Transformed vs Conformed

Hello! Sorry for the late posting. I’m getting old, and my brain doesn’t work as well as it used to. 😉 But Pastor Steve continued his teaching last Sunday on what it means to be salt and light. He talked about being transformed versus being conformed. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the Call to Worship and link to Scriptures that Pastor Steve referenced in his lesson. Enjoy!

Call to Worship
Titus 3:1-8
Saved in Order to Do Good
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Scripture References

Luke 8:16-18

Matthew 5:13-15

John 10:27

Matthew 5:16

Romans 8:29

Romans 12:1-2

Galatians 2:20

Colossians 1:27

Psalm 37:5

Paradigm Shift

Hello from snowy Colona! We had a small, but faithful, group this morning, due to the crazy February snow that blew in overnight. But Pastor Steve made it safely to the church to continue his teaching on salt & light. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. Also included in this post are the Call to Worship and links to verses that Steve references in his message.

Call to Worship
1 Peter 1:13-19
Be Holy
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Scripture References

Matthew 25:1-13

Matthew 5:13-15

John 3:19

Luke 8:16-18

John 9:5

Matthew 5:16

Colossians 1:13

Romans 12:1-2

Covert Discipleship

Pastor Steve is finally back on his feet, so we got to hear him teach today on Matthew 5:15-16. To hear this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the Call to Worship and Scripture references.

Call to Worship
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Scripture References

Matthew 5:13-16

John 3:19-21

John 8:12

Luke 8:16-18

2 Corinthians 5:17-20

Ephesians 5:8

1 John 1:7

1 Peter 2:9

Colossians 1:13-14

Ephesians 2:8

Jeremiah 29:13

Life and Death

Since I was out of town last weekend, I am going to post two messages as soon as I can get them uploaded! This message was given by Terry last Sunday, teaching on Luke 16:19-31. To listen to this teaching, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve included the Call to Worship and Scripture references as well.

Call to Worship
Romans 8:31-39
More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Scripture References

Luke 16:19-31

John 9:1-7

Galatians 6:7-10

Matthew 11:28-30

Hebrews 13:2

Matthew 6:21

Matthew 6:33

Hebrews 10:4

John 5:28-30

Ephesians 1:10

James 4:14

Opposites

Hello there! Yesterday morning we heard another message from Terry, this time regarding how being Christ-like means the doing the opposite of what the world sees as success. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. Also included is the Call to Worship and a list of the verses Terry references in the message with links to view those verses at Bible Gateway.

Call to Worship
Matthew 16:21-27
Jesus Predicts His Death
21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

Scripture References

Proverbs 11:24-25

Matthew 16:25

1 Peter 5:5-6

Luke 9:46-48

John 13:12-16

Romans 6:3-7

2 Corinthians 12:1-6

Philippians 3:12-14

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Praying you are blessed this week, resting in the Lord and trusting in His promises! 🙂

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

Pastor Steve could not be in church today, so we were blessed to have Terry give our message this morning. He taught from Matthew, chapter 11, about finding rest in the Lord. To hear this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I have also included our Call to Worship, along with links to the verses Terry references in his teaching. (*A quick note: Terry used a different mic from Pastor Steve, so there may be moments of feedback. Sorry!)

Call to Worship
Acts 17:24-31
24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Scripture References

Matthew 11:25-30

1 Corinthians 1:18

1 Corinthians 2:14

1 Peter 5:7

Hebrews 3:11-12, 18-19

Hebrews 4:10

Praying that you find your rest, your shelter in these times of storm, in Christ this week and always!

The Light of the World

Here is today’s message from Pastor Steve about the Light of the World. To listen to the message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the Call to Worship and a list of verses he references in his message.

Call to Worship
Ephesians 5:8-14
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness,
righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have
nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But
everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is
illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”

Scripture References

John 9:4

Colossians 1:13

John 9:5

Isaiah 7:3-9

John 8:12

John 10:27

Matthew 5:13

Matthew 5:14

Romans 8:38-39

John 18:37

Isaiah 9:2

1 John 1:5-7

John 3:19-21

2 Chronicles 7:14

Praying your week ahead is blessed indeed!

Be of Good Cheer

Here is the message from January 3, 2021. I must apologize that I did not post this last Sunday. I simply forgot to do what I’m supposed to and have no other excuse. Sorry. 😦 But it is a beautiful message from Pastor Steve about having a cheerful heart, and I pray that it brings you joy. This Sunday’s message will be posted as soon as I get it ready. 🙂

To listen to the message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the Call to Worship and Scripture References for you.

Call to Worship
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Praise to the God of All Comfort
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who
comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those
in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from
God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of
Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we
are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are
comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you
patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And
our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you
share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

Scripture References

Deuteronomy 33:25

1 Corinthians 13:12

Proverbs 15:13

Matthew 14:27

Mark 6:50

Matthew 9:2

Matthew 9:20-22

Psalm 36:5-6

Galatians 4:4-7

Acts 23:11

John 16:33

Acts 27:22-25

Isaiah 58:11

Psalm 23
   The Lord the Shepherd of His People
   A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

Three Christmas Gifts

Hello to all of God’s children and happy last Sunday of 2020! Instead of focusing on all of the crazy that was the year 2020, Pastor Steve’s message this morning reminded us of three of the most important things that Jesus Christ’s first coming gave to all who would believe. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included our Call to Worship and a list of Scriptures which Pastor Steve refers to in his message. Enjoy!

Call to Worship
Isaiah 61:1-3
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

Scripture References

The Gift of Freedom

The Gift of Purpose for Living

The Gift of Hope

Praying that your Christmas season was truly blessed and that the New Year brings you abundant life, filled with a renewed sense of freedom, purpose for living, and unshakeable hope!

Setbacks

Good evening! Hope you have had a beautiful Sunday before Christmas. Pastor Steve brought us a wonderful message about how God uses the setbacks in our lives. To listen to this message, simple click the play button on the audio player below. I’ve also included our Advent Call to Worship and links to a couple of the verses Pastor references in his message.

Call to Worship

“Look at the Big Picture – It’s a Worship Service”

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” 
–Luke 2:14

Look at the nativity, and you see a worship service. Angels hover over it like drones. Common, smelly shepherds and sophisticated wise men bow down. Worship flows from everyone toward the Child.

It is difficult to imagine any greater contrasts than what we see at the nativity. They were different socially. Shepherds were low on the socioeconomic level. Wise men were so socially acceptable they entered the king’s palace. They were different educationally. Shepherds had no formal education, while the wise men were famed for knowledge. God is telling is that no matter who you are or where you are from, any and all can come to Christ and worship Him. Christmas, first and foremost, is about worship. Those at the manger were not there simply admiring this Child. They were worshipping Him. Make sure worship is first on your Christmas list.

Scripture References

Isaiah 53:3

Philippians 2:7-11

Praying you have a most blessed Christmas, filled with the joy of the Lord!