Means of Grace (31.05.2020)
God continually finds ways to bring grace into our lives. Let's be open to how God is doing that, and to who God is using for that purpose.
Right Then Wrong (24.05.2020)
When Jesus appeared in Israel, He changed things drastically, but the Pharisees did not adapt to those changes. The calling of God can change through life; it's important for us to change accordingly, to remain in God's will, and for the good of all involved.
Working Together (21.05.2020)
When and how do we go back together to worship? There is a diversity of good opinions. It's good to follow principles, but even better to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as we consider others, with grace and compassion.
Practice of Faith (17.05.2020)
Thinking of good things isn't natural; it has to be practiced, as do other Christian principles. Christianity is not just agreeing with a set of beliefs—Christianity is something to be both internalized and lived out. Let us continually learn and grow from the teachings of the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Church Together (10.05.2020)
As people of faith, we are always called to work as a team. The work of faith is a group effort. How are we to do that while respecting quarantines and social distancing? Let's consider what the Spirit of God is saying to us through scripture, in the midst of our current circumstances.
In Difficult Times (03.05.2020)
In this passage, which Paul wrote from prison, he calls us to get in touch with the Spirit of Christ within us, to cooperate with one another and work together; to be considerate of others. Despite our current difficulties, let's follow the guidance of God.
Revealed by God (26.04.2020)
True understanding of Christ comes from connection with the Spirit of God. In listening to God, we gain divine understanding, beyond our human experience.
Faith and Wonder (19.04.2020)
It's okay not to have all the understanding or all the faith. Even the apostle Peter struggled to understand the resurrection of Jesus. What's important is to continue in the process of faith, connecting more and more with Christ.
The Risen Lord (12.04.2020)
Never Abandoned (05.04.2020)
Even in the midst of suffering, we can hold onto hope because of the work of Jesus. He will never abandon us, but instead is always with us.
Learning Contentment (03.04.2020)
Where do peace and contentment come from? Is it from people, from circumstances, or from somewhere else? Let's examine how we can grow to have peace and contentment regardless of what is happening around us, and how our current situation is a great opportunity for such growth.
But Even if Not (31.03.2020)
God is powerful, and He cares about us. Let's believe that God can and God will take care of us during this difficult time. And no matter how hard it gets, no matter how our prayers are answered, let's follow Jesus.
New Ways of Faith (29.03.2020)
In this passage, we see a transition in the way that Peter practices his faith: from being based on his personality, to one where he's following Jesus. We have such an opportunity during this time of social isolation. It can be a confusing time of transition, but working through it prayerfully will bring us to a new relationship with God.
The Example of Jesus (27.03.2020)
It is not a sign of spiritual weakness to be troubled during difficult times: Jesus was troubled. It's okay for us to ask for deliverance from difficulties, but when such a deliverance doesn't come, let's see what we can do to show an advanced level of spirituality.
Foundations of Life (25.03.2020)
Difficult times tend to show how solid our foundation of life is. If such times reveal that your foundation is shaky, don't panic. Instead, let's see what Jesus says will put us on a foundation that can never be shaken.
Our Foundation (22.03.2020)
Jesus spoke about the great rock upon which he is building his church. This foundation is not church activities, nor the apostle Peter, but his recognition of Jesus as the messiah and the son of God. Though we may not have access to sacred spaces nor church fellowship or programs, let us not lose hope, but instead trust in Jesus as the foundation that cannot be overcome.
Valued Perspectives (20.03.2020)
During challenging times, people respond in different ways. It's okay for your approach to be different than that of those around you, but be careful: don't take a “hardline” approach, but be yourself in a soft way, a way that brings compassion and courtesy.
Peace, Calm, and Precautions (18.03.2020)
In times of crisis, there's a temptation among some people of faith to avoid precautions and presume God will automatically protect them. This is a trick; let's not put God to the test. Instead, let's pray, take reasonable precautions, and grow in God's peace.
A Little Spirituality (16.03.2020)
People respond in different ways during difficult times, and that's okay. What's important is to keep a little spirituality in the midst of our activities: prayer, kindness, hope, generosity, and so on. In doing so, you will find that a little goes a long way.
In the Midst of Hardship (14.03.2020)
During this time of a global pandemic (as is the corona virus we are currently facing), let's remember that this is not something new. Jesus spoke about difficult times. Let's take such an opportunity to show God's love to one another.
Sermon Series: The Words of Jesus from the Cross
With Me in Paradise (08.03.2020)
The thief on the cross was promised paradise when he could do nothing to earn it. Even in our most desperate and vulnerable moments, Jesus can rescue us.
Father, Forgive Them (01.03.2020)
The original language of this verse implies an ongoing forgiveness. It was not just forgiving the people hanging Jesus on the cross, but he is praying for forgiveness for each of us as well.
Sermon Series: Restoring the Soul
There is No Condemnation (23.02.2020)
John Wesley once wrote, “I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” Let us come to the same place in our life—that we understand the deep saving love of Christ.
Forgiveness as a Way to Freedom (09.02.2020)
How do we forgive seventy times seven? Forgiveness is a choice, not an emotion. Forgiveness is a choice that sets us free. It has been said, “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” So, forgiveness is in our best interest.
Who I Am (02.02.2020)
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, yet God accepts us. Despite our flaws and imperfections, God enjoys us. Realizing and accepting our flaws and imperfections. Let us accept ourselves as God accepts us.
When in Need (26.01.2020)
During times of difficulty, it is particularly important to care for the basics of life. Sleep, proper food, and quiet times of prayer are all crucial. These are exactly the things that are often neglected during times of stress.
Love as the Foundation of Love (19.01.2020)
We are instructed to love others as ourselves. What if we struggle to love ourselves? The solution to this problem is to love God completely. When we do that, we will learn to love ourselves and thus be able to fully love others.
Beside the Still Waters (12.01.2020)
The Bible begins and ends with garden imagery. The psalmist tells us that God's intention is to lead us beside still waters—to restore our soul. God's intention is to give us a life that is tranquil and peaceful, but at the same time productive and with purpose. However, God will not force us into this life; we must allow God to lead us into it.
An Act of Kindness (05.01.2020)
The Magi brought gifts to Jesus. This act of kindness sets an example for all followers of Christ. Let us all look for opportunities to show kindness to Jesus, and Christ taught exactly how he hopes that will happen. He taught that when we show kindness to those in need, we are showing kindness to him.