Cross and Crown

Reading: Matthew 16:21-28 Dear Friends, Matthew 16 is a turning point in the story.  We learn something important about Jesus.  He isn’t just the Christ, the victor, the one who conquers all.  He’s also the suffering servant, the one that would be tortured and then crucified.  He would suffer as a way of serving and […]

Announce Among the Nations that the LORD is King

Reading:  Psalm 96 Dear Friends, When you think of God’s mission among the nations, what comes to your mind?  Career missionaries in Papua New Guinea?   Preaching stations in Africa?  Trekking through the jungle of the Amazon?  We often picture God’s mission among the nations as something exotic that happens “over there” somewhere.  Yet, it […]

Made

Reading: Psalm 139:1-18 Dear Friends, Today we hope to do two things. Consider. (We will do this using Psalm 139:14)  Consider how amazing it is that the God of the universe has taken time and energy to make each one of us as individuals.  And how amazing it is that he has plans for each […]

Stop

Reading: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-17, 24-30; Acts 2:1-4 Dear Friends, The people say stop.  Moses says stop.  Joshua says stop.  Numbers 11 has a lot of stops.  Today we will be challenged by the ways that we often stop the work of the Spirit in the world. Peace, Pastor Dave

Do You Believe?

Reading: Matthew 9:27-31 Dear Friends, This final miracle (in our series) is a lot like the other ones.  But one little thing stands out in this story.    Jesus asks a question.  This morning we will consider the possible answers and we will discuss the one thing we all can do regardless of our answer.   […]

The Demons Know

Reading: Matthew 8:28-34 Dear Friends, This is a fascinating little story. Jesus only says one word.  No one has faith.  But the demons know. They know who will and has won.  They know who Jesus is.  They know who is most powerful.  It will be wise of us today to listen to the demons (isn’t that weird!) but to respond […]

The Leper’s Prayer

Reading:  Matthew 8:1-4 Dear Friends, A crowd is already following Jesus.  One man stands out from the crowd – he does what no one else does.  He brings his need to  Jesus.  He trusts Jesus with his problem.  In other words, he prays. Peace, Pastor Dave

Hopeless

Reading: Matthew 9:9-13 & 18-26 Dear Friends, Sometimes a reach out changes everything.  Jesus reaches out to Matthew.  He reaches and touches a girl.  A woman reaches out and touches him. With each reach death gives way to life.  Hope is restored.  Lives are changed.  What would happen if we would reach out a bit more? Peace, Pastor Dave

Salt and Light

Reading:  Matthew 5:13-16 Dear Friends, There are two awesome things happening in these few verses.  First, Jesus tells us who we are.  Then he tells us what we do.  These are good things to know.  Good things to  celebrate.  BUT, what happens when we aren’t who we are supposed to be and don’t do what […]

3 Relationships

Reading: Matthew 28:16-20 Dear Friends, The great commission is all about relationships – specifically three types.  Relationships with other followers of Jesus.  Relationships with people that don’t yet know Jesus.  Relationship with Jesus himself.  Today we will take a look at all three and be challenged to grow. Peace, Pastor Dave