Elijah encountered times when the water ran dry, then some time later the food ran out, and then some time later death visited the home he was living in. As long as we live in our bodies of flesh, it’s just one problem after another – but the good news is that God offers us new life!
When asked to provide a list of his top ten biblical verses, Greg was stymied. Here’s the list he wound up with – and why.
It might be hard to get our tongues around the name of the Old Testament character “Mephibosheth” but David’s kindness towards him is an incredible illustration of God’s grace, and how he relentlessly searches for us.
Before we come to the Table of the Lord we consider the significance of remembering Jesus, and eating of the Bread of life.
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians offers incredible insights into the nature of the church – the body of Christ. Join us for this fascinating study.
Join Greg as he considers the difference between an open hand, like that of Jesus on the cross, and a clinched fist.
What does Jesus mean when he says we will gain our life by losing it (Matthew 16:24-28)? This week we travel back in time to the 1960’s, re-living the courageous example of Martin Luther King, Jr. and reflecting on the historically accurate, yet fictional character of Atticus Finch as depicted in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Greg concludes this three-part series with the keynote passage of Isaiah 53:1-6, a passage Martin Luther once announced as the “Fifth Gospel.”
As our three-part series studying the gospel in Isaiah continues, our keynote passage is Isaiah 40:1-11 – yet another passage used by Handel for the lyrics to his majestic “Messiah.”
The good news is not limited to, nor was it first proclaimed in the New Testament. Join us for this fascinating three-part series as we discover the many Christ-centered teachings of Isaiah. Isaiah 9:2-7
God is having a banquet, and every seat will be filled – one way or the other! The seats at the table may not be filled with those you would expect to accept the invitation, but they will be filled.
God speaks to us, through Paul, in 2 Corinthians 3:6-8. We have a choice: dead religion — formulaic, the same-old, menu-driven spiritual rituals and ceremonies— or — dynamic, exuberant relational life in Christ? Which will it be?
God is concerned with relationship, expressed as restoration, redemption and reconciliation; rather than religion, which is so often defined as retribution, rules, revenge, and retaliation.
When Jesus chose his disciples, his decision wasn’t based on who had the best personality or who showed the most academic promise – how does God choose us for his team, exactly?
Of all revolutions, and of all the revolutionary anthems, this song is all about the greatest of them all.
Jesus wasn’t simply ignored or disliked. He was despised and rejected. What was the primary reason for the hatred directed at him?
God, in the person of Jesus, didn’t just lecture us from on high, instructing us to love other people. He came down here and provided a demonstration of his love.
The real Christmas story is not a Pollyanna escape from the real world. The birth of Jesus takes place against the backdrop of politics and intrigue, pride, hatred, violence, taxes and poverty. It all sounds like the evening news or the morning paper!
We consider a Christ-centered Christmas season with a discussion of Revelation 1:1-8. Our passage is a thumbnail sketch of the gospel, the three comings of Jesus, the plan of God from the very beginning.
In Jesus God embraced time, becoming one of us, in our time. Jesus will help each of us to tell time, to understand time, to use time, and to see beyond time.
He was born so that we might be spiritually reborn. Join us as we study the significance and meaning of Jesus’ birth in John 1:1-14.
God in the flesh decided to start out as a baby. Who would have written that script? Why in the world did he begin his earthly life as a baby? Celebrate the birth of our Lord with us!
The birth of Jesus signaled a new way of doing things. The gospel insists that our relationship with God is all about what he does – it’s all about him. But sadly, many are convinced by religion that their relationship with God is all about them.
Had we been the owner of the Bethlehem Inn, would we have given Joseph and Mary a room? Would we have made room for our Savior?
Join us for this fitting special Christmas service of celebration and praise as Michael North joins Greg. Michael sings while Greg discusses the gospel contained in this great hymn, whose lyrics were written by Englishman Issac Watts.
One of the most frequent and comforting biblical themes was part of the message given to three of the principle characters in the first Christmas. Join Greg for this Christmas message as we see that Zechariah, Mary and the shepherds were all encouraged “not to be afraid.” We are given that same encouragement!
When she found out that she was pregnant, how did the young teenager we today know as Mary, the mother of Jesus, react? We’ll discuss Mary’s thoughts, as illustrated by her song – traditionally known as the magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).
Jesus came “when the time had fully come” (Galatians 4:4). It’s still the perfect time for the world to hear the great proclamation of the gospel.
Our career and avocation, as Christians, involves being humble, even as our Chief Shepherd exemplified humility in all aspects of his birth, life, death and resurrection. This week’s sermon leads us to consider the humble beginnings of the earthly life of our Lord and the relevance it has for our lives.
Christmas is a time when we became a “visited planet.” God in the person of Jesus personally delivered a message for each one of us. The message? God is for you. He’s your friend. He’s on your side. God’s favor rests on you.
Mary’s pregnancy was different from that of many other women in the Bible – Mary was not desperately hoping to become pregnant. The most momentous birth in all of history is a departure from other biblical birth stories.
Our Savior, who rescues us from danger, disaster and destruction has arrived! The peace of God is a new kind of peace, not a relative calm between storms, but an abiding, eternal, internal peace give to those who can never deserve it nor ever do anything to merit it.
The sermon speaks to our long wait, waiting for “the blessed hope.” Greg encourages us to “live and experience December” – to fix our eyes and our spiritual compass on Jesus, and recommit to receiving God’s grace.
As we begin a season of anticipating the coming of Jesus, Greg’s sermon is based on Isaiah’s prophecy of Christ as comforter.
Jonah started out thinking he was on the same page as God, but as his ministry continued, he found out that he and God were more like two ships passing in the night.
Jesus didn’t put on a mask and pretend to be a human. He didn’t use make up or have cosmetic surgery so that he would appear to be human. Such was his love for you and me he actually became one of us!
God is an extravagant giver. He doesn’t need for you and me to give so that his grace won’t run out – God isn’t dependent on our giving to finance his projects. But giving is at the heart of being in relationship with God.
The goal of grace-based Christianity is to be in step with Jesus, which often means being imbalanced and out of step with conventional religious expression. Join us as we discuss what it means to be in relationship with God.
Jesus is not impressed with religions deeds and accomplishments, neither is he repelled by immorality and the failure of sinners. Greg discusses Jesus’ ministry to the Samaritan woman he meets at the well.
Home Jesus promises us an eternal home, but we can’t get there without him. We need directions. We can even be on the right road, but going in the opposite direction! The road to being at home starts at the foot of the cross.