Prayer Through Tears
Sun, Jul 19, 2015
Duration:57 mins
My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, "Where is your God?" These things I remember, as I pour out my soul (Psalm 42:3-4 ESV) The dark enclosure of sadness is a reality of life. For some, these are passing moments of glum. For others it seems to be an inescapable, constricting hole. Sometimes Christians tend to treat these emotional realities either as a moment to escape or worse, ignore them all together as ungodly. But the scripture, specifically in Psalms, is a tear-stained book. How are these times to be viewed? What are we to do with them and in them? This week we take another look at Prayer through our emotions and consider our prayer through our tears. In Psalm 42 and 43 the writer pours out to God the darkness he is in, but he also provides us a pathway to help us consider our own sadness. Take some time before Sunday to read through these songs/ prayers. Do they sound like you?
Forgive us our debts . . .
Sun, Jun 28, 2015
Duration:56 mins
and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12 ESV) Let me just be honest. One of my greatest struggles both personally and in ministry is bitterness. We tell our kids 'sticks and stones' are the only thing that break bones, but things that people have said sting for a long, long time. You add that to hurtful actions and you have a recipe for unforgiveness. How do we deal with that? Here in the Lord's Prayer, Jesus teaches us that a vital part of prayer is confession that clears our relationship with God and must affect our relationship with others. Plan to join us this Sunday as we continue to explore the Great Prayer.
The Very End - Part 4
Sun, May 24, 2015
Duration:40 mins
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:1-2 ESV) What do you picture when we talk about heaven? Is it people floating on clouds, lounging in robes, and playing harps? Is it BIG gates, guarded by Peter who is checking ID's at the door? Is it a crazy collection of precious materials that forms a glittering city? Unfortunately, most of us have formed our understanding of heaven more from Tom and Jerry than the Apostle John and Paul. This week as we close out The Story series, we will take a look at the very end of the Story. In many ways, it takes us back to the beginning but gives a great vision of where everything will ultimately end up. Hopefully we will see you this weekend!
The End - Part 3
Sun, May 17, 2015
Duration:50 mins
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. (Revelation 19:11-13 ESV) When Jesus was on earth, he talked a lot about a kingdom. He said it wasn't of this world and it wasn't like the kingdoms that the listeners knew about. He said it wasn't ruled the same way either. What was he talking about? Was it just a spiritual ideal? Was it a 'heavenly' idea about how we are supposed to live individually and corporately? Or was it something more? This week we want to take another step toward the end. Jesus is coming back. When he does, he has some things to do that this world has never seen or experienced. Take some time to read Rev 19-20 to see how this kingdom is established and what it will look like. And then plan to join us to worship together this Sunday at 10:30.
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