“I AM”

Banner of the Cross - ArticleWhen God appeared to Moses and called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses asked the Lord for His name so he could identify Him when he went to the people. God responded, “I AM WHO I AM…Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14).

When Jesus came to earth, He used this same name for Himself: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58). Even Jesus’ opponents recognized that He was claiming to be God because they “picked up stones to throw at Him” (John 8:59). This was not the first time something like this happened. Earlier the Jews sought “to kill Him” because He was “calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:18).

By calling Himself “I am,” Jesus declared Himself to be Deity – God in the flesh (cf. Colossians 2:9). Since Jesus was and is God, there are other facts that are also true about Him. These are highlighted in other “I am” statements of Jesus recorded in the gospel of John. Continue reading

Highlight – Colossians 2:11-13

In the video below, we take a brief look at Colossians 2:11-13 to see the connection Paul made between circumcision and baptism.

And in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions” (Colossians 2:11-13).

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Highlight – Matthew 19:3-9

In the video below, we take a brief look at Matthew 19:3-9 to see what Jesus taught about marriage, divorce, and remarriage.

Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?’ And He answered and said, ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’

They said to Him, ‘Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?’ He said to them, ‘Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery’” (Matthew 19:3-9).

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The Eleventh Hour

Pocket WatchJesus told a parable in which He described the kingdom of heaven as being “like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16). In this parable, the land owner went out at various times throughout the day – early in the morning, the third hour, sixth hour, ninth hour, and the eleventh hour. Each time, he found those who had not yet been called to work and invited them to labor in his vineyard.

At the end of the parable, when the workday was over, the land owner paid wages to each of the laborers. Starting with the last group and going to the first, every one was paid a denarius – the amount which had been promised to the ones hired at the beginning of the day. While this caused the first group who had worked all day to question the fairness of this, the landowner explained that they received what they were promised and that he was allowed to be generous with what was his own.

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Highlight – Acts 10:34-35

In the video below, we take a brief look at Acts 10:34-35 to see what Peter said about who is welcome to God.

Opening his mouth, Peter said: ‘I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him’” (Acts 10:34-35).

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What Color Is the Church?

ColorsThe question in the title may sound strange, but it is inspired by an article that appeared on The Christian Century website: How to be a purple church in a red state. The colors refer to those commonly used to signify the two major political parties in the United States – red for Republicans and blue for Democrats. A “purple church” is one made up of “people from various political or even religious backgrounds” where “all voices are given space.”

The quote above is from Josh Scott, pastor of the Morgantown Community Church and one of the two pastors featured in the article. In what Scott described as “our very traditional, largely fundamentalist community,” he is endeavoring to lead people on a “journey into progressive Christianity.”*
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Great Days in History

Great Days in History

Join us on Sunday mornings beginning July 9th as we start a new sermon series – Great Days in History.

In this eight-lesson series, we will discuss eight days – beginning with the day of Creation and going up to the day of Eternity – that outline the scheme of redemption and provide an overview of the Bible.
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