Jesus died for our sins, it's true. By paying the penalty for our sins, He rescued us from Hell's clutches and offers forgiveness to all who put their faith in Him. But, after His death satisfied God's holy anger over our sin, He didn't stay in the grave! Jesus came to life again! He is ALIVE! Let's celebrate!!!
Author: Scott Snyder (Scott Snyder)
How did a teenage boy go from being a dirty and smelly sheep-herder, to King of Israel in a single day? Most of us would say that David was the least likely of Jesse's sons to be chosen as King. Yet, God has different standards than we do when it comes to such an important choice. In this message, Pastor Scott tells the story and helps us see what really matters to God!
For many years, God's chosen people Israel had lived without a need for a king. The only Ruler they had needed was God Himself. But now, after finally moving into the land God had promised them, they were asking for a human king. It seemed like a harmless and reasonable request since all the other nations around them had their own kings. But, it would only be a few centuries before Israel's kings would lead them to their destruction and defeat through poor choices and idolatry. Even today, God wants to be the only King of His followers and we make a big mistake by not giving Him His rightful place in our lives!
The Story continues with the amazing story of Naomi, Ruth & Boaz. God's plan to send a Redeemer through which all people could be saved intersects with these 3 unlikely people long ago. It is an amazing story that ultimately leads to the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for us all!
Dr. White points us to several key principles from Ephesians chapter 5 about how we are to live as followers of Christ!
One thing you can say about the Bible, is that God doesn't pull any punches! In it, we see the good, the bad and the ugly mistakes that people have made through the years. In it, we find how God delivered His people Israel from slavery in Egypt and led them to the land He had promised Abraham centuries before. After they had taken possession of the land God promised, you'd think that the Israelites would have whole-heartedly followed after God out of sincere gratitude for the blessings He had given them. But, noooooooo! Their gratitude soon turned to complacency and neglect of God's word. Eventually, they began worshiping the false gods they were supposed to destroy and God unleashed judgement on them in order to bring them back to worshiping Him - the only real God! In the next message in our series called "The Story", Pastor Scott points out the cycle of sin that His people seemed to struggle with over and over again. We'll also learn that we also have some of the same tendencies to
When you think of courage, what comes to mind? The lion in the Wizard of Oz, or maybe the Marines raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima during WW2? When it comes right down to it, we all want to be courageous. It's just that, sometimes the obstacles are so great and the odds are so overwhelming, that we can't even imagine a victory! This is the challenge God's people faced when they were told to go into the promised land and take possession of it way back in early Bible times. What things had they learned through all the years of wandering that led to one victory after another against overwhelming odds? Amazingly, the things they learned are the same things we need to remember today when facing life's challenges. Pastor Scott reveals those things as he continues with the series "The Story."
It's a Family Gathering service! Our kids help us learn how complaining is not what God wants from His people!