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A Journey into Forgiveness
2/18/2018 - (Newest Messages on Top)
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3-18-18 - But...This isn't Fair!

Each of us has wrestled with a “Barabbas” situation: we’ve seen a guilty party go free and an innocent person suffer on their behalf. We cry out, “this isn’t fair” but is seems no one listens. Life is full of injustice and again, our journey of forgiveness can be smooth or rough depending on how we handle the injustices that come our way. Perhaps we should ponder on what Jesus must have thought of Barabbas?

Isaiah 53:1-9
Luke 23:18-31

3-11-18 - Taking the Easy Way Out

Ever “wash your hands of a situation” thinking you’ve washed away any participation in that situation, especially if it included some wrong-doing to another? Well, if you have (and haven’t we all?) you can write in “Pilate” behind your name! We get ourselves into jams and we put the blame elsewhere so we feel vindicated. This false righteousness hinders our ability to walk closely with God, build relationships with others, and live a forgiving lifestyle. Like Pilate we need to ask for the TRUTH - but then, unlike Pilate, follow that truth and realize we never can wash our own guilt away.

Acts 3:11-15
John 18:28-19:6

3-4-18 - Lessons in Betrayal

Loud-mouthed, brash, impetuous, zealous – describe anyone you know? How about Peter, the fisherman-turned-disciple who was the first to confess Christ as Messiah yet publicly deny Him and His authority when association with this Messiah would put his own life in harm’s way? Each of us can see “Peter” in our lives and in the lives of others. We have betrayed and been betrayed. Our journey of forgiveness can be a bumpy ride or a smooth one, depending on how we handle this evil called “betrayal.”

Acts 2:36-41
Matthew 26:30-35, 69-75

2-25-18 - A Lifetime Choice

Ah, Judas. Someone called him the “greatest patsy of all time.” Others called him just a conscientious guy who got caught up in the political times. Where do we see “us” in his story? Self-justification, hardened heart, personal agenda, trying desperately to undo something wrong? We can choose a path of destruction, like Judas, or the path of repentance and forgiveness Jesus gives.

Psalm 41:1-13
Matthew 27:1-10

2-18-18 - A Leaven of Hypocrisy

Our journey begins in the house of the Lord! As we examine the motives of the church leaders of Jesus’ day, their plotting, their hatred, the abuse of God’s Word, are they on our “forgiven” list? Do we see ourselves in their selfish agendas and self-centered righteousness and see our need to forgive those we’ve hurt - to forgive ourselves?

1 Peter 2:1-5
Matthew 16:1-12

Heart to Heart
2/14/2018 - (Newest Messages on Top)
Lenten Services

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3-21-18 - The Wilderness to the Promised Land

The journey through a desolate place causes concern. It the midst of a desert, we wonder if we have enough water and food. In the middle of a drive across the wilderness of the western plains, we repeatedly check the fuel gauge. We know that that death awaits the unprepared in the wilds and woolies. A journey through the wilderness is dangerous, but what waits for those who arrive at the other side? New life, a resurrection, a promised land where the Lord provides all good things, all life-giving and life-sustaining things; these are the blessings that come to the people of God from the hand of God as He brings us out of the wilderness of sin and into the paradise purchased by His Son. From the wilderness to the promised land—from death to life—a return from exile!

Joshua 3:1-6

3-14-18 - Tree to Tree: The Tree of Life to the Cross

God created man, and man began his journey in the Garden of Eden. In the midst of that garden were two trees more beautiful than the rest. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life—what joy for man to come to these trees and worship, giving thanks to God for His good and gracious gifts. But one day there was an unwelcome visitor to their worship service—Satan. He had things to say, wise things to share with man. They were lies, but man followed. Sin came, and Adam and Eve were exiled from the garden and from the tree of life. How they longed to return to the garden and the beautiful tree, and God promised that He would lead the way. Jesus Christ leads us from one garden to the next and from one tree to the tree of life in the courts of heaven. It was a hard and treacherous journey for our Leader, and it required a stop at another tree, the cross. But the evil Satan, who used a tree to bring sin into world, was conquered by another tree, and our sin was washed away.

Genesis 2:15-17, 3:22-24
John 3:14-15

3-7-18 - Out of Egypt: Through the Water

We journey toward light; we end up in deeper darkness. How do we escape? It is God who leads us on the journey out of this slavery to sin and death. Where does He take us? To the water—to the banks of the Red Sea, or the River Jordan, or to the baptismal font; here, we are set free. The bondage of sin and death, the claws of Satan, no longer hold us, for we have been through the water. These are the waters of death for our enemies, and they are the waters of life for us. The enemy of our old Adam is drowned in these waters, but the New Adam comes through to new life. We have been rescued from the enemy by the waters and made the children of God.

