Pastor’s Pen


December 31, 2017
Jesus was not a social prude or a killjoy. This wedding invitation, and many other accounts of Him attending dinners and celebrations, shows us that Jesus was always welcome among those having a good time. As a result of this, those who invited Him listened to His teachings. Are you like Jesus in this way? If so, you will find that people not only enjoy your company, but they will also listen to what you have to say. – Pastor Bruce

December 24, 2017
Christmas: the holiday known for peace, joy, and giving. All of those and more are found in our Savior, Jesus Christ. The human mind cannot imagine what God has planned for those who believe! – Pastor Bruce

December 17, 2017
What is Christmas really about? A baby was born to a virgin, what a miracle! But, what we really celebrate at Christmas is who this baby was. God took on flesh and became man. Jesus, the Son of God, Creator of the universe, became flesh to die for us and redeem us. Through His blood, we who have faith are made right with God. What could possibly deserve more celebration than that!

Dec 10, 2017
Those who are born-again in Christ are the “children of God”. This is more than salvation alone, as amazing as that is. The Holy Spirit indwells, and through Him, Jesus lives in us. How well do we know Him? How often do you take time and meet with God? We must not make choices that grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:29-30). We are to feed out souls with God’s Word, fellowship, prayer, and a humble heart to be further filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:17-21). God’s grace through Jesus will help us persevere and walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26)/ Praise God for His mercy and grace. – Pastor Bruce

Dec 3, 2017
What’s important about a name? In eastern cultures and especially in the Bible, names have meanings. Names represent a description of who bears that name. The Hebrew names used by Abraham describe the nature of and various characteristics of God; for example, El Elyon means the most-high God, the possessor of the heavens and earth (Genesis 1:49). El Shaddai means God almighty (Genesis 21:1-2) and Jehovah-Jireh means God who provides (Genesis 22:14). The many names for Jesus found in John, Chapter 1, describe Jesus perfectly. Jesus is the name above all names! The question is, though, do we know Him and receive Him in every description found in John 1? What I mean is this: if Jesus is your Lamb of God and Savior, is He King of your life? Jesus is the Light; do you allow Him to shine into all of the dark closets of your heart? Think about it.
– Pastor Bruce

November 26, 2017
Have a thankful and grateful heart. Thanksgiving is a traditional time to reflect on being grateful and counting our many blessings. May being in a state of thankfulness always be our attitude as we live for Christ. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom (Colossians 3:15-17).
– Pastor Bruce

November 19, 2017
The Apostle Peter describes believers as “living stones.” This is significant as we have been born again by the Living Stone, Jesus Christ! Peter paints an illustration of these
“living stones” being built up together to form the temple of God. Each believer plays a significant role within the Church, as together we are the Church that has been bought
by the blood of Jesus Christ. As a church here at Pine Grove, may we each keep this illustration in mind as we seek to build one another up for God’s glory, through Jesus
– Pastor Sampson

November 12, 2017
Jesus seeks His followers and calls to them, “Follow me.” Philip was a common, everyday working person, someone we can all relate to. Jesus went out of His way to find him and summon him to be an apostle. That is encouraging!We can be comforted and reassured by the Truth that God cares for and seeks out the common, the weak, even the broke, to the wonderful assurance of Grace.
– Pastor Bruce

November 5, 2017
As Andrew brought his brother, Simon, to meet the Messiah (John 1:41-42), there must have been great anticipation. When Simon met Jesus, the Lord changed his name to Cephas (Peter), meaning rock in Aramaic. God doesn’t look at the outside; He looks at our hearts, our very being. Jesus saw what Peter would become, not what he was. Jesus came to people (even the most broken people) from the perspective of their potential, of what they would become, and not their failures. Those are the wonderful possibilities of grace!
– Pastor Bruce

October 29, 2017
Having a complete understanding of who Jesus is as “the Lamb of God” is needed and comforting for the Christian. When we come to Christ, believing and trusting in faith, our sins are taken away. We are justified (made right with God). So when the enemy whispers lies to us, telling us we are of no value or reminding us of past sins, be reminded that your sins are taken away. If our sins are forgiven and removed, then so also is guilt! The enemy wants to make us ineffective; please remember that the weight of guilt from the past is taken away with the sin.
You are in the family of God and called for a purpose!
– Pastor Bruce

