A Woman of Noble Character, who can find? This Mother’s Day, we honored the wives, mothers and women of our church. We were able to take a sneak peek into the lives of Connie Schwein and Mary Garrett as they were interviewed about their personal experiences with motherhood. Pastor Amy then shared the recipe of how to become a “Woman of Noble Character” by looking at a modern day version of Proverbs 31. Message delivered 5/9/2010.
When do we need grace? When we’re in a comfortable place, we don’t need it at all. But if we walk into the things God has called us to, we’re at the place of relying on Him … and need His grace then. Message delivered 4/25/2010.
What’s the point of the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and their eating forbidden fruit? Our battle with sin isn’t so much about doing bad things as it is about living without reference to God, and then believing that we are beyond help or hope. Not believing that the power of God, which raised Jesus from the dead, can raise us from our situation: that is the essence of sin. Message delivered 4/17/2010.
Amy Minnich, our new associate pastor, observes that at times our lives can be reduced to what we think is a pile of rubbish and ash, utterly worthless and hopeless. But God, who wants us whole, calls us to rebuild, repair and restore broken relationships and situations. Message delivered 4/11/2010.
On Easter we celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection and our redemption. But does that really have any meaning outside a religious context? Yes: It reminds us how we are redeemed from our past of things done to us (and that we have done), and from ways of thinking that keep us prisoner to our feelings. Also in this podcast are several testimonies of church members, and special music by James Gee from Nashville, Tenn. Message delivered 4/4/2010.
In Romans 4, Paul talks about Abraham’s faith, which was born out of a real relationship with God (and not out of some expectation of goods received for services rendered). In that faith, Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, designed and built by God. So, when Jesus was riding the donkey colt toward Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he wept knowing that the people in that city didn’t have a clue that their true king really there. Message delivered 3/28/10.
In Romans 3 and 4, Paul examines the differences and importance of faith and law. The bottom line? Approval doesn’t come from behavior, but from the faith that motivates the behavior. Message delivered 3/21/10.
In the Parable of the Talents, the servant who buried what his master had given him faced harsh judgment. We, too, are often tempted to just keep what God has given us and not trust that He will bless our effort if we step out and do what he’s asked us to do. There’s nothing to suggest that God honors our desire to play it safe. Rather, He considers it a crime for us not to step out and invest what he’s given us. Message delivered 3/14/10.
Romans is Paul’s presentation, from beginning to end, of the reality of Christ and how He works in our hearts. Paul presents and explains how God’s power and righteousness interface with the weakness and sin of the world. Message presented 3/7/10.
Maturing as Christians is not just a matter of going through things that are difficult. Rather, it is more a matter of receiving and embracing ideas and character attributes that we don’t necessarily want, but we know are right. Message delivered 2/28/10.