February 25, 2024
Jesus made a promise to his friends that just as the world hated him, the world would hate them too. Yet, for many who claim Christ, they have instead chosen friendship with the world, without knowing that means enmity with God. There are two powers at work around us, the power of God and the power of the Devil. And inevitably we will submit to one, and resist the other.
February 18, 2024
We have all said things that we instantly regret. Things we wish we could unsay. Our words have deceived people, hurt people, insulted people, and angered people. While we often blame it on the tongue, the tongue only expresses what is in our hearts. We have a heart problem, and while no man can tame the tongue, we worship a God who can transform our hearts.
February 11, 2024
It doesn’t matter what you believe if that belief doesn’t impact what you do. Biblical faith is not simply attesting to a set of doctrinal truths, it is living your life in the light of the doctrinal truths. True faith is always displayed through actions. And if you have no actions, then your faith is as good as dead.
February 4, 2024
We live in a world where prejudice is rampant. From the way one speaks to the color of one's hair, the neighborhood they live in to what job they work, the shape of one's body to the color of one's skin. However, it should not be that way among the people of God. We have been given a very specific command from God, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Your big neighbor, your black neighbor, your rich neighbor, your ugly neighbor, your Republican neighbor, your homeless neighbor, and even your pastor neighbor. In the end, we are not going to be the judge, we are going to be judged. The way we judge now will impact how we are judged then.
January 28, 2024
Most Christians thoroughly enjoy hearing good teaching. We are often wowed by truths that good teachers and preachers bring out of the text. The problem is, far too many of us don’t do anything with what we learn. In the words of James, we “deceive ourselves” by thinking that simply hearing the word does us any good. This week we are going to talk about actually doing what the Scriptures say.
January 21, 2024
There are three forces that lead us into temptation: The Devil, the world, and our flesh. James clarifies that God cannot and will not tempt us, our temptations come when we "are dragged away by [our] own evil desire and enticed."
January 14, 2024
How can we consider it "pure joy" when we face trials? It's not that the trials are joyful, but rather it's what the trials produce that we should take joy in. Trials test our faith and produce perseverance. Therefore we should be joyful in the perseverance that is produced through trials, which strengthens our faith.
December 31, 2023
We've all heard of the "New Year New Me" mentality regarding New Year's resolutions. This year, instead of starting a diet, a workout routine, becoming more productive, or other self-focused improvements, maybe we should shift our focus to God and work to become more like Him. If you've already dedicated your life to the Lord, this year could be "New Year, New EVERYONE ELSE" as you focus on sharing the gospel and making more and better disciples of Jesus. Everywhere. Always.
December 24, 2023
Over the last few weeks as a church, we have been focusing on some parts of the Christmas story that often get skipped, namely the four songs recorded for us in the Christmas story in Luke chapters 1 and 2. Today we will look at a few thoughts about the least known song from the first Christmas, the song of Simeon, a guy who knows what it means to wait.