October 22, 2017
How often do we talk to others about a ball game, hunting, or our favorite hobbies? Do we bring up Jesus in our conversations? Isn’t He the most important thing going on in our lives?
John the Baptist was a witness of the coming Messiah. He gave testimony about claiming no importance for himself.
Jesus is coming. He is coming again, perhaps very soon. Shouldn’t we as His followers be a witness, giving testimony of His life-changing love and saving power?
Matthew 28:18-20
– Pastor Bruce

October 15, 2017
Believers are called to be holy! This is not just an idle idea; it requires action by the Christian. God has called us to be different than the world around us; our ethics should be in line with His, pointing the world to Him! As we continue in our series in Peter, we will see that our decisions matter. The Church is to be holy, because God is holy. May we each continue encouraging one another in our walk with Christ, pointing those who are lost to Him!
– Pastor Sampson

October 8, 2017
Through Jesus, grace and truth are revealed. God’s grace poured out to those who believe. God’s truth is revealed by Jesus and this by the Bible. Today truth is often thought of as relevant only to each individual. But truth is absolute and only found in Jesus Christ. Believe on Him and your soul will be saved.
– Pastor Bruce

October 1, 2017
Revealed in Jesus is the message that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Jesus is the life and light that we all need desperately. As His children, we need it daily for perseverance and strength, also for the peace and joy He offers as we open our entire heart to Him.
When the light of truth shines into darkness of the unbelieving heart, it reveals sin, and the darkness refuses to comprehend it. Pray for those who do not know Christ, that God in His mercy and grace, would reveal the light of truth to them.
– Pastor Bruce

September 24, 2017
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. This statement from John 1:14 is the absolute heart of the Gospel. Jesus unselfishly became human (Phil. 2:4-11). God became flesh, still fully God but also fully man. This brings Christmas its real and deep meaning. Jesus is eternally Emmanuel, God with us. Pondering this should take our worship, love, and adoration to new depths. What a God, what a Savior, He is!
– Pastor Bruce

September 17, 2017
Who is Jesus? He is God. (John 1:1-2) Was He, as God the Son, merely present at Creation as the Father created? No. The Creator God is the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We have a Savior that brought all things into being and nothing came into being apart from Him. (John 1:3) In Jesus all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17) Everything in the universe and on Earth are held in working order by Him. What a Redeemer we have!
– Pastor Bruce

September 10, 2017
We are beginning a sermon series in the gospel of John. From the first verses and throughout his entire gospel, John will be answering this question: “Who is Jesus?”. Answering that question is of dire importance to everyone. For the believer, it’s a question that we need to understand to experience Him to the fullest.
– Pastor Bruce

September 3, 2017
The word hope should mean so much more to the Christian than what it means in the secular world. In Scripture, the word hope does not merely mean “to wish,” or “to desire.” The believer’s hope is a certainty. We can be certain that God will fulfill His promises! As we begin our series in Peter, we need to be mindful that when Peter uses the word hope, he is talking about the certainty of God, not an uncertain desire!
– Pastor Sampson

August 27, 2017
I want to encourage you to read through Galatians again. As you do, think about all it teaches and how you can apply it. Today, as we celebrate and praise God for the teaching in the Galatian letter, we are focusing on Justification and Adoption. J.I. Packer illustrates them like this:
Justification: You stand before the Judge who then pronounces you “not guilty”.
Adoption: The Judge embraces you, takes off your chains, and takes you home with Him to be His son. – Pastor Bruce

August 20, 2017
How often do you think about the cross? Maybe you wear a cross necklace; it is the symbol of Christianity. Does it remind you of Christ’s work on the cross?
Galatians 6:14 is essential to the believer! We have no good in us to boast about, but by the grace of God, we are made right with Him through the cross. Our faith rests on the work of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection. Keep thinking about applying the words of the Apostle Paul, “But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.” — Pastor Bruce

