Aug 5, 2018
“Tale of Three Cities: Nazareth”
   We welcome Pastor Tom Goldthwaite bringing the message the next three weeks. Pastor Ron has been at our denomination’s annual conference this past week and will be on vacation the next two weeks.    In these three messages, we will be looking at three cities in Galilee where Jesus had significant ministry. They are places I visited in June, so they have a very special place in my heart.    As we look at what the Scripture says of them in relation to Jesus' preaching, teaching, miracles and the people He transformed, what are the lessons we can learn?    God sent His Son into a specific time and place. Today we will look at Nazareth, the childhood home of our Savior.
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  • Aug 5, 2018“Tale of Three Cities: Nazareth”
    Aug 5, 2018
    “Tale of Three Cities: Nazareth”
       We welcome Pastor Tom Goldthwaite bringing the message the next three weeks. Pastor Ron has been at our denomination’s annual conference this past week and will be on vacation the next two weeks.    In these three messages, we will be looking at three cities in Galilee where Jesus had significant ministry. They are places I visited in June, so they have a very special place in my heart.    As we look at what the Scripture says of them in relation to Jesus' preaching, teaching, miracles and the people He transformed, what are the lessons we can learn?    God sent His Son into a specific time and place. Today we will look at Nazareth, the childhood home of our Savior.
  • Jul 29, 2018“Change is Here to Stay”
    Jul 29, 2018
    “Change is Here to Stay”
    Series: Malachi
    This morning we are looking at something that many people struggle with - change. Even though there are some changes that we look forward to and can have positive effects on our lives, there are many changes in our world, work, family, and personal lives that can be extremely difficult to deal with. We will begin by looking at three changes taking place in America that are causing a great deal of stress and anxiety to many people. We will then address what one author calls “islands of stability” he says are needed when people go through rapid times of change. But are there really any “islands of stability” in this world that are guaranteed to always be there to help us cope with life and its difficult changes? Only knowing who God is in His nature and character and who we are in relationship with Him can provide the stability we need to help us deal with change.
  • Jul 22, 2018“God’s Treasured Possession”
    Jul 22, 2018
    “God’s Treasured Possession”
    Series: Malachi
       This is the 5th part of our summer series on the Old Testament book of Malachi. We have addressed topics like God’s unconditional, undeserved love, giving Him our best, spiritual leadership, and marriage.    Today we’re going look at two primary attitudes people may have towards God that will affect our relationship with Him and the two judgments of God when He brings everything in this life to its consummation.    We will also answer the question that, for a follower of Christ, “What is God’s overarching view of who you are in relationship with Him?” Is it something positive or is it something negative?    What a difference it will make in our self-esteem, in our belief in our own worth and value, when we really trust who God says we are in relationship with Him.  
  • Jul 10, 2018“Spiritual Leadership”
    Jul 10, 2018
    “Spiritual Leadership”
    Series: Malachi
    This is the 3rd message in our summer series on the book of Malachi. Last week we saw that God’s people in Malachi’s day were dishonoring Him by giving Him their lame and diseased animals for sacrifice rather than the best of their flocks. God challenges them to return to honoring Him in their lives as their Heavenly Father who loves them and as their Lord the one who is to be the supreme authority in their lives. Today we are continuing to look at God’s frustration with His priests. His words are not just for present day pastors and teachers but for every follower of Christ because He has called His people to be “a kingdom and priests.” We will see that as God’s people we honor God by walking with Him and by teaching His truth.
  • Jul 1, 2018“Giving God Your Best”
    Jul 1, 2018
    “Giving God Your Best”
    Series: Malachi
       This is the 2nd message in our summer series on the book of Malachi. God’s people had once again become apathetic and indifferent towards God so He sent Malachi to them with some tough messages yet with the hope of restoring them to a dynamic relationship with Him.    Last week we saw that the first thing God said to His people, even in their rebellion, was “I love you.” This morning we will look at the two-fold relationship God has with His people, how the Israelites and the priests were dishonoring God with the blemished sacrifices they were bringing to Him, some things we can do to not become weary in our worship, and how God desires and deserves our best.
  • Jun 24, 2018“God’s Undeserved Love”
    Jun 24, 2018
    “God’s Undeserved Love”
    Series: Malachi
    This morning we are beginning a summer series on the book of Malachi. He was a contemporary of Ezra and Nehemiah who wrote between 458 and 432B.C. His name literally means “my messenger” and God had chosen him to bring a difficult message to the people of Israel. It wasn’t long before all the reforms that had been made by Ezra and Nehemiah had become obsolete as the Israelites once again became apathetic and indifferent towards their God. So God sends Malachi to them with some tough messages yet with the hope of restoring them to a dynamic relationship with Him. In ch.1:1-5 today we will look at the first thing God says to His people even in their rebellion – “I love you.” But they dispute God’s love so He reminds them of how He has acted towards them in the past.
  • Jun 17, 2018“Personal Confessions”
    Jun 17, 2018
    “Personal Confessions”
    Series: (All)
    Jesus took advantage of “everyday life” to teach His disciples. God knows no distinction between the so-called “sacred” and “secular” parts of your life. It is all one sacred life to Him. His Spirit is no less active with you and on your behalf when you are resting at home, working at the office, or playing with your kids than when you are at church, or praying, or reading your Bible. As Jesus discipled His first disciples throughout their everyday life and experiences, He does the same thing with us.
  • Jun 10, 2018“Angels: Ministering Spirits” part 2
    Jun 10, 2018
    “Angels: Ministering Spirits” part 2
    Series: (All)
       This is the second message in our two part series on God’s angels and their role in the lives of God’s people. There are a lot of people today fascinated with angels. Go into any secular bookstore and there are a number of books about angels. Unfortunately most are from a New Age point of view and not based on biblical truth.             
       Our English word “angel” is derived from the Greek word “angellos” meaning “messenger”. Angels are God’s messengers, his spiritual ambassadors in human affairs. As ambassadors, they speak and act on behalf of the one who sent them.    After a brief review, we will continue to look at how God may choose to use His angels to minister to His followers. We will also address some ways that we should not relate to angels.
  • Jun 3, 2018“Angels: Ministering Spirits”
    Jun 3, 2018
    “Angels: Ministering Spirits”
       This week and next we’re going to look at the role of God’s angels in His kingdom purposes. Over the years, there have been a number of movies and television shows that have stirred people’s interest in angels. Naturally, not everything we watch or read is based on biblical truth.    Today we will address one of the major roles or ministries God has given His holy angels; to protect and deliver followers of Christ.    We will see that every believer has at least one guardian angel who has been commissioned by God to do that. But it is not automatic. There are two areas of responsibility we have for God’s holy angels to protect and deliver us. 
  • May 27, 2018“Called to Comfort”
    May 27, 2018
    “Called to Comfort”
    Series: (All)
       On this Memorial Day weekend we honor those who have given their lives while serving our country in the military. For the message today, we are going to look at what we can do to try to help others who are grieving or hurting whether it is the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship, or other kind of loss.    Paul challenges every follower of Christ in Romans 12:15 to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Grief is a very real and painful experience. And because we may not know what to say or do, we may tend to distance ourselves from those who are hurting and we end up saying and doing very little.    What are some things we can do, and what things should we avoid doing, when relating to someone who is hurting?