Jan 19, 2020
“Abortion and the Sanctity of Life”
Series: (All)
     Today is Sanctity of Human Life Day which is the closest Sunday to the original January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Abortion has major emotions that run deep on both sides. On one side is the thought that a woman’s choice to carry a baby to term or end the pregnancy is hers alone and no one else’s. On the other side are those who believe that all human life is sacred, including the life of an unborn child, and no one has the right to take another person’s life. Democrats and Republicans are found on both sides of the issue.
     To me, this is not primarily a political issue but a moral issue. We will look at some facts about abortion, what God says about human life and when it begins, and if one takes a pro-life stand what should our response be to abortion.
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  • Jan 19, 2020“Abortion and the Sanctity of Life”
    Jan 19, 2020
    “Abortion and the Sanctity of Life”
    Series: (All)
         Today is Sanctity of Human Life Day which is the closest Sunday to the original January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Abortion has major emotions that run deep on both sides. On one side is the thought that a woman’s choice to carry a baby to term or end the pregnancy is hers alone and no one else’s. On the other side are those who believe that all human life is sacred, including the life of an unborn child, and no one has the right to take another person’s life. Democrats and Republicans are found on both sides of the issue.
         To me, this is not primarily a political issue but a moral issue. We will look at some facts about abortion, what God says about human life and when it begins, and if one takes a pro-life stand what should our response be to abortion.
  • Dec 22, 2019“The Angel’s Announcement to Mary”
    Dec 22, 2019
    “The Angel’s Announcement to Mary”
    Series: (All)
         Last week we looked at the character traits seen in Joseph’s life that were important in God’s choosing him to help raise Jesus, the Son of God. Today we’re addressing the angel Gabriel’s message to Mary about God choosing her to bring Christ, the Messiah, into the world.      There is a lot of confusion as to what the angel’s words to Mary meant. We will look at the specifics of the announcement and how she responded to his words when she considered what the public, her family, and her fiancé might think about this surprise pregnancy.      Mary was a remarkable young lady for her age. What can we learn from her commitment to God?
  • Dec 15, 2019“Joseph: A Person of Godly Conviction”
    Dec 15, 2019
    “Joseph: A Person of Godly Conviction”
    Series: (All)
                Of all the men in the town of Nazareth, why do you think God chose Joseph to be Jesus’ father figure? He was a carpenter and probably made enough money to provide food, clothing and shelter for his family but there wasn’t much left over. As far as we know, he was not well-educated. If someone today was looking at possible families to adopt their unborn child, I don’t think Mary and Joseph would be the first choice of many people. But God looks at things differently than we human beings.             As we look this morning at how Joseph related to God and Mary, we will see his godly convictions and character traits that God was, no doubt, looking for in the man who would be responsible to help raise Jesus, the Son of God. These traits are also important for us today; not just in men and fathers, but in each of our lives.
  • Dec 1, 2019“Why the Virgin Birth Matters”
    Dec 1, 2019
    “Why the Virgin Birth Matters”
    Series: "Doing Good"
                One of the things our spiritual enemy, Satan, loves doing is try to get us to doubt or deny some of the foundational truths of the Bible. If he can deceive us into believing that something essential to our faith really isn’t that important or isn’t true at all, he can easily undermine our faith.        One area that is attacked quite often is the virgin birth. Today we are looking at the reality and necessity of the virgin birth. Until about 150 years ago very few people challenged this teaching. But over the years it has been attacked as a superstition made up to try to convince people that Jesus is God.             We will look at what the Bible says concerning the virgin birth and if it really makes any difference what we believe about it.
  • Nov 24, 2019“Grace Does Good”
    Nov 24, 2019
    “Grace Does Good”
    Series: "Doing Good"
                This is the final message in our series paralleling our small group study by Chip Ingram called Doing Good based on Paul’s letter to Titus. Paul talks quite a bit in this letter about the importance of not just church leadership but every Christian striving to live in a way that honors God and teaching and helping others to do the same. That lifestyle is to include doing good to others.            Today we’re going to focus on Titus ch. 3. We will look at what Paul says about the relationship between doing good and salvation - which leads to which? Some examples of doing good through our words and actions will also be mentioned. Lastly, our motivation for doing good will be addressed. What things can we remember and appreciate that will encourage us to reach out to love and serve God and others practical ways?
