Joy to the world, the LORD has come! This is the season for joy, right? Yet how genuine is our joy? How honest are we when we sing our joy songs in church? In the 8th chapter of Nehemiah, the people of God attended a Bible conference and came away rejoicing. But that the path to that joy might surprise you. As Pastor Kevin unpacks this short moment of Scripture, may God lead us all to a joy that will truly be our strength. Listen prayerfully!
Why is one of the most muscular, adamant declarations of faith stuck right in the middle of five terrible poems of lamentation, suffering and pain? Where does that sort of faith come from? In this message on Lamentations 3:19-24, Pastor Kevin explores answers to those questions. As we deal with difficulties in the world around us, perhaps a few moments in Lamentations might help. Listen prayerfully!
What are you devoted to? How flippantly can you use the word? Or is the word "devotion" reserved for only the very most precious parts of your life? In Colossians 4, as he is requesting prayer and sharing some final thoughts with his Colossian friends, reveals the heart of his devotion to his letter readers. As Pastor Kevin leads us into a conversation about this passage, listen prayerfully for what the Spirit might be encouraging you to reconsider as objects of devotion in your life. Listen prayerfully!
Does God care how we're dressed? Does God care about how we're spiritually dressed? In the third chapter of Colossians, the Apostle Paul applies the principles he's been talking about. He describes for us the sort of spiritual clothes we will put off and put on if we have truly set our minds on things above. As Pastor Kevin unpacks this passage for us, listen prayerfully for how the Spirit thinks you're currently dressed.
About 46 million people have been martyred for their faith in Christ in just the last 100 years. What does the Bible have to say about this? How should we in the western church, living in lavish blessing and freedom as we are, respond to all this suffering around the world? In this message on the National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, Pastor Kevin challenged us to be thankful, informed, involved and praying about all these things. Listen prayerfully!
Does Jesus reign supreme in your life? How do you know? In the Apostle Paul's letter to the Colossians, we learn a great deal not only about exactly who Jesus is, but what that means for our day to day lives. When we find ourselves in the middle of difficult situations, it is always good to allow the Bible to remind us of what we know is true. Listen prayerfully as Pastor Kevin unpacks this passage...
Many people today are wondering about what sorts of things we should be doing to prepare for whatever might be coming. While some "preppers" may have gone a little overboard, the Bible does have a surprising amount of clear guidance on these issues. But as we study these issues, it quickly becomes clear the Bible is far more interested in our spiritual preparations than our material ones. In 1 Peter, the Apostle was talking to some friends about preparing for difficult days ahead. His simple and direct comments in 1 Peter 3:8-16 are very helpful to consider.
Why do you obey the rules and authorities you obey? How would you behave if there were no threats of punishment attached to disobedience? In this sermon on 2 Kings 5:1-14, Pastor Kevin probes a Bible story with a great deal to teach us about humility, submission and obedience. At a time when submission and obedience are more disregarded than ever, perhaps this conversation might be helpful refresher on the issue. Unfortunately, the sermon this week was not recorded, so you'll have to read this one on Pastor's blog...click the link below.
While the Bible promises spiritual fullness and abundance, most of us live with far less fullness than Almighty God created us to enjoy. What exactly does it mean to be "full of the Spirit?" In this conversation based on Ephesians 5, Pastor Kevin discusses three of the most important steps each of us must take if ever hope to experience the spiritual fullness God created us to enjoy. Listen prayerfully!
One of the most hotly debated issues in the world today (at least among those still believing in an answer), is how we are saved? How can we live in meaningful relationship with the Creator of our souls and, even more importantly, how can we spend eternity with Him when we die? Some folks believe we just need to follow our conscience. Others believe adherence to a strict list of religious rules will save us. But Jesus gave us another answer. In this conversation about John 3, Pastor Kevin discusses the explicit answers Jesus gave to these questions.