Jonah lived in the belly of a large fish for three days. What a sensational story that has provoked the imagination of children and ire of skeptics for generations! But let’s not miss the point of Jonah’s experience during this time of despair. He hits rock bottom and finally sees the God he rebelled against differently as a result of those three days. Join us Sunday at 10am as we see that rebellion-producing despair produces repentance. Since there’s a bit of Jonah in all of us, the anecdote is appropriate for all of us!
It is sometimes easy to think that because we are on the right team we are always right. No story in the Bible better cautions us not to assume this than the prophet Jonah. God is often mysterious and magnificent beyond our comprehension, but we can’t go along with His plan. Even in our rebellion, He pursues us and gives us more opportunities to experience grace. Join us as we enter the tumultuous storm with Jonah and see God’s unlikely grace in spite of ourselves.
As we conclude our series diving deep into Proverbs this Sunday, we’ll look at a partial profile of a wise person. Someone said, “The more you practice, the luckier you get.” The same is true in life; the more you seek to become wise, the better your circumstances. Proverbs 14:8 says:
“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,
but the folly of fools is deception.”
If you want to become wise, the one thing you must do is be intentional with your choices. Join us as we discover how each of us can have better luck by doing the things wise people do.
Money is a sensitive topic to many of us. Money is especially awkward to talk about in the church, for a few reasons. But what if God cares tremendously about how we view our money, because it is an important aspect of our faith? And what if God wants to spare us a lot of pain and misery by giving us help with the resources He has given to us? The truth is most of us don't fully understand how God wants us to look at our money. With that in mind, we'll tackle one particular Proverb this week -- Proverbs 22:7:
"The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender."
Join us as we unpack this countercultural proverb intended to bring joy and peace in our lives.
Sunday is Father’s Day. Only our Heavenly Father is perfect, but fathers (and mothers) should always be intentional about helping their children prepare for life with God at the center. As we dive into the Proverbs again, we’ll key in on Proverbs 8: 12-14:
“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have insight, I have power.”
Join us as we discover three character qualities from these verses that we should develop in our kids that will take them far in life.
Last week we explored what Carol Dweck in her book Mindset calls a “fixed mindset.” This mindset views failures, mistakes, and shortcomings as indictments upon who a person is, rather than a chance to grow. This week we’ll look at a “growth mindset” and see how it unleashes the power to rise to your full potential. As we grab our snorkeling gear and take a deeper look at Proverb 19:25, we’ll see the breathtaking freedom and untapped potential in being like the “simple”:
Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.
Join us as we see that it is an amazing thing to understand the gospel to such a deep level that we can welcome failure in our lives on a daily basis!
As we celebrate Jesus this holiday weekend, we’ll continue our series in the Proverbs as we tackle another brilliant, yet often overlooked set of Proverbs contrasting the “mocker” and the “simple” person. We’ll also find out if Pastor Jeremy touch another sea turtle on his trip to Costa Rica! We’ll take a deep dive into Proverb 19:25:
“Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.”
Join us as we learn from this Proverb and discover how your mindset about mistakes is one of the most significant keys to rising to your full potential.
The Proverbs were not meant to just be admired for their brilliance; they were meant to be grasped and applied. As we begin this week to dive down into the depths of specific proverbs, we begin with Proverb 24:27:
"Put your outdoor work in order
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house."
Join us as we dive deep into the difference between focusing more on life preparation than on life planning and how a simple shift could radically change your life.
After a great Easter celebration last weekend, we’re going to continue celebrating this week! We’re honoring Dan and Cheryl Kelley and we will be joined by dear out-of-town friends as well. We begin a new sermon series in the book of Proverbs, while worshiping our Lord Jesus together as family. Join us as we share a part of our weeks together!
Easter Sunday is the day we celebrate when God's power was on full display! Jesus conquered sin and death when God's Spirit raised Jesus from the dead. Join us as we remember God's power and baptize three people whose lives have been changed by that power.
Our world understands judgment. We talk a lot about fairness. We expect reward and punishment according to what people deserve. But what we all long for is grace. As we conclude our series in the book of Colossians this week, we'll see that we have what the world is desperately seeking but doesn't understand -- grace. Join us as we see that grace shines brightest when judgment is expected.
Join us as we continue our Made Alive series in Colossians. We'll examine together how being Made Alive with Christ involves freedom from rules and responsibility to be ethical people.
To be a Christian is to willingly, daily surrender yourself under the Lordship of Jesus. (That is at least what the Apostle Paul thought.) The lack of emphasis in the Church today on this essential aspect of Christian living has profound consequences. As we continue our study in Colossians 2, we’ll see the implications of what it means to live as though “Jesus is Lord.” We see that no one should have to guess whether Jesus is Lord of your life or not.
Jesus is not just a person who did helpful things, taught wise things, or makes us feel good in our times of weakness. He is the Healer who reconciles our broken relationship with the God of the Universe. He is the one whom our lives should imitate because he is Wisdom. He is the one through whom our lives have purpose and hope. Join us as we shine a spotlight on "the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27).
We talk about Jesus, sing songs to Jesus, and otherwise refer to Jesus with such familiarity at times that we can lose our sense of wonder and awe. We risk squeezing Jesus into our preferred categories to make him what we want him to be. As we continue our study in Colossians, we’ll see that the Apostle Paul fixates our imaginations on a Jesus who is never safe, but also who never fails. At the heart of this understanding of Jesus is his passion to use his church for his glory.
There’s something refreshing about having someone believe in us when we don’t believe in ourselves. That’s what the Apostle Paul does to the insignificant congregation in the insignificant community at Colossae. As we begin our study through the book of Colossians, we will see in the opening verses that God wants us to grow, not be perfect. Join us as we see that focusing on spiritual growth will help us rise to our full potential, rather than focusing on an unattainable standard.