Prepping for the Future – November 20, 2022

“Prepping for the Future”Text: 2 Thessalonians 3We conclude our study of 2 Thessalonians by looking at chapter 3. What happens today matters for the future; our work and everything we do is anticipation of what God is going to do and the promise and the future that He has. Faithfulness is most often exemplified not…

Chosen for the Present – November 13, 2022

“Chosen for the Present”2 Thessalonians 2:1-3:5We resume our look at Paul’s second letter to the church in Thessalonica.  At first glance, this chapter appears to be looking forward; however, Pastor Tim suggests that this passage has less to do with an unknown future and more to do with how we live our faith today in…

Heal Our DNA – November 6, 2022

“Heal Our DNA”Pastor Kim Richardson joins us this week while Pastor Tim is on vacation. The Church of Jesus Christ in North America is in need of healing at its fundamental level – its DNA. Pastor Kim suggests five things we should pray for in order to begin a transformation in ourselves and the church.…

Thankful for the Past – October 30, 2022

“Thankful for the Past”2 Thessalonians 1:1-12We begin a short series on 2 Thessalonians, where Paul’s message to the church in Thessalonica speaks to its past, present, and future. Paul’s thankfulness for the church’s faithfulness is paired with a promise of punishment for those who afflict them. Pastor Tim provides the context for this letter and…

Humbled Before God – October 23, 2022

“Humbled Before God”Text: Luke 18:9-14Today, we study the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The Pharisee thanks God for not behaving as others in society (such as the tax collector); tax collector is humble and repents of their sins before God. Jesus says that the tax collector is the one who leaves the…

Questions for God – October 16, 2022

“Questions for God”Text: Habakkuk 1:1-3, 2:1-4In a time of uncertainty for the people of God, the prophet Habakkuk asks God bold questions about what appears to be God’s nonresponse to his prayers and the wrongdoing in the world. And yet, Habakkuk does not passively wait for God’s response; instead, he actively looks for what God…

Stories That Shape Us: Until the End! – October 9, 2022

“Stories That Shape Us: Until the End!”Text: Revelation 22We end our “Stories That Shape Us” series by looking at the last chapter of the Bible, Revelation 22. Over time, Revelation has gained a reputation as being a “scary” book or one that is supposed to provoke fear, however its original purpose was to provide hope…

Stories That Shape Us: 30 Pieces of Silver – October 2, 2022

“Stories That Shape Us: 30 Pieces of Silver”Text: Zechariah 11We continue our “Stories That Shape Us” series, looking at Old Testament passages that shape or are recalled in New Testament. This week’s passage from Zechariah is one that would have familiar in the time of Jesus. Zechariah’s rejection of the thirty silver shekel payment given…

Stories That Shape Us: The Abomination – September 18, 2022

Stories That Shape Us: The Abomination – September 18, 2022Text: Daniel 11:31-12:13It is often said that history is “written by the victors.” However, this week we review a passage from the book of Daniel that comes from the perspective of those who have been conquered. Despite descriptions of the desolation of the Temple and battles…