The Promises of Christmas :: Peace

Blog Post for Sunday, December 10, 2017   How can we experience more of God’s peace and presence in our lives? This week in our Advent series on the promises of Christmas we will talk about how to experience God’s peace and presence in Jesus Christ. The Hebrew word for “peace” in the Bible is… Continue Reading

The Promises of Christmas :: Hope

Blog Post for Sunday, December 3, 2017   What is Christmas all about anyway? December marks the beginning of the season known as “Advent” in which God’s people are reminded that we are a people who live in anticipation of His coming to us again. This is what Christmas means for us – not just… Continue Reading

Finding Our Story in His Story: Ephesians 6:10-23

Blog Post for Sunday, November 26, 2017   If life is a battle, how then do we fight? This week as we wrap up our series in Ephesians, we will look at how Paul calls the church to engage in spiritual warfare! This topic tends to generate controversy as some dismiss Paul’s warfare metaphors as… Continue Reading

Finding Our Story in His Story: Ephesians 6:1-4

Blog Post for Sunday, November 19, 2017   How do children & parents live out the Spirit-filled, mutually-submissive, Christ-exalting life together? This week in our study from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians we will explore how families can work together in a way that glorifies Christ through being filled with the Holy Spirit and being… Continue Reading

Finding Our Story in His Story: Ephesians 5:22-33

Blog Post for Sunday, November 12, 2017   What makes a Christian marriage truly “Christian”? This week in our study from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians we will face one of the most challenging and controversial texts in the New Testament: Paul’s definition of marriage. This text is not difficult because it is hard to… Continue Reading

Finding Our Story in His Story: Ephesians 5:3-21

Blog Post for Sunday, November 5, 2017   Does Jesus really “satisfy” the soul? For Paul, being a follower of Jesus entails not only new ways of thinking about God but also feelings about God. In other words, Christianity is not only about believing specific truths about God but also learning to love and worship… Continue Reading

Finding Our Story in His Story: Ephesians 4:17-5:2

Blog Post for Sunday, October 29, 2017   You are WHO you WEAR! Have you ever heard the quip “you are what you eat”? The implication of this proverbial saying is that the food which our body consumes becomes evidenced in our physical health, etc. Some clothing companies have rephrased this statement for marketing purposes… Continue Reading

Finding Our Story in His Story: Ephesians 4:1-16

Blog Post for Sunday, October 22, 2017   What does it mean to grow up by growing small? This week in our study in Ephesian marks a transition in the letter. Typically, the way that Paul writes and expresses his understanding of the gospel is first by way of making clear the way in which… Continue Reading

Finding Our Story in His Story: Ephesians 3:14-21

Blog Post for Sunday, October 15, 2017   What should Christians be regularly praying for? This week in our text from Ephesians we will explore the second of Paul’s two prayers that he offers for the church. Once again, as we saw a couple of weeks ago after we looked at the first prayer, the… Continue Reading

Finding Our Story in His Story: Ephesians 2:11-22

Blog Post for Sunday, October 1, 2017   Does the gospel actually make a visible difference in hostile relationships and places? This week in our study in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, Paul is going to make the audacious claim that the cross of Jesus Christ actually brings peace to relationships and communities formerly marked… Continue Reading