Sermon Enhancer: Have you ever wondered why God doesn't just say, 'Yes' to all of our prayers. We can’t understand why He answers everybody's, but ours??? This week we'll continue our series, 'If I were God...'. In our movie clip this week newscaster, Bruce Nolan, sure he can do a better job at being God, has been temporarily given God's powers while God goes on vacation. Suddenly there's a rush of voices in his head of all the prayers of all the people around the world. He looks for a faster way of handling prayers so he funnels them into his computer where he answers by email. Unable to keep up with all the incoming prayers he finally answers, 'Yes' to all prayers. Proud of himself he sits back. Chaos ensues. Have you ever wondered why God doesn't simply answer, 'Yes', to your prayers? Our passage this week is James 3:1-10. Prayerfully, please read ahead and be ready to worship this weekend as we take a look at what God wants from our prayers and why some of them get turned down. God bless you all. Have a safe Fourth and look forward to worshipping with you this weekend.
Sermon Enhancer: Have you ever wondered why God does the things the way He does? Have you ever thought to yourself, 'I wouldn't do it that way.'? This weekend we begin a new series entitled, 'If I were God...'. We'll be using some film clips from 'Bruce Almighty'. Some found the movie humorous, some blasphemous, and yet it raises some thought provoking questions about God and our relationship with Him. In this week's clip, Bruce is unhappy with his life. Things are going poorly with his girlfriend and his job. Angry at a co-worker for stealing 'his' coveted anchor job, and frustrated with his girlfriend, Bruce goes for a drive. He has a montage asking/demanding God for a sign. Have you ever been there? Desperate to know God, to know which way to go? In our passage this week Jesus responds to the Pharisees request for a sign. Please read Matthew 16:1-4 and see how Jesus responds to their demand. God bless you all and thank you for being a part of our church. Don't forget to invite someone new this week.
Sermon Enhancer: We continue in our, 'Stories for Life' series. This week we'll be focusing on the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:1-9. This is one of those passages that can be a bit cryptic. When dealing with Scriptural hermeneutics (interpretation), there is a wise saying which states, 'let Scripture interpret Scripture'. In other words, context, context, context. Following verse 9 the disciples ask Jesus why He teaches in Parables. He answers them and then interprets the Parable of the Sower. Please read ahead and find the treasure within this story for life!
Sermon Enhancer: We continue in our 'Stories for Life' series, this week honoring our Father's. Jesus told stories to help us understand the deeper truths of life. This week we'll be focusing on the 'Prodigus Father'. Many of you are familiar with the story of the 'Prodigal Son'. Grammatically and theologically speaking, the story's not nearly as much about the son as it is about the Father. Please read ahead, Luke 15:11-32. For bonus points look up the etymology of 'prodigal' and see why we could reframe and rename this story, 'The Prodigus Father'. God bless you all and thanks for being a part of our church family.
This week we'll continue our 'Stories for Life' series. Jesus used story to teach us deeper spiritual truths. This week we'll be focusing on Matthew 18:23-35. Please read ahead and be ready for a great week of worship! G.H. Trumbo will leading the services.