August 13, 2017
Galatians 6 gives us practical application for Galatians 5:25: walking with and keeping in step with the Spirit. It has much to do with the one another commands. How we treat others and especially those of the household of the faith. The bottom line is that the harvest we reap will grow from what we have sown. If we are sowing to our flesh, how can we expect to harvest victory, peace, joy, and contentment? — Pastor Bruce

August 6, 2017
As we conclude our “Discipleship Series,” we should focus on the change that we witnessed take place by those who were closest to Jesus. We repeatedly saw the disciples struggle with trusting Jesus, even to the point of abandoning Him prior to the crucifixion. However, after the resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, these men were not the same men who struggled during Jesus’ earthly mission. They stood firmly and boldly for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit instills the same qualities in the Church today. We should, each, take great comfort in the power that indwells each of us as believers, and continue to stand firm for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
— Pastor Sampson

July 30, 2017
We, as Christians, are to be involved in our local church. Our spiritual gifting is not for our own benefit, but for the benefit of ONE ANOTHER. If a Christian is not involved in a biblical community, that is a local church family, they are not applying the New Testament! — Pastor Bruce

July 23, 2017
The way we perceive ourselves determines our confidence, but also our behavior. If we believe the lie that we are no good and worthless, then we will live in weakness. But, if we understand who we are in Christ, it will give us the courage to live in His strength! — Pastor Bruce

July 16, 2017
Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.
It is the blood of Jesus that justifies by grace through faith. It is not of ourselves. But each day we make choices that affect our spiritual health and maturity. Walking by the Spirit requires the nourishment of God’s Word, serving others and loving God. It is also putting off the old nature by no longer loving the world and its self-gratifying ways.
The deeds of the flesh are evident. When they rise up in us, put them to death at the cross. Leave self-centeredness at the cross and surrender all to Christ. — Pastor Bruce

July 9, 2017
Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.
It is the blood of Jesus that justifies by grace through faith. It is not of ourselves. But each day we make choices that affect our spiritual health and maturity. Walking by the Spirit requires the nourishment of God’s Word, serving others and loving God. It is also putting off the old nature by no longer loving the world and its self-gratifying ways.
The deeds of the flesh are evident. When they rise up in us, put them to death at the cross. Leave self-centeredness at the cross and surrender all to Christ. — Pastor Bruce

July 2, 2017
We must take care that we do not bite and devour one another. Everyone needs an honest, biblical
spiritual evaluation periodically. Do we have a critical spirit? Are we building others up in their
faith, or are we tearing them down with criticism? Do we focus on what we want and think, or do
we put the “Church” that Jesus loves and others first? We can seek the Lord to reveal truth to us;
it’s a medicine we all need. Ask a trusted godly friend to speak truth to you always. Let’s walk by
the Spirit always. — Pastor Bruce

June 26, 2017
Thank you to everyone for understanding this period of rest. The days off and a short break from preaching have helped. Next week, we will continue our journey of study through Galatians, beginning with 5:13-15 Live to Love, and the following week with 5:16-21, 24 Set Against the Spirit. Please read through Galatians 5 several times. May the Spirit open your heart and mind to the significant teachings in this chapter. — Pastor Bruce

May 7, 2017
Think about what it means to be clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:27). Does this sound like a ticket to heaven and just live life for yourself? It implies our justification, by our faith in the covering of his blood. But, it is also to be applied in a practical, lived-out way! We all notice how others are dressed when we see them. Shouldn’t Christ be that noticeable when others see us?! Wear Christ boldly every day and everywhere!

April 30, 2017
The law reveals sin. It couldn’t save anyone, only pronounce them guilty. Man cannot possibly meet its standards. Think about the Ten Commandments; no one has truly kept them, especially according to what Jesus says in Matthew 5:21-28. Praise to our merciful God! Jesus has met all of the requirements that we could never do. We are justified by faith and not works! Those who believe are moved from condemnation to justification!

April 23, 2017
Believers today can learn a lot from the lives of the Disciples. Often times, they missed the point that Jesus was making when He was right beside them! As followers of Christ, we too can miss
the point that Jesus makes in our lives. However, He never pushes us away, but continually seeks that we would draw nearer to Him. Regardless of our past failures, Jesus continues to work in our lives and never gives up on us! Take comfort in Jesus’ words of “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies
me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).

