Did you know there is a test you take every payday? There is a single question in the test: “Whom do you thank for what you have received?” This week’s segment in Pastor John’s teaching series on The Word is on tithing. Most of it is a video presentation by Robert Morris, author of the book The Blessed Life.
The Bible isn’t just a collection of commands from God or history, prophecies and parables. It is filled with elements that reveal the heart of God and the person of Jesus. In this message, Pastor John shared several examples of “theophany” where God physically reveals himself and “christophany” where Jesus was revealed in human form before the nativity at Bethlahem. Message delivered 9/16/18.
Why did God put the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the paradise that was Eden? God created us in His image … male and female he created us … and He is good. If there were no evil, we could not know how wonderfully good He is. Message delivered 8/19/18.
Much of the modern world regards the creation account of Genesis as, at best, a myth, and consigns anyone who believes in a “young earth” to the ranks of the ignorant. However, Pastor John shares a number of quotations from Nobel Prize-winning and other highly regarded scientists who testify that we live in a universe created by God. Message delivered 8/12/18.
When God finished his creation, he didn’t just pronounce it “good” … he pronounced it Very Good. Because of original sin, mankind has gone it’s own way. But God designed us with the intention of our being very good as well.
“In the beginning” is not a fantasy statement, but powerful words that reveal God’s creative and life giving nature. Genesis 1:1 presents the beginning of God’s plan to provide and prepare a place for His people. Creation is not a fantasy and science is not creation’s enemy. So much of scripture is supported by science. Be challenged to make sure you are seeing through the proper lens. God created the heavens and the earth! Let’s recognize that is begins to reveal His nature and is the foundation of all we know. Message delivered 7/22/18.
The Bible says that all scripture is God breathed and inspired. Do you embrace the Bible as God’s Word that is relevant to your life. Do you see God’s nature revealed throughout the pages? The Word is more than just words on a page to be read like a homework assignment.. it is life and light that guides us throughout our life if we embrace it’s wisdom. Jesus is the Word!
There’s a temptation in Christianity to think of faith as a way of getting things we want. Pastor John goes into detail how it is a destination: Jesus, no his answers. Then two members of the body, Bob Laberta and Arthur Robinson, give two very different testimonies on how listening to Jesus changed their lives. Message delivered 6/10/18.
Pastor John discusses the essence of living by faith, especially as exemplified by a matriarch of the N3C body, Joyce Rupp, who passed away May 25. She didn’t want a funeral, so the N3C family shared memories of how she influenced their lives. 6/3/18.