“Into Exile”

In our Jeremiah series, one topic that is important to understanding the book is the Babylonian exile. In fact, this plays a vital role in not only the book of Jeremiah but also the Old Testament. Below is a good article that should help you to understand the Jewish exile.

 

https://www.gotquestions.net/Printer/Babylonian-captivity-exile-PF.html

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



“To Lament”

In our Jeremiah series, there have been several times where we have encountered the topic of lamenting. Jeremiah is usually seen as lamenting over the nation he loves. In fact, Jeremiah is so well-known as the “the weeping prophet”, that he wrote the book entitled “Lamentations”. In Lamentations, the prophet writes after what he prophesied in the book of Jeremiah comes to pass.  

 

When we first think of the word lament, we typically think of a deep and profound sorrow or grief over something. Typically, this “something” is either the feeling of helplessness or death/loss. This type of lamenting can be seen in many of the psalms. For example, Psalm 6:3 indicates “My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD-how long?” A good New Testament example is lamenting over the death of Stephen who was martyred in Acts 8:2.

 

The Bible also uses the word lament to refer to sorrow over sin. One of the best examples is 2 Corinthians 7:10 which states “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” Essentially, Paul is saying that sorrow (to lament) over our sin will lead one to both salvation and a changed life. Grief over sin in our lives will lead to a transformed life.

 

Do you sorrow over sin in your own life? What about the sin we see everywhere in our world today? Imagine the changes that would occur in our lives if we would return to the practice of lamenting.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



What Happened?

On Sunday evenings, I have been doing an exposition of the book of Revelation. Preaching through the book together with others has been a blessing to me just as the book promised (Rev. 1:3). If you have not been coming, I encourage you to, as I am certain you will be blessed as well. The next message will be Revelation 14:1-13 “The Lamb on Mount Zion”.

 

Recently, I came across an article entitled “What happened to the Seven Churches of Revelation?” It is a good read, which provides some great information about the Seven Churches, in particular what become of the churches. Additionally, the article includes some information connecting the churches to some of Paul’s writings (e.g. Colossians).

 

http://www.bpnews.net/51027/what-happened-to-the-seven-churches-of-revelation

 

“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” Revelation 22:20-21

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



Living Waters

In this past Sunday’s sermon, the Lord declared that the people had forsaken Him for worthless idols. In doing so, the Lord referred to Himself as “the fountain of living water”. The expression “living water” is used in several places in Scripture, as well as the variant idea of the “water of life”.

 

Psalm 36:8-9

Jeremiah 2:13

Jeremiah 17:13

Zechariah 14:8

John 4:10

John 7:38

Revelation 7:17

Revelation 21:6

Revelation 22:1

Revelation 22:17

 

One fascinating aspect of this phrase is that in the Old Testament it refers to God being the source of eternal life, etc. However, in Gospel of John, Jesus claims that he is the source of “living water”. For example, when Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman, he tells her of three things related to obtaining this “living water”. First, “living water” is a free gift from God. Second, the gift is given on behalf of God through His Son. Finally, she must ask (i.e. believe) in the one telling her this.

 

I encourage you to read and to pray through these verses this week. For the one who believes “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). In other words, you will experience the abounding joy of eternal life.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



“Jeremiah – Bible Project Video”

This past Sunday, 05/06/2018, we began a new sermon series from the book of Jeremiah entitled “My Hope is in the Lord”. Often when we think of the Old Testament prophets, we think of judgment, etc. While that is certainly part of the message of the prophets, the books are filled with so much more.

The Bible Project has a great video that summarizes the book of Jeremiah. I encourage you to take some time to watch the video.
 
 

May you be blessed by our time in the book of Jeremiah.

 

Pastor Steven



“In Remembrance of Me”

We will be observing the Lord’s Supper on Sunday 04/29. This is always a great opportunity to take time to reflect on the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice as we await His return in glory. Below are a few scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments you can use to read and pray over to prepare your hearts.

Old Testament Scriptures

Exodus 12 – The Israelites sacrificed a lamb and placed the blood on their door so that the angel of death would pass by their doors. Jesus Christ would be the ultimate sacrificial lamb, and this time God would provide the lamb.