April 16,2017
Happy Easter! Enjoy the Easter holiday with your family! Remember the enduring hope that we as believers have in Christ’s resurrection!
In preparation for upcoming messages, I encourage you to reread Galatians to refresh your mind as we will soon be studying there again! For next Sunday, please read Matthew 8:23-27 as Pastor Sampson continues his series on discipleship.
To know God’s Word, we must read God’s Word!

April 9, 2017
In Galatians 3:15-18, Paul teaches about the promise to Abraham of the coming blessing of Christ. This covenant was unconditional; that is, God met all the requirements, not Abraham. The New Covenant is also an “unconditional” covenant; Jesus met all the requirements on the cross! We cannot earn any part of it! Yet, we still must believe and not reject Christ’s atonement. “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Galatians 3:6).

April 2, 2017
In Galatians 3:15-18, Paul teaches about the promise to Abraham of the coming blessing of Christ. This covenant was unconditional; that is, God met all the requirements, not Abraham. The New Covenant is also an “unconditional” covenant; Jesus met all the requirements on the cross! We cannot earn any part of it! Yet, we still must believe and not reject Christ’s atonement. “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Galatians 3:6).

March 26, 2017
Spring is here and Easter is coming soon. As we reflect on Christ’s suffering and celebrate His resurrection during the Easter season, I would like to encourage you to read all four of the Gospel accounts. Think about what Easter really means!

Readings: Matthew 26-28; Mark 14:22-16:8; Luke 22-23; John 18-20

March 19,2017
Jesus our Redeemer! God’s plan of redemption for fallen mankind is the overriding theme of the entire Bible. Yet, how often do we think about being redeemed?
Being redeemed is being purchased and then set free: free from the bondage of sin, free to live. Jesus paid an unimaginable cost to redeem us! Let’s live our lives for Him like our redemption is far more than a “get out of Hell free” card!

March 12,2017
Thank you Lord for pouring out your grace to me! That you demonstrated your love for me even while I was mired in my sinful and rebellious state. Jesus died for me when sinful and depraved was all that I was! (Romans 5:8)

March 5,2017
Jesus should always be number one in the life of the believer. The cost to follow Jesus is higher than everything else in our lives. In essence, the cost to follow Jesus is the life of the believer. However, in return we are given His life. Following Jesus is not always easy; it is, however, always worth whatever it may cost us. Jesus, who was sinless and perfect, gave up His life for us. He made it possible for fallen humanity to live for Him, free from sin! The return that we receive for following Jesus highly outweighs whatever cost there may be!

February 26, 2017
Keep your heart focused on and loving the Lord. So many things can distract us from living by faith. Good things can when in excess, but also false beliefs can cause us to live in fear instead of faith. They can steal our joy and peace. If you have accepted Jesus as Savior, remember that you are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14).
Too many “Christians” today doubt or out right do not believe that the Word of God is infallible. Isn’t God the Creator of the universe, capable of preserving His written work?!? As we study the Bible, we approach it with the presupposition that it does not contradict and it is absolute truth. God’s Word is living and active; it accomplishes His purpose (Isaiah 55:11, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

February 19, 2017
We are justified by the grace of God by faith in Christ Jesus. This kind of faith is more than “getting saved;” it’s a way of life. Paul said in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live.” If we are in Christ, it means our old selves have been executed and we don’t live, but Christ lives through us.
This is a strong statement on what the Believers’ lives should be! We die to not only sin, but we die to self. Our will is relinquished for His will. Who do we live for? This is something to think about.

February 12, 2017
Justification is by faith, through God’s grace. There is nothing that we can do to justify ourselves before a holy God. Justification is the gracious act of God by which He declares a sinner righteous solely through faith in Christ.

As we are finishing Galatians 2, please start reading Galatians 3 in preparation for upcoming sermons.