Exodus 14:13-31

2-28-18 - Mountain to Mountain: Mount Moriah to Mount Zion

Today, we journey from mountain to mountain. Mountains are amazing and awe-inspiring, but to journey through or to climb them is no easy task. When Abraham saw Mount Moriah, he was neither inspired nor amazed. His heart was filled with fear and dread, for on this mountain he had been told to provide a sacrifice: his son Isaac. It was a difficult mountain to climb. But on this mountain, the Lord God will provide. God rescued Isaac from the knife of Abraham in order that He might provide another sacrifice, a perfect Lamb without blemish or spot. Later, Mount Moriah would become Mount Zion, where the Jerusalem temple would be built. Although Jesus was sacrificed on Mount Calvary, His blood was brought to the Holy of Holies in the temple and sprinkled for our forgiveness, life, and salvation. It was a difficult mountain to climb, but the journey to that mountain leads us to the mountain of the new Zion—heaven.

Genesis 22:1-8

2-21-18 - Garden to Garden: Eden to Heaven

Today, our journey is from the Garden of Eden (from which we have been exiled) to an even more beautiful garden, the Garden of Everlasting Life. This will not be an easy journey. There will be much stumbling and falling, many bumps and bruises—after all, the world has been infested by sin and all the hazards that go with this reality. A difficult journey, but one that has been taken first by our Lord and Savior Jesus. Because He has first made the journey and suffered in our place, the gates of the new, heavenly garden stand open before us. No more tears, no more sorrow, this garden is our place of perfect rest, joy, and peace.

Genesis 3:22-24
Revelation: 22:1-5

2-14-18 - Sackcloth and Ashes to Robes of Righteousness

Sackcloth and ashes—the signs of mourning and repentance in the pages of Scripture. Today, we begin our Lenten journey. Today, we begin our return from exile. This is not a journey that begins with rejoicing and excitement; it begins with ashes, a sign of broken and repentant hearts. God does not desire our sacrifices, as if we could atone for or cover our own sin. God desires broken and contrite hearts which He will not despise (Psalm 51:17). Jesus Christ, on the cross, has washed our foreheads of the ashes of our sins, has removed the sackcloth of our guilt, and has clothed us in His robes of righteousness and garments of salvation.

Joel 2:12-19
Revelation 7:9-14

1/7/2018 - 2/11/18(Newest Messages on Top)
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2-11-18 - #comingdown

Don’t you love Peter? He sees Jesus in all His glory. It’s an event before which most would be silent. But not Peter. He wanted to commemorate the event with historical markers. You know why? He thought Jesus had arrived. He assumed Jesus had reached the pinnacle of Who He was to be. Little did Peter know that Transfiguration was not the destination. We too want the glory – and we want to build monuments. But Jesus bids us to follow Him, on a journey – to a cross.

Exodus 34:29-35
Mark 9:2-9

2-4-18 - #gosomewhereelse

The need is not the call. We often think that if we are needed, that must be where we are to serve. Jesus had healed Simon’s mother-in-law. The next day, Jesus was told that the people of Capernaum were looking for Him. They wanted more. They wanted to be in His presence. But that was not why Jesus came. He did not come to be the chaplain to Capernaum. He spoke His mission statement: “Let us go to the villages that I may preach there, for that is why I came.” He came to bring the Good News to all people.

1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39

1-28-18 - #comeoutofhim

Words are powerful. Words can heal or wound. Words can build up or tear down. Words can curse or bless. And when Jesus speaks words they hold the utmost power! Just by speaking words, Jesus set a man with an impure spirit free. When Jesus speaks, wholeness is poured out upon we who are broken. By His truth spoken today may our confusion subside and healing prevail, that we might be free to serve Him! Speak to us Jesus.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Mark 1:21-28

1-21-18 - #timehascome

There is an urgency to the Kingdom of God. Jesus calls us to follow Him, and the call is immediate. With every word and deed, Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God is near and invites us to enter it without delay. The time has also come for us to spread the Gospel of Jesus to others before it’s too late. “It’s time. The Kingdom is near. Repent and believe.”

James 1:12-18
Mark 1:9-15

1-14-18 - #comeandsee

The social network “Twitter” makes it possible to follow almost anyone – a politician, an entertainer, your favorite team, or your best friend. You can watch where they go, how they respond to others, how they spend their “downtime”, or see what’s important to them. There’s no better way to know someone than to follow them – just ask Philip! As he followed Jesus and came to realize who He really was, he couldn’t wait to get the word out! When we see who Jesus really is, we can’t help but want to follow Him!

1 Samuel 3:1-10
John 1:43-51

1-7-18 - #cometoworship

Today, we begin a new series entitled #come. The hashtag has become a big part of communicating on social media these days. Also, the Gospel readings for this season of Epiphany have a common denominator of movement – coming, going or leaving. Today our theme is #cometoworship as we see the obstacles the wise men had to overcome to worship the newborn King.

Isaiah 60:1-6
Matthew 2:1-12