Why Is There So Much Warfare In The Bible?

As the Children of Israel entered the Promised Land they were commanded to
destroy the city of Jericho. They do it by circling the city for six days blowing their trumpets. On the seventh day they circle it seven times blowing their trumpets. The seventh time around they make a great shout and the walls come tumbling down. Then they are commanded to completely destroy everyone and everything in the city.

What does God want us to learn by making stories like this part of the Divine message in the Word?

We will talk about that on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. We hope you can join us!

Dealing With Stress, Part 3: Live In Integrity

The best way to ensure that our stress levels go down on a regular basis is to live our life with integrity. We all know that when we act in ways we know we shouldn’t that our anxiety begins to rise and things don’t seem to go as smoothly as would like. Of course, there will be things outside of our control that cause us to feel stressed, but we can make dramatic changes in our overall feeling of well being by doing the right thing–by rejecting selfishness and hurtful behaviors.

We will discuss why this is so and how to do a better job of keeping on track Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Dealing With Stress, Part 2: Worry and Impatience

Many of us are very good at mulling over in our minds bad things that we are worried will happen. This mental activity drains us of vital energy that could rather be used to do useful things, and it also robs us of the possible joy we could be experiencing in the given moment.

This week we will talk about a better way to live and experience daily life: a way that could leave you feeling rather happy.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Dealing With Stress, Part 1

Everyone deals with stress. Some stress is healthy. Too much can tear us apart on many levels and remove any sense of well being.

This week we will look at the causes of stress and begin to create a plan to deal with it or perhaps help to remove it – or at least the stressful part of stress.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

You’ve Been Forgiven: And Now What?

Jesus said to someone who had blatantly broken one of the commandments, “Your sins are forgiven you.” This story is given to demonstrate to us how we receive forgiveness when we make mistakes and commit trespasses. The question is, what does it mean to be forgiven and what do we do to make it mean something real in our own lives. There is more to this story that helps shed light.

We hope to see you Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the service.

How Do I Make Wise Choices?

We are faced with a myriad of choices in our lives. Some of those choices have huge repercussions. How do we enter into our decision making with the wisdom we need to make good choices? Join us this Sunday as we dig into this subject. Maybe we will leave a little wiser.

We will also be celebrating mothers on this Mother’s Day. Thank you for the love and wisdom you bring to our lives and the lives of our children!

Or Put Another Way, “Why Am I So Stupid Sometimes?”

Good people are capable of doing bad things. This usually happens when we lose touch with our spiritual work or get complacent about it, do not keep in touch with God through prayer and reading the Word, and feel a desire for something we know is wrong but don’t battle against it. We can become blind to what is good and right when we want something.  This Sunday we will look at why we make these kinds of mistakes and what can be done to avoid them.

Love Is A Verb; So Is Faith

In a story at the end of the Gospel of John the Disciple Peter was asked several times by the Lord if he loved Him.  Peter replied each time, “You know that I love you.”  Peter was then asked by the Lord to “Feed My lambs”.
The Lord was making a point.  Our faith (pictured by Peter) has a tendency to believe that saying something or knowing something makes for a living faith.  Faith needs to be acted on in order to become a living faith. In other words, our religion can only become real or living if we do what is good.
You are invited to dig more into this with us on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. or you can watch the service live on our Facebook page.

Having Difficulty? Approach It From Love

After the events of Easter the disciples decided to go fishing.  They fished all night and caught nothing.  In the morning a man appeared on the shore and said to cast the net on the right side of the boat and they would catch fish.  They did and caught 153 fish.  They quickly realized that the man was Jesus.
In all of our pursuits in life if we can remember to approach things from “the right side” (from love, charity, and kindness) we will be fruitful.  Trying to do things from human ingenuity or the attitude, “I am right” we will be frustrated.
If in all our interactions with others (marriage, friendships, parenting, the workplace, and so on) we can remind ourselves, “Let’s approach this in a loving way.”  And then ask, “In what way can I come from a heart of love, kindness and goodness?”  Or simply say, “Okay, let’s fish from the right side,” as a reminder.  See what happens.
You are invited to worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.