There is a big difference between seeing God as a just God or as a merciful God or as a God who acts with grace. Your perception of God will affect your choice in what you do in relationship with God. All seem to describe God but there is one that triggers in us a deep response of gratitude.
We have all done things we regret. Some of those poorly chosen actions might cause us to feel guilt or shame. How do we get rid of our guilt? How do we remove our shame? Some use drugs, alcohol or over-achievement to mask the guilt only to find it doesn’t work. Christianity offers one thing to overcome the guilt. One thing that no other religion offers.
A (Christian) lifestyle of generosity, prayer, and compassion characterized the faith giant Abraham. From the foundation of his faith, good works followed.
When the world was a mess God picked Abraham to help him fix the mess that humankind had created. Abraham did such a great job that three major world religions call him one of their most important figures. He changed the world because he was able to do one thing. In this message we will explore the one action that can help us build a strong faith foundation.
Usually we resist using the “S” word in everyday conversations. But sin or sinner are words Jesus used. While we might shy away from using the word sin because it seems to condemn people, Jesus used it for an entirely different purpose.
Sometimes the faith of our childhood is not mature enough to survive adulthood. Simple theological beliefs struggle when we find out that bad things happen to good people and our prayers are not always answered. In the midst of these difficulties of faith we don’t know where to start formulating our faith. This message will give us a clear starting point when we have doubts about the Bible and the theology we have been taught.
There are many commandments and rules found throughout the Bible. Jesus even introduced a few more commands to the hundreds found in the Old Testament. Why does Christianity have rules? Are they necessary? Do they symbolize something? In this message we will take a close look at how the rules and commandments bring us into relationship with God and each other.
The message will focus on four insights found in Prov. 3: 5, 6 which constitute fundamental advice for life. These four insights include a principle, a precaution, a practicality and a promise.
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.