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

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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!

Just between us… how’s that forgiveness thing going?

Nothing brings up more angst than the issue of forgiveness.   It all seems so easy when Jesus does it.  But when it comes to forgiving people who’ve wronged us — friends, relatives, co-workers — it’s not so simple.

This week we’re launching a new series called “Forgiveness“.   Catchy name, huh?   We’ll be digging into some classic moments of strife from both Testaments and see what God’s Word has to teach us about forgiving others.   All this starts with a unique take on Jesus’ most famous parable:  The Prodigal Sons  (Nope, that’s not a misprint!)

Oh yes… we’ll also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper… a symbol of unity among believers and Christ’s forgiveness for your sins.

See you Sunday!  – Pastor Mac

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

Is God Ever On Strike?….

Admit it… Sometimes it seems like our prayers are just lost in space.   We’ve all had times where we wondered what’s up with unanswered prayers:  Is God listening?  Is He angry at me?  Did I pray for the wrong thing?  Am I last on His list?

WHY DOESN’T GOD ANSWER?!

Perhaps we’ve been going at prayer the wrong way.   Jesus told a parable that explains prayer pretty well…  though the parable itself is often mis-interpreted!

This Sunday we’ll dig in to the story of the persistent widow and the good-for-nothing judge, and see what Jesus has to tell us about our prayer life.

Hint:  It’s probably not what you think!

See you Sunday!  – Pastor Mac

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

Hey Levi… Follow Me!

Finally, a snow free weekend is on the way!  Woohoo!

This Sunday we’re taking a look at Jesus as he called his first disciples.   Jesus didn’t score any points with the church of that day when he called a scoundrel named Levi to follow him.  Many folks really thought Jesus had lost it when he showed up at a party Levi had thrown for his friends.

But Jesus had a point to make about the Kingdom of God.   Something to do with new wine, and new wineskins.   By shaking things up Jesus showed us what the Kingdom was really all about!

Are we ready for Jesus’ new Kingdom?   Come find out!

See you Sunday!

– Pastor Mac

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

Shovel, worship, shovel…..

DSC_0010That seems to be the pattern this week!   Fortunately the weatherman is promising clear skies for Sunday morning.  Not so much for Sunday night into Monday… the early forecast speaks of blizzard conditions on their way!  Yikes!

I’m glad to know that we’ll have time to gather in worship this Sunday, because this week we’re wrapping up our series on Romans 8.   Paul ends with a huge promise about just how powerful and lasting God’s love is for us.  It’s a deep and uplifting promise, and you don’t want to be driving around in a blizzard without it!

See you Sunday!

– Pastor Mac

Living with Hope…

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The dictionary defines hope this way:  “to cherish a desire with anticipation; to desire with the expectation of fulfillment.”

Hope is indispensable.  Without hope we’re stuck with a vision of life that is little more than an observation of our current conditions.   If the winds are favorable (good job, good health), we are happy.   If the winds are against us, we’re down in the dumps.

Hope changes that formula.   Hope gives us the ability to see beyond the storm clouds that sometimes swirl all around us.

This Sunday we’ll talk about real hope in the life of a Christian.  Don’t miss it…

See you Sunday!  – Pastor Mac

We have a busy time ahead!

c619a601-0da6-4075-bdc4-2222e0638e0eCome tonight for a potluck meal and an evening of challenging Team Trivia.  Bring a friend!   (Kids are welcome, we have a special activity planned for the young ones!)

This Sunday we’ll dig back into Romans 8…  the critical chapter that brings everything into focus for Christians.  Do you ever struggle with temptation? Come and hear Paul’s best advice on the things that tempt our souls, and how to resist them!

We also have more free study guides available for our Small Group / Home Study: 10 Minutes in GENESIS.   Last week we had quite a run on them!   This format is new for us…  a text designed for either Small Group participation or individual study.   Be sure to grab your copy in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday.

Lastly…  I’m hoping to have a special guest joining our Praise Team this week… maybe even two!   As I said… there’s a lot going on these next few days.  See you on Friday; see you on Sunday!

– Pastor Mac

Book of Romans

The Book of Romans:  Paul’s hand written ‘Owners Manual’ for the early Christians in Rome.  It’s all here: Sin, Grace, Death, Resurrection, New Life…

Romans 8 has often been called ‘the core’ of understanding for our faith.   It begins with a declaration of absolute forgiveness, then digs in deep to describe the life of a follower of Christ.

Need a solid start to the New Year?  Ready to get your life in Christ back on target?   Come this Sunday as we dig into ‘the core’ of the Christian Life!

Don’t miss the beginning of a new Message Series: ‘Life on Target’.  Starting this Sunday!

See you soon!

– Pastor Mac

We all need priorities in life. What are yours?

We all need priorities…  It’s how we keep our life in order.   Imagine living even a single day without them.  What would you do first?  Eat breakfast?  Go to work?  Put on your shoes?     We are constantly setting priorities… even when we don’t realize it!

Following Jesus also means setting priorities.   Which things are most important?   That’s a question Jesus answered for us.

Come learn the most important priorities in the life of a Christian… this weekend!

See you Sunday!

– Mac