February 5, 2017
Peer pressure is a strong enemy. It can be such an influence on us. In our culture today, it is as strong as ever. Many in your peer group will expect you to think and behave like them, and when you don’t, you face rejection. We must stand for our beliefs and convictions and not be swayed. Our strength is found in the Lord and not the opinions of others. Jesus is faithful and he is our real treasure

January 29, 2017
As we begin our series on “Following Jesus through the example of the disciples,” we will begin to see what following Jesus truly consists of. Following Jesus does not mean that we are now perfect; the fact is, we are still affected by sin. However, to truly follow Jesus means that we place Him first in our lives, above everything else! Jesus stated in Matthew 10:38 that “…Whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” (ESV) Jesus calls His followers to die to self-will and embrace His will! May we each strive for that as we continue to follow Jesus!
— Pastor Sampson

January 22, 2017
Paul gives the account of his second meeting in Jerusalem, meeting with Peter, John, and James. A zeal for the truth must always be accompanied by humility and gentleness. Paul made no demands as he consulted with these pillars of the Church. Through the Lord, truth and unity were the result.
Please continue to read through Galatians 2, over and over. In Galatians 2:11-14, we will learn a powerful lesson about peer pressure and hypocrisy and how they affect others beyond ourselves.

January 8 & 15, 2017
It’s a New Year: 2017. We, above all people, should understand and think about newness! As Pastor Sampson has taught in his series on evangelism, Jesus makes all things new!
As we move into 2017, let’s apply ourselves with new hunger to learn God’s Word! We will continue in Galatians, so please study Galatians 1-2. But, also read Acts 9-11; this will
give you a deeper understanding of what is happening in Galatians 1-2.
Thank you for your prayers!

January 1, 2017
Reflecting on last year and looking forward to 2017, I encourage each of us to strive to draw closer to our Lord and Savior with the start of a New Year. When we are asked by the world why we hold to a steadfast hope, let us be ready to give an explanation for the hope that we have in Jesus Christ! “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15, ESV — Pastor Sampson

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December 25, 2016
As we celebrate Christmas, I encourage those of us who are in Christ to keep in mind the best gift that has ever been given to us. That gift would be salvation found only in Jesus Christ! While we celebrate the birth of our Savior, keep in mind this Christmas what He did for us when He came to this earth. He brought lost and broken humanity the hope of being restored with God, if we submit our faith and lives to Him! Merry Christmas!

December 18, 2016
With Christmas Day being one week away, dwell on whom it is that we are celebrating. God made Himself known physically in a tangible way by sending His son, Jesus, who was born as a baby to dwell with humanity! Here is the very Creator of the world and universe living by very humble means to ultimately redeem mankind and to set us free from sin! May this be our focus this Christmas season.
— Pastor Sampson

December 11, 2016
Time is a treasure that God has entrusted to each of us. When it comes to evangelism, believers must be willing to give their time to the lost if we are ever to reach them for Jesus Christ. Just as we witness Jesus give of His time to the Samaritans in John 4, we too must be willing to follow His example and see the value in the lost that God does. When the lost know that we care, they are more inclined to listen to the best news that has ever been given, that Jesus Christ paid for the sins of humanity once and for all on the cross, and He invites us to have eternal life though His salvation!
— Pastor Sampson

December 4, 2016
Evangelism is centered on Jesus Christ. When we point the lost to Him, we are pointing them to the only One who can change them from the inside out. He is the only One to bring salvation. Always keep the lost focused on Jesus Christ! — Pastor Sampson

November 27, 2016
The gospel is the good news of salvation through the blood of Jesus. But, it is also much more. Sometimes, Christians think as if they should move on from the gospel as if there is something else now for them, as if the gospel were about getting “saved” alone. However, the gospel, God’s grace poured out to us, is the center of everything for the Believer! It is life-changing, heart-regenerating; it makes us new, if we let it. Move into gospel centered living. That changes everything! After all, it changed Saul of Tarsus into Paul the Apostle!

November 20, 2016
The gospel is not invented by man but comes directly from God. Jesus is at the center by
grace alone, through faith alone. In the coming weeks, please continue to read through
Galatians and meditate on its message

November 13, 2016
As Christians, it is so important that we know what we believe! We need this understanding to recognize false beliefs. We need this to defend our faith. We need this for our own comfort and assurance.

November 6, 2016
As we begin our study of Galatians, ponder some of its main themes as you read through it. 1.) We are justified by faith alone through grace alone. 2.) Those who are in Christ have been rescued. 3.) The gospel is free, and it sets us free.

