Nov 28, 2021
The Christian New Year: “Beholding and Becoming”
Scripture:  2 Corinthians 3:17-18
 
On the first Sunday of Advent, which is the beginning of the Christian year, we look at the power of living by the Christian calendar.  Our calendars measure what is important, and the Christian calendar gives us the opportunity to experience and behold Jesus' life and ministry and, according to 2 Corinthians, we become like what we behold.
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  • Nov 28, 2021The Christian New Year: “Beholding and Becoming”
    Nov 28, 2021
    The Christian New Year: “Beholding and Becoming”
    Scripture:  2 Corinthians 3:17-18
     
    On the first Sunday of Advent, which is the beginning of the Christian year, we look at the power of living by the Christian calendar.  Our calendars measure what is important, and the Christian calendar gives us the opportunity to experience and behold Jesus' life and ministry and, according to 2 Corinthians, we become like what we behold.
  • Nov 21, 2021My Prayer for You
    Nov 21, 2021
    My Prayer for You
    Series: (All)
    Scripture:  Philippians 1:3-6, 9-11
     
    Using Paul's prayer for the Philippian Christians as a model, Pastor Clint prays for the youth being baptized and confirmed in this Confirmation Sunday service, explaining that this is only the beginning of their journey, and not the end, and praying that God will keep working in them to grow in them in love for God and for one another.
  • Nov 14, 2021The Awakened Life
    Nov 14, 2021
    The Awakened Life
    Series: (All)
    Scripture:  John 3:16, Romans 7:21-25a
     
    As we approach the holiday of Thanksgiving, Pastor Clint gives us an overview of all of God's work of salvation, helping us to realize how incredibly blessed we are in God's love and grace.
  • Oct 3, 2021Lights in the Darkness: “The Son of Man”
    Oct 3, 2021
    Lights in the Darkness: “The Son of Man”
    Scripture:  Daniel 7
     
    Jesus often referred to himself as the Son of Man. But what does this mean? Jesus was referring to Daniel's vision in Daniel 7, and this strange title reveals that Jesus is the fully divine, fully human person who will restore humanity back to the glorious destiny that God intended.
  • Sep 26, 2021Lights in the Darkness: “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction”
    Sep 26, 2021
    Lights in the Darkness: “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction”
    Scripture:  Daniel 6
     
    Facing the trial of being thrown in the lion's den, Daniel shows faith in God that was not drummed up in a moment, but was built over years of steady, daily prayer.
  • Sep 12, 2021Lights in the Darkness: “Handwriting on the Wall”
    Sep 12, 2021
    Lights in the Darkness: “Handwriting on the Wall”
    Scripture:  Daniel 5
  • Sep 5, 2021Lights in the Darkness: “Brought Low”
    Sep 5, 2021
    Lights in the Darkness: “Brought Low”
    Scripture:  Daniel 4
     
    After another dream and interpretation, Nebuchadnezzar is brought low by God and led to a place where he was humbled and recognized God as the source of all good. The most healthy thing that we can do is to allow God to humble the areas of pride in our hearts and lives, so that we might have joy and contentment in Him.
  • Aug 29, 2021Lights in the Darkness: “Courage”
    Aug 29, 2021
    Lights in the Darkness: “Courage”
    Scripture:  Daniel 3
     
    Nebuchadnezzar seeks to force Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to worship an idol at certain, select times, while they can worship however they wish at others. But for God's people, that is the one thing that we cannot do, and it is the one area where we cannot compromise. In a tremendous act of courage and integrity and faithfulness, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refuse, even though they know that it will lead to their deaths, and God delivers them, again showing that He alone is the God of all creation.
  • Aug 22, 2021Lights in the Darkness: “The Rejected Stone”
    Aug 22, 2021
    Lights in the Darkness: “The Rejected Stone”
    Scripture:  Daniel 2:29-49, Matthew 21:42
     
    Daniel explains the king's vision, which is a foretelling of four mighty, powerful human kingdoms that will rise and rule over the world. But as powerful as they all seem, they are all overcome by a single stone that turns into a kingdom that lasts forever. That stone is Jesus, whose kingdom, while oftentimes appearing small and insignificant, will last forever. When there are things in our world and in our life that seem overwhelming and frightening, we are called to trust in Jesus, and trust that he is bigger and mightier than anything in the world.
  • Aug 15, 2021Lights in the Darkness: “Incomparable”
    Aug 15, 2021
    Lights in the Darkness: “Incomparable”
    Scripture:  Daniel 2
     
    The story of Daniel chapter 2 is about how all of the things of the world that people look to for guidance and power and meaning ultimately fail us completely. But God is incomparable to all of those things. God alone gives us what we need, and it is in God alone that we can place our trust. While we like to think we don't trust in idols nowadays, we still have things that we place our trust in, and Daniel 2 is a call to trust and rely on God alone.