True Freedom

1 Timothy 2: 1-6

July 1, 2018 • Rev. Jim Solomon

Your prayers are heard by the God of the universe; the god who created YOU. It is amazing to think that this almighty, powerful god wants to hear from you. Rather than thinking about how or what to pray, let's think about for whom to pray. Pray for ALL people. Not just for those we know and love, or for those who love us, but for even those unlike us. Maybe even for someone who doesn't like you at all. We are also called to pray for our LEADERS. No matter how good or bad a leader may seem, Paul calls us to pray for them all. Remember, Paul wrote these words as he sat in a prison cell, put there by Nero; one of the most heinous leaders of the ancient times. 1 Timothy 2: 1-6 Jim Solomon

We Are His!

Psalm 100 • August 5, 2018 • Rev. Dr. Gerrit Dawson

The LORD, he is God. It is he that made us, and not we ourselves. It is he that made us, and we are his. It’s quite a blow to learn that I actually cannot become anything I want to be. It’s shocking to come face to face with the truth that I do not create my own life. It can even be infuriating at first to learn the truth that I am not my own. I do not exist just for me. But I am something much more. I am a beloved child created by the LORD I AM. I don’t have to make my whole life. I can drop the burden of trying to manufacture my own happiness. I can be relieved of learning by trial and stupid, destructive error the way to life. I can stop feeling so alone and crushed and hopeless. I am not my own. Hallelujah! I am the LORD’s. His name is in my heart. And, as Isaiah said, my name is graven in his hands (Is. 49: 16). He bears me as his own and marks me as belonging to him. We are in relationship together. We Are His! Gerrit Dawson

The Church As Beautiful

Ephesians 5: 22-33 • July 29, 2018 • Rev. Alec Flynt

If you show up, if you worship, if you go to the stay-retreat, if you join a small group, give your tithe, serve on a team, bring your kids to youth group, if you do all of these really mundane, ordinary things that we might just label, “participating in the life of Christ’s body,” then something amazing is going to happen to you- you are going to grow deeper in Christ.

Seeking Guidance, Receiving Grace

Psalm 25: 1-15 • July 22, 2018 • Ben Cunningham