Archives for November 2014

Why Celebrate Advent?

While celebrating Advent isn’t on par with the Sacraments in the church, such as celebrating communion, it is a tool to help us pause and remember the anticipation of the Messiah. This anticipation then informs our waiting for the second coming....Read More

Truth Quest Update: Giving Thanks

1 Chronicles 16:34 says, "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good..." We are a blessed people and have so much for which to be thankful. ...Read More

What is involved in Advent?

We want our eager anticipation to be well informed by the scriptures as well as tradition. We’ll do this over the four Sundays leading up to Christmas and on Christmas Eve. Here’s what will be involved each week: We’ll make use of the simple advent wreath as a visual aid in our celebration which includes an evergreen wreath and 5 candles....Read More

Truth Quest Update: Three Parables

What does it mean to be lost? In Luke 15, Jesus told three parables to the crowd of tax collectors, sinners, Pharisees, and scribes. Jesus’ teaching brought gospel truth to the tax collectors and sinners - those whose unrighteousness separated them from God - and to the Pharisees and scribes - those whose relied on their own righteous efforts for salvation. A shepherd was seeking his sheep, a woman was seeking her coin, and a father was seeking his prodigal son. Jesus told these parables to teach about Himself. As Savior, Jesus seeks sinners. He paid the ultimate price - His own life - to save people from sin....Read More

What is Advent?

In this new series from Chris we are going to explore the Advent season together. We are called to be salt and light to the world around us, radically different than the world we live in because of the Kingdom we’re now a part of. Can this be accomplished while still enjoying the holidays? Absolutely, but let’s have our joy informed by the Gospel, our salvation and God’s Word rather than the trappings of this earth....Read More

Truth Quest Update: Parable of the Sower

The parable of the sower had a deeper meaning. It contained a lesson about God’s Word and the responses of those who hear it. Jesus’ lesson still holds true today. Not everyone believes the truth about Jesus. Some don’t understand it, some believe in Jesus for selfish reasons, and some only want part of Jesus because they love other things more. But those who hear the gospel and understand who Jesus is will become like Jesus and share His good news with others....Read More

Truth Quest Update: The Sermon on the Mount

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught about a righteousness that comes from the inside. God’s people had the law of Moses, but some of them - the Pharisees, in particular - were concerned mostly with the appearance of being righteous. The scribes and Pharisees looked righteous on the outside, but Jesus taught His disciples about a righteousness that comes from the inside. People who know and love Jesus have changed hearts that want to honor Jesus....Read More