By Bob Hiller - Don’t you hate those sappy sermon illustrations in which the pastor stands up and uses some cutesy moment from the life of his children to describe some biblical principle? My kids hate them too. If that is you, you’ll forgive my blog this week, as I’m totally using my son’s t-ball … Continue reading T-Ball and Sanctification
By Jeff Pulse - The Old Testament text for this Sunday, October 15, 2017, comes from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. The text is Isaiah 25:6-9 and is a portion of one of the few EXPLICIT resurrection texts in the Old Testament. This is not to say or to indicate that the Hebrews had … Continue reading OT Encounters: This is the Feast!
By Paul Koch - What we do here in this place seems, at times, to be disjointed from the world in which we live. I suppose it has always been so: the rhythm and focus of the church is not governed by the cares and fears of our world. It offers something more, something unmovable … Continue reading Joyfully Losing
By Joel Hess - Recently I led a funeral service for a 98 year old World War Two vet. When I mention to someone I am doing a funeral, without exception I will be asked, “How old was he?” If the deceased was young (remarkably, the definition of ‘young’ changes with one’s own age), the … Continue reading Even A Dog Knows Death Sucks
By Cindy Koch - Look in the mirror, my daughter. What do you see? Can you see the beautiful girl that God created you to be? Do you see the white robe of righteousness that Christ put on you? Do you see a perfect and blameless life that lives inside of your heart? Probably not. … Continue reading Baptized Bride
By Joel A. Hess - Why do bad things happen to good people? Answer: There are no good people! Is there a more common question asked by long-time church goers or sarcastic atheists? Holy Scripture makes it clear that there are no good people. I love John’s comment about Jesus at the end of chapter … Continue reading Why Do Good Things Happen To Bad People?
By Cindy Koch - You know, God never gives you more than you can handle. When He closes a door, He opens a window. He will wipe away every tear and restore you to your best life, now. He has a plan and a purpose for your life, and of course, God wants you to … Continue reading The Gospel of Happy