This week Elder Nate Jones finishes his series "Experience the Presence of God" by walking us through passages in John and Hebrews to help us see how God is the one and only source of true strength and comfort, and even in trials we can sing praises to Him.
God wants you to enjoy His presence. Practicing proper behaviors can issue us into the presence of God and allow us to receive the promised benefits in His Word. Elder Nate Jones continues our series "Experience the Presence of God."
The miracles in our lives and the very marvels of nature cry out supporting the existence of God. Elder Nate Jones begins our series "Experience the Presence of God" with a defense of that existence of a loving Creator.
No one encounters the presence of God and stays the same. Today we explore God's vision and our purpose on the first Sunday of the new year. In a message entitled "Gone Fishing", guest speaker Pastor Dan Johnson brings the Word from Luke 4 & 5, encouraging us not to limit God.
Shepherds sat in darkness and silence watching their sheep. An angel broke that silence and illuminated their, and our, promise. History tells His story. Join us as Youth Pastor Cale Little shares how the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand from Luke 2.
When you are full of fears and doubt and all your plans go awry, what do you do? How do you handle it? God doesn't always show up the way we thought He would, but He does show up. Today, Justin Gillespie brings us the word from Luke 24 and reminding us that Jesus is closest to the broken hearted.
Fear, it’s a real thing. All of us have experienced fear at different times. But, what happens when fear affects our calling as a follower of Jesus? And, more importantly, what can we see happen without fear?
In John chapter 18 we find the story of Jesus’ arrest and trial. Obviously, the story is about Jesus and His victory through the fulfillment of His purpose in coming. But also woven into the story is the Apostle Peter, and his failing due to fear. By comparing Jesus’ actions and Peter’s, we’re going to discover just exactly what all of us can accomplish without fear. Now, here’s Pastor Clay
Thankfulness; most of us understand the importance of being thankful, especially to God. But, it’s not always easy, is it?
This week, we’re finishing up a message that Pastor Clay began last Sunday, from 1 Peter chapter 1, where we find out that there are some things that we can and should thank God for. What we’re going to hear is a reminder to all of us that an attitude of gratitude is critical for experiencing a life of joy.
Often in life, our “circumstances” less than desirable. Trials can test our faith and cause us to struggle, spiritually and emotionally. In those times a little encouragement can go a long way.
The first century church faced many obstacles, including persecution for their faith. In 1 Peter, the Apostle Peter is writing to believers to encourage them to stay strong in the faith and to remind them of what it is we have to be thankful for as followers of Jesus.
When we face difficult trials, it can be easy to focus on the trial itself. But as Pastor Clay is going to show us this week from 1 Peter chapter 1, we have much to be thankful for.
The road of life; it’s up and it’s down and sometimes, it feels like it’s all over the place. At times we feel very secure on the road of life. At other times, we could probably all agree, fear and uncertainty are present as we walk that road.
This week, Pastor Clay is taking us to a psalm written specifically for travelers facing an uncertain journey. We may not always know what is on the road before us, but we can be sure of the God who goes before us on our journey.
Sight is a precious gift and there is so much to see all around us. But, there is another kind of sight that is even more valuable than physical sight. Can you guess what it is?
This week, Pastor Clay is taking us to Matthew chapter 9 and the account of Jesus’ encounter with two blind men, where we will discover that even though they were physically blind, these two men could see things that others often can’t.
What matters to you? For many people wealth and possessions matter; the big house, the expensive car. For some people health, being in shape, working out and eating right, that’s what really matters. If you ask all kinds of people, you’ll probably get all kinds of answers. So, what matters to you?
In the book of 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul, the author, gives much instruction, much direction, a good bit of correction, and plenty of inspiration in this New Testament book. This week, as we close out our study of 1 Corinthians, Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, leaves the Corinthians and us with a reminder of what really matters in life.
What does meditation look like and what does it mean to be mindful of God?
Pastor Clay is on vacation this week. Today's message is from Student Pastor Cale Little and the focus in on Psalm 119:15; "I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways." With all the distractions of life and all the things clamoring for our attention, how to we push the world aside and ponder on His Word?
Have you ever seen a product for sale online or on television that promised results that were too good to be true? In most cases, products like that over-promise and under-deliver. Not so with the promise we’re going to look at in 1 Corinthians 15. In fact, this is a promise that is guaranteed to over-deliver.
In our series “Crossroads - Where Your Faith Intersects Your Culture,” we’ve been making our way through the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, a city at the crossroads of trade and commerce in the ancient world. This is our fifth week in 1 Corinthians 15, as we’re taking an in-depth look at Paul’s discussion of the Gospel. As Pastor Clay is going to explain in this week’s message, the Gospel makes a promise that almost seems too good to be true. But, as we’ll see, God always delivers on His promises.
How are the dead raised back to life? And, what kind of body do they have?
