Dear Church Family, This Sunday as we continue our series from Romans we will explore Romans 9.  Many have concluded that Romans 9, 10, and 11 seems oddly placed in Paul’s letter.  In fact, it would seem very natural to proceed directly from Paul’s tremendous passage of Romans 8 right in to chapter 12.  However, there is a reason Paul directs the reader’s attention to Israel in the three upcoming chapters.  In my study I certainly can see both doctrinal and practical reasons for these three chapters. It seems to go without saying that we live in uncertain times, and there is much uncertainty surroundingRead More →

Dear Church Family, Even though we hold the hope of eternity and are confident of heaven, life in the here and now is sometimes hard.  Not always, mind you – but the spiritual battles that take place and the temptations we face seem overwhelming at times, don’t they?  God’s Word has given us what we need to know about heaven, but God has also given us all we need for this life as well.  By the presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit we can hold the hope of heaven (truly, the best IS yet to come) and live victoriously in Christ.  I will beRead More →

I cannot verify when the phrase “we are going to church” began, but we can make a reasonable assumption.  It is very likely that  the idea of going to or coming to church may have had its beginnings under Emperor Constantine who decreed in 313 A.D. (the Edict of Milan) that Christianity was to be tolerated – which eventually led to Christianity being declared the official religion of the Roman Empire.  Under his rule the church became an official institution and, for the first time, church buildings were erected.  Prior to Constantine believers would have met mostly in homes.  With this official designation and newRead More →

Dear Church Family, CHRIST IS RISEN!  Believers around the world will echo this triumphant phrase this coming weekend for very good reason:  The Resurrection is the “capstone” of the Gospel!   Without a doubt, the Resurrection was the divine “stamp of approval” on the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, and without it, Christ’s death would be nothing more than another execution by the Romans.  On the other hand, the death of Christ on the cross and what He accomplished gives the Resurrection its incredible significance.  Clearly then, both accounts make up the Gospel of God’s grace that Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 15.Read More →

Dear Church Family, In this week’s edition of “expository listening” I would like to address an area that we might be tempted to describe as someone else’s problem.  In 2 Timothy 4:3-4 Paul wrote, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” That applies to those “other” churches…right? That surely doesn’t describe our church…does it? To answer the first question I would have to say:  not always. Read More →

Dear Church Family, Just a few words before Sunday— After such a great week with Rennie Showers, we would like to hear your response!   After we  chat with George and Shirley Weber via Skype (hopefully), we will dedicate the Sunday School hour to some “debriefing” of what was gleaned from the series “What on earth is God Doing?”.Read More →

Dear Church Family, So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms andRead More →

Dear Church Family,It’s coming.The end of the world as we know it is coming.Well, according to Harold Camping the end of the world is more imminent than we know!  I do believe the time is near, but how near is the question.  The problem is, we just don’t know when—though Camping is convinced that this Saturday, May 21 is the date of the rapture.  In Mark 13:32-22 Jesus said, “Of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.”  Camping’sRead More →