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What Does the Bible Say about Being a Grandparent?

Retirement is not a Biblical concept. We are called to serve the Lord in all phases of our life once we come to know Him, and until we are called home. In different phases of our life, we are called to different service and we find ourselves equipped in different ways to serve. Being a grandparent is one of those phases. The culture is pushing for old age to be eliminated and the aged to be put…

ASCEND

Our fall theme in youth group is ASCEND – we’re turning to the Psalms of Ascension (120-134) to help us understand the Christian journey – its struggles, sorrows, joys, and victories. This section of the Psalms basically functioned as a playlist for God’s people as they made the road trip up to Jerusalem. They made this journey three times…

The Beloved Physician and the Pandemic

Colossians 4:14 is one of those verses we are tempted to not think about too much.  “Luke the beloved physician greets you.”  It seems like a passing comment about someone saying hello.  But when we ponder this verse within the context of the early church, we realize a few things. 

This verse tells us that the author of the third gospel…

Rekindle the Gift of God

Our sermon text for this week comes from Paul’s second letter to Timothy.  Paul is encouraging his helper and younger brother in the faith in his introduction where he says (verse 6) to rekindle the gift of God.  “And for this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6).

Rekindle… it is perhaps a word that…

Luke: A Scholar and a Believer

“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning…

Levi, the Tax Collector, Matthew, the Disciple

"As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and He said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed Him" (Matthew 9:9).

Matthew is an interesting character in the New Testament: the name occurs only five times in the New Testament, and only in the gospel of Matthew is he referred to as a tax collector.  Elsewhere, he is sometimes referred…

He is risen, indeed!

After His suffering and death, Jesus’ disciples hunkered down and pondered what had just happened and what it all meant. They had witnessed the most horrible death anyone could endure: Roman crucifixion. They saw His lifeless body taken down from the cross and given to Joseph of Arimathea for burial. Their hopes seemed dashed.

Jesus died…

Why observe Good Friday?

Why observe Good Friday? 

To understand that question is for us to first understand the depth of our sin. Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD.” Paul also teaches, again in Romans, that the “wages of sin is death…”. (6:23) Our sin is detestable to GOD and deserves eternal punishment.  We are sinful to our core and we can neither…

Passover: A Promise Kept

 

The Passover (or pesah in Hebrew) is first mentioned in Exodus chapter 12. The chapter is 51 verses long, but certainly is the place to begin reading in order to understand the celebration.

The Passover is mentioned more than 20 times throughout Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, and in…

I want to be where God wants me.

A friend of mine was recently passed over for a job promotion. He thought the interview went well but that decision did not seem to go in his favor. Co-workers told him he was “cheated” and some of them spoke ill of their employer. But my friend knew that God is ultimately in control of his career and told his co-workers “I want to be where God wants me.” This came as a shock…

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.