All of the pieces of the gospel, like a puzzle, are necessary in order to create the full picture of God’s message the world. When we have a few pieces missing, it can create misunderstanding both of God’s character and plan as well as our own connection to the message. Yet as the full and complete picture comes into view, it gives us an overwhelming appreciation of God and all of the awesome things he has done for us. In Colossians 1, the apostle Paul gives us some key pieces of the gospel Read more [...]

Who is my family?

Mark 3:35 – “For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” Family was a person’s primary allegiance in Jesus’ time. Jesus was establishing a new primary allegiance group: his followers. You and I are members of His family when we prioritize God and do His will. Who is your family? This is a question that we often find ourselves asking as Seventh Day Baptists, because we have a long and glorious history and have extensive genealogical records Read more [...]

Praying God’s Will

Knowing God’s will is of such great importance that it could be at the top of the list at every prayer meeting. As we come to know God’s will with the wisdom and understanding of the Holy Spirit, we will have the power, given to us by God, to do the things that please him. Click here for the Youversion event with the  notes and scriptures. When you start to see God as he really is, the eyes of your heart are opened to the truth of Colossians 1:17 that he holds everything together. He Read more [...]

The True Grace of God

You can only understand the true grace of God when you understand your true status before God – completely hopeless, helpless, wretched and depraved. YouVersion link: http://bible.com/events/349168 This past week I reached out to Ben Calhoun just to see how life and ministry was going for him. You might remember that a year ago Ben preached here on a Sabbath morning. Over the past year I’ve tried to keep in touch with him. I texted him, and within a few hours Ben got back to me. I was Read more [...]

God’s Tear Down

We are “God’s Tear Down” and the whole purpose of a tear down is to replace it with something better. Are you in or out? Bring the treasure back. Be humble and repentant. Lay the proper foundation and celebrate in worship! Let joy drown out weeping. Some of us love to watch shows on HGTV.  There are a lot of them: Property Brothers, House Hunters, Flip or Flop, and others. I know many of you are fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines and the show Fixer Upper.  But there is Read more [...]

It’s still all about Jesus

There is good news for those who trust in Jesus Christ. In spite of our ongoing tendency to contribute to the world falling apart (and we make daily contributions), the Lord holds all things together. He holds us together, and more specifically he holds his Church together. Sermon notes and scripture links can be found here. There’s an old Yiddish saying that goes, “Man plans and God laughs.” I’m sure He’s gotten many good chuckles over the course of my life. Don’t laugh. He’s Read more [...]

It’s all about JESUS

We need to know and be reminded of the truth that Jesus Christ holds everything together, and that includes us. If we really understand that in our hearts, then we will be different and we will see differently and we will live differently. And that difference will not be a small, insignificant difference. It will make all the difference in the world. Links to the scriptures can be found at our bible.com event Most of you know by now that I am a Star Wars fan. I don’t pay much attention Read more [...]

Why memorize scripture?

Chuck Swindoll wrote, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture…no other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened!  Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective.  Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change.  Your mind will become alert and observant.  Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced.  Your faith will be solidified.” A Sunday Read more [...]

God stepped in (Christmas Eve)

This is the heart of the Christmas story. God stepped in to the chaos that is the world in order to pull people out of their desperate and hopeless situation. He did this in a very specific way at a very specific point in history. He stepped in and clothed himself with humanity in the person Jesus of Nazareth. God Stepped In It was 30 years ago, but I remember it clearly as if it happened yesterday. It was really only a moment of time, just a random thing that happened on a non-specific day in Read more [...]

God stepped up

Nicholas Kersten, Director of Education & History for Seventh Day Baptsts presents "God stepped up" When the angel appears to them, and the glory of the LORD shines all around them, the shepherds were terrified. Why? Why were the shepherds afraid in the face of the best news humanity has EVER received? Today, friends, we will explore the reason the shepherds were afraid, and we will have the opportunity to celebrate the fact that no one ever need fear God’s arrival ever again because of what Read more [...]