Mark 6:14-29 This story of John the Baptist’s confrontation with King Herod shows how disastrous it can be to try too hard to impress others. This week we talk about how to stay true to your own faith and values.
2 Corinthians 12:2-10 We all suffer some kind of challenge in our lives. Paul talks about a physical ailment that made his ministry difficult. He asked God to take it away, but God never did. This passage challenges us to think about what we can learn about ourselves and about God as we try to […]
Mark 5:21-43 When people ask God for something, how does that really work? This passage tells a story about a man desperate t find medical help for his dying daughter. It challenges us to reconsider the idea of asking God to help us with a serious situation.
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 […]