Children

Children

Jesus Is Worth Celebrating

Most people love the holidays, especially children.  As parents, we try to point our children to the real reason we celebrate Christmas.  God loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son to come to earth and be born as a baby.  Jesus wasn’t any ordinary baby though.  Jesus was God in the flesh.  Jesus, the perfect Son of God, left heaven, coming to earth in order that He might bring us back to God.  Jesus is…

Advent

Many Christians look forward to Advent each year.  Advent is a special time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of Christ’s birth and for the second coming of Christ. Advent means “coming” in Latin.  Advent typically starts four Sundays before Christmas Day.  Each week, or Sunday, many light a candle and read scriptures that prepare their hearts and minds for the real reason for Christmas.  Candles are sometimes lit as a symbol that Jesus has come into…

Give Thanks, Give Kindness, Give Love

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday. While not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving with traditions, many do. Some people start their day by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Others start decorating for Christmas.  Some go shopping, looking for that great deal.  Families gather together to share a meal and give thanks.  Many families prepare the food together, talking and laughing throughout the day. …

Time With God Changes Everything

Do you meet with God daily?  Do you set aside devoted time to sit in His Presence, together?  In Luke 10, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened.  Jesus said that the choice she had made was better than being busy doing stuff. She had chosen well.  I want to be like Mary, sitting daily at the feet of my Lord, soaking in His wisdom and love.  And I can.  So can you. I simply adore God’s Word.  Really, I…

Love God And Love People

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 When Jesus was questioned by a Pharisee, He responded by issuing a standard that each Christ follower should strive to live by. This conversation is recorded in Matthew 22:36-40. Jesus was asked, “‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied:…

Do Our Words Matter?

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 Have you ever wondered if you talk too much? The University of Arizona conducted a study and found that most people speak around 16,000 words in a day.  This number can vary depending on age, culture and other factors.  16,000 words each day sounds like so many words!  It makes me wonder, “Do our…

God, I AM

God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’; and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14 I don’t know about you, but I have a favorite name of God.  It is I AM.  In the book of Exodus, Moses encountered God through the burning bush and God gave him his assignment of leading God’s people out of slavery in Egypt.  When Moses asked God what he should…

Encourage Those Closest To You

If you attended Life Team this last Sunday or printed off and used the Life Team Discussion Guide, you know that Pastor Marc stated that “God wants us to use His Word to encourage others this week”.  If you are staying home for the most part, due to COVID restrictions, that can seem like a difficult assignment.  If there is one good thing that has come from this virus, it is that we are constantly having to look at new…

Love Does

Pastor Marc has been teaching from Matthew 7:12, which is the Golden Rule.  It states, “Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”  After spending time in God’s word, I always want to respond by being a “doer”.  It’s not enough to hear a great sermon or read some beautiful scripture, then go about our day unchanged.  As God reveals Himself and His will through…

Let’s Get Together

Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me.’ Matthew 19:14 Oh dear friends, I have some wonderful news for you!  In Matthew 19:14, “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me.’” Therefore, I am excited to announce that we will be getting together, live and in person, with your children for Kids’ Church on a few select Wednesday nights this fall.  I am so excited to be able to worship King Jesus together with my Kinder-4th grade friends…

In Awe Of God The Creator

When I walk outside each morning now, the lack of scorching heat surprises me.  As the seasons change yet again, I find myself in awe of God the Creator of heaven and earth.  Even as a child, I could connect to God through the created world.  An appreciation for this beautiful world we live in would prompt me to worship God. Scripture says, “For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since…

For The Least of These

Pastor Marc has started a sermon series on “Do Unto Others” based on the Golden Rule.  What is the Golden Rule?  It is found in Matthew 7:12, “Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them—this is the Law and the Prophets.”  Some people didn’t even realize that the Golden Rule was from the Bible!  Most of us were taught this in school too.  So, as we strive to do for others, what does…