Someone asked Jesus, “Which is the greatest commandment?” Jesus answered, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and soul and mind. And the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself.” These greatest commandments speak to our true purpose. Love God and love our neighbor. Join us next week as we study Galatians 5:13-26 and discover what keeps us from fulfilling our true purpose and the power to overcome.
Join us, beginning January 10, for a new message series The Intentional Life.
In the days of the old sailing ships, the greatest danger sailors faced was not piracy or storms at sea, but simply being “becalmed” hundreds of miles from land.
The word “becalmed” sounds peaceful, but with no wind, a sailing ship could drift aimlessly for days or weeks until the sailors perished from lack of food and water.
In our lives, our most dangerous enemy may be not some sudden temptation, demonic assault, or even the personal “storms” of life, but the danger of simply drifting. The author of the Book of Hebrews warned, “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).
Are you drifting?
As we begin the new year, we pray that the Holy Spirit (in both Hebrew and Greek the word for “spirit” and “wind” is the same) fill the sails of our lives so that we live with purpose and intention.
Normally a man’s death is the end of the story, but Jesus’ burial at the close of Good Friday was just the end of Act 1 of his life. The time in the tomb was just an intermission.
On Easter the intermission ended and Act 2 began! Jesus’ resurrection brings hope, forgiveness and the promise of a changed life.
If you are living in a “Good Friday” world, thinking your story is over, that your life will never change, and that you will never be good enough for God, be a part of the story!
Join us as we celebrate Act 2 of our lives because Jesus is alive!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade” (1 Peter 1:3-4).
God is love. Jesus is God’s love in flesh and blood. We are to be “conformed to the image of God’s Son” (Romans 8:29). When people see us, they are to see Jesus. We are called to be God’s love in flesh and blood to the world.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of repentance and reflection during the six weeks leading up to Easter. During our Wednesday Lenten services we will take a closer look at temptation, its source, its power, and God’s answer to it with our series, Lured. Join us Wednesdays at 3:30 and 7:00 pm.
When Jesus was born, the Roman Empire enjoyed financial and military success. At the same time, scandals of a sexual nature had become commonplace in the ruling elite. Positions of power were bought and sold. The world was ripe for revolution.
Over the next three centuries, a revolution did take place… the Christian revolution. The Christian faith became the dominate force in the Roman world by 325 AD.
How did the Christian Church change the world? It wasn’t by armed revolt. It wasn’t a result of political intrigue. The world was changed by individual Christians living a revolutionary life, a life of purpose and love that amazed the world around them and led many people to know Christ.
As we begin the new year, it is our prayer that we can change the world too. We won’t study politics or military tactics. We’ll study the revolutionary message… that changed the world of Jesus’ day… that has changed us… and that can change our world today.
While another year is passing, and we look forward to the coming year, we recognize that in both our joys and our sorrows, God has been and is with us. It is his gracious presence in our lives that gives our lives meaning and worth. It is his presence that gives us hope for the future.
The great hymns of Christmas take us to the center of our faith in Christ. In our midweek Advent devotions we will take a closer look at three beloved carols for the newborn King. Each service will begin with a Christmas carol hymn-sing 15 minutes prior.
“What the world needs now, is love, sweet love.”
Ever since Hal David and Burt Bacharach wrote this song in 1965, countless singers have reminded us love is “the only thing that there’s just too little of.”
God knew that too. That’s why God gave the gift of Love at Christmas.
But God’s love is not a sentimental wish. It is God facing the reality of our need. It is God revealing to us how loveless we are. It is God stepping in to provide hope for the hopeless. It is God giving himself for us. Join us this Christmas season as the Prophet Isaiah reveals to us that God gave us “What the World Needs Now.”
One thing leads to another. A generous God creates generous people with a generous vision.
“I am a Lutheran because I am a Christian.” “I’m a Lutheran because someone shared the gospel with me.” Outreach and faith connect with the sharing of the gospel. That’s what this series is all about. As we celebrate the treasures we have as Lutheran Christians, we want to do more than celebrate history. We want to share what God has given us with others so the Holy Spirit can do as he promises—create faith. Through this series we use this historic event of Reformation 500 to reach out, to share, to witness, and to confess.
This series is built around four important Christian—that is, Lutheran Christian—treasures. Three of them are familiar: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, and Scripture Alone. They are the three “solas” we find in some of the stained glass windows of Lutheran churches. But one more sola captures them all—Christ Alone. We hold fast to the truth of God’s grace that has justified us freely in Christ. We receive that grace and make it ours by faith in Christ. We learn of these treasures in Christ through the Scriptures and do not rely on any other authority. So “Christ Alone” is the Rock—the foundation of the church on which rests all our teaching and our witness. We have such treasures. Let’s celebrate them! Let’s reclaim these truths for our generation!