Today's sermon is based on 1 John 4:1-12.
Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
-- 1 John 4:11-12
Today's sermon is based on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears, let him hear.
-- Matthew 13:41-43
Today's scripture reference is Romans 4:1-5, 13-17. What do you have faith in? The important thing about faith and believing God is the relationship with Him! There is no relationship with 'the law'. If we are in a relationship with God, we know the right thing to do.
Based on John 4:5-42 -- God gives us all living water, if only we will take it. Like Jesus had to go through Samaria, we need to go through our own "Samaria" - a place where we don't want to be; a place where we're not wanted; a place where we don't like them and they don't like us.
Today's scripture reference is Matthew 4:1-11. The devil doesn't want us to trust God and often leads us out into the wilderness. But, to be fully human, we must depend on God. We are not complete until we fill the emptiness inside us with dependence on Him. No matter what the devil tries to make us do, the good news is that if you trust God, you will get a new life in God's Kingdom!
Did you miss the Ash Wednesday service? Pastor Jim talked about finding our way back. Being lost isn't about where you're going, its about where you are. God wants us to find our way home - back to him. Lent is an opportunity for us to come to our senses and return.
Today's scripture is 2 Peter 1:16-21. As we finish up the season of epiphany (the manifestation) we need to look around -- pay attention -- and look for the other epiphanys, the other places we see Jesus, and then tell other people about it!
Today's sermon is based on Psalm 119:1-8. Our heart is our will - it's the seed of all we do. When we put our heart into something, we CAN do it! Everything you need is already given to you -- all you need to do is trust God.
Today's scripture is from Isaiah 58:1-14. God wants us to be a watered garden - bearing much fruit. Just like in gardening, you have to get rid of the old undergrowth in your life - get rid of the sin - and prepare the soil. Dig it up, clean it out. For example, if you're a blame-thrower - just quit it! If you're not one who throws blame, just do something for somebody else -- every day! God's not concerned with ritual, he's concerned about your concern for each other.
Today's scripture comes from James 3:1-12 & Genesis 1:3-5. Just like a spark can cause a forest fire, so can the words from our tongue cause pain and hurt. Be careful how you speak, not only to others, but to yourself as well.
Isaiah 49:1-7 is known as the servant song. Jesus came to serve, and he served to the point of giving his life for you. He certainly had a purpose. Listen to today's message, see if you can determine what your purpose is in this world. You definitely have one!
Yes, FAITH is a verb. Have you put yours into action? We are called to help others, just like the good Samaritan. Do you put your faith into action by helping others? Something worth considering. Pastor Jim was "in jail" this week sharing the good news and hope and love to others. In his absence, we were blessed to hear what Dick Baldwin had to say about serving others.
Are you on the naughty list? Breaking news - we ALL are! But, we are on the good list too! Everything comes from God and we are all God-bearers. He uses us to bring life, love, and light to those who need it.
Hannah is a person who can allow all of us to see more clearly in how we should conduct ourselves when things seem out-of-focus. Do what you say you're going to do and you, like Hannah, will always be thankful.
Pastor Jim recounts a serendipitous balloon ride in a tie-in that reminds us that there's more than just salvation. We possess a lot of things that aren't necessarily physical. What are we holding on to that's preventing us from following Jesus?
Fear. Fear obstructs most of us from seeking out relationships with our neighbors. Join us, as Pastor Jim takes us into the final chapter of this series, and highlights how fear inhibits good neighboring, and how to overcome it.
Time. All of us are capable of doing a few things well. Shouldn't one of those things be what Jesus told us was most important? When you love your neighbor, not only do you change your neighborhood, and the world, it changes you.
Are we following Jesus, or is He following us? As we enter into a new year and go about our agendas, goals, and what we think is important, take a moment to consider who is doing the following. Make Jesus bigger to you this year than He may have been to you last year. Follow Him.
Pastor Jim implores us all to consider what conventions in our lives crowd Jesus out of it? There are people all around us that are in need of God's touch through you, and sometimes, the lives that we touch, are not as visible to us.
Is it truthful, helpful, inspirational, necessary, and kind? Continuing in his Ten Commandments series, Pastor Jim reminds us that when it comes to keeping the love of God going throughout the world, it is important to T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.
One fold. One flock. One Shepherd. What does Jesus say it takes to be a good shepherd? Who are the other sheep in our world? The path to green pastures, still waters, and places where the soul is restored, starts with following the Good Shepherd.
Pastor Jim highlights the wonders of the Jet Rocket-Crystal Radio; like its ability to pull power from nothing but the air around it! Similarly, we, too, can draw our power from the unseen.
Tuning-in to God is the goal of a life of faith. When we tune-in to God, we may enjoy that peace and harmony that God intended.
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
How do we demonstrate the type of love that Jesus was talking to his disciples about? How do we lay our lives down for those around us? Pastor Jim asks the tough questions, and reminds us that we are chosen to be kind and show love to those around us because of our relationship with Jesus.