Jesus Addressing Tension Points in Church We Still See Today

Welcome back everyone to our study of The Parables of Jesus.  We are hoping you are having as much fun in this series as we are!  You know, it’s been interesting to slow down and dive into Jesus’ teachings like this, not only reading each parable but also look at why Jesus spoke them and who He was speaking to!  It brings these parables to life and if our hearts are ready and open, it can lead to . . . Read More »

What Does A Successful Church Look Like?

This entire series has been a practical ‘how to’ in placing your life into God’s hands.  Last week, Sam was so practical.  He asked and answered the question, how do we move forward?  Remember how he pointed out how hard it is to deal with the real issues of our heart while at the same time we have to deal with the issues that scream at us from our culture?  It’s so easy to be distracted, isn’t it? . . . Read More »

Don’t Be That Guy, You Won’t Find Joy

This December we talked about joy.  We said joy is different than happiness.  Happiness is what happens to us.  It’s temporary, it’s external.  Joy is a decision we make that says, ‘God is in control and I can relax in that.’  That means I can have an awful day but it can’t steal my joy in the reality that God loves me and has freed me. We walked through the Christmas story and talked about the things that . . . Read More »

Practically, How Do I Join God in What He Is Doing?

Where does our community find God? That’s why every local church in every community is so important. The series we are in is called, ‘Finding God.’ We are talking about church, the presence of God and our role in all of it. We started with the story of Jesus going to a party to hang out with what the church people of His day called, ‘notorious sinners.’ When Jesus heard their criticism, Jesus shot back: “It is the . . . Read More »

What Could Be

Over the last few years we have taken the summer and studied a book of the Bible.  Quite frankly it’s something that I look forward to every year.  Over the past few years we have studied some of Paul’s letters, and James…and this year I was really gearing up to study 1st and 2nd Peter with you all.  I enjoy picking the scriptures apart like that…but that isn’t the direction we went this summer…instead we are jumping into . . . Read More »

At A Penn State Game, what do you see?

Where does our community find God? That’s why every local church in every community is so important. The series we are in is called, ‘Finding God.’ We are talking about church, the presence of God and our role in all of it. Last week, we jumped right into scripture. We read about a party that Matthew, the tax collector, hosted for Jesus. The church people of Jesus’ day lost their minds because, to use their words, Jesus was . . . Read More »

God Enters Earth and Runs After the Notorious Sinner

27 Later on as Jesus left the town he saw a tax collector – with the usual reputation for cheating – sitting at a tax collection booth. The man’s name was Levi [this is Matthew]. Jesus said to him, “Come and be one of my disciples!” 28 So Levi left everything, sprang up, and went with him. 29 Soon Levi held a reception in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax . . . Read More »

What is Church to you? Is it even relevant anymore?

What do you think of Church? Is Church even relevant today? Most of the people I hang out with, don’t go to church. They tell me a lot of things. Some say that they went to church years ago and were hurt. They saw a double standard. The leaders in the church, they say, had a set of rules for people and then later the leaders broke the same rules. They concluded that they believe in God, but . . . Read More »