Blog (Page 29)

Blog (Page 29)

As often as possible, our pastors will be writing here on various topics to help you take your faith beyond the Sunday/Wednesday experience.

Week 5

What else did God create [besides humanity]? CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER Questions are shared from New City Catechism

Jesus, The Living Word

I love reading the Bible…sometimes. Sometimes, there’s a great show on TV. Sometimes, I’ve got a really interesting book that I’ve been waiting to read. Sometimes, I want to do anything but read the Bible. And then, sometimes, I realize how I will never grow closer to God if I continue to let “sometimes” become “most of the time.” The other day, I sat down, focussed, and was able to read through two or three chapters of the Bible. Did…

AW Tozer on the Presence of God

[T]he presence of God is the central fact of Christianity. At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push in to conscious awareness of His presence….A spiritual kingdom is all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner elves, waiting for us to recognize it. God Himself is here waiting for for our response to His presence. AW Tozer, The Pursuit of God

Recommended Reading List

Here’s that reading list that Pastor Erik mentioned this morning. Feel free to message me or catch me at service if you need help choosing or finding a book. The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado Come Thirsty by Max Lucado In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacarias Waking the Dead…

He Makes All Things New

It’s a new year, and I’ve just recently acquired a bunch of new stuff. Some of it is cool, like my new used car or my family’s new Keurig, but some of it doesn’t seem that special, like a new charging cable for my Kindle. All of this “new” stuff is exciting and fun, but nothing is as exciting as the prospect that this year, this month, this day, this minute I have been made new. When I was in…

God Knows Your Place

We’re one more week closer to Christmas! The snow’s getting higher (so are your credit card bills), and our anticipation is only growing! But before we get carried away, let’s look at Pastor Erik’s sermon for this past week. He shared with us about the town of Bethlehem—the place where Christ was born—a small, backward town in Judah. It was a nothing, backward town that hadn’t really had a claim to fame since David, Israel’s greatest king, was found there…

He Gave His Son

This Sunday, Pastor Erik spoke to us about how God has provided for us a sacrifice, a payment for our sin. He told us the story of Abraham and Isaac and how God told Abraham to take Isaac, his only son, the son that he had been promised would father nations, and sacrifice him to God. Of course, God didn’t really want Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. He wanted to test Abraham, to see if he would hold anything back from…

God is Our Dad

One time, my brothers and I were being picked on by some bigger kids. My dad found out and put himself between us and the bullies. His anger was evident and his message was clear: Leave my kids alone, or you will face me. Another time, I came home from a similar altercation was incredibly upset. My dad, the same one who had previously chased off the bullies, picked me up and sat me in his lap. (I was considerably…

We Are So Lucky!

This Sunday, Pastor Erik introduced us to our new sermon series “Lucky.” Let’s dive into this topic a little more. When we say that someone is “lucky,” we’re essentially calling them “fortunate.” While the word luck can sometimes incorporate an element of “random chance,” that’s not the meaning here. No, when Jesus called His disciples “lucky,” He was saying that they were fortunate but not in a random manner. He was telling them that they were lucky and that God…