Before the Bible ever came to be, God appointed spokesmen and women to communicate His word and His will to people. They were called prophets. In this message, Pastor Scott walks us through the highlights (and lowlights) of the prophet Elijah. Believe it or not, there's a lot we can learn from his story!
Ever followed bad advice? We've all been there and paid the price. Even a rich and powerful king in the Bible followed terrible advice and it fractured his kingdom in two. Our families today can also be fractured by following the wisdom of this world instead of God's wisdom. How do we get God's wisdom? In today's message, Pastor Scott shows us from the Bible how we can get God's wisdom and apply it to our lives!
Why is it that when things are going well in our lives, and we are enjoying smooth sailing, that we often find ourselves making poor choices and suffering through the consequences? And, it's nothing new. King David was a "man after God's own heart". And yet, even he made bad choices that brought devastating consequences upon himself and his family! In this message, Pastor Scott points out some key lessons we can learn today from David's life that will help us avoid our own bad choices and consequences.
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!
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!
What comes to mind when you hear the words, "The 10 Commandments"? Stone tablets, lightning bolts from heaven, a smoking mountain, Charlton Heston? A lot of things come to mind, right? Some good, some bad. But, whatever you think about them, the 10 Commandments are important, and God wants us to know why He gave them and how they might apply to us today. Pastor Scott continues in the series entitled "The Story."
In today's message, we find God choosing a very unlikely couple to through which He will build a nation of people to call His own. It's proof that God doesn't always choose the most talented or qualified people to carry out His plans. He chooses people who are willing to trust Him to sometimes do the impossible in and through our lives!