August 2015

The Least Expected

Paul a former persecutor of the church is surely among the least likely people to be used by God as a missionary and spokesman for that same church. Paul’s status change applies to us today in two ways: 1) If God can use Paul, he can use us — so allow yourself to be used. […]

What Is A Messiah?

God, for centuries, had been preparing His people for the arrival of the Messiah — the one who would bring His presence to mankind, not through a structure, but through a man. However, when Jesus arrived, he didn’t necessarily fit the mold that people expected. Jesus didn’t arrive as triumphant King, but as Servant-Messiah. Matthew’s […]

More Than Another Big Fish Story

Jonah is not about big fish. The real story of Jonah is about big weeds and big cities. Like Jonah, we may have more concern about our pettiness than about things that touch the heart of God.

Big Britches, Hard Falls, & Right Minds

In a world that is concerned about protecting fragile self-esteem and puffing up pride, the story of Nebuchadnezzar is a hard to grasp. To the king with all of the known world under his control, the message is simple, “There is only one king … and it is not you.” We, likewise, can become consumed […]

July 2015

Jeremiah: Downtraded Faith

Life is filled with choices and trade-offs. But the biggest threat to our Christian life is when we choose to trade the real thing for a lesser quality version. That is the problem that Jeremiah was addressing in Jeremiah 7 – at least three ways that the people of Judah had downgraded their faith to […]

Solomon: Words, Wisdom, and Watching What We Say

In Proverbs, King Solomon teaches that discernment in speech is a hallmark of true wisdom.

Preparation For Purpose

JoAnn shares an insightful message on the principle characters and supporting cast in the story of Esther. The book of Esther teaches us that God is able to use us in, or even in spite of, our various capacities and inclinations to fulfill His purposes. God has strategically placed all of us in a divine […]

God’s Rehab Projects

God created a home for himself in the pages of Scripture, however, since the entrance of sin in the world, he has been engaged in a rehab project to restore his home with humanity to its original glory. The home he built with the people of Israel was in need of restoration. Zerubbabel led in […]

June 2015

David: An Ordinary Man Serving An Extraordinary God

David, unlike many of our gilded appraisals, was far from the perfect person. So what did it mean to be “a man after God’s own heart.” It is never about the person themselves. It is always about God’s ability to use the broken and imperfect to accomplish His purposes.

Get Off The Merry-Go-Round

Israel, in the book of Judges, was caught on a wild merry-go-round ride swirling between sin, oppression, repentance and redemption. But we aren’t unfamiliar with their ride. We often hop on that crazy adventure of sin ourselves. However, when the Israelites repented of their sin, God was ready to respond by sending a judge to […]

That’s Why They Call It The Desert

God allows us to go through difficult periods in order to create within us the obedience that he desires in relationship with Him. If we are truly to follow after him it will take some change of perspective that he may only be able to accomplish as we traipse through the desert. Yet, the real […]

Abraham: The Journey of Faith

The B90 Message series is a series that accompanies our congregational effort to read through the entire Bible in 90 Days. This is the first message in the series. Abraham is mentioned as the “father of faith”, however, Abraham’s faith was not perfect. Often is could best described as “lurching toward faith.” But as imperfect […]