Noah and his family spent a long time on the ark with the animals during the flood. Longer than most of us realize. This time was the in-between time. It was a time of waiting and wondering if God had forgotten him during the storm. Sometimes we find ourselves in the same in-between time as Noah. Through the story of the flood we can learn some ways to weather the storms of life.
It’s easy to play the blame game. It certainly takes the heat off taking any responsibility. This human tendency goes all the way back to the story of Adam and Even. Their struggle is our struggle. In this message Pastor Fred Steinberg will look at how we can avoid the blame game and grow spiritually.
The Creation story in Genesis has caused conflict between Christians. Some interpret it very literally. Others wrestle with it when they compare it with what science teaches us about the world. Pastor Fred Steinberg will address these issues and touch on the things the creation story does want us to know.
Life is unfair. We learn this early in life because we see it so often. We even find unfairness in the parable Jesus tells about a manager who gives talents to his servants to invest. Yet as Jesus tells the parable he makes no attempt to correct the unfairness. In this message Pastor Fred Steinberg will explore why Jesus builds unfairness into his story and how Jesus’ teachings might help us deal it.
Why are some Christians mean and unethical? Why are some of the most knowledgeable people about the Bible the most uncaring and unloving people that we have ever met? We would expect all Christians to be loving and compassionate. Yet our experience tells us that this is not true. Some Christians are loving while others don’t seem to have let their knowledge about Jesus change their actions. Why is there a difference? Pastor Fred Steinberg will explain the critical difference in this message.
The entire message of our text from Matthew is that we are enough and our “enough” is God’s free gift of God’s presence and love in our lives.
Faith in Christ brings us to that most secure place, the shadow of the Almighty.
Words are outward, verbal expressions of internal attitudes and judgments that define our character and integrity. When we say something that we later know was wrong, we have to take back our words–we have to eat them.
We have an identity in Christ that cannot be stolen and is central to who we are, why we are here and where we are going.
Do you write or receive real letters any more? Perhaps you have a small collection of significant messages you’ve received over the years. Here’s one from Paul the apostle that’s his prayer for us and a great prayer for us to pray for friends, family, and ourselves.