A Father’s Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn5C8Coi5qU  Bible Old Testament: Read Jeremiah 31:7-14 I will lead them by streams of water, along smooth paths where they will never stumble. I will do this because I am Israel's father; Ephraim is my firstborn son. (v9c -9d NET) New Testament: Read Romans 8:15-17 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery leading [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:48-05:00September 9th, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on A Father’s Love

Bridge Builders

It is much easier to criticize than to praise, or to tear down than to build up.  An unkind word seems to come more naturally than a kind one sometimes.  And we are quick to point out what is going wrong and then leave it to others to figure out how to make it right.  [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00September 2nd, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor|Comments Off on Bridge Builders

Change it up

You read everywhere how humans innately dislike change. We are supposedly "creatures of habit" and "you can't teach an old dog a new trick," right? Apparently, to avoid change is to be comfortable and secure. If we do not change, we know what is coming next so there are no surprises, at least not the [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00July 30th, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor|Comments Off on Change it up

Why is God keeping me here?

This is certainly one of those questions that I don't remember us discussing in Seminary, but with older members in our congregation, I have heard many ask this question aloud to God or to me, their Pastor, searching for meaning towards their later years in life.  Unfortunately, they didn't give us the answer to this [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00July 22nd, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor|Comments Off on Why is God keeping me here?

Ode to Brad

I definitely would have had trouble coming up with a title for this post if it wasn't for Pastor Bill (since he has been referring to all of our goodbye messages to Brad this week in this manner!).  As you all know, Pastor Brad has taken a call in Florida so his last Sunday with [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00July 16th, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor|Comments Off on Ode to Brad

New

Bible Old Testament:  Read Lamentations 3: 22-24 The Lord’s loyal kindness never ceases; his compassions never end. They are fresh every morning;  (v22 – 23a, NET) New Testament:  Read 2 Corinthians 5: 11-21 So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!  (v 17, NET) [...]

2016-07-01T19:51:07-05:00July 1st, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog|Comments Off on New

What We Believe: Essential Tenet #8

Essential Tenet #8: Living in obedience to the Word of God Progress in holiness is an expected response of gratitude to the grace of God, which is initiated, sustained, and fulfilled by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. The first response of gratitude is prayer, and the daily discipline of prayer – both individually [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00January 6th, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe: Essential Tenet #8

What We Believe: Faithful stewardship of all of life

Essential Tenet #7: Faithful stewardship of all of life The ministries of the church reflect the three-fold office of Christ as prophet, priest, and king – reflected in the church’s ordered ministries of teaching elders, deacons, and ruling elders. We affirm that men and women alike are called to all the ministries of the Church, [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00December 18th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe: Faithful stewardship of all of life

What We Believe: Covenant Life in the Church

Essential Tenet #6: Covenant Life in the Church We are elect in Christ to become members of the community of the new covenant. This covenant, which God Himself guarantees, unites us to God and to one another. Already in the creation, we discover that we are made to live in relationships to others, male and [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00December 11th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe: Covenant Life in the Church

What We Believe: Election for Salvation and Service

Essential Tenet #5: Election for salvation and service The call of God to the individual Christian is not merely an invitation that each person may accept or reject by his or her own free will. Having lost true freedom of will in the fall, we are incapable of turning toward God of our own volition. [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-05:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What We Believe: Election for Salvation and Service