Testing Judgment and Mercy

10/10/2017 | Authored By Betty Dodge

Testing Judgment and Mercy

“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:12-13).  

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Hope for Change

9/26/2017 | Authored By Jason Harrison

Hope for Change

Autumn is a season of change. It arrives suddenly when the hot summer breeze turns into the crisp, fresh air of the fall. School starts before we know it, the football season gets under way, and it’s time to pick apples. Autumn has cropped up with its blowing wind, changing colors, and falling leaves.  

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Pastoral Prayer of Gratefulness

9/20/2017 | Authored By Jason Wredberg

Pastoral Prayer of Gratefulness

Oh gracious, merciful, and sovereign God, we are so very humbled to think that you delight in us. It is hard for us to believe because we see our sin and know our unrighteousness. We are drawn away by pride and our hearts are filled with anger. We look for satisfaction and contentment in created things rather than in You—our Creator. God, we need to be reminded how you see us in Christ. We need fresh eyes to see all that we have been given in Him.

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No Man is a Rock

9/11/2017 | Authored By Brittney Westin

No Man is a Rock

I doubt anyone ever took Simon and Garfunkel for theologians. It’s a good thing, too, because the words of their well-known hit, I Am a Rock, remind me that I don’t want to be a rock, let alone an island.

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“Redeemer 101” Observations

5/26/2017 | Authored By Jason Harrison

“Redeemer 101” Observations

Membership classes are remarkable. Every class I've attended through the years has been both refreshing and delightful. Last Friday and Saturday’s “Redeemer 101” was no exception.

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New Sermon Series

4/20/2017 | Authored By Jason Wredberg

New Sermon Series

When the topic of church membership comes up, some immediately think about a loving faith family that has served them sacrificially in times of pain and difficulty. For others, the immediate sentiment is not something so positive. Rather than a means of joy, the church has been a source of hurt.

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Paid in Full

4/13/2017 | Authored By Mike Flom

Paid in Full

Our spiritual condition before salvation is described many ways in the Bible. For example, we are described as once being spiritually dead, enemies of God, lost, slaves of sin, children of wrath, etc. We could add to that list, debtors – debtors to God. In Col. 2: 13b-14, Paul says that God forgave us our sins “by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands.” That means before we were saved, we were debtors to God because of our sin, having violated His law. Our sin debt to God is also seen by comparing the two versions of the model prayer the Lord gave us in Matthew 6 and Luke 11. In one version we are to pray, “forgive us our debts” (Matt.6:12), and in the other, “forgive us our sins” (Luke 11:4). So our debt to God is indeed our sin.

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A Lesson in Unbelief

4/13/2017 | Authored By Andy Briggs

A Lesson in Unbelief

It was in the Garden of Gethsemane that we see the culmination of one of Jesus’ disciple’s unbelief in who Jesus was. It was also the beginning of unbelief in another of Jesus’ disciples. Judas was the one who betrayed Jesus to the Chief Priests, and Peter, ready to go to war in the garden for Him, would, just hours later, deny ever knowing Him. They both repented of their unbelief, but both had vastly different hearts in their repentance. In order to understand why they struggled with unbelief, we need to go back to the beginning of Jesus’ relationship with His disciples.

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Feile Dochas

4/10/2017 | Authored By Julia Wolfe

Feile Dochas Feile Dochas

We have now been in Ireland for a week. And what a week it has been! Most days we have woken and hit the ground running. In Dublin we walked the streets learning about the culture and Ireland’s religious/political climate, which is so important to understand when you are trying to share your hope in Jesus. In Buncrana we have been furiously readying for Feile Dochas (sounds a little bit like “feed the ducks”). Irish for “Hope Fest”, Feile Dochas is the carnival day of the Amazing Grace Festival week.

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Pastoral Prayer of Gratefulness

3/31/2017 | Authored By Oscar Huerta

Pastoral Prayer of Gratefulness

The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:7,

“What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?”

Everything we have, Lord, is a gift: our health, our life, our salvation, our citizenship in the richest nation in the history of the world. We did nothing to earn these things. They are merely mercies to us of an everlasting kind Father.

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