“Home is Where Jesus Is”

This past Sunday we looked at the story of God promising to establish an everlasting kingdom through the line of David (2 Samuel 7) in conjunction with the story of the Magi visiting Jesus (Matthew 2). Jesus was the one who truly established God’s everlasting kingdom. If you’d like to read through the morning sermon, feel free to click the following link: Home is Where Jesus Is.

This coming Sunday we will look at how David’s kingdom began to fall apart even while he was still alive. With such disruption in David’s reign, we can look with even more hope to Jesus’ everlasting kingdom. Where David was unfaithful, Jesus was completely faithful.

Peace, Phil

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“God’s Anointed”

This past Sunday we looked back on the story of David being anointed by Samuel (1 Samuel 16:1-13) from the perspective of Jesus coming as God’s true anointed King. If you’d like to read the morning message, feel free to click the following link: God’s Anointed.

Family discussion questions for this week are:

  • What does God see in David that makes him ready to be king over Israel and Judah?
  • What does it mean for Jesus to be God’s Anointed? What does it mean for us today?

This next Sunday we will focus on the story of Jesus’ birth through song as the choir leads us in worship.

May Christ’s Peace be with each of you this Christmas season!

~Phil

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Spiraling Down, Redemption Found

This past Sunday we focused on the books of Judges and Ruth. Judges highlights a downward tornado-like cycle, leaving God’s people in chaos. Ruth gives us a glimmer of hope. If you’d like to read through the morning sermon, feel free to click the following link: Spiraling Down-Redemption Found.

This next Sunday and for the rest of the quarter we turn to Israel’s Kings, beginning with king Saul. As we continue through this season of advent, of waiting for Christ’s coming, we can recognize the connections between Israel’s Kings, and Jesus who came as a different kind of King.

Family discussion questions to follow-up from Sunday are:

  • Where do you notice the downward spiral of the judges cycle in your own life?
  • Ruth is a story of redemption: how can you see glimmers of hope and redemption today?
  • How did Jesus confront the sin cycle and bring new glimmers of hope?

Peace, Phil

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Celebrating our Journey

I’ve missed a few posts in the past weeks. If you’d like to look back on sermons from the last few Sundays, feel free to click on the following links: Trusting GodCountercultural LeadershipCourageous Strength.

This coming Sunday is our first “Celebration Sunday” in which we look back at our journey thus far through the Bible. We’ve come a long way, all the way from Genesis to Joshua, from Creation to the Promised Land! Join us for a wonderful celebrate service at 9:15 followed by a biblical buffet of snacks and a fun game of Biblical Jeopardy!

Peace, Phil

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“Holy Living”

This past Sunday we focused on the call throughout Leviticus to be Holy as God is Holy. If you’d like to read through the sermon, feel free to click the following link: Holy Living.

Family Discussion Questions are:

  • What does it mean to be holy as God is holy?
  • How can we practice Sabbath and Jubilee today?
  • How does God take care of us and our land?

This next Sunday we journey with God’s people into the wilderness. We will learn with them what it really means to trust God.

Peace, Phil

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Exodus/Sinai

This past Sunday, we focused on the Formative Event for God’s people, from Exodus to Mount Sinai. At Mount Sinai, God entered into covenant relationship with the people and truly taught them to be human again. If you’d like to read through the morning sermon, please click the following link: Covenant-Sinai.

May we continue to keep God’s covenant today so that we can truly embrace our calling to bless other people in our local communities and throughout the world!

This next Sunday during community worship, we will explore what it means to be holy as God is holy.

Peace, Phil

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Exodus

This coming Sunday during community worship we will be focusing on the Exodus, that formative event when God freed God’s people from slavery in Egypt. The story of the Exodus is found in Exodus chapters 1-15. As you read this story again and prepare for community worship, also consider the following questions:

  • How do you find yourself caught in cycles of slavery? What areas of your life do you cry out to God for freedom? What would freedom look like in these situations?
  • Where do you notice God’s mighty acts in our world today?
  • How is God calling you, perhaps in ways you aren’t comfortable with (like Moses with public speaking)?

May we receive God’s liberation afresh as we reflect on this formative event in the story of God’s people.

Peace, Phil

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