Immerse Kingdoms :: I Samuel

Immerse Kingdoms :: I Samuel

In our trek through Immerse Kingdoms, we have read through the roller coaster ride of Judges and some hope in God’s blessing of a faithful Ruth. As we continue into the book of 1 Samuel, we hear again if God’s blessing to a faithful woman, Hannah, and her dedication to the Lord. The challenge and… Continue Reading

Immerse Kingdoms :: Judges Ruth

Immerse Kingdoms :: Judges Ruth

We finished week #1 in our IMMERSE: Kingdoms series, reading through the book of Joshua. The Israelites faced many challenges in their Promised Land and the battle isn’t over. We end the book with Joshua’s last command to the people, “choose this day whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:15) The people commit to follow the… Continue Reading

Immerse :: Kingdoms :: Joshua

Immerse :: Kingdoms :: Joshua

This week we jump into our reading and study of the IMMERSE: Kingdoms series. We start with the Old Testament book of Joshua. It’s quite a story of God’s provision of a Promised Land but also his call for us to obey his commands. No surprise, that’s still God’s M.O. (modus operandi). It’s how He… Continue Reading

Centrality of the Scriptures

Centrality of the Scriptures

We are about to dive into the IMMERSE: Kingdoms series, committing to read through part of the Bible together for the next eight weeks. It might sound challenging, but the plan is very doable, and it is an important part of who we are as Christians, and specifically as Covies (Covenanters). The #1 Affirmation of… Continue Reading

The Case for Small Groups

The Case for Small Groups

Are you connected? Did you have time with family and friends over Thanksgiving and Christmas? Sometimes we’re overwhelmed with too much connection, and sometimes we find that all our connections are long-distance. And for some, sadly, all meaningful connections have disappeared. As we head into this new year, we are going to embark on another… Continue Reading

On The Road Again

On The Road Again

Are you worn out from Christmas? Did you get any toys from Santa? How about any spiritual gifts from God? Was God good to you? It’s the end of the year and it’s a good idea to take inventory and count our blessings of the past year. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;… Continue Reading

The Forgotten Joseph

The Forgotten Joseph

One character in the Christmas story is Joseph, but we don’t know too much about him. He doesn’t get much attention. We know he was a carpenter who lived in Nazareth and he was ‘of the House of David’ which brought Bethlehem into the story because of the census being taken. But who was he?… Continue Reading

Jesus, Are You The One?

Jesus, Are You The One?

Sometimes while we wait and prepare for a big upcoming event, we create unrealistic expectations or preconceived notions of what’s coming. Like Christmas, what do you hope for? What do you expect? John the Baptist had this same experience with Jesus. John thought that Jesus was the promised Messiah. He preached about his coming, he… Continue Reading

Wilderness and Fire

Wilderness and Fire

As we are “Waiting Expectantly” in this season of Advent, getting ready for Christmas to finally get here, we are reminded in scripture that as we wander though this wilderness of life, there are some things we need to actively do to prepare for what is coming. I’m not talking about putting up the tree,… Continue Reading

Ready or Not, Here I Come

Ready or Not, Here I Come

Advent is here, the season of the church leading up to Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Our theme this year is “Waiting Expectantly.” We know something good is coming, but we have to wait for it. No “instant gratification” on this boat ride. In this spirit of “expectation’, the scripture lesson for… Continue Reading