February 2017

Covenant

Every covenant includes a rite of admission. For Abraham that right was the act of circumcision for all the men who were part of his household. In circumcision they showed they agreed to be counted among God’s covenant people. For Christians, we enter into that covenant relationship through the action of baptism.



Priest King

You would think that Melchizedek is an insignificant character in Scripture. He appears in the life of Abram and is gone after four verses. But this fleeting character is unfolded for us in Psalm 110 and Hebrews 6 and 7 as a compelling type for the Messiah, both king and priest. In this type he […]



Conquest

God promises to reestablish his kingdom, and He invites his people to take part in advancing that charge. Abram embraces that call in worship. We can continue it in the worship of witness.



Diversity

God introduced diversity to unify humanity in fulfilling its mission. However, humanity tends to interpret diversity as disunity. God reversed this flow through the blood of Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ we can experience unity in the midst of our diversity.



January 2017

Faithfulness

Eve undoubtedly felt like God’s promise of victory over the serpent was lost when one son was killed and the other exiled. Perhaps, she felt as though she had received the stomping. However, God is always faithful and opened another pathway to promise fulfillment … a promise finally realized in Christ.      



Control

When we look at the Creation story, we tend to look to answer the 20th century question of HOW. Yet God in telling his story of Creation answers the greater question, WHO and WHY.    His message, in a world of chaos, God is in control. In creation, God defeats the other gods of the […]



New Growth Commitment

Growth is a normal thing. However, as Christians many fall into the habit of putting growth in neutral. Jesus’ spiritual growth was intentional. Neither gospel writer spends much time on his infancy because Jesus grew.   In his spiritual development, he lays for us some markers for our own growth in Luke 2.



December 2016

Jesus, Suffering Savior

Christmas was never meant to be about an infant cozied in a manger. Christmas is about the reason that child came … to suffer and die for humanity sins. Isaiah prophecies that suffering in Isaiah 53.



Jesus, Hope For The Broken

The Servant of Isaiah offers life-giving hope to the broken, oppressed, rejected, and outcast. Matthew reflects Jesus as the fulfillment of this Servant. In spite of currently broken lives, hope can be offered to those who accept the gracious ministry of the Servant because Jesus brings healing to broken lives, and puts things right for everyone open […]



Christ, the Child-King

The Child-King of Isaiah 9 anticipates the one who helps us confront some of the hardest questions of our life with a positive answer. Each name prophesied of Jesus speaks to real needs within our lives.



November 2016

Task – Talents 2016

When speaking of stewardship we often limit the discussion to money. However, God has much more for us to steward, and if we don’t first give ourselves to these things the giving of our money will never be as he asks. This message introduces the 6Ts, and addresses the first two in detail.   Task […]



We Are On Purpose – We Are At Our Best

Simplicity:  Focusing on our defined purpose in ministry keeps us from being distracted by cultural clutter. ______________________________________________   Excellence:  God is worthy of our best so we seek to prepare and present every aspect of ministry to the best of our ability. _________________________________________________________________________________