As we, as a local church, take up the call to 'Be the Church Again' let's continue to look to His word for our strength, encouragement, and inspiration. ...Keep Reading
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This church was known for suffering. Smyrna is the Greek word for myrrh, a flagrant perfume used in burial. Many believe that this church represents the martyrs of all the ages and the sweet-smelling fragrance of their faithfulness until death. There was no rebuke for this church and because they were faithful until death, their lampstand has never been removed. Christianity has never completely left this city. It is the only one of the seven cities still in flourishing condition....
What do we know about Ephesus? Paul spent between two to three years teaching in Ephesus (Acts 19:8-10). In his farewell letter to the Ephesian elders, he gives a clear warning to look out for "savage wolves" and men who would speak "perverse things.” Ephesus was once considered the most important Greek city and the most important trading center in the Mediterranean region. There were 14 temples dedicated to idolatrous pagan gods, but none rivaled the Temple of Artemis, the Greek goddess who was heartily worshiped by the Roman Empire during this time. ...
We understand that the church Jesus was building was a people for Himself. Sin created a chasm between us and a holy God. By God’s grace, that chasm has been closed! We’ve been justified by Christ’s death on the cross and are now part of His church because when God sees us, He sees Jesus’ righteousness. Our identity now becomes one who is a citizen of the Kingdom of God. The way we live must align with what God has called us to. Let’s take a look at how we live as members of Jesus’ church....
At the end of Ruth Chapter 3, it seems the stars are aligning for Boaz to redeem Ruth. Then Boaz says, “yet there is a redeemer nearer than I” and it seems a new character is going to swoop in and redeem Ruth. Chapter 3 leaves us on the edge of our seats wondering how things will play out for Ruth. Will Ruth be redeemed by this new character? What about Boaz? Today we are going to study how the kindness of God comes through a person, through Ruth’s redeemer. ...
The kindness of God is the theme that threads throughout the book of Ruth. We find ourselves during the time of the Judges where all did “what was right in their own eyes”. Chapter one introduces us to a family who leaves Bethlehem for Moab in search of food during a famine. Tragically the father and two sons die and we are now focused on two specific characters: Naomi and Ruth. Chapter one displays the kindness of God through an unlikely character, a Moabite woman named Ruth. Despite Naomi’s circumstances, God’s kindness can often be displayed in the mundane and routine places of life. Chapter two introduces a new character whom we can learn a lot from in our lives today. Let’s begin!...
The Triumphal Entry, Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem and Cleanses the Temple ...Keep Reading
This is an incredible encounter and one of the only recorded times Jesus invites Himself into someone's home. He is coming into Jericho on His way to Jerusalem and he sees Zacchaeus up in a tree....Keep Reading
Spring 2021 Bible Reading Plan, Week 15: Luke 18 - A Persistent Widow, A Pharisee & A Tax Collector,
This week's Scripture passage is Luke 18. (Click here for a PDF of this week's study.) Verses 1-8: The Parable of the Persistent Widow - A Loving Heavenly Father Answers Faith-filled Prayer Jesus teaches that God will answer the fervent prayers for justice to His elect, especially as it pertains to His second coming which is the immediate context of this teaching (Luk...Keep Reading
Our Safety Committee would like to bring you an update on our rolling back of facemask requirements. ...Keep Reading
In John 11, Jesus confronts what Paul calls the last enemy, death (1 Corinthians 15:26). Jesus’ good friend Lazarus had been very sick. Jesus, who had been called to help him, arrives 'too late'. Lazarus had been dead for 4 days....Keep Reading
This week's Scripture passage is Luke 17. (Click here for a PDF of this week's study.) In verses 1-4, Jesus warns us about being a temptation to sin to others. We are to live our lives in such a way to encourage, serve and help others rather than doing anything that might cause another to stumble or sin. He also commands us to rebuke each other when we sin and to forg...Keep Reading
In Luke 16, Jesus continues His teaching; confronting the Pharisees and instructing His disciples. He teaches two parables concerning the faithful, righteous use of money, gives insight into the Law and His Kingdom, and makes a short but powerful statement about divorce, remarriage, and adultery....Keep Reading
By teaching these 3 parables in this chapter, Jesus demonstrates that God not only receives sinners, but He intentionally seeks them out! And that there is great rejoicing when even one sinner repents! ...Keep Reading
In John 10, Jesus continues to reveal more of His identity, His mission, and His motives....Keep Reading