  • Nov 17, 2019“How Jesus Related to Others”
    Nov 17, 2019
    “How Jesus Related to Others”
    Series: "Doing Good"
         Last week we focused on five necessary ingredients for not just healthy disciple making relationships but any healthy relationship whether a marriage, a friendship, or a relationship at work. They are transparent trust, abundant grace, sincere affirmation and encouragement, true humility, and mutual accountability.      As we continue with the theme of discipleship today, Jesus sought to do good by meeting people’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. We’re going to look at the encounter Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at the well.                
         Why didn’t Jesus follow the custom of going around Samaria to Galilee rather than going through it? What cultural taboos did He break by having a conversation with her? How did He treat this woman who her own people, no doubt, looked down on?
  • Nov 3, 2019“Doing Good and Authority”
    Nov 3, 2019
    “Doing Good and Authority”
    Series: "Doing Good"
       The last two weeks in Titus 2, we have looked at the importance of the older men and women coming alongside and mentoring younger men and women. Paul mentions that it is a “way of life” we should be teaching and modeling. He describes some of the characteristics of that way of life and some areas that the older men and women can encourage and help others to grow in.    Today we are looking at ch. 2:9-10 where Paul addresses how slaves are to be submissive to their masters. But we’re not slaves. What do these verse have to do with us today?    The general principal Paul is teaching is how we are to be submissive to the authorities in our lives whether parents, teachers, or bosses. We will look at five ways he tells us we are to honor and respect those in authority.
  • Oct 27, 2019“Iron Sharpens Iron – Women”
    Oct 27, 2019
    “Iron Sharpens Iron – Women”
    Series: "Doing Good"
       Last week in our series on Paul’s letter to Titus, we saw that the role of someone who is discipling another person is to help them in their spiritual development; help them grow in their relationship with God and help them to live out the Irreducible Core of the Christian life – loving God, loving others, and making disciples. We also addressed the importance of men, in particular the older men, taking time to disciple the younger men.                                                                         
       Today we’re looking at Titus 2:3-5 where Paul also encourages Titus to challenge the older, more spiritually mature women to disciple the younger women in how to live as a follower of Christ, in how to be reverent or respectful to God in their behavior. He focuses especially on teaching the younger women how they are to relate to their family in a way that honors God.
  • Oct 20, 2019“Iron Sharpens Iron – Men”
    Oct 20, 2019
    “Iron Sharpens Iron – Men”
    Series: "Doing Good"
       Last week in our study of Paul’s letter to Titus, we looked at the necessity of spiritual leadership in the church, and really every Christian, being solid in our biblical beliefs. One reason is so we are able to refute false teaching as it tries to lead us and God’s people astray.    We also saw that there is such a thing as absolute truth and it is found in the Bible which is God’s Word to us. In Titus 2:1-2, 6-8 for today, Paul writes to Titus about the need for spiritual mentoring or the making of disciples.    A few thoughts about discipleship or mentoring in general will followed by addressing the importance of men helping other men and teens grow in their relationship with God.    We will also look at some things that hinder many men from being involved in discipleship. Next week we see what Paul says about women discipling other women.
  • Oct 13, 2019The “Good” Book
    Oct 13, 2019
    The “Good” Book
    Series: "Doing Good"
       In our study of Paul’s letter to Titus, last week we looked at five negative character traits that Paul says, not just church leadership, but every follower of Christ should strive to avoid and five positive character traits we should be striving for in our lives.    In ch.1:9-2:1 of his letter to Titus, Paul next talks about the Elders and Pastors, the spiritual leadership of the church, being solid in their theology, their beliefs, and the importance of refuting false teaching as it tries to infiltrate the church and lead God’s people astray.    We will answer the questions, “Is there such a thing as true and false teaching? Is there really absolute truth and if so where can it be found?” Lastly we will address the motivation for our challenging false teaching with the truth.
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