October 30, 2016
Going into this week, remember to celebrate Jesus daily! We should never take His sacrifice for granted. Continue reading Galatians; it’s going to be a great study.

October 23, 2016
Think about the things you get excited about. What do you enjoy? What do you look forward to or are a fan of? Next Sunday is a praise service/wear your favorite fan apparel, favorite team’s jersey, or sport apparel. (You can even wear camo if hunting is your sport! Maybe gardeners can wear their bib overalls?) Be creative and come to worship in your special fan attire; it’s going to be fun! Let’s celebrate Jesus!

October 16, 2016
As we are about to conclude our study of James, I encourage you to read through James’ letter one more time. The next sermon series will be on Galatians. In the coming weeks, read through Paul’s letter to the Galatians. It will prepare your mind and heart for our study.

October 9, 2016
Our heart attitude deeply affects our prayers, not only in its frequency, but also its effectiveness and power (James 5:16-18). What are our priorities? Is Jesus our desire, and do we live to represent Him well? Or, other than Sunday, do you live like the rest of this lost world, with your own will as your priority?

October 2, 2016
Prayer is essential to the Christian life; it is essential to living for the Lord each and every day. Do you have a prayer life? Specifically, do you have a separate time from your day for undistracted prayer—more than a quick breath prayer or praying while you are driving or doing other things? I know that it may sound impossible, but it is not. It’s a matter of priorities. We nearly always find time for a few things we want to do. Think about prioritizing prayer…it will change your life!

September 25, 2016
There’s a lot to think about in one verse, James 5:12. Let your yes, be yes, and your no, be no. Our word should be trustworthy, with no need for an oath. Our words should be few because anything more than needed can lead to evil.

September 18, 2016
During times of discouragement, we can lose our sense of God’s compassion and love. We may even feel at times like we’ve lost hope. Get into your Bible and be reminded of God’s great love for you! Believe it; hold on to it! Be expectant of Jesus’ coming again. It will be more wonderful than we can imagine. No more sin. No more pain, sorrow, depression, and sadness… Hold tight to the truth of God’s word!

September 11, 2016
I want to encourage you to read through James 5 more than once this week. Also, reread the entire book of James to refresh your memory of its entirety and to give you more awareness of the context of chapter 5.

September 4, 2016
The things that we own in this life, the things of this world—money, possessions, or even status—don’t last. At the end of life, they will clearly be insignificant. Don’t let these things pull your heart away from the Lord. Be careful that possessions don’t possess you, causing worry and anxiety! We must be free of the love of “stuff” to fully serve Christ!

August 28, 2016
Spend time reflecting and rereading James 1-4. We have studied many important lessons from James so far. But, knowing scripture will not serve us well, unless we apply what it says. Open your heart to the Spirit during our study of James and be “doers” of the Word!

August 21, 2016
We should think deeply about the sins of Omission. We often think of and work on cleaning up sinful actions, thoughts, and attitudes. Yet, the actions of obedience, the commands to believers in the New Testament, were never intended to be optional! To not take these seriously and not follow Jesus’ guidance is sin. “…to the one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17

August 14, 2016
Do we consult with the Lord every day? Whether about the day’s events or decisions to be made? Do we really pray about these things regularly? Only God knows what lies ahead. Shouldn’t He be our guide?

August 7, 2016
Being humble and putting Jesus and others ahead of us brings peace and contentment to all of life. This brings order instead of disorder!
Please continue to read through James.

July 31, 2016
Following Jesus with our whole heart is a choice! James 4:1-10 gives us some clear action steps to take. Taking these steps is the path to peace, contentment, and assurance
in Christ. Submit to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God. Repent and Jesus will cleanse and renew your heart!

July 24, 2016
Our attitude is so important in all of life. James 4 will be teaching us a lot about what our attitudes should be toward others and when it comes to prayer. Please continue to
read James 4.

July 17, 2016
True wisdom does not come from out own intellect. No one learns the wisdom that comes from above in school. True wisdom comes only from God by asking Him for it. True wisdom enables us to relate God’s truth to daily life!
Next, we begin James 4; I encourage you to read and keep reading through it over the next few weeks.

