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This Sunday we continue our series on the Seven Stumblingblocks to Spiritual Success with a message on Pride . We won’t be discussing the kind of pride that we express in our children’s accomplishments or what you might call “Pride in workmanship”. No, we’ll be looking at the kind that “goeth before the fall”. The ‘original sin’ kind of pride.
We’ll look at the effects of pride on our lives and the lives of those around us. We’ll explore what the prophet writes in Isaiah 6:1-8, and what Jesus says in Luke 18:10-14 and discover ways to overcome pride before it destroys us. It’s Going to be an AWESOME sermon that will change your life and . . . (oops, I guess I’d better go back and work on it some more . . .)
This Sunday we begin our series on the Seven Stumbling Blocks to Spiritual Success with a message on Laziness (I’d use sloth but I’m too lazy to explain what sloth is!). As society is effected more and more by devices and machines that both do our work for us and also entertain us, the struggle against laziness becomes an even harder battle.
We’ll look at the effects of laziness on our lives, both social and spiritual. We’ll explore what the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:8-17, and Ephesians 5:15-17 and discover ways to overcome the laziness that creeps into our daily lives.
. . That is if I can work up the energy to put the message together . . .
Poor Joseph. He kinda gets short-shrift in the whole Christmas “thang”. I mean, come on, he’s all ready to marry the girl of his dreams and then this crazy angel shows up and dumps a real heavy trip on him! Seriously! What would you do?
This Sunday, we’ll take a closer look at Joseph and his plight in Matthew 1:18-25. Then we’ll look even closer at his actions and I think you might discover a side of Christmas you never even considered. It might even put you in a Christmas-kind-of-attitude, especially if this season makes you “kinda Grinchy”.
So take a break from wrapping, baking, and grumbling, and join us this Sunday morning for something a little different this advent: The story of a real stand-up guy! Your heart just might grow “ten sizes, plus two!”
Join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM for our Chancel Choir’s Annual Christmas Cantata, “Seeking for me”. Come and enjoy the Message of Christmas as beautifully presented in musical form. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to bring friends and neighbors to our church as our Choir leads in worship.
(Because of the Cantata, there will be no 8:30 service this Sunday)
On the Second Sunday in Advent we light the candle which represents the Peace of Bethlehem. If you’ve even paid paying attention to the news recently, you’ll know that ‘peace’ and ‘Bethlehem’ rarely appear in the same story. Whether its demonstrations over the Israeli occupation, or the Orthodox Priests and the Catholic Priests knocking heads over turf wars within the walls of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, there always seems to be trouble in Bethlehem.
This Sunday, we’ll look at two passages of Scripture, One Old Testament from Micah 5:1-5a, and one New Testament from Luke 2:1-7, and see if we can figure out why a place, over which we light candles to celebrate peace, seem to be so bereft of it.
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God . . . Deut. 6:13
No wonder we have so much trouble convincing people that God loves them! Who wants a god you gotta be afraid of all the time? And who wants a god who would require that we be afraid?
The problem with the verse above is not that it is an inaccurate description of how we should relate to God. It’s just a REALLY BAD translation of the original Hebrew. The fault lies with King James’ translators’ (and they didn’t even use the Hebrew: they used the Latin, which was translated from the Greek, which was translated from the Hebrew – and rather poorly). A better translation is, “Respect and Revere the Lord.” Another Problem is that current translators get flack when they dramatically change the words in common Bible passages. The result is they are reluctant to do so – even if the common is inaccurate. So most translations you can find will use “Fear”. Give it a try by checking Deuteronomy 6:13 online and then changing the translation and re-searching it. I’ll wait . . .
Sunday, we’ll take a look at this problem and its effects on us. We’ll also look at another familiar passage, John 3:16-21, and discover what it tells us about why being afraid of God is the Last thing He wants.
So join us this Sunday as we complete our fearless march into the “State of Fear”
. . . or else!
No Matter How Tough You Think You Are . . .
Go on and admit it: There are some things you’re afraid of. (Sorry for the dangling participle but I’m trying to overcome my fear of them.)
We are human and, along with our humanity, we are frail. Some stages in life are more frail than others: infancy and old age come to mind but there are less obvious other times. Even the seemingly strong have fears they might not even admit to themselves. It’s not a weakness. It’s a fact of life for us sentient beings.
Sunday, we’ll take a look at some common fears we all share. Continue reading
Well, they might not be out to get us but they sure are out to scare us silly. In our message series for the month of November, we’ll discuss how societal influences are doing their best to frighten us. We’ll investigate how and why they are trying, and succeeding in their efforts. Then we’ll look into the Word and discover what the Christian response ought to be.
Sunday, we’ll focus on two passages from scripture. First, in Matthew 14:22-31, Jesus gives the disciples, especially Peter a life lesson in fear and His power over those elements in our lives that we consider out of our control. Next we’ll look at Revelation 1:17b-18, Here, Jesus speaks to John in a Dream after His ascension and offers John, and us, some perspective.
In this passage, James focuses on things in life that cause us to be impatient or force us to be patient. Then, in his inimitable fashion, James gives us helpful ways to live patiently, even when circumstances make that very difficult.
On Sunday, we’ll take an in-depth look at WHEN it is important to be patient, and HOW to live more patiently when we find ourselves in those situations. We’ll also take a “long view” of what God is doing while we struggle to be patient.