When something new comes along do you dive right in, or take it slow?

When something new comes along do you dive right in, or take it slow? And how does that affect your success?

There’s quite a gap between wanting success and achieving it. Everyone wants to be successful in their ventures. But not everyone achieves success. Often times we jump into some new phase in life: a new job, a new relationship… hoping that everything will work out, but with no real plan for success.

How can we improve the odds of success when we tackle something new? Better question: How can we serve Jesus successfully, without getting tangled up and off track?

Jesus had some clear plans for his disciples when he sent them off to serve the Kingdom. He wanted to ensure they were successful in this work. Jesus template for success has implications in your life as well. Come and join us as we unpack “Jesus’ Plans For Success”. This Sunday at 10am.

See you in worship! ~ Pastor Mac

Get more out of church… Read Matthew 10:1-20 before Sunday morning!

Would people say you’re a patient person?

The weatherman says it’ll be 90 degrees on Sunday.  Woohoo!   Bring it on!   I love Summer worship with the windows flung open… the praise pouring out, God’s perfect creation pouring in!

We’re ready for the heat & sunshine.  The rainy weather has really tried our patience as of late.  But it’s not only the weather that can try our patience.   Coworkers, friends, even people we dearly love can sometimes stretch our patience to the limit.

You’re going to have a hard time in this life without patience.   Would people say that you have ‘Godly patience’, or would they say you need a little help in this area of Christian life?

Come this Sunday and find out what God has to say about patience… and how He may be using certain situations in your life to strengthen ‘Godly Patience’.

See you Sunday!

~ Pastor Mac

Good deeds. Bad deeds. Dirty deeds!

Good deeds. Bad deeds. Dirty deeds! In the great scheme of Eternity, do our deeds really matter?

Jesus seemed to think so. He was constantly doing good (extraordinarily good!) deeds as he traveled from town to town. If we’re following Jesus’ example then we probably should be doing some as well.

The question is… where does it end? Is there a point where we can say: “I’ve done enough.”? What does Jesus think of our good deeds? Does doing good works affect our salvation?

That depends on who you ask…

Join us as we untangle this sticky web of ‘doing good deeds’ in worship this Sunday.

In the meantime… you can read what Paul has to say about the importance of good deeds right here in the text.

See you Sunday!

~ Pastor Mac

It’s Mother’s Day!

(Well, almost!)

This Sunday we’ll honor all the women in our church, as well as dig into “Finding Joy in Humility”.  Paul has some good advice for us on how to imitate Christ by walking humbly with one another.   Don’t miss it!

~ Pastor Mac

Strengthen your investment in Christ… Read Philippians 2:1-11 before Sunday morning!

PS:  Speaking of Joy… there’s lots of it to be found as we work together to fight this terrible disease called Cystic Fibrosis.  CF is a genetic disease that literally steals away your ability to breathe.

Every year our church walks, volunteers, and raises funds for CF Research, so that future generations won’t have to struggle against CF.

Call your family, call your friends.  Get out of the pews and get involved.   There are plenty of volunteer activities that day for those who can’t walk the distance.   Let’s show our spirit and help beat this disease.   See you there!

Time to Celebrate…

Time to Celebrate…

“I thought the music was really great!”   “I prayed that my friends would come and they did!”  “I saw a lot of new faces on Sunday.”

Those are just some of the comments I’ve heard about our Easter worship.   It really felt good to have all of you reaching out to friends and neighbors, taking those first steps at fulfilling the Great Commission.  God was certainly blessing our efforts!

This Sunday we’ll celebrate with ice cream cones and toppings in the Fellowship Hall right after worship.   At 11:20 we’ll have a special meeting about the land behind our church.

Oh yes… we’ll also dig into John 21 to see “What’s next for Jesus’ people” after the resurrection.

See you Sunday at 10!

Looking Forward to Easter…

The basket of spices.  The angel dressed in snow-white robes.   The grave cloths folded neatly where Jesus’ body was laid.   People running to and fro.

That morning was certainly a day like no other.

We know how it ends of course.   Jesus has risen.   His Father has given Him new life.   It’s a very big deal…  so big that we’re still celebrating it 2000 years later.

But what happens on Monday?   What does a risen Christ on Sunday have to do with your Monday morning life?

Come and we celebrate Jesus’ return from the tomb as we discover how this day changed all of history… and your future!

See you Sunday at 10!

Looking towards the weekend!

It’s Palm Sunday!

Why oh why does Jesus do this stuff?!   In one event he goes from an ‘incognito ministry’ (he was often warning people not to reveal who had healed them)  to this all out promotion extravaganza, complete with waving palms, cheering crowds, and a march into the Holy City?

Jesus’ sudden change has got a lot to do with difference between “Moment” & “Mission”.   Palm Sunday is important to us not only as a time to celebrate Jesus’ lordship, but also to help us grasp the bigger picture of our faith.

Come this Sunday and learn why it’s important that we celebrate and also understand Jesus’ triumphal parade into Jerusalem!

Be Brilliant! Click Here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!

Forgiveness Wrap-up & Celebrating The Lord’s Supper

We’ve spent the past few weeks digging into the act of forgiveness.  This Sunday we’re finishing with a look at the most exciting story of forgiveness in the New Testament:  The Woman Caught in Adultery.

How far are you willing to go to offer forgiveness?  What’s the bar that Jesus sets for us?   Come and find out… and celebrate the Lord’s Supper as well!

See you Sunday!  – Pastor Mac

Be Brilliant! Click here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!

Dealing with the ‘other guy’

Forgiveness is easy, right?   You just hold out that proverbial olive branch and it’s all good.  If only it was that simple!

This Sunday we’ll dig into the story of Jacob and Esau… a story filled with deceit & treachery.   How their long-standing conflict gets resolved is a magnificent clue as to how our story (yours and mine) gets resolved through Jesus Christ.

If you’ve ever held back from offering forgiveness for fear of getting the cold shoulder — or held back on asking for forgiveness for the same reason —  this is your story.

See you Sunday!  – Pastor Mac

Be Brilliant! Click Here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!

Brrr! It’s gonna be cold!

The weather guy says that by this weekend we’ll be back into the deep freeze. I really enjoyed that 50 degree sunshine we had on Wednesday, but I’m not looking forward to -15 wind chills on Sunday!

You know what’s really chilly? Family relationships where forgiveness hasn’t been offered. Have you ever been in a room with two family members who held a grudge against one another? AWKWARD!

The Bible has tons of stories about ‘awkward’ family relationships, including many (but not all!) that were healed by forgiveness. This Sunday we’ll dig deep into the very twisted family story of David and his 2nd son, Absalom, and see what God can teach us about forgiveness in families.

Including, perhaps most importantly, His family.

This Sunday you’ll find smiling greeters and plenty of fresh coffee waiting just outside the sanctuary. We’ll warm you up on the outside… and ask the Holy Spirit to do the same to our insides!

See you Sunday! – Pastor Mac

Be Brilliant! Click here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!