July 10, 2016
Controlling the tongue—it’s so important and can be so difficult. Our words can harm others so deeply and harden our own hearts as well. Our words are a direct indication of what is in our hearts. We all need to be reminded of that.

July 3, 2016
As we continue our study in James, we will be considering the words we speak and how we use them. We will be accountable for what we say and should control our tongues. This is something that most of us struggle with and need the help of Jesus to overcome! Please continue to read through James 3.

June 26, 2016
As we continue our study in James, we will be considering the words we speak and how we use them. We will be accountable for what we say and should control our tongues. This is something that most of us struggle with and need the help of Jesus to overcome! Please continue to read through James 3.

June 19, 2016
We will continue the James sermon series on June 26, beginning with chapter 3. Please read James 3 at least once a week to be familiar with it. I would also like to encourage you to read through James in its entirety to remain familiar with its context.

June 12, 2016
We will continue the James sermon series on June 26, beginning with chapter 3. Please read James 3 at least once a week to be familiar with it. I would also like to encourage you to read through James in its entirety to remain familiar with its context.

June 5, 2016
Real faith brings transformation and newness into a person’s life. Granted, the level and speed of this will vary per individual. Our choices can also hamper the progress of our maturity as well. Ultimately, only God knows the condition of the heart. But, lip-service about Jesus without a changed life and love for Him is not real faith. Please continue to read through James 2 and think deeply about what it teaches!

May 29, 2016
We have all experienced favoritism in some form or another. It’s unfair, and it hurts, especially coming from a person who you didn’t expect it from. James 2:1-13 makes it clear that favoritism has no place in the church; we are to love one another impartially, the way that God loves us. Think about your assessment of others and root out discrimination and favoritism!

May 22, 2016
The way we use our words, how we care for others in need, and avoiding being polluted by the world, says a lot about our Christian walk. These are things we must take seriously!
Please continue to read through James. Meditate on Chapter 2 and what it teaches us.

May 15, 2016
The evidence of our faith is in how we live and behave every day. Saving faith is an active faith, not in works for earning anything, but a natural outflowing of a changed heart! Be an effectual “Doer” for Jesus every day! Continue reading through James, especially begin reading chapter 2 over and over to prepare you for those upcoming messages.

May 8, 2016
To encourage others doesn’t mean that we always have the right words to say. It is often more about listening than speaking. Words of encouragement are great and needed at times, but just taking the time to show that you care can be the most encouraging also. Continue to read through James each week.

May 1, 2016
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17 ESV) God sends goodness, not temptation. He doesn’t change! It’s so comforting to know that He is not more loving or faithful today than He will ne tomorrow or next week! Our Father loves unconditionally, is always faithful, and a certainty when circumstances and even people can be uncertain. He is a mighty fortress that we can count on!

April 24,2016
Let’s make an effort to learn from and apply the practical teaching of James. The letter of James is very clear and direct; its application is plain and life changing. We can’t help but feel challenged if we view our own lives and attitudes by the light of James’ teaching.

April 17,2016
Let’s make an effort to learn from and apply the practical teaching of James. The letter of James is very clear and direct; its application is plain and life changing. We can’t help but feel challenged if we view our own lives and attitudes by the light of James’ teaching.

April 10,2016
As we continue the James sermon series, I encourage you to read through the entire letter each week. The teachings of James are practical and also challenging. The reality of faith is obvious in how we live!

April 3, 2016
Today, we are beginning our study of the letter of James. It is my prayer that during this sermon series your faith would be deepened, you would apply the practical wisdom found in James, and you would develop an ever-widening view of God! Read James 1 again every few days.

March 20,2016
As we begin Passion Week leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, I encourage you to read the daily scripture readings that I shared a couple of weeks ago. I believe you will find them interesting, and they help us stay focused on what Easter is really about. If you did not get a copy of the Passion Week scripture readings, additional copies are in the back of the church and can also be found on our church website:

March 13,2016
With resurrection Sunday rapidly approaching, it is time to reflect on God’s amazing grace given to us. Spend time reading in the gospels over the next few weeks. If you did not get a copy of the Passion Week Scripture Reading, additional copies are available in the back of the church.

