2 Corinthians 5:12-27 Have you ever had an event in your life that completely changed the way you look at everything? In this week’s passage Paul tells us that coming to faith in Jesus changes our entire point of view. In fact, he says we become a new creation when we believe in Jesus.
Romans 8:22-27 Christians are fond of saying we hope in God. But what exactly do we hope for? Eternal life? A more godly life now? What about those who are suffering with illness or disability? In this passage Paul reminds us that we don’t always know what to hope for. Sometimes God’s Spirit within us […]
Mark 3:31-35 Some people have referred to the Christian faith in terms of “family values,” that we emphasize the importance of marriage, raising children responsibly, and caring for elderly relatives. But during this ministry Jesus uses the image of family to describe the depth of commitment we have to other Christians.
John 3:1-17 Our passage includes one of the most famous verses of all of scripture – John 3:16. In this passage we discover the all-inclusive love of God. “Whosoever” describes whom God offers his love, kingdom, and salvation to. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done in the past – God’s […]
Psalm 42:1-8 Someone once said that God gave us memory so that we might smell roses in December. Memory is a wonderful gift. Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to recall the past. We all have rooms in our lives which have special meaning. The room called remember is a room we can enter whenever […]
Acts 1:15-26 In each of our lives there comes a time to root out things that are no longer needed and replace them with good things. In the Gospel of Luke, Judas had betrayed Jesus to his enemies. This story in Acts tells of the way Jesus’ followers replaced Judas Iscariot after he died. It […]
Ruth 1:1-18 Two of the teens, Jacob Lewis and Emma Carlson, in conjunction with Pastor Jim, delivered a message about the value of family. The story of Ruth and Naomi raises the question of how God works through our families to accomplish God’s purposes. God blessed Ruth for her loyalty to her mother-in-law Naomi and led […]
Acts 8:26-40 What did Jesus mean when he said to go into all the world and teach people? Jesus’ follower Phillip confronted that question when he ran into an immigrant who was trying to understand Jesus’ message. This event reminded Phillip that Jesus’ movement wasn’t about him and his friends. It was about going out […]
Psalm 23 This Psalm, which has been associated with Israel’s king David, gives us some imagery to understand our relationship with God. The author describes God as a shepherd who concerns himself with all of the bodily needs of his flock. From food to shelter to protection from physical harm, the shepherd is attentive. Is […]
1John 3:1-3 Have you thought about what your existence will be like in the future? Will we be spirits? Angels? The writer of the letter of 1 John does not give us a detailed answer, but says that we will be like God. This week we will explore what that phrase means and how we […]