Over the last several weeks we’ve been in 1 Corinthians chapter 15, as the Apostle Paul carefully lays out a case for the validity of the resurrection. As Pastor Clay has explained in earlier messages, cultural influences had caused some in the church in Corinth to question whether the resurrection was actually true.
In this week’s message, Pastor Clay is going to explain how the Holy Spirit led the Apostle Paul to anticipate two questions; how are the dead raised and what kind of body will they have? Paul’s answer to those questions is simpler than you might think, but incredibly important for all of us who have put our hope in the Gospel.
"I’ve got great news! God sent His Son to earth to die on a cross for our sins. He did that, but death couldn’t hold Him and He rose from the dead three days later." In a nutshell, that is the Gospel, the Good News that the church is built on. But, how do you answer a skeptic; specifically, someone that doesn’t believe in the resurrection from the dead?
As we’ve been making our way through 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul has logically walked us through reasons to believe in the resurrection and the consequences if the resurrection isn’t true. This week, Pastor Clay is taking us deeper into Paul’s defense of this most important truth that gives us not only assurance of what happened in the past, but hope for what is going to happen in the future.
Please bear with us through the audio difficulties during the first half of this week's podcast, as this is a message that you don't want to miss.
The Gospel, it’s a phrase that can be used a lot at church, and it should be. The death, burial, and resurrection is the most important message that can be shared, in church or outside the church. But, what if someone doesn’t believe one of the key components of the Gospel?
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave; it’s as vital a part of the Good News as anything. But, as we started into 1 Corinthians 15 last week, we saw how some of the people in Corinth were being persuaded to not believe in a bodily resurrection.
As we jump back into the text today, Pastor Clay is going to walk us through the Apostle Paul’s defense of the reality of the resurrection, and why it’s so important for all of us.
Have you ever talked with someone who didn’t believe in the resurrection? How did you respond to them? Were you able to give an answer?
This week we’re moving into the next to the last chapter of Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth. It’s taken some time to make our way through this letter in our series entitled: Crossroads - Where Your Faith Intersects Your Culture, and we’ve seen several places along the way where the culture had influenced the church’s beliefs and practices. Today, we start into another one and it has to do with the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
As Pastor Clay is going to explain in just a moment, the culture in the ancient Greek world saw little benefit to coming back to life in a physical body and that influence had persuaded some in the church to reject the resurrection of Christ. Over the next few weeks we’ll see how the Apostle Paul built a strong case for both the reality of the resurrection and the necessity of the resurrection.
Have you ever been in a situation, maybe at work or even at home, where someone was doing something that was causing disruption for everyone? Most of us would see a situation like that and understand that something had to be done to try to stop the disruption, right? Well, the same thing is true for the church. When someone or something is causing disruption, something has to be done.
Pastor Clay has been slowly walking us through 1 Corinthians 14 and the Apostle Paul’s focus on two specific spiritual gifts; prophesy and tongues. Last week we saw clearly that prophesy, proclaiming the truth of God, should be the priority for the church. Today Pastor Clay is going to show us how the Corinthian’s understanding of the spiritual gift of tongues was causing disruption in the church. And, something had to be done.
We’ve been talking about “Spiritual Gifts” for several weeks now and in the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, we find three chapters dealing with the subject. Why? It’s because Spiritual Gifts are that important, and because there was a lot of confusion in Corinth about spiritual gifts. Not surprisingly, there can be just as much confusion in the church today.
In our series, “Crossroads - Where Your Faith Intersects Your Culture,” Pastor Clay has been walking us through the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians. Like us, the Corinthian church faced all kinds of challenges to their faith from their culture. Even spiritual gifts, intended to strengthen the church, were being misunderstood and misused.
This week on Crosswalk, Pastor Clay is going to dive deeper into 1 Corinthians 14, where the Apostle Paul focuses on two gifts in particular; the gift of prophesy and the gift of tongues. Understanding these two gifts is just as important for the church today as it was back then.
If you drive, then you know that one of the most dangerous places on the road are intersections. Drivers running a stop light, drivers not paying attention, drivers hitting their brakes too late; if we’re not careful, an intersection can be a place where we find ourselves in a wreck. Well, for several months now we’ve been in a series entitled, “Crossroads - Where Your Faith Meets Your Culture.” If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you probably know that your faith is going to intersect in life with the culture around you. When it does, if we’re not paying attention, there is certainly potential for a spiritual wreck.
Knowing how to respond in our culture, as a follower of Christ, is what this series is all about. The city of Corinth was located at a geographical crossroads of travel and trade. As a result, they embraced a wide variety of beliefs, traditions, and practices. Some of the influences of that culture had made its way into the church in Corinth. The Apostle Paul’s letters to the church in Corinth were intended to help them, and us, understand how to navigate the complexities of living in a world where absolute truth was scarce.
As we dive into chapter 14 of 1 Corinthians this week, we find the most important spiritual gift for keeping us safe in the intersection of our faith and our culture.
Pastor Clay is away on vacation this week. Guest speaker Pastor Ralph Thompson delivers this week's message and study.