Sometimes in the Bible we come across a list of obscure names or seemingly meaningless details. It has no apparent connection to our lives today, and we don’t know any of the people being referred to. It makes you wonder why God would put that stuff in there! Usually, we just skip ahead in the story. Nehemiah 7 is just such a passage. But what if we are really watching the third movie in a trilogy like “Lord of the Rings” or “The Bourne Trilogy”? Maybe we don’t get it cause we missed something from the previous parts of the story? I wonder what is getting emphasized and why is it such a big deal? Join us as we try to find out!
This morning, Pastor Darrel reminds us that we all need our eyes checked from time to time. The same is true in our understanding of who Jesus is. Unless we allow Jesus to test and also touch our spiritual eyes, we may find ourselves becoming blind to what he wants us to experience. When is the last time you've had a spiritual vision check up?
Join us this Sunday as Pastor Brad continues teaching from the book of Nehemiah. Many times in life, people see the same thing very differently. For some, success is just getting through another day. While for others, it seems nothing short of Olympic Gold counts as a win. In Nehemiah chapter 6, we come to a moment of seeming victory with the completion of the wall of Jerusalem. But there are no cheers recorded, parties planned, or parade organized. It seems Nehemiah and God had more in mind than just a construction project.
It seems like everywhere you turn these days there is a new Marvel Superhero movie. But even superheroes can’t be SUPER unless the opposition they face is real. This is because it’s not their powers that make them super, but their character. In Nehemiah, opposition is a constant. But how do we view this opposition and what might God be doing in allowing difficulties in our lives?
Join South Langley Church for the fourth week of a study of the book of Nehemiah. We live in a world of people desperately seeking to grab a piece of the spotlight. Whether it is followers on Twitter, or "likes" on Tik Tok; it seems like everyone wants to be a celebrity and to catch people's attention. But what kind of people grab God attention? On who and what does God's spotlight shine? And what difference does that make in the way we live?
In the Bible, the idea of righteousness includes justice. God calls us not just to religious ritual, but to right relationship with our fellow human beings, who bear his image. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain famously asked. And the answer, all through the Bible, is yes.
This week, due to technical difficulties, we have an alternative-style sermon. Through conversation we continue our journey through The Beatitudes. Jesus challenges us to see differently, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near. This week, Jesus challenges is to see blessing even amidst mourning. Could it be that even in the darkest of grief, there is something good?
This week we look at the first Beatitude: "Blessed are the poor in spirit". Dave unpacks some of the complexities of understanding this Beatitude, and how it can encourage us today. We finish with Communion together.
Today we kicked off the Sermon on the Mount series. Before Jesus says a word, he says a lot. He sits down to teach on a mountainside, and in doing so, he embodies two identities: a rabbi, and a new Moses. And that matters for how we live out the Sermon on the Mount.
This Sunday, Dave spoke about the practice of lament. Looking at the prophet Jeremiah, the Psalms, Paul, and Jesus, we saw that processing our grief and loss is an essential part of our faith journey. The strongest and truest love relationships can handle the speaking of hard truth - even when the truth is a genuine complaint. This is the kind of love with which God loves us.
Pastor Dave shares from 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 how we are to live with defiant hope while Victor shares his testimony this Easter 2020.
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Today, we explored Paul’s instructions to Timothy on what to look for in elders and deacons. Going deeper than that, we saw that the false teachers Paul was combating did not have these virtues and as such were putting the Church, and ultimately Christ in disrepute. As we are all part of the Body of Christ, we asked the question, how are we re-presenting Christ to others?
In today’s teaching, we confront a passage that has been used to silence women for much of Christian history. Yet perhaps we’ve misread this text. Perhaps Paul isn’t trying to silence women at all, but to empower them to be fruitful participants in the church’s conversation.
in timothy 1, Paul is encouraging Timothy in his ministry to the church in Ephesus . Paul encourages the church to focus on grace and not on the wrong things, such as false teaching. It is the power of God's grace that transforms lives, and through our testimonies of His grace, others will come to know Jesus and receive eternal life.
In a way, 1 Timothy is a sequel to Ephesians. It’s another letter of Paul’s instructions for the church in Ephesus, sent a few years after the first one. Problems had arisen within the church, and Paul and Timothy wanted to address them. The first, and perhaps most important, problem: doctrines for dollars.