 

Isaiah 53:10 – Jesus’ death would fulfill the Father’s will. Through this, many would be counted righteous (53:11).

 

New Testament Scriptures

Mark 14:12-25 – Jesus and his disciples observe the Passover meal and the institution of the Lord’s Supper occurs.

 

Colossians 2:13-15 – Jesus death on the cross canceled the record of debt against us.

 

1 Corinthians 11:23-34 – Provides the basic themes, instructions, and warnings concerning the Lord’s Supper.

 

May the Lord bless you as you prepare your hearts to observe the Lord’s Supper.

 

Pastor Steven



“Two Books and a Painting”

On Sunday, I preached on John 20:24-29 that deals with the disciple Thomas. The other disciples told Thomas that Jesus had risen from the dead. At first, he could not believe it and desired to see the risen Lord himself in order to believe.

In my sermon, I mentioned two books that are helpful in better understanding and defending the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. Below are the links to the two books.

Two Books:

Lee Strobel Case for Christ = https://www.amazon.com/Case-Christ-Journalists-Personal-Investigation/dp/0310209307

Less Strobel Case for Easter = https://www.amazon.com/Case-Easter-Journalist-Investigates-Resurrection-ebook/dp/B000SESHY4/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=S3ERNXM43GNZ9D76GDQ7

Additionally, I mentioned an interesting painting of “Doubting Thomas” by Caravaggio. Below is a link to the painting.      

Painting:

Caravaggio – Doubting Thomas = https://www.artbible.info/art/large/10.html

 

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



“In Time of Need” (Hebrews 4:14 -16)

Mercy and Grace are common terms used throughout Scripture. Mercy is often seen as God not punishing people for their sins even though they deserve it, whereas grace is God giving people kindness even though they don’t deserve it. The author of Hebrews uses these terms in relation to Jesus Christ being our High Priest and our approaching God’s throne.

In calling Jesus our High Priest, the author reminds us that we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with us. Instead, even though Jesus was tempted during his time on earth, he did so without committing any sin (1 John 3:5). Christians can be comforted by the fact that the Lord is willing and able to be compassionate to us having experienced the same temptations and problems that we do. As a result, we are called to approach (draw near) God’s throne in complete confidence.

The throne of grace is a comforting place that we can freely approach and expect to receive both mercy and grace. What is so encouraging about this is that during the difficulties we experience in this life the Lord offers to us help.

We will doubtlessly experience times of difficulty in this life. However, we need to daily remind ourselves that the Lord is always there during our times of need. As we come before His throne in prayer, we know that what we will find there is both mercy and grace.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Seven Words From The Cross

“Seven Words From The Cross”

 

This Sunday, March 25, at 6:00 PM we will be having a special evening service. Along with having some excellent worship music, we will also be taking time to reflect on “Seven Words From the Cross”. These are typically referred to as the seven last words of Jesus Christ as he is being crucified.  

 

I have listed them below for your reference.  

 

  • Luke 23:34 – Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
  • Luke 23:43 – Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.
  • John 19:25-27 – Woman, behold, your son! Behold, your mother!
  • Matthew 27:45-49 – Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
  • John 19:28 – I Thirst.
  • John 19:30 – It is Finished.
  • Luke 23:46 – Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.

 

We would love to have you join us for this special service on Palm Sunday. Everyone is welcome.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



“Sorrow Will Turn To Joy” Gospel of John

On Sunday, March 18, we will begin a short Easter sermon series. The series will consist of three messages from the Gospel of John as indicated below.

 

03/18 – John 16:16-24 “Sorrow Will Turn To Joy”

03/25 – John 19:16b-30 “Sorrow At Golgotha”

04/01 – John 20:1-10 “Joy At the Tomb”

 

The first message takes place on Thursday evening during the week of Passover. Jesus tells the disciples that they will soon experience great sorrow, but later their sorrow will turn to joy. The second message occurs on what we often call “Good Friday”. This message deals with Jesus on the cross. The final message will be at our Easter Sunrise service. In this message, we will see the discovery of the empty tomb.

 

We would love to have you join us for this special series as we approach the joy of Easter morning. As always, the sermon series will be accompanied by some great Easter music.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven