Just a brief reminder that a great way to prepare for the service this coming Sunday is to read the text we will be studying together. This week, it’s Paul’s very short—it will take you only about 3 1/2 minutes to read—letter to his church-planting friend Philemon. And while brief, it is packed with powerful words of reconciliation and hope in the midst of a painful separation and conflict. As always, Paul is ever vigilant to show us the power of the Good News to bring people together in harmony.
We will also have a brief missionary update from long-time Calvary missionaries Jim and Judy Olson that you won’t want to miss. In addition, our worship team will be introducing a new song called The Glory Is Yours, which you can listen to here, so you are ready to sing it out together.
As I encouraged you last week, I’d like to do so again: I hope you’ll join me in praying for our gathering. Please pray over the worship team and the preacher, and the greeters, and ushers, and coffee makers, and all our volunteers, as they prepare to serve us this week. And pray for all who will be in attendance, that our Father would use our time together to open our eyes, so that we can help at least one other person move one step closer to Jesus.
I love you,
In the book of James, we meet a follower of Jesus who is going to sit us down for a little chat. And fair warning here: James isn’t really too concerned about your feelings, or how comfortable you are with someone you don’t know nor have ever met getting pretty personal with you.
Sunday's Comin' (July 7, 2019)
I think all of us want to be wise. The question is, how do we get there?
Preparing For May 26, 2019
Do you know why the church exists? Do you know who formed the church, and how it was formed?
Preparing For Sunday May 12, 1 & 2 Thessalonians
This last Sunday, I preached the first of two sermons on Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. Here was the sentence I began unpacking, which is my summary of both letters:
Martin Luther warned that the people of the church are always in danger of their hearts straying from the truth of the good news of the kingdom of God found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
First, it is Palm Sunday. Which means it is the beginning of a week of remembering the most important events in the history of the world: the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, his last meal with his disciples, his death at the hands of sinful men as the result of a sham sentence in a kangaroo court, his burial by those who loved him, and his resurrection from the dead just three days later. All of it for the salvation and rescue of the world.
The Whole Story: Ephesians-Week Two
I attempted to show in the sermon this past Sunday that Paul offers us two anchor points for our lives, and upon which our lives depend.