Q&A: State of the Church – Part Two: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The following are suggested answers to the Message Based Discussion Questions for the message presented on January 5 as part of the State of the Church – Part Two. The answers follow the outline for the message. The answers are designed to stimulate thinking, not replace it. Continue reading

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MSG: State of the Church – Part Two: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

This message was presented on January 12, 2014 as the second part of the State of the Church message.

Two weeks ago, we began looking at the most fundamental issue in the Christian’s life. (See part one, which is essential to understand this message.)  It is something that is also under the greatest attack by the world and often within God’s church. What is the issue? The issue is God’s authority. Does God have the right to have authority in life? Moses said, “Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” (Deuteronomy 4:39) Continue reading

MSG: State of the Church – 2014: Eph. 3:8-16

Grace has a great future in 2014. It is building on past leadership and growing new leadership. There is an excitement in the halls that is refreshing and exuberant. There is momentum building for home groups, men’s and women’s ministries and stability in other ministries. There is a growing spirit of unity at Grace in the bond of peace. Continue reading

MSG: The Joy of His Presence – Luke 2:8-20

This message was presented on December 22, 2013 as a part of the Advent series.  May you experience the Joy of His Presence!

The middle class has always been the strength of the United States, but current trends are destroying it to create “elites” and the poor, who are dependent on these “elites.” That is just the way things were in the Roman Empire in Jesus’ day. The Roman Republic, begun in B.C. 508, became the Roman Empire around B.C. 27 with the rise of the Caesars as the Roman Empire. The wealthy elite of that day shared gifts of gold jewelry and trinkets. Continue reading

MSG: The Joy of Anticipation Luke 1:26-55

Did you notice when I had the children on the steps two weeks ago and asked how they would react to fireworks, they responded exactly how I expected? Ahhhh, Ohhhh, Wowwwww!  And Maura also did the hands on her cheeks and said, “Wowwww!” I love how honest and transparent children are. We love to see spectacular things and we also love to anticipate spectacular things.  Christmas is clearly a child’s greatest anticipation. They have the wonder, the freshness and, even in our culture, the innocence of anticipating presents at Christmas time.  Continue reading

MSG: Seeds that Die for God’s Life

John 12:23-26 
There are hundreds of varieties of seeds. Pumpkin seeds, orange seeds, watermelon seeds, maple seeds, cucumber seeds, mustard seeds and of course those seeds Johnny Appleseed used to spread apple trees? Yes, apple seeds.
Seeds are great, because you can do all sorts of craft things with seeds.  You can cover objects with seeds and you can make pictures of seeds. I had an aunt who made several pictures using all kinds of seeds.  They were very clever and unique. Here are a couple pictures of pictures made from seeds. The seeds can look nice for a long time, but that’s not what the seeds were for. Continue reading