Jesus calms your storms

Posted June 21, 2018
In Mark 4:35-41 we see Jesus with His disciples in a boat caught up in a storm. The disciples have been around Jesus for some time now, but when the storm hits they panic and think they are all going to die. What I love about these few verses is the simplicity of such a fundamental lesson. Jesus doesn't wake up, look at the storm and start panicking with them, He just rebukes it and …
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Got faith?

Posted June 14, 2018
Have you ever been out driving in your car and...ran out of gas?  I have, a number of times!  One time I ran out of gas less than a block away from the gas station!  I had to walk to the gas station, buy a gas can, walk back to the car and put a gallon of gas and then drive one block to the gas station to fill the car up. How embarrassing! The …
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Jesus Rescues

Posted June 7, 2018
God is active in our world. We can struggle with this by looking around us. Our Christian faith believes, teaches, and confesses that God is present everywhere and is always with us. He is busy rescuing people from sin, death and the grip of Satan. Jesus came into this world to save sinners and to call us from that life of sin to a new life, in His grace, to …
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Remember the Sabbath Day!

Posted May 31, 2018
OK, here’s a question?  What does the word “Sabbath” mean?  Literally it means “rest”.  As in, when God finished His work of creating the world, He “rested” on the seventh day. What do you do when you’re finished with your work for the day and you want to just kick back and relax?  Do you read? Watch TV? Surf the internet? If you are like me, you take a nap! Even for Christians, sometimes we …
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Breaking the Barriers

Posted May 23, 2018
Barriers exist all around us. They exist in politics, sports, religion, across cultures, and even families. Sometimes, we can be the ones that create barriers. Sin creates barriers. The barriers can keep us from a positive relationship. We can have the mindset, "oh, I can't believe what that person is doing or thinking." Often, we can keep the barrier in front of us and we cannot move past it. This weekend, we are starting a series in the Gospel of Mark around …
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Knock Those Towers Down

Posted May 17, 2018
After God created Adam & Eve, He told them to "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth!" (Gen 1:28) Unfortunately, as the descendants of Adam and Eve multiplied, they filled the earth with sin!  When God sent the flood to "clean house" he gave Noah and his decedents a "fresh start" to "be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth!" (Gen 9:1) Unfortunately, it didn't take too long before the people had again slipped back into self-centered lives.  In direct opposition to …
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Happy Mother's Day

Posted May 8, 2018
Happy Mother's Day!This Sunday we celebrate with one of God's most special gifts...Mom!  Mother's Day is about giving thanks for all of the things that Moms do for us:  changing diapers, fixing meals and kissing boo boos, not to mention helping with homework, doing laundry, and hugging us when we feel bad.But Mother's Day is much more than just some day to buy mom flowers and get her a card from Hallmark.  Mother's day is …
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Overcome by Christ

Posted May 2, 2018
Do you ever get overwhelmed? I am guessing you do. At times, the feeling of being overwhelmed can get the best of us, especially when it comes to our faith. We may even talk to God in our overwhelming moments. “God, why did you allow that to happen?” “I do not understand.” Perhaps, you had these moments more than once or more than you are willing to admit. God’s Word in 1 John 5 is simple. …
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"I AM The Good Shepherd"

Posted April 19, 2018
This weekend, we are observing "Good Shepherd Sunday" in our celebration of this joyous season Easter. For centuries, the Christian Church has observed Good Shepherd Sunday during the season of Easter. The Gospel reading comes from John's Gospel, the 10th chapter.Of all the Churches, we have a special relationship with this text of God's Word found in the Gospel of St. John. The official naming of our church is Good Shepherd. For some of you, the Van Street window perhaps comes to …
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Are you “open-minded”?

Posted April 12, 2018
Most of us consider that being “open minded” is a good thing. This means that you’re open to new thoughts and ideas.  Taken to the extreme however, being “open-minded” may not be such a good thing. To the world, this means to be open to all kinds of thinking, all opinions, and all views—that there is no one truth, but that we need to be open to all different interpretations and judgments. To be open-minded …
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