Where do you find comfort? Do you have someplace to run to when you feel weak or alone?
One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. The Comforter is One who comes to our side and picks us up when we are down. According to the Scriptures
1 Corinthians 15
Easter and the Resurrection are a big deal. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. We make this proclamation each year at Easter because the Resurrection of Christ makes all the difference in our Christian faith. Paul, in the Book of Corinthians, explains to us the significance of the Resurrection. He said the whole gospel is centered on Jesus Christ and he makes four important points that I would like to share with you today.
Join us as we re-discover how our lives can be transformed because of the power of the resurrection.
Please note the recording is split into 2 parts so be sure to catch the ending in the second video!
Special Feature: Praise Dance to "Above All" song by Lenny LeBlanc (minute marker 24:47 - 29:29 of first video) - featuring Paige Tallmadge, Darian Drugatz & Sarah Ashley.
Sermon begins at 30:25 of first video.
There are moments in life when something special happens. These can be moments of revelation or inspiration. They can be snapshots on a timeline, they are not destinations or goals or places where we can end a journey, but rather they are significant points of transition, which can be pivotal in our lives.
Many of us have encountered our own defining moments when we made a decision that changed our lives forever. Palm Sunday is such a moment that changed history. Jesus decided to go to Jerusalem riding on a donkey. This day, Palm Sunday, is called the Triumphant Entry to Jerusalem, which begins what Christians call "Holy Week". It is a day of celebration and joy, with shouts of "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
Join us as we re-live this wonderful event that changed the course of history forever.
Every person who is a follower of Christ will be tempted one way or another. There is a difference between temptation and testing. A test or trial is an opportunity for us to practice what we believe about God. It is an opportunity to honor God and prove your convictions to yourself. So God allows us to go through some trials and tribulations for the purpose of bringing the best out of us.
Temptation on the hand is an enticement to disobey God and satisfy our own selfish desires. Yielding to temptation often leads to destructive consequences. Someone said temptations are like black ice in a parking lot. One careless move leaves you falling flat on your face. Temptations are spiritual danger zones. When we see the warning signs, we have to keep out.
We read in this passage that the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness for the very purpose of facing temptations from the devil. Join us as we examine what happened and what we can learn from Jesus' example.
Movies like "Indiana Jones" and "National Treasure" have captivated many audiences for many years. The thrill, excitement, and mystery of solving clues and following maps to where "X marks the spot" is always intriguing. These movies feature all sorts of choices that had to be made to find the treasure. Bad choices ended in a wild goose chase that led them away from the treasure, while good choices led them to the treasure.
But treasure hunts like these are in search of worldly treasure.
The parable of the mustard seed discusses how something small and insignificant can make a big difference.
In this parable Jesus teaches that the kingdom will develop from its smallest beginnings into something that will be greater than anything we could have imagined from the outset.
Sometimes great things come in small packages. All the greatest things known to humankind started from the smallest of seeds.
Join us as we examine this amazing parable and how we can plant our own small seeds to accomplish great things.
Last week we heard the parable of the sower where Jesus talked about seeds that fell among four different types of soil. Jesus used that as a picture of how God's Word is received when it is proclaimed.
This week, Jesus continues teaching the crowd about another parable that involves seeds. This time Jesus talks about a sower, a field, good seeds, an enemy, a harvest and reapers. Jesus explains that there are two types of people, the righteous and the wicked.
Join us as we further explore this story of hope, encouragement and anticipation.
No one likes to wait, especially in our current culture where we measure everything on the basis of the response time. We experience frustrations everywhere when people stall or delay, whether in the grocery store, at the traffic light when it turns green, or on the highway. Many times we would even do something wrong instead of wait, but waiting is part of what it means to be human.