March 6,2016
What is passion week? It is the last week before Jesus’ crucifixion, the most eventful week of His earthly ministry. The insert in today’s bulletin is recommended reading for passion week. It is being passed out early so we all can be reminded of the special time of Easter. I challenge you to make these passages your devotional during that week.passion week

February 28, 2016
The sermon series on David is coming to an end. To help you prepare for these last messages, please read 2 Samuel 23-24, 1 Chronicles 21, and 1 Kings 1-2. Resurrection Sunday is rapidly approaching. In this season, think about what Jesus sacrifice means to you. Think about the power of His resurrection, the gift of the Holy Spirit. Think about the certain hope we have now and to come!

February 21, 2016
Think about the Gospel. What comes to mind quickly is evangelism and salvation. Sometimes we miss the point that the Gospel is intended for all of our lives. Jesus intends much more for us than just conversion. In Christ, we find real self-worth and security. We are to abide in Him as attached to Him (John 15:1-11). He wants us to not only have life, but have it abundantly (John 10:7-10). Spend some time reading in John this week, especially chapters 3, 4, and 10. Think deeply about the Gospel.

February 14, 2016
Please continue to read through 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles 20-21. After Easter we will begin a new sermon series in the letter of James. I’m excited about these messages; there is great, practical application all throughout James. I encourage you to read James several times between now and April.

February 7, 2016
Please continue to read and study in 2 Samuel. David’s sins were forgiven, but the consequences changed his life! Think about what we studied in Psalm 51. In what way do you think about your own sin? Do you take it seriously? Do you have a broken heart about it before God?

January 31, 2016
Please read Psalm 51 this week in preparation for next week’s sermon. I encourage you to read 2 Samuel 12 through 24 in the next couple of weeks as well. The remaining sermons in the series will not cover all of the subjects in these, but reading this will give you further insight into the messages.

January 24, 2016
Continue to read 2 Samuel 11 and 12, as well as Psalm 51. How do we view our own sin? Yes, there is forgiveness in Christ, but do we hate our sin? Are we confessing our sin to God as sin against Him? Or, do we think of it as our little mistakes?

January 17, 2016
This week, think about what the gospel is. Also, think about what the gospel means to you! Read Romans 8 in the next few days.For the upcoming messages on the life of David, read 2 Samuel 11-12.

January 10th, 2016
We have concluded the One Another series. I want to encourage you to reflect on how much the relational commands mean to the Church and to the health of our hearts. This week and in the coming months, read through and meditate on the following passages: Romans 12 and 15, Colossians 3:1-17, Galatians 5:13-6:10, and Ephesians 2:1-10 and 4:17-32.

January 3rd, 2016

I pray that 2016 is a great year for you and your families! Next week, we will finish the One Another series with “Bear with One Another.” Read and think about Ephesians 4:1-3 and Colossians 3:12-13. These verses will give you an insight into next week’s sermon.

December 27th, 2015

I pray that you are enjoying this Christmas/New Year’s season. As we begin 2016 (hard to believe), it’s a time that we often set goals for the New Year. We’ll look at that next week. Take a little time this week to look at 2 Corinthians 5. Have a Happy New Year!

December 20th, 2015

Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your time with your family! Read
the Christmas story yourself and as a family: Matthew 1-2, Luke 2.

December 13th, 2015

There is one more One Another sermon coming on January 10: Bear with One Another. As we break from the series for the Christmas and New Year holidays, think about the One Another’s. Make them a way of life as we head into a New Year!

December 6th, 2015

When living with the attitude that makes the One Another’s real and effective, you wonder what does a life lived like that look like? First, it has to begin with repentance of sin and acceptance of Jesus as Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit regenerates us and helps us change, but this also involves our own choices. Study Ephesians 4:17-32 this week!

November 29th, 2015

I hope that you had a very blessed Thanksgiving! Read and think about Hebrews 10:19-25 this week. What does it mean to encourage one another?

November 22nd, 2015

As you think about what it means to submit to one another this week, read through and think about Philippians 2:1-18. Think about what a difference it would make in your relationships if you regarded the needs and interests of others ahead of your own. Think about how Jesus is the example of this.