Monday, December 17, 2012


Just a couple of announcements...

Wednesday 6PM - caroling with Faith Christian Church around the Centreville area. Meet at FCC.

Christmas Eve Service 7PM

New Year's Eve Open House at the Cooks' house (1115 Route 330), starting at 7PM

Message from December 16

Jesus is the Tree of Life, and is our source of hope and strength in our lives. Can we abide in that truth?

Monday, December 10, 2012


Message from December 9

As we continue our series called "Looks a Lot Like Christmas", this message examines Jesus as the light of the world. So are believers. What does this all mean during this season?

Monday, December 3, 2012


Message from December 2

Part 1 in our Christmas series called "Looks a Lot Like Christmas", we see how Jesus is the bread of life, and how we can be satisfied in Him.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Announcements and Message from November 4

"Do more and try harder" is the common cure for what ails you, even heard in Christian circles. This message provides a better answer for making the most of life.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Message from October 28

As we continue our series of the purposes of the church, we look at the idea of what serving is, and what that has to do with being free.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Announcements from October 14

Message from October 14 2012

As people who have been forgiven, what do we do next? Grace does not mean we sit around and do nothing - rather, we follow the Spirit. What does that mean?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Message from October 7 2012

This message explores the idea that a Christian does not need to confess his or her sins in order to be forgiven. The message looks at scriptural reasoning why believers don't have to confess in order to be forgiven, the scripture that sounds as if we do, and the proper place for talking to God about our sins. Challenging but encouraging!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Announcements from September 30

Message from September 30

As we continue through Hebrews, in particular talking about Jesus as our high priest, we uncover what it means to live under the New Covenant.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Message from September 23

This message was a little longer than usual; as well, after the message, I got choked up a little, and got somewhat personal about what I had said. The point of the message is that Jesus has the power of an indestructible life, and that power lives in us too.

Announcements for September 23

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Announcements from September 16

Message from September 16, 2012

Picking up again with our series on the book Hebrews, in this message we see the very, very good news that Jesus has sympathy for us, and that He knows what we go through, so we can trust Him.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

August 12 announcements

Message from August 12

As we continue in our Summer in the Psalms, this is the second in a two-part series on guilt-free prayer. What does it mean to dwell in God's presence?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Message from August 5 2012

This is Part 1 of a 2-week series on guilt-free praying, as we continue to spend Summer in the Psalms.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Message from July 29

This message looks at the purpose of God's written Word, the Bible - to point to Jesus, the living Word.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Message from July 15

This message is about redemption, and what it means to be redeemed. The stage was set up with a table, a bag full of empty bottles, and a pitcher of water. At about the 13 minute mark, I began pouring water into the 5 bottles. At the 16:30 mark, I brought an unopened water bottle from behind the table, and placed it in front of the other bottles. The rest of the message was spent comparing the new bottle to the others.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Message from July 8, 2012

This message deals with a question many people ask: am I good enough?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Message from July 1

This was the first message in a series that spends Summer in the Psalms. It talks about how believers can have the proper view on relationship issues.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer VBS

Saddle Ridge Ranch: Roundin' up questions, Drivin' home answers. Based on James 1:5. Kids asked these questions: Who am I?, Does God care about me? Does God have a plan for my life? How can I be like Jesus? and What do I now? We'll be exploring the answers to these questions while playing games, eating fun snacks, singing cool songs, and making awesome crafts. July 9-13 6-8PM for kids age 4 to Grade 6. See you there!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Announcements for June 24

Good words

This goes along with the message...

Message from June 24

This message is about resting in Jesus. Usually the "Sabbath" is thought of as a day, but the reality is that Jesus provides rest for our souls.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Message from Father's Day, June 17

My apologies for taking so long to post this message. My computer had a virus that just kept shutting things down unexpectedly, and I had to wait till today (Saturday) to get a new anti-virus program installed. Anyway, this is an encouraging message about God's love for us, and about how we really just need to soak in that love. Only then can we share anything worth sharing.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Message from June 10

Why do we do what we do? Are we working to get a wage from God, or are we doing things from a heart of love? Do we see ourselves as God's servants, or God's children?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June announcements

Message from June 3, 2012

This message has a depressing topic: death. But the word is encouraging, as Jesus defeated both the power of death and the fear of death.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Announcements from May 27

Message from May 27, 2012

This is a message of encouragement, reminding us that we judge ourselves in ways that Jesus does not. In fact, Hebrews goes so far as to tell us that He is not ashamed to call us His family!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Message for May 20, 2012

This is the first message in a new series called Hebrews: The Better Way. This message speaks about who Jesus is, and what our response to Him should be. And it's not as complicated as it might sound.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Message for Mother's Day, May 13, 2012

This is a Mother's Day message of encourgement for parents who are worried about their children's spiritual state.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sunday school discussions

Lately we've been having an interesting discussion about the day of the week on which Jesus died. I thought I would chime in with my two cents.

