This week we launch a new sermon series with a look at one of the most misunderstood parts of the Christian walk. Just the other day, someone asked me why should we bother to pray if God already has it all under control. It's a fair question. I mean, I hate it when my boys keep asking for things when I have already clearly told them no. Are we acting the same way to God?
Nope! God wants us to come to him in prayer - but not for the reasons that you might think. I hope you will listen as we start a new series in Luke's Gospel with a look at "Prayers that lead to God".
What is faithfulness? All year long, you've heard me talk about God' Faithfulness. It's what we are celebrating this year as our church family celebrates our 125th anniversary. What does faithfulness look like? And how should we respond?
That's what we are going to do this weekend. We will celebrate God's Faithfulness with our community picnic on Saturday and then we will gather together on Sunday to worship and praise God for all that He has done in the life of this church.
Many of us view relationships like Han Solo did in "The Empire Strikes Back" when after rescuing Luke Skywalker he says, "That's TWO you owe me, Jr." Han viewed all of life as a quid pro quo - you scratch my back, I'm obligated to scratch yours. Unfortunately, too many of us view our relationship with God in the same light. We feel like God owes us for what we do for him.
Jesus teaches us something completely different. Please listen to this week's sermon as we explore "A Dutiful Kingdom" and then I really hope you'll join us next week as well for our Anniversary Celebration.
It is no secret that I don't like to fly. But I do because riding in a car for hours on end with the boys is a scarier proposition than getting in a metal tube with two wings on it. Still, when you stop to think about it, the mere fact that anyone gets into an airplane and goes thousands of feet in the air is quite the act of faith.
This week, as we continue to explore life in God's Kingdom, we will look at a passage that is well known to most of us. But too often we misapply the truths that Jesus is trying to teach. I hope to see you Sunday as we explore "A Faith-filled Kingdom" and I hope you'll consider bringing a friend. See you at 10 am!
One of the great things about the Bible is that it not only tells us how to get along with God, it also tells us how we can get along with each other. One of the best pieces of advice I have heard is to be a person who is slow to anger and quick to forgive. It is good, Biblical advice on how to relate to one another.
I am not a handy man by any stretch but the good news is with the right information, I've found you can probably fix just about anything. But the trick is actually listening to (or reading!) the instructions. Not doing that can result in a much longer project than you anticipated.
Jesus warns us in this passage that to know what to do and then not do it is not just foolish, it can cause a person to end up in hell. This is the warning he gives in the parable we will look at this week. I hope you'll join us Sunday as we continue our look at "Kingdom Orientation" and find out what we need to do according to Jesus. See you and a friend at 10!
One of my joys as a dad is playing with my boys but I'll admit it can be frustrating at times. The main reason it can be frustrating is that they like to change the rules midway through whatever we are doing - usually to benefit them! Life is no fun when you are trying to hit a moving target.
The same thing happened to the people in Jesus' day. The religious leaders often made up new rules that kept people from God. But in God's Kingdom, the rules never change. I hope you'll this week as we continue our look at "Kingdom Orientation" and find out why this is such great news.
Last month, my favorite store, Amazon, celebrated their 20th Anniversary of their initial stock offering. According to one report I read, if you invested $100 at the time of their initial offering, today your stock would be valued at close to $64,000! That's quite the rate of return!
Compare that to another online retailer that started about the same time, Pets.com. When their stock went on sale, it went for $14 per share. Just nine months later, it went for less than a quarter per share! Talk about investing in the wrong things.
We get to invest the resources that God has entrusted to us every day. How we invest, and what we invest in, will speak volumes about what our priorities are. I hope you'll listen as we continue our look at "Kingdom Orientation" and find out why God calls everyone who is a believer to live in "A Shrewd Kingdom".
This week we look at one of the most beloved stories in the Bible - that of the Prodigal Son. Why is it so beloved? I think it has to do with the fact that we all know that at one time or another, we have wandered from the fold of God. The idea that God would welcome us back with open arms is encouraging. Why then does the other son get angry when his brother comes home? I hope you'll join us this week as we continue our look at "Kingdom Orientation".
The other day we lost the tv remote. Now, I fully realize that this is the classic first world problem, but you sort of get used to having it around. So, the next day when I was picking up Legos from the living room floor, you can image the rejoicing that happened when I found the remote under the sofa. What once was lost, now is found and there was great rejoicing.
This week, we continue our look at "Kingdom Orientation" by looking at how Jesus reacts when He finds lost people - and it is pretty similar. I hope you will consider this message how Jesus loves and rejoices when the lost are found.