Adult class on Ecclesiastes 4 at 9:30 & a new series on 'Objects Of Faith' at 10:30

This Sunday's Adult Class will examine Ecclesiastes 4. There are four places Solomon wants us to visit: the courtroom, the marketplace, the highway, and his palace. Solomon is concerned with the injustice that goes on in these places. He is careful in stating that there are on answers to these places of oppression, but we can survive them! He will also share with us the four things that derail meaningful relationships.

This Sunday at 10:30, we will look at “Objects Of Faith” – things that can help us develop a working knowledge of the gospel for when those times arise to share our faith. Everyday we notice objects that are important, but do not understand how they work. For example, just about everybody has at least fire extinguisher in his/her house and at work. What if there is a fire? Would you know how to grab the extinguisher and use it? There are many objects we see in our daily routines that might become critical for our use. Recognizing something and having a working knowledge of something are worlds apart.

Making Sense of It All & Invasion and Rescue Continue

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 “There is a time or season for everything.” 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.

The last installment of Invasion & Rescue, attention will be given to the temptation of the survivors of the USS Indianapolis to drink salt water as they waited rescue.

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 II

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 “watch and pray” (Matthew 26:41).    What did He mean by using the word “watch”?  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 & Rescue

On 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 Seminar

This coming Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9
Dr. 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 Five

We 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 “to” him, but not so much “for” 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 - “The Hall Of Fame Of The Faithful.” What's the common thread?

Looking forward to studying with you on Sunday!

The Difference Between An ACT of Faith and An ACTIVE Faith - Part Four

Paul said, “we live by faith and not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). The faith dilemma is a vision dilemma.

In Sunday's message, Part IV of our series The Difference Between An Act Of Faith And An Active Faith, we will examine how Jesus attempts to get His disciples to look at the world with different eyes. Jesus is wanting all of His followers to look at life with different eyes because everything we see with our physical eyes is perishing.

In our study we will address principles behind a new set of eyes and what event changed the eyesight of the disciples, and how this event affects our lives.

The Difference Between An ACT of Faith and An ACTIVE Faith - Part Three

Paul said, “we live by faith and not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). Living by faith means we this faith is a lifestyle and not an event.

In Sunday's message we will deal with Mark 9 when the disciples were unable to heal a boy with an incurable disease. They hit a brick wall with their faith. They believed just like before, but this time the power was missing. They were stumped. What made things worse was the scribes were hanging around calling attention to their failure. Fortunately, Jesus showed up not to take up the debate, but to bring wholeness in the diseased boy.

Sunday's message will reveal the principles behind faith's failures and some keys to understanding what's more important than form.

Happy Birthday, Church!

 

This Sunday (May 27th) is Pentecost Sunday.  It was on Pentecost Sunday (Acts 2) that the church was born.  I find it strange that we observe the birth of Christ which was not a holiday in the beginning, but don't observe the birth of the church which was a holiday all through the centuries following the first Christian Pentecost.

My message this Sunday, “Downsizing The Spirit” is a look at why there has been a de-emphasis on Pentecost and how this lack of attention has contributed to the “downsizing” of the Spirit in the modern church. 

The last thing we need today is to downsize the source of power to move the body of Christ ahead in a world similar to the world of the first century. 

We will examine the Promise of Pentecost and the Presence of Pentecost.  I suggest reading John 14 and Acts 2 in preparation. 

 

Jim 

A Father to Pharaoh

Moses, Daniel, Elijah, and Joseph had this in common:  They were all sent by Yahweh to unbelieving kings or leaders for His purpose.  Each went armed with two things:  A message and a miracle.  The miracle would confirm that the message was valid.We remember well the miracles of Moses, Daniel, and Elijah, but what miracle did Joseph perform before Pharaoh?  Moses, Daniel, and Elijah all did acts that defied nature that would get anyone's attention.  Not Joseph.  God used another wonder in penetrating the heart of this Egyptian king.  This coming Sunday, we will study what God employed that would alter the history of Egypt and Israel.  It's truly a remarkable story of Yahweh's wisdom that confounds the mightiest of rulers.  Genesis 41 will be our main text.  See ya, Sunday!

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