A person can make a decent case for the traditional Friday death:

Another person can back it up one day with proof of a Thursday death:

And the view stated in class was for a Wednesday death:

For good measure, I will add this website: We have tended to believe that Jews reckon days from sunset to sunset, which they do. However, at certain instances they reckon days from sunrise to sunrise, even midnight to midnight as we do. John MacArthur's book The Murder of Jesus affirms this view.

One could spend hours reading up on the different points of view, and come to very different conclusions. I think that's fine. This is what I believe about this issue. I believe the words of Romans 14:5, which says, "One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind."

If you believe it was Friday, fine. If you believe it was Wednesday, fine. I really don't think it matters the day on which Jesus died, just that you believe He did.

Frankly, I believe every single day is sacred. Every day is a chance for me to worship. We've been going through Romans 6 in the morning worship messages, and there we read that believers have died with Jesus. Believers have been buried with him, and have been raised with Him. I celebrate His death and resurrection with every breath I breathe. I don't HAVE to worship Him on such-and-such a day. I remember his death on more than Good Friday, and I remember his resurrection on more than just Easter.

Galatians 2:20 (NLT) tells me, "My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Romans 6:4 says, "And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives." Faith in Jesus and what He did leads us into new life in the here and now. Although I believe God cares about details, I don't think I need to get all the details right in order to walk in new life.

So I don't worry about it. I think of the words of the song "The Deepest Part of Me" by the group Allies... "I leave the arguments to scholars, as long as God believes in me. The only thing I know for certain - He lives inside the deepest part of me."

Feel free to respond to this post with your comments and questions.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Announcements for May 6 2012

Message from May 6, 2012

This wraps up our series on Romans 6. What is the role of obedience in the life of a believer under grace? What does disobedience do for a Christian?

Message from April 29, 2012

This message carries on the theme of Romans 6 about who we are as believers. Today's little-bit-longer-than-usual message is about how Christians are not under law. What does that mean, and what does for us?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Message from April 22, 2012

Christians are new and different people, but we still sometimes behave as if nothing has changed. Why is that? What can we do about it? HINT: It's not really about DOING anything...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sunday's announcements

Message from April 15, 2012

This is the beginning of a series called "Up from the Grave We Arose", which is a study in Romans 6. This passage tells us what has happened to believers through faith in Jesus, and why that matters.

Easter Sunday messages

This is the sunrise service message from Mark 16 called "The Likes of Me":

This is the message from the morning worship service:

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Message from April 1, 2012

This is the last message in the "24: The Last Day of our Lord" series. It speaks about the miracle of the torn curtain at the death of Jesus, and how for us it means that we have been brought close to God.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Message from March 25, 2012

Jesus took the place of a criminal named Barabbas. Why does that matter to us? That truth sets us free to love God instead to trying to work to pay God back.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Message from March 18, 2012

Sunday's message is online! The question was asked: where do we put our confidence? It might not be as easy to answer as it sounds...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Message from March 11, 2012

It's a pretty important question. What is God's will? In this message, we will explore the idea that maybe it's not as complicated as we've always thought it was.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Message from March 4, 2012

Jesus came to earth 2000 years ago and ushered in the New Covenant. What is the new covenant, and why does it matter to us?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Message from February 26, 2012

Part 6 of 6 in our series of messages from the book of Jonah. This speaks of lovin our enemies and how impossible that command feels. What can we do about that?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Message from February 19, 2012

Part 5 of our series through Jonah. This speaks of God's all-encompassing love, and how we really need to soak in that truth.

Message from February 12, 2012

Part 4 of the ongoing series through the book of Jonah. This speaks about what repenting is all about.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Message from February 5, 2012

Sunday's message, the 3rd in a series on the bok of Jonah, is online!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Message from January 29, 2012

Part 2 in our series on Jonah. This talks about what role does obedience play in the life of a Christian.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Message from January 22, 2012

The first in a series on the Old Testament book of Jonah. This message deals with a couple of things that Jonah went through in the first part of the book: running away from God, and disobeying Him.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Message from January 8, 2012

It took a while to post this, but this is the message from January 8, about how to understand God's guidance for our lives.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Message from January 1, 2012

This was the New Year's message, though it wasn't a typical one. I admit, many of the thoughts came from this website: Such good stuff.

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