that impacts every aspect of our lives.  This one truth kept the early church going through almost impossible times.  This one truth can keep our focus and our faith in a place of victory! 

Becoming A Missional Church: A Seminar with Dr. John Barton This Weekend

 God's people are called to be salt and light in a dark and broken world.  Sending missionaries addresses part of this call, but we are called to be missionaries right here at home, too. 

We need to be a people of “mission,” thus the concept of being missional.  What this means is being a people who have a heart for those around us and making God's Name known in our community.

Missional thinking calls for new ways of imagining and incorporating outreach and service to our world. 

This seminar with Dr. John Barton will explore these concepts.  Sessions are scheduled for 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM on Saturday night, and 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM on Sunday morning.

Everyone is invited. 

Part Of God's Family

 This Sunday, several of our members will share how their families have influenced their lives, and how God works through each of us to build His Kingdom.

Many times, we take our brothers and sisters, moms and dads, for granted, but the scriptures are full of examples of how our families are part of His family.

Join us Sunday and share your testmony.

Pet Peeves: Yours, Mine & God's

 The Today Show last month had a segment on personal “pet peeves.” They invited viewers to call in and email in habits that drove them crazy. I took the time to review the responses and wondered what our personal pet peeves would include.

Several weeks ago I sent out a mass email asking just that, and your response was overwhelming. This Sunday we will take a look at these in a message, Pet Peeves: Yours, Mine, & God's.

Our Father can be pushed close to the edge, too, and it would behoove us to know what His buttons are. It's a fun message that includes a very serious look at things that do more than irritate people.

Leaving Circles Of Comfort

 This Sunday we conclude our series on Walk Across The Room. If I were to summarize the series, I would say the key to evangelism is to be available to the Father to introduce His Son to others. To do this we must be open to leaving circles of comfort to extend friendship to outsiders.

Jesus did not mandate this without first modeling this truth. He left the ultimate circle of comfort to walk across timelessness to extend a hand of friendship to us. He was criticized and crucified for engaging sinners, and today we are the recipients of a lifestyle that reaches outward.

Decades from now, seekers will be lost or saved by our response today to the idea of “walking across the room.”


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