May 17, 2020
Speaker: Pastor Jason
April 27, 2020
In the days after the Holy Spirit had shown up and fallen on the people, after three thousand were baptized, Peter and John were heading up to the temple to pray. The temple was the place where the people of God went to pray, but also to see others. They gathered there, and the ‘Beautiful Gate’ was a special entrance, a place where wealthier members or special guests might enter. It makes sense then, that those who were in need might choose that as a place to ask for help from folks that went into the temple that way. This man was unable to walk, so he had people carry him to the place where he could ask for a little money to survive. Collecting a small amount might be the difference between life and death for this man. He saw Peter and John. He noticed them. All we can know for sure is that he saw them as they were going into the temple, maybe just like anyone else, but we might wonder if after the coming of the Holy Spirit there was something different about them. Did their faces shine with the glory of God? Did they carry themselves differently after that transformative moment? How do you think they would have seemed to this man waiting at the temple gate?
April 19, 2020
I have to imagine the disciples were worried. They were afraid. They were faithful too, that’s important to know. So are we. But we worry too. In our time, we wonder how to survive, what to do next, and how to get through the trials we all face, not just a virus, but also grief, pain, illness, strained relationships, and more. How do we calm our worried minds (besides eating and watching Netflix)? How do we heal broken hearts? How do we live while we wait to see Jesus? How do we work through the worries we carry during this time?
April 12, 2020
This is Real Life. Jesus didn’t ‘virtually’ rise from the grave. He wasn’t “kind of” alive. He is Risen! And we have been raised up with Him! Our lives are already in Christ Jesus – we are already living in the Kingdom of God, and we know there’s more to come, but this is real life! We are in Christ Jesus, and His life, the Holy Spirit, the gifts of God are ours now and forever.
April 5, 2020
Other kings rode horses, other kings conquered nations, other kings ruled through fear and displays of power. Anointed beforehand for his death, this One is different. He will free His people through the power of a cross, will die there for a world that betrays and denies Him, will be raised from the grave and rule with beauty and justice from heaven and in the hearts of all who trust in Him. There is no other King like this.
March 23, 2020
There’s a lot of talk about neighbors in scripture. People love to ask Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” One central idea in the Hebrew Bible is showing hospitality, Jesus carries this into His ministry when he preaches the sermon on the mount, feeds 5,000, and teaches about caring for the least of those among us. Loving the neighbor is deeply connected to loving God and our true act of worship.
March 1, 2020
I don’t expect many of you will go today and sell everything that you have and give the money to the poor. But if you’d like to, the ushers will be standing by, just in case. The truth is we’re missing something too. Our will is still bound to sin, we are still unable to fully be as we were created to be, unafraid, unselfish, fully trusting in the goodness of God, especially if we’ve already suffered, already been hurt by the world, and the people in it. We are unable to do for ourselves what is really needed.
February 9, 2020
As Christians, we know that real power – the power to forgive, heal, and bring life from death belongs to God, is reveled in Jesus, and even given to us through the Holy Spirit. As ones who carry that good news to others, we have power – to be light in the darkness, to cast out fear, and to share the heart of Christ. The real power we wield is knowing that the love of God in Jesus has freed us from despair, from our own failings, and our selfishness. That power is engaged and put to use in acts service to our neighbors, in listening to the needs of those around us, in speaking on the behalf of people in need, in caring for the world God loves.